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For four years now — yes, I started before he was actually inaugurated — I have been chronicling the disastrous policies of President Barack Obama on the Middle East. I may have written as many as 1000 articles that deal with aspects of this issue. In the tradition of Scheherazade, perhaps the greatest of Middle Eastern storytellers, that makes this my 1001th story.

And now the day has come when it will be decided if he will have the same period of time once again to do more damage, to help destroy more lives, create tens of thousands of refugees, and lay the basis for new wars.

I have written about how this administration has supported the bad guys — with guns and diplomatic help — in Syria, those who want to turn the country into an anti-American Islamic republic. About how the nation’s leaders believe that helping just about every Islamist group except al-Qaeda is a great idea because they will be moderate and good friends of America.

Then there’s the disgraceful Benghazi incident where, whatever the precise details, the White House stood by as Americans were murdered, and then rationalized the motive of the terrorists by blaming the United States. Benghazi is the perfect symbol for Obama Middle East policy – I’ve explained why apology, appeasement, flattery, and empathy won’t work in turning radicals and terrorists into moderates.

I wrote of how the claim that Obama didn’t play a significant role in the empowerment of revolutionary Islamists is bogus. And of how, by the standards Obama explicitly set down at the start of his term, his policy has totally failed. 

Perhaps most importantly of all, I’ve explained why there is every reason to believe that another four years of Obama will be just as bad or worse, that the president has learned few lessons likely to change his approach to the region.

And all of the above — and more — I wrote just in the month of October 2012.

None of this was done due to ideology (I’m not a conservative) or partisanship (I’m not a Republican), but out of a deep-seated belief that his policy in the Middle East is terribly dangerous. It nurtures the worst forces that want to seize power, create dictatorships, oppress women, terrorize Christians, commit genocide against Jews, set their countries for decades on a course of war and repression, and do everything they can to destroy U.S. interests.

Imagine a U.S. president in the 1930s or early 1940s helping fascists get into power and whitewashing their ideology and behavior. Imagine a U.S. president in the 1950s or 1960s doing the same for Communists.

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