The Agony of Obama’s Middle East Policy

The Agony of Obama’s Middle East Policy

The Agony of Obama’s Middle East Policy, The American Interest, Walter Russell Mead, August 16, 2014

(The author presents an, at best, short term approach. It might be taken and it might produce initially useful results. However, a long term approach would be to recognize the basic character of Islam and to proceed accordingly. The Obama Administration will not do that, but it needs to be done if the situation is to get better rather than worse in the long term. — DM)

The only way to beat ISIS and bring about some kind of stability in the Middle East is to reach out to conservative Sunni forces who favor stability.

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As Nouri al-Maliki agreed to step aside earlier this week, and even though the U.S. doesn’t have a lot of confidence (“muted enthusiasm”) in his replacement, President Obama’s reluctant re-engagement with Iraq continued. It has been agonizingly painful for the man…

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