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.