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).

Yeah…

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.


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