Appearing on CNBC’s Squawk Box on Thursday, NBC’s Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel was asked to name one nation with whom relations have improved under President Obama’s foreign policy leadership. In the exchange with Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone, Engel finds the task impossible.
LANGONE: Name one country with whom we have better relationships today than we did when he became president of the United States almost six years ago?
ENGEL: Uh, well I, the uh, you would naturally want to say Europe. But generally the relations with a lot of European countries have gotten worse because of these relationships. And this is sort of what I was about to say.
LANGONE: I can name all the countries where the relationships have gotten worse. I’m asking you to give me one country where they’ve gotten better.
ENGEL: Yeah. I think you’d be hard pressed to find that. And I think this is the reason …
LANGONE: Isn’t that a measure of foreign policy?
ENGEL: Even our allies – yeah.
Engel goes on to say that other countries appear to be confused by our foreign policy, and lists the ways in which it seems aimless and without any goals. The President, as Dick Cheney said recently, has a problem with weakness. Or who knows, maybe it was all the concussions.
Republicans have been pointing at Obama’s disastrous foreign policy for almost his entire time in the Oval Office, and the recent speech at West Point has offered no reason for that to change. When even NBC reporters can’t make “the Obama Doctrine” sound … well, sound, then you know he, and by extension we, are in trouble.