As President Obama gallivants around the globe "repairing" relations with various countries he insists the Bush administration damaged I wonder when he'll realize that some countries just plain hate us and no amount of sweet talking and apologizing for being American will dissuade them?
Case and point- Iran (not to mention N. Korea, Venezuela, and Russia). Obama has been extremely soft in his rhetoric concerning the recently fixed Iranian election. He has offered a few token "I hope the Iranian people have their votes counted" type statements, but overall has been trying to tip-toe around the leading state-sponsors of Islamic terrorism around the world. So what does he get for his soft touch? Ahmadinejad rips him today saying he's no different than George Bush toward Iran.
Kim Jong Il doesn't respect Obama, Chavez and his regime knows Obama wants to look like the prince of peace so he is trying to suck up to him, Russia is salivating, and Iran gets closer to nuclear capability each month. George Bush and friends had myriads of diplomatic deficiencies, but their underlying realization that multiple countries and regimes hate America and want our country to suffer and fall was right. Obama is a gifted diplomat, I just don't think he gets the rules people like Kim Jong Il, Hugo Chavez, Vladimir Putin, and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad play by or the worldview lense through which they see.
I haven't even mentioned China.
I hope he gets it soon.