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President Obama’s speech on the Middle East represents a watershed in his shift from a destructive and delusional approach to the Middle East, marked by indifference to democracy promotion and solicitude toward tyrants, toward embracing a policy that looks a lot like George W. Bush’s Freedom Agenda. This has generated a bit of mockery, but it’s extremely welcome. It’s a bit late (years late in the case of his comments on Iran, weeks late on the rest), but better late than never. And it would be nice if he shifted further: With the formulation of his criticism of Bashar Assad — “he can lead that transition [to democracy], or get out of the way” — he is clinging to the untenable notion that there is any chance that Assad will reform.
Even Obama’s discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict wasn’t too bad — a very pleasant surprise — but it was probably a mistake to include it. The imperative for reform in the Middle East has very little to do with Israel. Obama correctly noted that Arab dictators encourage antipathy toward Israel as a distraction from their own perfidy; why play their game by engaging with that issue at such length?
But it’s no surprise that there are still some problems with Obama’s foreign policy. What is a surprise is how much better it’s gotten.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?