Does Obama Want to Be the Leader of the Free World?

Obama must act like he wants to be the leader of the free world.

President Barack Obama gestures during a speech about automatic defense budget cuts, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va.

The skyfall predicted as a result of the sequester going into effect has not occurred, no matter how nervous some government-dependent programs are. One entity dependent on the federal government is not nervous at all today: That is the state of Egypt which received $250 million from new Secretary of State John Kerry.

It used to be that Egypt would get handouts from the United States for being an ally to our country and to Israel. Does anyone believe Egypt in 2013 under President Mohammed Morsi is still such an ally? Not this author.

Where is President Obama's foreign policy? The Chinese seem to have no real interest in cooperating on enforcing intellectual property laws, weakening their currency, or any either key issue. Egypt is in continued disarray with the current Morsi regime appearing to be more authoritarian and less friendly to the United States then the one under Hosni Mubarak. There is a massacre of innocents going on in Syria as you read these words. We had an ambassador murdered in Libya and the country is lawless.

[See a collection of political cartoons on Syria.]

The Russian government doesn't even bother to call John Kerry back on time, showing no respect to the only superpower in the world whatsoever. Europe is dealing with its continued—and troubling for the United States—economic instability without any leadership from America. The list of failures and ineptitudes goes on from there.

President Obama seemingly wanted to be re-elected, first debate notwithstanding, now it is time to act as if he wants to be the leader of the free world. It is true that President Obama is a lame duck, but that doesn't mean American foreign policy should be lame for the next four years.

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