Under Barack Obama's leadership, the world has learned not to take America seriously. The "red line" in Syria against chemical weapons usage was an embarrassing outburst of bluster. The same conditions that led Obama into war against Libya are ignored with respect to Bashar Assad, even before Assad (or perhaps his Iranian allies) began spraying poison gas all over the place.
The world watched Obama ignore a deadly terrorist attack in Benghazi to keep his 2012 campaign alive, beginning an endless series of cover-ups and blunders designed to erase a simple, and disgusting, story of incompetence and political opportunism.
Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak, reportedly set to emerge from prison, can tell you how pointless, or perhaps even dangerous, Obama can be as an ally. No one is terribly concerned about having him as an enemy.
It looks like the Administration doesn't take the world very seriously in return. The President could scarcely be bothered to interrupt his latest luxury vacation to issue a statement about the crisis in Egypt. He's not exactly eager to talk about his chem weapons "red line" in Syria. He says that's a matter for the United Nations to discuss - in fact, he's lately been claiming that when he spoke of red lines, he was actually referring to United Nations red lines, just as he was really talking about "core" al-Qaeda when he boasted of decimating the terror organization during his re-election campaign.
But when it was time for the U.N. Security Council to hold an emergency session on Syria, Obama's ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, was nowhere to be found. She literally disappeared. The State Department refers questions about her whereabouts to the U.N.
To say that all of this sends a message of fecklessness and apathy in American foreign policy would be an understatement. The Obama Administration looks ridiculous, and all the wrong people are laughing.