Obama’s Shameless Behavior at G20 Denounced
Sept. 13, 2016 (EIRNS)—President Barack Obama has been soundly denounced for destroying the U.S. image globally. Ambassador Chas Freeman granted an interview to Sputnik, in which he said the United States is less safe and more hated globally as the result of policies pursued since 9/11.
"The United States is less safe than it was when it began its ill-considered military campaigns in Asia and Africa. The discredit this has brought to American democracy has greatly diminished its appeal abroad."
"It kicked off an American-led war on militant Islam that has spawned contempt for the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law both at home and abroad, and justified the curtailment of the freedoms and the erosion of the personal security of Americans that it is ostensibly directed at protecting."
He linked the war policies of Bush and Obama to the collapse of the U.S. economy, telling Sputnik,
"The diversion of American resources to foreign adventures rather than to meeting domestic human and infrastructure needs has made America a shabbier, less competitive society."
Freeman cited Obama’s drone wars for having "spread anti-Western terrorism with global reach to new corners of the globe."
Freeman’s comments were further echoed by Martin Sieff, writing for UPI, who denounced Obama’s behavior at the G20 meeting as sowing the seeds for an economic disaster and thermonuclear war.
"At the G20 he jumped deep into the pit of strategic overextension, committing the United States to ongoing dangerous confrontations with the other greatest global powers—Russia and China.... Weak men bluster and bluff, then imagine they are strong. That is what Obama did at the Group of 20 meeting.... Where he saw himself as a proud man standing tall on the world stage, others saw a blustering phony, who boasts of a Nobel Prize he never deserved, never earned. Obama stood up—in his own imagination—to Russia and China. In reality, he just plunged ahead on a course toward U.S. economic collapse through an endless clash with China. Even worse, he took another step on the road toward thermonuclear confrontation and world war with Russia. Obama’s conduct at Hangzhou will not be scrutinized or even criticized by the worshipful U.S. media, but it plunges the United States and the American people far further down the road towards global war and existential crisis under his successor."