FiveThirtyEight: Politics Done Right: Is Obama Improving America's Global Image?
Obama is viewed mostly positively, but attitudes toward America generally are not improving much, if at all, in most countries.
Oh goody. I was so concerned about what they think of us in Latvia.
Quod scripsi, scripsi
This is great news. We need our allies and we need to be more respectful of other countries. No more hee haw cowboy shoot'n from the hip ****. Thank God Bush is gone.
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
Maybe this should be in the media bias forum. I haven't seen a big difference between Bush's foreign policy and Obama's. Maybe the change in the #s is due entirely to the difference in media coverage of the two presidents.
If you expect people to be rational, you aren't being rational.
... being viewed favorably by other nations isn't inconsistent with the self-interest of the United States. On any given issue, from trade and economics, to war and joint military action, to collaborations on other global issues, it is always easier to secure the cooperation of other nations when they like you as opposed to disdaining you. If Bush hadn't been so heavy handed in his dealings with other countries, perhaps we would have received more than nominal help from other countries (excepting Britain) on the War on Terrorism.
Yes, it does matter if the world has a more favorable view. I know it is 'cool' to sit around and say why should we care. Well, we should care when it becomes a political liability for others to support us. When we need more support both financially and militarily in Afghanistan. When we rely on cooperation with other nations, especially in the Middle East, for intelligence. When we are reliant on citizens of other nations to purchase our crap, to buy our Pepsi and GM. We need the good will of people to allow military over flights, and access to ports.
Last edited by WillRockwell; 07-23-09 at 09:24 PM.
But hey, as long as the EU and the Turd World like us, who cares!
(I think they like Obama because he's about as incompetent as their own leadership, but that's just my opinion ...)