One of the rationales for electing Barack Obama in 2008 was that he would restore America's tarnished image in the rest of the world. And he did exactly that...for a couple of months. Boy, that was fun while it lasted:
Global approval of President Barack Obama’s policies has declined significantly since he first took office, while overall confidence in him and attitudes toward the U.S. have slipped modestly as a consequence.
Even though many think American economic clout is in relative decline, publics around the world continue to worry about how the U.S. uses its power – in particular its military power – in international affairs.
There remains a widespread perception that the U.S. acts unilaterally and does not consider the interests of other countries. In predominantly Muslim nations, American anti-terrorism efforts are still widely unpopular. And in nearly all countries, there is considerable opposition to a major component of the Obama administration’s anti-terrorism policy: drone strikes. In 17 of 20 countries, more than half disapprove of U.S. drone attacks targeting extremist leaders and groups in nations such as Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.
So right now, for pro-Obama rationales, we're pretty much down to three words: Not Mitt Romney. That's actually a pretty powerful argument for his re-election. I just wish there were more.