BTL a Hit in Pakistan

At least, we should be—although they still think higher of President Obama than we do:

After four years of Barack Obama’s diplomatic ‘leadership’ and billions of dollars in attempted friendship aid, a new public opinion poll reveals that 92% of Pakistanis now disapprove of the United States.

The results could have been worse. Not much. But a little. Fully four Pakistanis out of 100 do approve of the United States, President Obama and his policies. They, however, seem to keep kind of quiet about their views in that rowdy land. That’s the lowest favorable rating Pakistan’s citizens have ever given their ostensible North American ally.

To be fair, Obama has never thought that much of Pakistan either:

[D]uring the 2007-08 campaign for the Democratic nomination, then former state senator Obama did warn everyone listening to party debates that he would bomb even Pakistan if it did not fully cooperate in a campaign against terrorists.

At the time many were faux-shocked and Obama was roundly denounced for saying he’d attack an alleged ally in the endless Afghan war. His critics were many, including fellow Sen. Hillary Clinton, his future Secretary of State who would come to help Obama implement his foreign policies.

You won’t hear me criticizing President Obama for bombing the hell out of Pakistan. Buncha a-holes, sheltering Osama and probably a lot more Al Qaeda cockroaches.

But we’re not very popular in Muslim lands, are we?

You may remember one foundation stone of Obama’s initial presidential campaign was the argument that because of the historical nature of his presidency and his upbringing in Indonesia, the globe’s most populous Muslim land, the world would feel more fondly toward America for a change.

That doesn’t seem to be happening so far.

Obama and Clinton helped push Egyptian dictator and close American ally Hosni Mubarak from office, alienated much of Egypt’s ungrateful population and got instead a Muslim Brotherhood government openly hostile to Israel and the U.S. However, it’s still willing to accept more than $1 billion in annual aid from the American administration, including recently new tanks and jet fighters.

Upset by the mere threat of civilian loss of life in Libya’s civil war, Obama actively bombed and Tomahawked dictator Qaddafi from office, producing a lawless land where four Americans were killed by a heavily-armed mob in an indefensible consulate in Benghazi.

Obama was so upset by the first death of an American ambassador in four decades that he nearly postponed a campaign fundraiser in Las Vegas.

In Syria, where an estimated 55,000 civilians have already died in civil war fighting, Obama chose to launch merely a lengthy barrage of words at the dictator, firmly demanding that he leave. Obama also rejected pleas by two cabinet secretaries to help arm the rebels there.

BTW, how many times did we see images like this when Bush was president?

Sure, I’d agree Bush was less popular than Obama. But the rest of the world has to see through him better than we do at home.

Turns out not to be so rare a phenomenon.

Sorry to have gone on so long—but it could have been a lot longer, believe me. I guess my only point is that our media have not been sharing these quite common images with us as they used to do in the Bush days.


  1. Bloodthirsty Liberal said,

    February 15, 2013 @ 3:36 pm

    You know, BTL, my husband told recently that he’d rather have a kid on welfare than a kid who grew up to become a journalist.

    - Aggie

  2. Jeanette said,

    February 15, 2013 @ 5:41 pm

    Quite understandable, Aggie.

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