Mr. Obama's Muddle East

President Obama came into office pledging a new approach to the Middle East.  We were told that his middle name -- Hussein -- would give him unprecedented entrée to the corridors of power in that troubled region -- and to the Arab street.IranWe thought a Mideast policy could not be more confused, more feckless than Jimmy Carter's.  Carter acceded to, if he did not welcome, the ouster of the Shah in 1979.  The Shah was horrible in Carter's eyes.  Well, the Ayatollah Khomeini and his mullahs who replaced the Shah were horribler.  And still are.  Mr. Obama pledged an "open hand" to the mullahs in Tehran.  It was spat on. When thousands of young Iranians massed in the streets demanding democracy, it looked like a Hope and Change rally.  But this administration turned its back on them and promised to avoid "meddling" in the mullahs' affairs. President Obama respects Iran's sovereignty, we were told at that time.  Iran,...(Read Full Article)

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