Americans Feel Less Safe Under Obama

by Sal on July 14, 2009

in Politics,War on Terror

A new IDB/TIPP poll says that only 26% of Americans feel that Obama’s policies have made America safer, while 28 % feel he has made us less safe and 41% feel his policies have had no impact on our safety.  By contrast, when Bush left office, 49% felt that he made America safer, even with his generally low approval ratings.

These numbers should not be underestimated.  Americans do not like Obama’s approach to national security.  Because of the current focus on the economy, however, the national security issue is having little impact.  If Congress and Obama continue to attempt to make political sport out of national security (lambasting the CIA for … gasp … trying to kill terrorists in the middle of a war!), these numbers will get significantly worse for Obama.

If the war on terror ever comes to the forefront of the American people’s mind, Obama will be toast.  He is not building up enough credibility on the issue, and his liberal instincts do not bode well for him having to deal with the issue in any serious way.  Instead, congress is going after the CIA and Dick Cheney (trying to keep the Bush administration in the news, so Obama can say “look, it’s all Bush’s fault!  I’m better than Bush!) , Janet Napolitano is targeting Conservatives as “right-wing terrorists” and Nancy Pelosi is still trying to cover her rear in regards to her comments about the CIA.  What a circus.

H/T: The Patriot Room

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Moogie P July 14, 2009 at 9:27 am

You can’t make this stuff up.

Duck and cover.

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Jake July 16, 2009 at 12:20 am

I’m an American and I am perfectly fine with Obama’s approach to national security.

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Ryan July 16, 2009 at 10:14 am

Part of Obama’s approach to national security included the idea that war vets and conservative activists need to be watched as a potential sources of domestic terrorism. Somehow, I just don’t think that’s cool, nor does it make me feel safe as a conservative activist myself.

On foreign affairs, it’s tough not too feel as if Obama is trying to diminish America’s posture in world affairs. The more we rely on other countries for our security and interests, the less control we ourselves have in our destiny. I think the public can sense that too, which is reflected in the polling data.

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