Shrinking Stature

Symbolism is everything when it comes to international diplomacy. Vladimir Putin’s and Chinese President Xi Jinping’s prominent positions front and center in this official photo of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting are no random accident. Neither is Hanoi John Kerry’s spot back by the curtain (click for full size):

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Presumably Obama would warrant a front row position as head of state, but he is too busy watching his ham-fisted shutdown maneuver blow up in his face to attend to America’s international interests, which never much interested him anyway — leaving others to dominate.

In other Reset Button news, Russia recently showed off its naval might in our backyard as a guest of rabidly anti-American Venezuela. As soon as they figure out what the USA might have done to offend Putin, liberal State Department bureauweenies will make it all better by sending a letter of apology.

Russia has also been increasing its spending on nuclear weapons, as Obama cuts back our own so as to pay for more food stamps.

Under Obama, we are going from the sole superpower to an afterthought. His supporters wanted America taken down a few pegs. They must not be disappointed.

Hat tip: Business Insider. Tips from Leading From Behind, Vlad Doesn’t Fear the Bathhouse Boy, and Boris Kulak. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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