It seems all the bowing and scraping and America-bashing President Barack Obama has been doing for the past year has done little to make the America-hating nations of the world like us more.
One might think that President Obama’s bowing to officials in other countries–especially despotic nations–would have increased our favor in the world community, if the appeasement model is to be believed.
After all, just recently President Obama bowed to a university official in Shanghai, China, a communist country that has been hostile to us for a long time.
Before that, he bowed to the Japanese emperor, but at least the Japanese have been friendly to us since the end of World War II.
And before that, Obama gave the creme de la creme of bows by an American president to a foreign king: he bowed to the king of Saudi Arabia, a Muslim country.
But let’s not forget Obama’s Apology Tour where he went around the world apologizing for his own country and all the good evil we’ve done for the world.
He has also apologized for America’s prominent role in causing a problem that doesn’t exist. In fact, we may have single-handedly caused that non-existent problem!
And though William Bennett had high hopes that going overseas to stump for Chicago as the location for the next Olympics might actually compel Obama to finally say something good about his own country, Obama nevertheless could not help but belittle our country even as he begged his betters in the world community to please allow us to hold the Olympics in Chicago. (The tinpots and despots of the world remained unimpressed by his groveling.)
But now the official results are in, as Fouad Ajami cites in the Wall Street Journal from the 2009 Pew Global Attitudes survey. There has been little change from the 2008 results. While a handful of people in anti-American countries have been impressed with all the genuflection, the rest loath us as much as ever.
From Mr. Ajami’s article:
Now those surveys of 2009 bring findings from the world of Islam that confirm that the animus toward America has not been radically changed by the ascendancy of Mr. Obama. In the Palestinian territories, 15% have a favorable view of the U.S. while 82% have an unfavorable view. The Obama speech in Ankara didn’t seem to help in Turkey, where the favorables are 14% and those unreconciled, 69%. In Egypt, a country that’s reaped nearly 40 years of American aid, things stayed roughly the same: 27% have a favorable view of the U.S. while 70% do not. In Pakistan, a place of great consequence for American power, our standing has deteriorated: The unfavorables rose from 63% in 2008 to 68% this year.
I’ve always said that it doesn’t matter what a bunch of malcontents, socialists and despots think of us anyway. Further, if they’re going to think ill of you no matter what you do (as this survey proves), you might as well stand tall, do the right thing unflinchingly, and public opinion be damned.
Only small people worry what even smaller people think of them.
HT: Insider Online.