It was strange. Joe Scarborough had just completed a comprehensive indictment of failed American foreign policy around the globe. But at the very moment when he should have laid those disasters at the feet of the sitting President of the United States, Scarborough came down with a bad case of . . . cold feet.
Scarborough laid out to David Gregory a tour d'horizon of failed American foreign policy from the Middle East, to Iran, to Russia/Ukraine, describing it as "one disaster after another. One strikeout after another." But perhaps fearful of where the ineluctable logic of his comments was taking him, Scarborough suddenly made nice, saying "of course that is not directed to President Obama." Really? Who's been in the White House for the last six years? View the video after the jump.
Why do you think Scarborough was unwilling to take his analysis to its logical conclusion: that President Obama has conducted a disastrously failed foreign policy?
JOE SCARBOROUGH: David Gregory, John Kerry has been traveling around the world over the past six months or so. Obviously, desperate for breakthroughs not only in the Middle East but also in Iran, talking obviously or the Russian/Ukrainian conflict. But it's one disaster after another. One strikeout after another. Obviously, it has to be very frustrating to John Kerry, but also for this administration with Americans looking, you know, on TV and wondering what the hell is going on out there? And why we seem to have diminished influence across the globe, which, of course, by the way, that]s not directed to President Obama. People-- strategists have been warning about this for a decade that we are not in -- we're in a multipolar world and we have less influence, still, it's having a very real impact on the president's standing with the American people right now.