Lies: part 6, a view from abroad


Condi Rice, one of the few people with any melanin at last weeks GOP pep rally, talked about how the rest of the world has lost respect for America since Obama has been president and said the Romney-Ryan ticket would restore our country’s standing in the world.

She said it without even bringing an empty chair on stage, but her view on how the U.S. is viewed outside our borders did border on the surreal of Clint Eastwood‘s Invisible Obama.

Look people, this is Condi Rice we’re talking about. As Fred Kaplan at Slate said:

Condi Rice — a top adviser in the most disastrous, reputation-crippling foreign-policy administration in decades — has no business lecturing anybody on this score.

I was in Europe during the past administration, and if you wanted to see a riot in any country break out, all you had to say was: “George W. Bush is coming to town.”

I’ll let Kaplan take it from here:

According to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, 53 percent of British citizens had a favorable view of the United States in 2008, the last year of Bush’s presidency. Today the figure is 60 percent. In France, the figure rose from 42 percent to 69 percent; the Czech Republic, from 45 to 54 percent; Germany, from 31 to 52 percent; Japan, from 50 to 72 percent; Mexico, from 47 to 56 percent. Only in the Arab countries (Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan) has the rating declined (and do the Republicans really care much about that?).

Another Pew poll, released just this week, about global attitudes toward President Obama as a leader makes Rice’s concerns seem ridiculous. As summarized by CNN, 87 percent of the Germans, 86 percent of the French, 80 percent of the British, and 74 percent of the Japanese have confidence in Obama—in each case, more confidence than they have in their own leaders. More striking still, 92 percent of the French, 89 percent of the Germans, 73 percent of the British, and 66 percent of the Japanese want Obama re-elected.

I can’t emphasize enough how much most of the world HATED the Bush administration. I was flying to Austria the day after the 2008 election, and when I showed my passport on the way to Vienna, airport staff just wanted to talk about how great it was that Americans didn’t vote for four more years of Republican rule. The Obama election was a big deal overseas, and America’s standing went up immediately.

Not that the Republicans care about any of that.


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