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September 13, 2013

Article: Obama Is Lost in the Mideast Bazaar

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives, Political News and commentaries

In an article yesterday by Fouad Ajami, a senior fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution ... "the hapless Barack Obama has lost his old swagger. He had feigned intimacy with "the East," he had thought that he was at ease with that big Islamic world. Instead, he was befuddled by what awaited him, and now he finds himself at the mercy of a Russian skilled in the ruses of the bazaar." Put another way, Barack Obama thought he was special, but truth be known, in dealing with the Middle East ... and especially Vladimir Putin, he is over his head and way out of his league

Here's another excerpt from Ajami's piece to pique your interest:

[...] Mr. Putin has an eye for the fecklessness of the democracies. He knew that the Obama administration, seized with panic, would take the bait he offered: custody of Syria's chemical weapons in return for giving the Damascus regime a new lease on life.

We are war-weary, Mr. Obama intones repeatedly. He was elected to end wars, not to start them, the president reminds us. But none of our leaders--certainly not the ones who mattered, who answered the call of history--was elected to start wars.

We anoint our leaders to rid us of our weariness when resolve is called for, to draw for us the connection between our security and menaces at a seeming far remove. The leaders of the past two decades who sent American forces to Bosnia, to Kosovo, to Afghanistan, to Iraq, were not thirsting for foreign wars. These leaders located America, and its interests, in the world. Pity the Syrians, they rose up in the time of Barack Obama.

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Hyscience at September 13, 2013 2:13 PM

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