H/t reader M.G.:
“Here is an excellent article about the rising power of Russia (as perceived by the EU) and why the US is losing. Thanks to the idiots who have run everything good we had into a tomb, here is the new view of America. Since Bill Clinton, we have been going downhill, and the corporate fool we now have in charge has completed the job.
The US is no longer seen as #1, by its people or the world.”
- U.S. influence hits new lows (Al Jazeera, April 12, 2014):
Obama’s trips to Europe and Saudi Arabia reveal the limits of American power
President Barack Obama spoke with condescension last week at The Hague when he identified the Russian Federation as a “regional power that’s threatening some of its immediate neighbors not out of strength but out of weakness.”
From Moscow’s point of view, Obama’s embassy to world capitals at the end of March demonstrated that the United States has also become a regional power, one that can no longer get its way in Europe and the Middle East.
In The Hague and in Brussels, Obama spoke of economic sanctions against Russia while definitely ruling out military force to resolve the Ukraine crisis. No European leader disagreed. It’s not just that severe sanctions would damage the fragile recovery underway in the EU. The Europeans have long since accepted that the U.S. cannot do more than talk of an Atlantic-based alliance. Moscow regards NATO as a shell of its 20th century presence and doesn’t worry much about military exercises or provocative NATO meetings chaired by the NATO and European Command leader, Gen. Phillip Breedlove, who had scheduled testimony on Capitol Hill canceled so he could consult with allies.