The answer to the question posed by the title of this posting is almost no one.
We cheered a week ago, when Mr. Obama used the National Prayer Breakfast to call for release of two Americans.
The first is Kenneth Bae, a prisoner of North Korea. The other is Saeed Abedini, a prisoner of Iran.
Each has been sentenced to long prison terms for “crimes” that only a criminal regime would deem criminal: Bae for ministering to Christians and Abedini for work on behalf of house churches.
Alas, the week since Obama’s call confirms a depressing fact about America’s diminished standing in the world these days.
The photo above, taken in Iran, could be a good representation of President Obama’s standing in the world today.
It’s a long way from President Theodore Roosevelt. When a Moroccan bandit named Raisuli kidnapped an American named Ion Perdicaris, Teddy sent a telegram to the sultan: Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead. Even though Perdicaris’ US citizenship was doubtful, the principle was served.
The world would be a safer place if, instead of feeling free to taunt President Obama, Iran and North Korea had to fear the consequences of defying him.