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The Consequences of Obama's Bungled Mideast Policy

1960Republican Wrote: Sep 17, 2012 4:13 AM
Obama bungled? Probably. In dealing with the people of the Middle East, Alexander the Great bungled, the Hebrews bungled, the Punic Wars gained some success (of course, that was North Africa, but Barone has included it), Julius Caesar bungled, the popes of the middle ages bungled, Winston Churchill bungled, Harry Truman bungled, naming only a few. So, to me, the argument by Barone fails. Jeezez, just who are these people of the Middle East -- maybe a different species. But, historians still credit them with the beginnings of "civilization." Seems that evolution thing stopped, at the same time, for those people.

In Libya, U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three colleagues were murdered Tuesday. Earlier that day, protesters in Egypt stormed the U.S. embassy and tore down the American flag.

It was "the day the roof fell in," proclaimed blogger and historian Walter Russell Mead. Barack Obama's "efforts to reconcile the U.S. and moderate Islamism -- in part by distancing the U.S. from Israel -- have angered Israel without reducing Islamist bitterness against the United States."

In other words, his Middle East policies are in shambles. His assumption that a president "who doesn't look like other presidents" would...