November 15, 2012

Will Obama Let the Arabs Down?

Osama Al Sharif, Gulf News

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Barack Obama’s re-election as US president for a second term was received with guarded optimism by the Arab punditry, but not without a sense of scepticism either. In contrast to the euphoria and high hopes that accompanied his historic victory four years ago, the Arab street appeared subdued while analysts warned that Obama’s second term may not differ much from his first, especially where America’s Middle East policies are concerned. Still, there were those who extolled the president’s record in the past four years. After all, Obama had fulfiled some of his promises, like ending America’s military presence in Iraq. On other issues and in contrast to his predecessor, Obama adopted pragmatism

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TAGGED: Middle East, Arab, Barack Obama


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