MARK STEYN: “Whenever Obamaâ€™s not talking about himself, itâ€™s like heâ€™s wandered off-message.”
Not being George W. Bush may be enough to impress the 2009 Nobush Peace Prize committee in Oslo, but itâ€™s old news everywhere else. Americaâ€™s enemies have figured out that the Superbower is their best opportunity since the Seventies; and for Americaâ€™s friends, the short version of the hopeychangey era to date is last weekâ€™s cover story at the London Spectator showing an empty suit in the Oval Office over the headline â€œThe Worst Kind of Ally.â€
Hang on, wasnâ€™t that title retired with Bush? Well, no. Apparently, he routinely called up prime ministers hither and yon and kept them in the picture and up to speed. Obama doesnâ€™t have time for any of that: When he stiffed Poland on missile defense, he got Hillary to phone it in. The Poles, bless â€™em, declined to take her call. In Delhi, meanwhile, theyâ€™re horrified by Obamaâ€™s performance in China. Americaâ€™s enemies smell weakness, and our allies feel only the vacuum of U.S. leadership. About himself, the president speaks loudly. For America, he carries a small twig.
H/T Mike B.