May 26, 2014

U.S. Needs Regional Strategy in Mideast

Harrison & Fardoust, The National Interest

The Associated Press

The president was correct to rebut the charge that he should be more aggressive in his responses to events, particularly when it comes to the turmoil roiling the Middle East. Past interventions by the current administration, such as the strong response in Libya, and the more tepid one in Syria, have been of debatable effectiveness and could even prove counterproductive in the long run. But the president has to go further than just defending his administration against the charges of some of his most partisan critics. Both his domestic detractors and supporters alike are demanding a roadmap, and U.S. allies in the Middle East are looking for signs of American leadership.

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TAGGED: Middle East, Barack Obama, Egypt, Syria


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