Here is the Obama pattern: Choose a foreign leader to pressure. Threaten him with dire consequences if he does not bend to Washington’s will. When he refuses to submit and instead responds vigorously, back off quickly and overcompensate for failure by switching into a placatory mode.
Obama lacks both guts and the strong convictions and is furnishing hard evidence that American power is on the decline and the slide is irreversible
Those who have refused to buckle
- China, a first-tier mega-nation
- Brazil, a rising major power
- Israel, heavily dependent
- Afghanistan, a client state
- Honduras, military junta in the overthrow of Zelaya