He Promised A Reset, But Seven Years On,
Our Enemies Still Hate Us — So Do Our Allies
POLIZETTE — Barack Obama promised to make the world love America once more — but seven years after assuming office, not only do our enemies still hate us, but our allies do too.
Obama will head to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Wednesday as he embarks on the first of his international “farewell tours.” This one, however, is shaping up to be more of an apology tour. But unlike his 2008 “apology tour” in which he groveled before foreign leaders and apologized for George W. Bush’s legacy, this time around the legacy for which he will apologize is his own.
“I think the trip is to reassure Arab allies that the United States is there for the long run and not cutting and running,” said David Ottaway, a Middle East expert at the Wilson Center told the Associated Press.
Of course, one can hardly blame American allies like Saudi Arabia for thinking that the U.S. has abandoned them. In an interview with The Atlantic at the beginning of April, Obama appeared to call countries who relied on their military alliance with the U.S. for protection as “free riders.”