July 3, 2014

How Obama Lost the Middle East

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

The Associated Press

The more Obama campaigned in 2008 on a failed war in Iraq, a neglected war in Afghanistan, an ill-considered War on Terror, and an alienated Middle East, the more those talking points were outdated and eclipsed by fast-moving events on the ground. By Inauguration Day in January 2009, the hard-power surge had largely defeated al-Qaeda in Iraq. It had won over many of the Sunnis and had led to a U.S.-enforced coalition government, monitored by American troops.

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TAGGED: Iraq, Syria, U.S. Foreign Policy, Middle East, Barack Obama

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