President Obama is facing challenges to American power on multiple fronts as he prepares for his first trip overseas since taking office, with the nation’s economic woes emboldening allies and adversaries alike.
Despite his immense popularity around the world, Mr. Obama will confront resentment over American-style capitalism and resistance to his economic prescriptions when he lands in London on Tuesday for the Group of 20 summit meeting of industrial and emerging market nations plus the European Union.
The president will not even try to overcome NATO’s unwillingness to provide more troops in Afghanistan when he goes on later in the week to meet with the military alliance.
A Protest of the Group of 20 meeting.
President Bush said during events celebrating Israel's 60th anniversary. "We have heard this foolish delusion before. Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with terrorists and
radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along."
President Barack Obama's response. “The President’s extraordinary politicisation of foreign policy and the politics of fear do nothing to secure the American people or our stalwart ally, Israel.
Now we are going to see how President Barack Obama will preform as he prepares for his first trip overseas since taking office.
1. President Obama will not even try to overcome NATO’s unwillingness to provide more troops in Afghanistan
2. President Obama seems unlikely to return home with any more to show for his attempts to open a dialogue with Iran’s leaders.
3. President Obama is unlikely to push for specific commitments from other countries on stimulus spending to bolster their own economies
4. In Prague, Mr. Obama will confront an Eastern Europe nervous about Russian attempts to reassert itself in an area that Moscow views as its backyard. Protesters are planning an “international resistance camp” with antiwar actions designed to press Mr. Obama to get American troops out of Afghanistan.
Eight years of George Bush was to walk softly and carry a big stick. President Barack Obama's is to walk softly and put a big carrot at the end of that stick and try to get the world to follow you. But Mr. Obama the world does not want your carrot and you will see this on your trip. The President will be tested in face-to-face meetings by the leaders of China and Russia, who have been pondering the degree to which the power of the United States will dominate global affairs.
Now when President Barack Obama address the G20 conference will he say what he said in Germany? "I know my country has not perfected itself. At times, we've struggled to keep the promise of liberty and equality for all of our people. We've made our share of mistakes, and there are times when our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions."
I am truly sorry and apologise for the United States of America. We will do better. President this is what the world wants to hear. Now what are you going to say?
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Barack Obama Speech from Berlin, Germany