Erhvervsmagasinet Forbes offentliggjorde i går deres årlige liste verdens mest magtfulde person, The World’s Most Powerful People 2013. Førstepladsen indtages af Ruslands premierminister, Vladimir Putin.
USA-præsidenten Barack Hussein Obama er røget ned på en andenplads. Forbes skriver:
Putin has solidified his control over Russia while Obama’s lame duck period has seemingly set in earlier than usual for a two-term president — latest example: the government shutdown mess. Anyone watching this year’s chess match over Syria and NSA leaks has a clear idea of the shifting individual power dynamics.
I en kommentar klargør redaktør Steve Forbes dog, at Obamas detronisering skyldes hans udenrigs- og sikkerhedspolitiske passivitet. Hans kontrol over USA er derimod “unprecedented“:
At home he’s amassing immense, unprecedented powers over the economy. If Congress won’t pass one of his desired pieces of legislation, he’ll try to achieve his ends through decrees, a.k.a. executive orders, or unprecedented and sweeping regulatory rulings. The niceties of the law have never stopped this White House from doing what it desires. The Obama Administration routinely ignores adverse court rulings. Brazenly lying to the public is no barrier, as the President’s oft-repeated pledge that people could, if they wished, keep their health insurance policies and doctors demonstrates. From the get-go ObamaCare wanted to destroy the market for individual medical-care policies and to obliterate the practices of sole medical practitioners. Hardcore socialists have long understood that it’s much easier to regulate people when they’re herded into collectives…
Internationally, however, Obama is the weakest President of the post-World War II years.
I Det Hvide Hus sidder en benhård socialist. I Kreml sidder en ny kristen verdensleder.