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.