Here is what happens when the United States is weakened in the eyes of the world:
In response, the administration has:
The suspension of aid to Egypt tossed a lifeline to the Muslim Brotherhood, which is roiling politics in Egypt by seeking violent confrontation with the government, and undermining the U.S. ally Jordan and the previously secular Turkish democracy. Notably, the suspension did not seem to presage the collapse of the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty despite the insistence of many that Egypt kept the treaty only because the U.S. bribed it to do so. Cooperation against jihadists in Sinai and against Hamas in Gaza appears to indicate that there is at least some self-interest in the Treaty on both sides. Israeli officials have expressed «concern» about the aid suspension.
The President appears to be working overtime to improve relations with America’s adversaries, which would not necessarily be a bad idea, except for the number of times that it has come at the expense of America’s interests and allies. Even our neighbor and good friend Canada has felt the President’s cold shoulder:
When the United States is weak, as it is when it vacillates between threats to its allies and bribes to its adversaries, neither allies nor adversaries have any incentive to follow the American lead. The traditional American post-WWII posture as the guarantor of freedom of navigation and protector of a network of allies – in the Pacific, in the Middle East, in South America – and scourge of Nazis, Chinese Communists, Soviets and al Qaeda, is headed toward a less manageable «every man for himself» series of ad hoc arrangements that portend greater international instability in which terror and warfare thrive.
A Lesser Superpower Than We Used To Be
by Shoshana Bryen
October 24, 2013 at 4:00 am