From the New York Post:
More hated than Dubya?
Last Updated: 3:09 AM, July 16, 2011
A recent Zogby poll asked Arabs their view of President Obama and the United States, and guess what? They’re not crazy about either one.
America’s approval in the Arab world has plummeted in the past two years. Just 5 percent of Egyptians view the US favorably, down from 30 percent in 2009.
“In most countries, they are lower than at the end of the Bush administration, and lower than Iran’s favorable ratings,” wrote pollster James Zogby.
More at the link. But the money line was:
A stunning 99 percent of Lebanese think he’s a failure — which means the warring Muslims, Christians and other ethnic groups there have finally found something they agree on.
Maybe, just maybe, what this really means is that it really doesn’t matter what the United States does, the Third Worlders are always going to hate us. Maybe, just maybe, it shows that it’s wholly useless to try to adjust our policies to try to get other nations to like us.
We liberated the people of Iraq and Afghanistan; they hate us. We abandoned Hosni Mubarak — albeit slowly — when the Egyptian people started to rise up against him; they hate us. We spent vast amounts of treasure to help the Libyans struggling to throw off the yoke of Muammar al-Qaddafi; they hate us. We undercut our only real ally there, Israel, by saying that any peace settlement has to go back to the old “Green Line.”; they hate us. We helped save the Muslim Bosnians from the Orthodox Christian Serbs; they still hate us. Hell, President Obama even
made obeisance bowed to Saudi royalty, and they still hate us. We poured money into the largest Muslim country in the world, Indonesia, following the tsunami, all for humanitarian purposes, and they hate us.
So, why don’t we just cut the crap, and stop trying to please other people, and set our foreign policy to achieve our self-interested objectives?