Forbes magazine, which compiles an annual list of the most powerful leaders in the world, has replaced Barack Obama with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the top of the chart. Obama now sits in the number two spot.
Citing numerous reasons for the decision, Obama’s glaring lack of leadership over the past several months was a major factor for Forbes.
“Putin has solidified his control over Russia,” the report stated, “while Obama’s lame duck period has seemingly set in earlier than usual for a two-term president.”
The recent federal government shutdown proved how ineffective his presidency has become, the article noted.
Recent squabbles between the two top leaders have overwhelmingly favored Putin, Forbes determined. Detailing events such as Russia’s willingness to take in fugitive Edward Snowden after the former intelligence operative leaked classified documents from the National Security Agency, Forbes concluded that Putin has a better grasp on his position than does his American counterpart.
Furthermore, the magazine applauded Putin’s role in cooling Syrian tensions after Obama threatened a military strike on the troubled nation.
“Anyone watching this year’s chess match over Syria and NSA leaks has a clear idea of the shifting individual power dynamics,” the report concluded.
The list’s top-ranking woman, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, is also involved in a war of words with Obama. She is among several foreign leaders upset with the NSA’s policy of spying on ally nations.
While Americans in general believe we are uniquely blessed and capable of being a great force for good throughout the world, Obama and his ilk are more interested in being one of many indistinguishable nations. As a result, it has not been just Obama’s standing that has taken a dip, but that of the entire U.S.
Before it is too late, we must once again elect a president who actively wants to see America at the top of every power list. Until then, we remain at the mercy of the dictators and despots with whom Obama is so anxious to compromise.
–Western Journalism staff writer
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