Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Glenn Greenwald: US More Unpopular in the Arab World Than Under Bush

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Obama Didn't Make Us Loved Around the World? I'm shocked. Shocked! Remember when the fake Hope and Change candidate stood before the fake Greek columns muttering fake promises about transparency and making the oceans recede and how once we got rid of the dreaded George W. Bush, people around the world would love us? They were going to throw down their bombs and their guns and all sit around the campfire with us eating s'mores!

Well, Glenn Greenwald, of Salon, not exactly "Mr. Republican", notes, it ain't necessarily so!

I've written numerous times over the last year about rapidly worsening perceptions of the U.S. in the Muslim world, including a Pew poll from April finding that Egyptians view the U.S. more unfavorably now than they did during the Bush presidency. A new poll released today of six Arab nations -- Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Morocco -- contains even worse news on this front:

The hope that the Arab world had not long ago put in the United States and President Obama has all but evaporated.

Two and a half years after Obama came to office, raising expectations for change among many in the Arab world, favorable ratings of the United States have plummeted in the Middle East, according to a new poll conducted by Zogby International for the Arab American Institute Foundation.

In most countries surveyed, favorable attitudes toward the United States dropped to levels lower than they were during the last year of the Bush administration . . . Pollsters began their work shortly after a major speech Obama gave on the Middle East . . . Fewer than 10 percent of respondents described themselves as having a favorable view of Obama.


So, Obama's Cairo speech and a few predator drones across a half a dozen borders wasn't enough to convince the world that the US was their "buddy"? Imagine that!

Greenwald goes on to say,
What's striking is that none of these is among the growing list of countries we're occupying and bombing. Indeed, several are considered among the more moderate and U.S.-friendly nations in that region, at least relatively speaking. Yet even in this group of nations, anti-U.S. sentiment is at dangerously (even unprecedentedly) high levels.

Read the whole thing. It's not just Republicans and conservatives who realize that the Charlatan-in-Chief falls far short in the leadership department. Greenwald is part of a growing dissatisfaction on the Left with the blank slate candidate they foisted upon us in 2008.

Hillary Clinton, anyone?

H/T Memeorandum
Cross posted at LCR, Say Anything.

2 comments:

  1. I think one of the reasons might be that so far we have kept the Mohammaddin-in-Chief from flying an islamic flag over the White House. So far. A bigger reason, probably, is that we still have troops in islamic countries. Those are 2 out of probably 100s or 1000s of reasons. I don't pretend to even think I know the muslim mind-set.

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  2. I think Obama's problem might have been that he believed his own press clippings. His really is just a mediocre mind at best.

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