New poll says that under Obama, Muslim world dislikes U.S. more than ever
posted at 1:41 pm on September 18, 2012 by Howard Portnoy
When candidate Barack Obama delivered his pie-in-the-sky promise in 2008 to mend fences with the Muslim world—a task for which he professed to be uniquely qualified because he “spoke their language,” metaphorically speaking—soothsayers on both sides of the political spectrum were skeptical. Democrats were eager to get past Obama’s boast that he would “convene a meeting with Muslim leaders around the world to discuss how they can align themselves in our battle against terrorism.” The bright young candidate’s supporters understood how naïve his plan was.
Fast forward to 2012. Obama “won,” as he once pridefully acknowledged, and so the U.S. has conducted its foreign policy on his terms. We chose not to intervene in a green uprising in Iran when the chance arose and led from behind in unseating a tyrant of 40 years and Libya. Yet, despite having followed the Obama doctrine over the past three-plus years, the U.S. finds its tensions in the Arab at a fever pitch once again and four American diplomats are dead.
Even if you accept the demonstrably false White House narrative that the recent violence in the region is ascribable to a 12-minute internet trailer from a film that is insulting to the prophet Muhammad, whatever happened to the vaunted lines of communication Obama would open up with Muslims leaders? Shouldn’t the newly forged “relationship between the West and the Islamic world” have served as a buffer when news of the film (which Muslims have seen) reached the Muslim street? Shouldn’t the crowds have been lulled into submission by assurances that a handful of cretins don’t speak for the majority of people living in the West—or does that argument apply only to atrocities committed by Muslims?
The inescapable conclusion—that Obama’s “reset” in the Arab world has failed—is supported by a new poll from Pew Research Center. The poll reveals not only that approval for the president’s policies in the Arab world have declined since he took office. It shows that his ratings in most countries in the region are now lower than those of George W. Bush in his last year in office.
In Lebanon, favorability toward the U.S. is at 48%, compared with 51% under Bush in 2008. A similar trend obtains for Egypt, Jordan, and Pakistan, where the favorability has declined by 3%, 7%, and 7% respectively.
The attacks on the Libyan embassy to the U.S., which even that nation’s president views as premeditated and planned acts of terrorism by Al Qaeda, come at a time when Obama’s surrogates have once again been dancing on Osama bin Laden’s grave. It may be instructive for them to know that the mob that shredded the American flag at the embassy in Cairo last week chanted, “Obama, Obama there are still a billion Osamas.”
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