Rich Galen

Obama is getting a great deal of heat from the Left over his continued use of drone attacks on people who might present an imminent threat of engaging in terrorist activities against the U.S.

I am not unalterably opposed to dropping Hellfire missiles on the heads of bad guys, but in 2009 Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his:

"Promotion of nuclear nonproliferation and a "new climate" in international relations fostered by Obama, especially in reaching out to the Muslim world."

Former chief of staff to President Clinton, John Podesta, raised eyebrows in Our Nation's Capital last week when he published an essay in the Washington Post wagging his finger in Obama's nose:

"In refusing to release to Congress the rules and justifications governing a program that has conducted nearly 400 unmanned drone strikes and killed at least three Americans in the past four years, President Obama is ignoring the system of checks and balances that has governed our country from its earliest days."

It will be difficult for the President to assume any moral high ground with the Israelis or the Palestinians when they can wave that op-ed by the man who was co-chair of Obama's first transition team in his face.

I raise all these issues because these are the kinds of things that bedevil second-term Presidents who, while they are closely focused on their legacy, have to deal with issues and people are just as closely focused on their own issues.

Maybe the President will be able to pull off some diplomatic coup while he is there. I hope so, but the odds are against him being able to reset Middle East policy.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at