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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Under Bush U.S. Viewed More Favorably in Arab World than Under Obama

Do Arabs want Bush Back too?

Hmmmm... wasn't Obama supposed to restore America's standing in the world and especially help restore U.S. standing in Muslim countries?

Obama, US viewed less favorably in Arab world, poll shows
By Farah Stockman
Boston Globe
July 13, 2011

The United States is viewed less favorably in much of the Arab world today than it was during the final year of the Bush administration, and President Obama is less popular in the region that Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, according to a poll released today (WED) by the Arab American Institute, a nonpartisan research and advocacy group. 
In 2008, the final year of the Bush administration, only nine percent of Egyptians had a favorable attitude towards the United States. A year later, after Obama took office, that number jumped to 30 percent. But now it has plummeted to just five percent of Egyptians who view the United States favorably.

Similar figures in Morocco, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates show that the United States is viewed less favorably now than the final year of the Bush administration.

In a worrisome sign for US policymakers who would like to enlist the region’s support in isolating the Iranian regime, the poll shows that the policies of Iran are viewed more favorably than the policies of the United States.

In Egypt and Jordan, only three percent of people polled said they agreed with Obama’s policies in the region, compared to 31 percent and 20 percent who said they agreed with the Iranian president’s.

It's often been said that Arabs respect a strong leader. Clearly Obama is not that leader. His foreign policy is weak and has created a vacuum of leadership which is being filled by loonies like Ahmadinejad. The consequences of Obama's weakness are only now becoming apparent. Worse is still to come!

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