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Obama on His Own Middle East Record: Zero Percent Success

October 10th, 2012 - 1:14 pm

“You’re not listening to what the people who are fighting you say about this fight. In your arrogance, you think you write the script.”

– Lara Logan, CBS News, on Obama’s Middle East policy. 

A few days before taking office, on January 15, 2009, Barack Obama gave an interview to CBS News and explained his Middle East policy:

“We’re gonna have to take a regional approach. We’re gonna have to involve Syria in discussions. We’re gonna have to engage Iran in ways that we have not before. We’ve gotta have a clear bottom line that Israel’s security is paramount. But that also we have to create a two-state solution where people can live side by side in peace.”

The pro-Syria policy, despite that regime’s repressive and anti-American nature, failed. The Obama administration’s proposed solution now is to replace that regime with one that’s likely to be a revolutionary Islamist anti-American regime.

The pro-Iran policy failed. The Obama administration’s proposed solution now is to have tough sanctions — which is good — but then to insist that this will solve the problem and not to deal with the inevitable outcome of Iran getting nuclear weapons, not to mention Tehran’s continuing subversion and backing for terrorism. The Obama administration is eager to make a deal with Tehran, and if the Iranian leaders were only a bit more flexible they could probably get a diplomatic arrangements with that U.S. government that would give them much of what they want. As so often has happened in the Middle East, it is only the radicals’ intransigence which prevents them from gaining appeasement from the West.

The “peace process” policy failed. And this administration has done more to undermine Israel’s security than all the previous presidencies put together. The problems include pushing Israel to ease the pressure on Hamas in the Gaza Strip; helping a genocide-oriented anti-Israel government into power in Egypt (same thing in Syria); making America’s leading ally in the region a Turkish regime that is viciously anti-Israel; and more.

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