Obama's failed leadership

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

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September 12, 2013 10:24
Obama meets natioanl security team at White House, August 31, 2013

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

 
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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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