"Former Polish President Lech Walesa says America no longer leads the world "in terms of politics and morality," Rebecca Shabad reports at The Hill:
"Walesa, in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, spoke negatively about President Obama’s leadership skills," according to Shabad.
"When he was elected, there was great hope in the world. We were hoping that Obama would reclaim moral leadership for America, but that failed. America does not lead the world in the area of morality," Walesa is quoted as saying.
Walesa is a "Nobel Prize winner" and "served as president of Poland in the 1990s," when he "led the Solidarity movement that helped end the Soviet Union's grip on Eastern Europe," Shabad explains.
The former president of Poland "acknowledged the United States military remains the world's top power but argued the U.S. economy is getting weaker," Shabad reports.
"'America did not regain its leadership status,' [Walesa] said, adding that the world is lucky there were no major conflicts because otherwise it would be helpless," according to The Hill. "It’s a dangerous situation in the long run, Walesa said. 'We are awaiting a president who will understand that'."
Over at American Thinker, Rick Moran comments on America's place in today's world: "Where we aren't getting kicked out, we're retreating. No one fears us, no one trusts us. No one much likes us. The thugs of the world rejoice that President Obama is in office, while our former allies try to make sense of our policies.
"Walesa is right," Moran concludes. "If, as some speculate, a major war is on the horizon, God help us all."