German Die Welt: For SuperPower – Not Enough to Want to be Loved: US Image of Weakness Exploited by Salafists al-Qaeda

Obama hasn’t clarified as yet, whether Germany is an ally of the United States. We may learn they are not. Die Welt, a conservative publication, came out with a blistering assessment of Obama’s Middle East “policy:”( Read the story that goes with the photo below of Obama’s non-existant intelligence briefings here.)

Obama’s Presidential Daily Briefing (PDB) on Intelligence

“US President Barack Obama’s Middle East policy is in ruins.

Like no president before him, he tried to win over the Arab world.

After some initial hesitation, he came out clearly on the side of the democratic revolutions. … In this context, he must accept the fact that he has snubbed old close allies such as Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Egyptian military.

And now parts of the freed societies are turning against the country which helped bring them into being. Anti-Americanism in the Arab world has even increased to levels greater than in the Bush era. It’s a bitter outcome for Obama.”

“Obama was naive to believe that one only needed to adopt a new tone and show more respect in order to dispel deep-seated reservations about the free world.

In practice, the policies of the Obama administration in the region were not as naive as they may have seemed at times, and the Americans have always been much more involved in the Middle East than the passive Europeans.

But Washington has provided the image of a distracted superpower in the process of decline to the societies there. This image of weakness is being exploited by Salafists and al-Qaida, who are active in North Africa from Somalia to Mali.”

“One thing is clear: If jihadists believe they can attack American installations and kill an ambassador on the anniversary of Sept. 11, then America’s deterrent power has declined considerably.

For a superpower, it is not enough just to want to be loved. You have to scare the bad guys to keep them in check.”

The above quote said to be from the conservative German Die Welt comes from der Spiegel Online. I have not found the original article. I have also separated paragraphs into sentences for emphasis but each is in the original order. Read der Spiegel Online post here.

Professor Donald Douglas at American Power Blog is also writing about the oooozing blister coming from Germans.

It’s not that Obama wants America to be loved. He wants to be beloved by Arabs. If his plan works…if he has time to implement his deepest desires, Jerusalem will not be the capital of Israel. Israel will not be a nation in the Middle East, and those who want Shariah law in the U.S. will lawfully have it. The Constitution will be amended as a living and breathing document, without a Constitutional Convention. ‘God’ will be removed from more than just the Democrat Party platform. Obama will be a handsome Hugo Chavez and all the poor people and the dhimmied Military will keep him in office.