I can only speak as someone looking in from the outside. I have no experience of Obama from an American perspective, only a global one.
- Yes Al-qaeda did exist before Bush, but it was Bushís mishandling of the war on terror that actually put the world in more danger. He didnít protect the world, he made us all a target. You skilfully avoided the subject of the illegal occupation of Iraq which triggered a backlash on all allied nations.
- It may be routine for fundamental hard-line regimes to use torture, execution and illegal detention. But the USA makes it their business to interfere in regimes that do so. The USA therefore must follow Geneva conventions and Human Rights laws. Otherwise, the USA is no better than those regimes. And that became abundantly apparent during the Bush administration.
- Again, I can only speak for Obamaís global reputation, not domestic. He is considered 50x better than Bush in that he can deliver a coherent sentence without stumbling over his word and he has a clue about global politics and geography. I didnít compare him to other Americans, I only compared him to Bush. Obama is very much an intellectual and comes across as such. Well mannered, well-spoken and humble. All the character traits that should be expected of a good statesman. For you to criticise his diplomat skills in favour of Bush is laughable to say the least.
Bush made the world hate America, that is the crux of the matter. Obama has done much to reverse that trend. You should thank him. America has nothing if it canít command the respect of the world.
The fact the China rose to prominence during Bushís administration says a lot about how the world lost trust in the USA and chose to turn to the Chinese instead.
Good grief, you have spent all this time playing the "Its Bush's
fault" song Obama's supporters have used for 5 years. Please
tell us when we may begin to consider Obama on his own merits
because there is no traction under your tires.
You cannot name a single global situation that has improved under
Obama. Not one. His ineptitude is astounding when speaking of
Israel, Iran, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea,
Russia, China, Venezuela, Bolivia, or a dozen other countries.
Not one has improved relations with the U.S., but all now regard
Obama as a lightweight who cannot be taken seriously. And your
response is to blame Bush.
You overlook a host of scandals that now surround Obama despite
his desperate efforts to distract us with self-promotion events
now worldwide. "Fast and Furious," Benghazi, the IRS, the AP
snooping, NSA abuses, etc. Every day there is something new,
but Obama ... whom you defend as an "intellectual" ... always
claims he did not know, always pushing blame elsewhere. When
things get tough Obama is out fundraising or enjoying a rock
concert in the White House.
Incidentally, since you erroneously claim the Iraq war as
illegal, would you consider selling arms to Mexican drug
lords illegal? Would you admit that the biological weapons
used by Assad were those shipped from Iraq and that WMDs did
exist in Iraq. News reports here showed trucks moving from
Iraq to Syria as military actions unfolded. In fact, do you
admit Saddam tried to kill George Bush Sr.? Would you, as a
Brit, give a pass to N. Ireland if their head of state
attempted to kill the queen?