President Obama made some interesting claims during his speech before the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention. “Because we’re leading around the world, people have a new attitude toward America. There’s more confidence in our leadership. We see it everywhere we go.”
Obama did not name these people who have a “new attitude” and “more confidence” in America. Whoever they are, they don’t appear to be American consumers, whose confidence took another dip in June amid reports that the US economy may be heading into another recession.
As for “leading,” President Obama famously led the Libya military adventure, which was never authorized by Congress, from behind. His administration did lead in pushing longstanding US ally Hosni Mubarak out of power in Egypt, only to see Islamists rise to power there. His administration has not led on Syria and has left the Israelis questioning America’s commitment to that alliance. Perhaps Obama is crediting the Russians for reacting favorably when he promised them he would use second-term “flexibility” to give them special deals.
This speech represents another chapter in the long story of Barack Obama apologizing for America, and then taking credit when our enemies react to our weakness.