When Barack Obama became president in 2009, he said that it was time for America to restore its image on the world stage. He said that his administration would definitely do just that.
But as his opponent in the 2012 presidential election recently pondered, you’d be hard-pressed to find a single country around the globe that has more respect for America than it did before 2009. What’s more, Mitt Romney was right on Russia when he said that the country was America’s biggest geopolitical threat in a presidential debate. The president condescendingly disagreed—only to be proven, once again, to be the novice he is.
“When you were asked what’s the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia, not al Qaeda,” Obama said in 2012. “In the 1980s, they’re now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because, you know, the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.”
I thought I would take some time to debunk four apparently popular notions regarding international affairs, perpetuated by the Obama administration and uniformed liberals from all walks of life. Let’s take a look:
- Everyone Does Not Hate Americans. Contrary to what the president would have you think, Americans are actually liked abroad. Sure, it’s pretty likely that when President Obama sends drones that kill guests at a wedding party in Yemen, for example, some of those people are certainly going to hate Americans. But generally speaking, Americans are nice people and the world understands that and embraces it.
- Americans are Not All Lazy and Uneducated. Though it’s probably fair to say that there are a good amount of lazy, uneducated Americans, the fact of the matter remains that there are many more intelligent ones. It’s probably also safe to say that more non-Americans can speak more than one language fluently than can Americans. Thankfully for Americans traveling abroad, odds are that at least one of those languages foreigners can speak is English. So that means that Americans who might only know English don’t have to enlist interpretation services when they travel and talk with the locals.
- All Conflicts Cannot be Resolved via Dialogue. For whatever reason, it appears as though our president hasn’t read much history. An “intellectual” who has no real-world experience, people like Obama feel as though they can deal with barbarians like Vladimir Putin via simple conversations. Apparently the president is completely unaware of Russian-U.S. history. Do you think Putin is intimidated by Obama?
- We Give Too Much Money to Other Countries. In 2011, the United States government—funded by people like you and me—gave $49.6 billion to foreign countries. Considering that the country is more than $17.5 trillion in debt and running deficits every year, it defies logic that this money couldn’t be spent better domestically. That’s real money, it’s substantial, and it adds up.
Many millennials are apathetic by nature when it comes to politics, but there are also those who understand that there’s a big world out there that we are about to inherent. Education is paramount to success, so just remember to double check everything you hear about International affairs, even if it is from the President himself.
Written By: Ali Lawrence
Ali Lawrence is an outreach specialist for a tech company and blogs about communication in her free time. Follow her on Twitter: @Ali_MarCom.