Obama's failed leadership

ByEYTAN GILBOA
September 12, 2013 10:24

The watching world has seen a US president wavering, indecisive and hesitant on the Syrian chemical weapons crisis.




Obama meets natioanl security team at White House, August 31, 2013

Obama meets natioanl security team at White House 370. (photo credit:REUTERS)

AMERICAN PRESIDENT Barack Obama’s policy in the Middle East has been characterized by seemingly feckless wavering on a cluster of issues and crises including the “Arab spring,” the Egyptian revolution and counter-revolution, the Iranian nuclear weapons program and the horrendous civil war in Syria.

There has been what amounts to a systematic pattern of inaction. Indeed, the United States seems to have adopted a kind of hands-off “no policy” towards the volatile region. The role it played in the Libyan civil war was described as “leading from behind,” a strange notion for the world’s sole superpower. Senior officials called for caution and prudence, generally admirable traits, but which can become counterproductive if allowed to degenerate into hesitancy and indecision.

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