From TIME Magazine:
Foreign Policy Failures
AMERICAN prestige is eroding around the world because of [The President's] weak leadership.
A recent Time magazine article quotes an unnamed U.S. official regarding "scathing" criticism of leaders in Britain, France, Germany and Japan: "They see us as in disarray. As not leading. As having a weak foreign policy team. We're unreliable. We make strong statements of principle about what we'll do, and then we back down. " That attitude is shared by much of the American public. Less than half of those polled in April thought [the President] was doing a good job handling foreign policy....
Columnist Morton Kondracke says [the President's] problem is that "again and again, he has threatened to take a strong position somewhere in the world, only to back off...." In The Wall Street Journal, Karen Elliot House compared Clinton with Theodore Roosevelt, whose maxim was "Speak softly and carry a big stick. " She writes: "America... is led by a president whose maxim appears to be 'Speak loudly and carry a twig. ' "
[The President] seems to assume that Americans don't care much about foreign policy. Kondracke notes: "But they will care if U.S. weakness encourages a foreign adversary to commit aggression in a place that triggers large-scale losses of American lives. "
Did you guess that was about Jimmy Peanut? YOU LOSE! That was a description of Hillarity's Hubby from early in his mal-Administration, 1994 in fact. Eventually Wild Bill found his footing, or at least, Republicans found Bob Dole, and the feckless "pursuit" of Bin Laden followed.