Leave it to Barack Obama to try to one-up George W. Bush, but not in a good way. Bush the younger pissed away an historical opportunity in the aftermath of 9-11. He had the country united behind him and could have moved decisively to crush the Islamic extremists behind the 9-11 attacks. Instead, he squandered the moment and plunged the United States into a war of choice in Iraq that, ironically, has empowered Iran, tarnished the reputation of the United States with the stains of torture, weakened our strategic posture in the Middle East and rallied Islamic extremists. Not exactly a homerun.

Dropping a festering turd like that in the public policy punchbowl is tough to match, but by golly, Barack Hussein Obama is working his damnedest to erase the memory of Bush’s incompetence and replace it with his own insane legacy. This weekend’s failed summit in Chicago is a case in point. First off the G-8 could not agree on a response to the impending collapse of the Euro. You might ask, “Why should we care?”

Very simple. If Europe implodes, then the world will be plunged into a depression that will surpass the debacle of 2008. In the “good old days” the United States had some power, clout and influence. Not this time. All the world got was a whiny, petulant man-child too busy preening and posturing to actually risk demonstrating an inkling of leadership.

The problems on the international agenda are complex and far reaching. The ill-advised promotion of the “Arab Spring” has given new life to the very Islamic extremists that produced the attacks of 9-11. Obama’s answer to this? Try to empower them. The United State currently is backing some radical Islamist groups that are closely affiliated with Al Qaeda in Iraq.

In Afghanistan? Barack has played his hand too early. He showed his trump cards to the enemy. He has promised to abandon the country by 2014 and given the Taliban a date for preparing to retake the country where we have spent billions trying to move them from the 13th to the 14th Century.

Whoops. Forgot to mention Egypt. Islamists opposed to preserving Israel’s borders are on the verge of winning the upcoming Presidential election. They are already ahead in absentee ballots. Although the military may try to steal the vote, the outcome will only energize the extremists and throw Egypt into even more turmoil.

As far as international economics are concerned, the Obama economic and foreign policies are simultaneously promoting the radical Sunni extremists while helping, via oil sanctions on Iran, to drive the price of oil up. This further curtails economic growth and promotes decline among key European and Southeast Asian countries.

Obama has become an international joke. But he ain’t funny. In the process he is helping weaken American beyond the damage inflicted by George W. Heck of a job, bucko.

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.