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Title: NBC Reporter Can’t Name A Single Country Where U.S. Relations Have Improved Under Obama
Post by: mystery-ak on May 30, 2014, 09:02:10 AM
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 NBC Reporter Can’t Name A Single Country Where U.S. Relations Have Improved Under Obama
   By Mike Miller


On Thursday’s CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone challenged Richard Engel, NBC’s chief foreign correspondent, to name a country where U.S. relations have improved since Barack Obama took office more than 5 years ago. After hemming and hawing, Engel admitted that he was unable to do so.

Ironically, when Obama gave his so-called historic speech in Cairo, Egypt, in 2009, Engel was one of those in the media most impressed:

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    “A lot of people…across the Islamic world simply had their mouths open when they were listening to this speech. They couldn‘t believe what they were hearing. They have not heard this kind of language from an American president.

     

    There was a lot of flattery involved, many references to history, and extensive use of Islam. All of these are common in the Arabic world. It sounded very much like an Arabic speech that was given by a well-spoken leader in the Arabic world.”


And now? Engle is singing a different tune:

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    “Right now we have a black hole in Syria. Iraq is in a state of collapse. Libya is about to go back into a civil war. And this was the one case where we intervened militarily.

     

    So I think there is [sic] a lot of problems on the horizon in the foreign policy world just because you are off-ramping in Afghanistan.”


What a difference five years makes. And this was a president who was going to “regain respect for the U.S.” in the world. A president who was going to make the world “like us” again. A president who was going to undo all of the foreign relations “harm” caused by President George W. Bush.
Title: Re: NBC Reporter Can’t Name A Single Country Where U.S. Relations Have Improved Under Obama
Post by: jmyrlefuller on May 30, 2014, 09:29:13 AM
Well, the Europeans seem to like us more.

Not that that's a good thing.
Title: Re: NBC Reporter Can’t Name A Single Country Where U.S. Relations Have Improved Under Obama
Post by: Oceander on May 30, 2014, 09:30:42 AM
Well, the Europeans seem to like us more.

Not that that's a good thing.

they do?  the shine seems to have worn a bit from even that, given the hosannas that greeted him in 2009, when they were prepared to canonize him in Berlin.
Title: Re: NBC Reporter Can’t Name A Single Country Where U.S. Relations Have Improved Under Obama
Post by: musiclady on May 30, 2014, 09:32:09 AM
Well, the Europeans seem to like us more.

Not that that's a good thing.

Which Europeans??

The British?  Germans?  French?  Eastern Europe??

I don't think ANY of our allies "like us more" now than they did when they knew they could trust us (before Obama, that is).
Title: Re: NBC Reporter Can’t Name A Single Country Where U.S. Relations Have Improved Under Obama
Post by: jmyrlefuller on May 30, 2014, 09:41:20 AM
Which Europeans??

The British?  Germans?  French?  Eastern Europe??

I don't think ANY of our allies "like us more" now than they did when they knew they could trust us (before Obama, that is).
I was thinking more like Sweden, Denmark, Norway... all those northern welfare states that America always gets negatively compared to, even though our demographic makeup isn't comparable.
Title: Re: NBC Reporter Can’t Name A Single Country Where U.S. Relations Have Improved Under Obama
Post by: Relic on May 30, 2014, 09:46:46 AM
An obvious, glaring failure. But that won't stop the palace guard media from protecting their boy king at all costs.

If I was made king for a day, the media would hate that day.
Title: Re: NBC Reporter Can’t Name A Single Country Where U.S. Relations Have Improved Under Obama
Post by: Oceander on May 30, 2014, 09:56:36 AM
An obvious, glaring failure. But that won't stop the palace guard media from protecting their boy king at all costs.

If I was made king for a day, the media would hate that day.

worse yet, they'd do their level best to get everyone to believe that the day never happened at all.  Sort of the reverse of the movie Groundhog Day.
Title: Re: NBC Reporter Can’t Name A Single Country Where U.S. Relations Have Improved Under Obama
Post by: musiclady on May 30, 2014, 10:25:33 AM
I was thinking more like Sweden, Denmark, Norway... all those northern welfare states that America always gets negatively compared to, even though our demographic makeup isn't comparable.

I suppose that it's possible that US/Scandinavian relations have 'improved' because of Obama's radical socialism, but I'm not sure there is any empirical evidence to back that up.