One of the planks of President Obama's campaign strategy was heavy criticism of the Bush Administration's foreign policy, which Obama often alleged had damaged the United States' standing in the world partially due to Bush's 'cowboy diplomacy.' The United States will rehabilitate its image in the world under my administration, Obama promised. The whole problem is that we simply haven't asked totalitarian regimes, like Iran, nicely enough to give up their nuclear ambitions or other goals deemed incompatible with the U.S.'s and our allies interests.
Well, it's over a year later, and we don't see a lot of increase in the United States' standing in the world community, in my view. The Obama administration is coming under heat (admittedly mostly from the right) because we seem to be placating our enemies and dissing our allies. Obama has turned the other cheek to these rogue nations, and they have pasted him on it.
Now, while the Obama administration has been talking very tough on new Iran sanctions, along the lines of those proposed many months ago by Congressman Mark Kirk, that would hit Iran where it would really hurt, the U.S. is now backing off the harshest sanction proposals because it does not appear that such sanctions would have the support of UN Security Council members like Russia and China.
It should not be a shock. Given that Obama soundly criticized Bush for his 'go it alone' when necessary approach to foreign policy, to now take any steps that don't have UN backing and might paint Obama himself as just as much of a 'cowboy' as Bush, well now, that would not do at all.
Interesting that billboards are now springing up with a picture of President Bush saying "Miss Me Yet?" I don't know if the billboard craze is going to catch on, but you may find a lot more people asking themselves that very same question.