By Caroline B. Glick
April 26/10. If safeguarding
international security is the chief aim of US President Barack Obama's foreign
policy, then at some point he can be expected to change course in the Middle
East. For today, Obama faces the wreckage of every aspect of his Middle East
policies. And largely as a consequence of his policies, the region moves ever
closer to war.
In Iraq, Obama's pledge to
withdraw all combat forces from the country by the summer has emboldened the
various forces vying for control of the country to set it ablaze once more.
In Afghanistan, Obama's surge
and leave policy has left would-be US allies hedging their bets, at best. And it
has caused the US's NATO partners to question the purpose of their deployment in
Then there is Iran. Last week's
report by The New York Times that this January Defence Secretary Robert Gates
penned a memo to National Security Advisor James Jones warning that the Obama
administration has no effective policy for dealing with Iran's nuclear weapons
program exposed the bitter truth that in the face of the most acute foreign
policy problem they face, Obama and his crew are out to lunch.
And he Palestinians. After
rejecting Obama's envoy George Mitchell's latest plea to conduct indirect
negotiations with Israel, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas explained
that Obama's own statements have convinced the Palestinians that there is
nothing to negotiate about.
As he put it, "Since you, Mr.
President, and you, the members of the American administration, believe in [the
urgent need for a Palestinian state] it is your duty to call for the steps in
order to reach the solution and impose the solution. Impose it. But don't tell
me it's a vital national strategic American interest… and then not do anything."
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