Friday, August 08, 2014

Allow Me to Explain

President Obama is polling poorly on foreign policy, notwithstanding all his "ending wars" achievements. That's easy to explain.

Team Obama, amidst poor polling overall, isn't regarded well by the public on foreign policy:

Meanwhile, 36% approve of Mr. Obama's handling of foreign policy, compared with the 60% who disapprove—his worst-ever marks.

Which is puzzling to Democratic supporters of President Obama who note that polling also shows that being involved abroad militarily is not popular.

The explanation is simple, of course. One, being involved abroad does not mean jumping right to 100,000 troops marching on the enemy capital stage as the next step after a Twitter hashtag campaign.

More important, the public was told by the administration that voting "present" abroad as crises fester would actually improve the world. You know, we just make things worse. Heck, we "taint" those we help as friends of America (and that's bad).

That was the theory.

But reality is far different. And people have noted that we aren't getting people abroad to embrace that whole Hope and Change Theory of foreign policy.