International credibility is to foreign affairs what political capital is to domestic matters. Without it, an American president can exert little influence and thus can get little done.
President Obama has used up nearly all of his political capital. He began his administration with 69 percent approval and 12 percent disapproval. Today, he is underwater at 40-54 according to the latest Gallup poll.
This presents a problem for Obama, but not for his successor. The next president will begin his or term with a strong approval rating, though almost certainly not as strong as Obama’s historically high mark.
Obama has also used up nearly all of his international credibility. Michael Rubinwrites:
In 1994, the United States (and the United Kingdom and Russia) signed an agreement with Ukraine as part of its forfeiture of nuclear weaponry: Russia promised to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty, and the United States and Great Britain agreed to help protect it. That Budapest Memorandum, it turns out, has become meaningless.
So too were American promises to Georgia in 2008. And American promises to Poland and the Czech Republic with regard to missile defense.
The Obama administration’s decision to slash American assistance to Israel’s missile defense—while at the same time enabling between $7 billion and $20 billion in sanctions relief and new investment into Iran—likewise undercuts any lingering hope in Israel or among Israel’s defenders in the United States that Obama would lift a finger if Iranian leaders act on their promise to annihilate the Jewish state.
The world could hardly fail to notice:
Saudi Arabia and Egypt are furious with Obama. And Kuwaiti and Emirati leaders suggest that they can no longer trust American commitments.
Only IF we get a Rand Paul, a Ted Cruz, a Sarah Palin in the White House; restore the Constitution as the supreme law of the land, prosecute this entire administration and many in congress for a laundry list of crimes.
The next administration might have more credibility if it upholds the law and prosecutes EVERYONE who was involved in the attempted destruction of America. The American people need to trust the government and obozo and his gang of thugs have destroyed that trust.
I am not sure that I will ever trust the government again.
I don't think trust can be restored in the American government until Americans start trusting it again. That may never come.
They would have to do away with the IRS and all the agencies that are keeping track of our every movement.
What has happened to the people in government? They tried to impeach Clinton for lying over a little sex (that really hurt no one).
Here is obama lying over every thing in the in obamacare (that hurts millions) and no one does a thing but talk about it. I think most of the people in Washington is in on the destruction of this once great nation.
I say don't blame the Americas for one persons mistakes
Americans elected him and his crew....
Only if and when a strong Conservative Mandate allows sweeping rollback of 50 years of Liberal abuse.
On a related subject; I have come to the opinion that the subject of new voting rights requirements needs to be debated. We have recently seen from Rep Shiela Jackson Lee that she believes the Constitution is 400 years old. It is insane in this day and age to allow this caliber of leader to occupy seats of responsibility. Ignorant voters put her there.
In my opinion a minimum American History requirement if not a general citizens test should be mandated just as drivers licenses are. Damage far greater than a traffic accident is occuring in our country due to a lack of knowledge of the political road and the mechanics of our Constitution. Citizens have responsibilities.
We must do away with 'Black history Month'. It is a divisive tool of the left and those responsible for it in the first place must be excoriated and their legacy forever tarnished.