It gets better and better. And by better and better I mean worse and worse. And by “it”, I mean the rubbing of the American nose in the manure pile in the Middle East. The Saudis flip out on us. Then Bibi flips out on us. (Quite an accomplishment to get the Saudis and Israelis on the same page.)
And now the Egyptians host a Russian naval vessel for the first time since 1992. Moreover, the Egyptians, who can’t even afford a pot to pee in (as my grandfather used to say), are looking to buy $4 billion in arms from Putin. Obviously the Egyptians are sending a message to Obama.
Yeah. That hurried Kerry visit to Cairo sure worked magic, eh?
The US has always been the object of hatred in the Middle East, but the president who orated in Cairo promising to enhance American prestige in the region has made our nation even more widely hated, not that I would have thought that possible. In Egypt-the location of his allegedly transformational Cairo speech-Obama has turned the amazing trick of making the US hated by Islamists, secularists, and militarists. It’s the only thing all Egyptians agree on. That’s our Obama. Bringing people together.
What’s worse, he’s made the US an object of ridicule and derision.
Machiavelli famously asked whether it was better for a prince to be loved than feared. He concluded that it would be best to be both, but that since that was unlikely, it was better to be feared than loved.
The Middle East is as Machiavellian a place as exists today. Obama’s Quixotic foreign policy-faithfully represented by his Sancho Panza, aka John Kerry-has resulted in the worst of all outcomes in such a place: to be hated and not just not feared, but to be actually ridiculed and despised as an unreliable ally and craven and cowardly enemy.
Obama reveled in killing Osama. But he has given life to one of Osama’s most notable observations: “When people see a strong horse and a weak horse, by nature they will like the strong horse.”
Everybody in the Middle East-and the Russians too-see the US as a weak horse. Hell, not even a horse. A donkey-or an ass-is more like it.
This cannot end well.