One of the things Obama supporters repeat ad nauseum about their candidate is that his election would restore our image abroad.
Today, ABC News reporter raises that very question, “Could an Obama Win Restore America’s Global Image?“Â Her subhead answers the question in the affirmative.Â But, over at the Atlantic, a sensible blogger wonders if European leaders are worried about Obama.
A month ago, Victor Davis Hanson found that beneath the popular enthusiasm for Obama lay serious concerns about the Democrat’s policies.
Another reporter, ABC’s indispensable (and adorable) Jake Tapper links a report in Israeli newspaper Haaretz indicating that French President Nicolas Sarkozy “views the Democratic candidate’s stance on Iran as ‘utterly immature’ and comprised of ‘formulations empty of all content’:”
Following their July meeting, Sarkozy repeatedly expressed disappointment with Obama’s positions on Iran, concluding that they were “not crystallized, and therefore many issues remain open,” the Israeli source said. Advisors to the French president who held separate meetings with Obama’s advisors came away with similar impressions and expressed similar disappointment.
Sarkozy’s concerns are consistent with those raised this summer by European officials that Obama’s “campaign pledge to begin direct talks with Iran on its nuclear program without preconditions could potentially rupture U.S. relations with key European allies early in a potential Obama administration.“Â Obama’s election might restore our image abroad, but at the cost of our relations with our allies.Â Our influence would thus be reduced.
Commenting on Sarkozy’s comments, Ed Morrissey calls Obama an “empty suit” who could “wind up being “more unilateral than George Bush in his foreign policy.”
Another sign that Obama’s change from the last eight years means a change for the worse.