In the debate over the limited US strike on Syria, it may be worthwhile to inventory Obama’s record in the Middle East.
His America apology tour presaged the Arab Spring. I’m not claiming he singularly sparked revolution. I’m observing that he animated the masses.
There was a green uprising in Iran. Obama spurned the masses and stood by the Mullahs.
Egypt rises against Mubarak, and Obama hurries him off the stage. He kisses the Muslim Brotherhood, who can’t even make the sewers work. Egyptians revolt in millions, and the Muslim Brotherhood is gone. Obama is still sulking about that. If he cared about Egyptians, over the Muslim Brotherhood, he might have lent al Sisi some support.
Iraq is pacified, but by no means secure. Obama cannot dive out fast enough, Mayhem ensues. ISIS thrives.
Next up, Moamar Qaddafi, the guy who surrendered his WMD program to George Bush. Obama is persuaded by Hillary MacBeth to blow him to smithereens. That turned out well for Libyans, didn’t it? No, actually, it turned out well for ISIS.
Syria begins to heat up. Obama says to Assad: “Don’t use poison.” Assad dumps poison on his his civilian population. Obama scowls and hems and does nothing. He stands by while Putin assumes a dominant role in the region and props Assad up.
Iran. Volumes could be written about Iran. Obama gave them a safe 10 year path to the bomb, and they aren’t even grateful enough to abide by the 10 year path. They took his ransom, his end of sanctions, and they are pressing on full speed like he’s a girl getting groped.
This is Obama statecraft in the Middle East.