Russia is responding to our sanctions and expressing its leader’s contempt for what he considers American weakness by sending nuclear bombers into American airspace. This has happened 16 times in the last 10 days. [Read more…]
American foreign policy is a mess, much of the world is mad at us, and our power seems to be declining. But there is one area that America does well and the rest of the world knows it and respects us for it: Whenever a disaster strikes anywhere in the world, the United States government and its citizens are really, really generous. Whereas our rivals–I’m thinking of you, China–just aren’t.
We shouldn’t pat ourselves on the back, but the diplomatic and political effects of American generosity are playing themselves out in typhoon-ravaged Philippines. So reports international affairs columnist Anne Applebaum. [Read more…]
American citizens in great numbers resented the revelations via Edward Snowden that the NSA was monitoring their e-mails and phone calls. But the outrage is even greater among our allies, who learned that not only was our government snooping on their citizens, but that we were specifically eavesdropping on as many as 35 government leaders, including German prime minister Angela Merkel. A number of these countries are planning to take the issue to the UN, and the resentment threatens the negotiations for a free trade agreement with the European Union. [Read more…]
China and Russia both gave NSA-whistleblower Edward Snowden safe passage on his way to asylum in Ecuador. This, despite direct American pleas to stop him and turn him over. Russia and China, usually on the receiving end of America’s criticisms for their violations of human rights, can now accuse the U.S. of violating the civil rights of its own citizens by eavesdropping on them. There is also the resentment internationally that foreigners were particularly targeted. At any rate, this whole fiasco of Snowden’s escape amounts to a major diplomatic show of disrespect for the Obama administration. [Read more…]