...and they're not good. 'Now They Tell Us' says Mark Steyn on his website today, commenting on Mort Zuckerman's opinion piece in U.S. News: "World Sees Obama As Incompetent And Amateur". Zuckerman's is a long, interesting and detailed article - although most of it isn't new, recapping on various Obama actions - and Steyn picks out one sentence that sums it up: "The end result is that a critical mass of influential people in world affairs who once held high hopes for the president have begun to wonder whether they misjudged the man." I would pick out another:
"America right now appears to be unreliable to traditional friends, compliant to rivals, and weak to enemies. One renowned Asian leader stated recently at a private dinner in the United States, 'We in Asia are convinced that Obama is not strong enough to confront his opponents, but we fear that he is not strong enough to support his friends.'"Steyn's own piece is just as interesting although far funnier! About 'The Medicority of Hope': "Only the mediocre are always at their best." (Jean Giraudoux), "Can Obama plug leak in his support?" [OCRegister] Very amusing and basically summing up just how disappointing - and parataxic - Obama is being (funnily enough that's something I always thought about Blair). More interesting however, is the 'call to arms' Steyn gives in his final paragraph:
"Memo to Secretary Rodham Clinton: Do you find yourself of a quiet evening with a strange craving for chicken dinners and county fairs in Iowa and New Hampshire, maybe next summer?...
..."It Takes A Spillage."