How’s that Obama magic working now? The German populace is so unhappy with the United States that it’s starting to affect attitudes toward Russia. The WSJ reports that new polls show that anti-Americanism is increasing in Germany, where the public is also growing more reluctant to support the U.S. stance on the Russia-Ukraine showdown:
A poll published by research firm infratest dimap last week indicates German trust in the U.S. has plummeted to lows not seen since the thick of the Iraq war. Another poll, published in May, showed those Germans surveyed were more interested in deepening their country’s ties with China than they were in doing so with the U.S. A third, published in April, showed that nearly half wanted Germany to take a “middle position” in the Ukraine conflict rather than standing firmly on the side of the West.German government officials readily acknowledge that anti-Americanism—fueled most recently by revelations of National Security Agency surveillance activities in Europe—plays a significant role in how the public perceives the Ukraine crisis and has bred a reluctance among many Germans to side with the U.S.
If you’ll remember, President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 largely for making the rest of the world feel “hopeful” about America again. Now that goodwill is fast evaporating—and the President’s second-term efforts at “smart power” aren’t helping. If Obama’s “smart diplomacy” and his hot new foreign policy team were supposed to be able to fix anything, it was this.