Sure is nice to have smart people in charge of our foreign policy again. Once again, we are popular and respected around the world thanks to the bold leadership of our president.
At least, we were. Not so much now.
Worldwide approval of U.S. leadership dipped considerably during President Barack Obama's fourth year in office -- but it increased in some countries, including Mexico, according to a poll Wednesday.
The median approval rating for U.S. leadership for 130 countries was 41 percent in 2012, down 8 percentage points from the 49 percent approval during Obama's first year in office, Gallup found - noting the America's standing is still generally higher than it was during President George W. Bush's final years in office.
Those are still dismal numbers even if they are higher than Bush's score. It is hardly an accomplishment to beat the numbers of George Bush anyway. What matters is that even with the support of the world left, Obama is not very popular overseas. Subsuming American interests in favor of collective action may please the UN crowd, but others see a weakened US that makes the world a more dangerous place.
And that's what "smart" gets us.