“He believes in vigorous engagement around the world – in strong alliances, in confronting our adversaries and standing up for human rights by making these points in a very public way,” Axelrod said. “He is confident. He’s someone who’s leading from strength and a deep belief in who America is and what we stand for. That confidence is reflected in the way he conducts himself on the world stage.”
White House senior adviser David Axelrod
Do you get the impression these people are rank amateurs? Treating your enemies exactly as you treat your friends will make the latter wonder if you know what the dictionary definition of 'friend' is, not solidify your friendship with them. A very important question would be, who does Barack Obama define as 'our adversaries'? Having dumped on Britain, Poland and the Czech republic recently, its a point that needs clarifying. Hugo Chavez, Kim Jong-Il and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have good reason to believe Obama does NOT consider them as such.
Does someone who is confident and who leads from strength need David Axelrod to point that out? Someone who is terrible, ham-fisted and wandering about with no real clue what there doing might. I can see how Axelrod is spinning this- only the truly great man would bow to the Japanese emperor and the Saudi King, confident that he is the greater figure. The trouble is, this is the same Barack Obama who not once but twice flipped the bird while debating his Democrat peers and laughed uproarously at crass murder jokes. This is no towering moral giant. This is no olympian decider gazing down on our foibles and moral hazards with a calm clear gaze. This is a starkly partisan man who has so far barely managed to hide his squalid disdain and bitter hatred for his ideological and tactical American enemies.
We could be in for some turbulent times. Obama has his own ideas about who Americas friends should be, and those ideas are shared by virtually no other Americans.