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Forbes: Putin More Powerful Than Obama

October 31, 2013

Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama SC

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.




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