Monday, May 25, 2009

Barack Obama: Middle East Newbie

New York Times Op-Ed Have We Already Lost Iran:
Some diplomatic veterans who have spoken with him have told us that the president said that he did not realize, when he came to office, how “hard” the Iran problem would be.
This has not gone uncommented upon.
Haaretz: The distance between Gaza and the West Bank is growing
So what, after all, is the source of Obama's optimism? One prominent Palestinian commentator ventured that it stems from ignorance. "Obama still doesn't know what the Middle East is and what the Palestinian issue is," he said. "With time, he will learn."
It's still very early in Obama's term--and he is still learning on the job.

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