VIVE LA FRANCE
SARAH N. STERN
In physics, there is the well-known aphorism that "nature abhors a vacuum." A vacuum has emerged in American global leadership under the Obama administration. This has been demonstrated time and time again.
Beyond the void of moral, credible leadership, there appears to be an almost haphazard quality to the Obama administration's foreign policy. Is its goal to defeat those who are at war with America and Western civilization, or is it to engender good will among them?
Based on the polls throughout the Middle East, we are failing miserably at both objectives. Everywhere one can point to in the region, whether Egypt or Saudi Arabia, our polling numbers are plummeting.
In my lifetime, I have never experienced such a high degree of disapproval, frustration or sheer mockery over American foreign policy. (A Western European diplomat quipped to me that "it is almost as though Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is running our foreign policy establishment.")
But nowhere can the disappointment be more profound than in Israel.