Powell endorses Obama. McCain seizes the opportunity to lie with confidence.

Colin Powell has given his endorsement for Barack Obama and John McCain doesn’t like it.

“General Powell, you disappoint us and you have harmed your legacy even further by defending what is clearly the most feckless foreign policy in my lifetime,” McCain told Brian Kilmeade on his radio program.

McCain has apparently forgotten what George W. Bush did to our foreign relations during his tenure in the White House.  Either that or McCain hasn’t forgotten and is either lying or he is so divorced from reality that he actually believes Obama’s done a worse job.

Here’s the global opinion of the US during the Bush years.

Graph showing how opinion of the US declined.

And now, if the world were to vote for our President, Obama would win with almost 80% of the popular vote. Countries represented as favoring Obama include (from strongest supporters to weakest):

  • Germany
  • France
  • Australia
  • UK
  • India
  • Malaysia
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • Sweden
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Costa Rica
  • Columbia
  • Denmark

Countries described as having mixed or Romney-leaning views are:

  • Russia
  • Israel
  • Poland
  • Pakistan

Other nations love the President.  This is likely why the attacks on diplomatic targets under Obama are extremely low.

Conversely, Mitt Romney can’t seem to leave the country without pissing off our allies.  And Romney’s foreign policy is outright ignorant.  Hell, Romney’s knowledge of foreign anything seems lacking.

Oh, and then there’s the abysmal ignorance from Romney:

Syria is Iran’s only ally in the Arab world. It’s their route to the sea.

Say what? Iran is on the fucking ocean, with almost 2500 kilometers of coastline on the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. Syria has less than 200 kilometers of coastline on the Mediterranean. And Iraq is in between the two countries, so Iran couldn’t get anything to Syrian ports without shipping it through Iraq (which they can’t do).


Map of the Middle East.

In the third debate, the guy even agreed with much of Obama’s policies before decrying them as horrible and talking about how he was going to change them.  I mean fuck, Romney wants to give the military $2 trillion that they didn’t even ask for (and which the Pentagon says they don’t really need).  Even if, for some strange reason, you really did think Barack Obama was a foreign relations nightmare, that doesn’t make the other guy better by default.  And, in the case of Mitt Romney, I don’t see how it can be argued that electing him would be a boon to our diplomatic efforts.  The rest of the world certainly doesn’t think so.

Obama has his faults.  He is not perfect with foreign policy (drone strikes, anyone?).  But you must admit that the guy’s done a lot for us in that department and he is one hell of a diplomat.  In one term he’s got the world back to not hating us and, in most cases, the world really loves our present leader.  When the world likes our leader, they’re less likely to do dick things like attack our embassies.  What’s more, if you think Romney is at all competent with foreign politics, let alone anywhere near approaching the current President in terms of geopolitical tact, you need to start watching/reading something besides Fox News.

That one of our senators might honestly think that this is not a vast improvement in just four years is very sad.  More likely, McCain is just full of shit and trying to fire up the base for Romney.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Randomfactor

    If he means that Obama doesn’t give a feck what McCain thinks, I can live with that.

  • invivoMark

    Deckard McCain is just going senile, that’s all.

    • Elerena

      Perhaps so, but I still refuse to stay awhile and listen to him.

      • invivoMark

        He just can’t identify what is going on in foreign policy any more.

        • Nate Frein

          Ow ow ow ow…

    • John Horstman

      So Tristram is actually Hanoi?

  • eric

    the most feckless foreign policy in my lifetime

    Astounding that he would say this mere days after the third debate. Did he even watch it? His party’s leader agreed with our current policy.

  • Kulgur

    I’m trying to figure out why Russia would prefer Romney, and failing quite spectacularly.

    I mean, I can understand Pakistan’s point of view. Obama’s been sending drone strikes at their civilians for so long, they’re probably in a “Anyone but this guy” mood.

    But that Russia would prefer the guy that referred to them as the US’s number one enemy, and wants to attack them? Does Russia actually want to be invaded? I just don’t comprehend this.

    • Compuholic

      But that Russia would prefer the guy that referred to them as the US’s number one enemy, and wants to attack them? Does Russia actually want to be invaded? I just don’t comprehend this.

      I also don’t really understand it. The best reason I could come up with is, that they need somebody they can hate. And Romney is way easier to hate than Obama. It seems that Putin does not have as much support in the population as he used to have. And I think he is playing the patriotism game as G.W. Bush did so aptly. And what would be easier than to make use of old enemies.

      At the last elections many people accused Putin of manipulating the results. And he responded that the U.S. was behind the protests. Or look at the missile defense shield for example. Russia is opposing the project strongly and Putin said that if Romney was elected the defense shield would definitely be directed against Russia.

  • RuQu

    McCain was easy to respect in the 2000 primary.

    He lost that primary, and clearly decided to sacrifice a career of integrity to garner more partisan support. Now he’s fully committed to that path, even if it is one devoid of any honesty, honor, or the best interest of the nation he’s devoted his life to.

    Sad, really.

  • greg1466

    You are correct of course. But what you are overlooking is that to Republicans, the fact that other countries actually like the U.S. more under Obama is actually a BAD thing. It’s simply proof of how much Obama hates America and further justification for the belief that he must be defeated at all costs.