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    • 31.01.11 | 03:02 (IST)

    Obama seems to have learned nothing from his Lebanon failure, where he advised Hariri to stick with the International Court. Hariri did that, and lost his Prime-Ministership. Now Obama calls upon Mubarak to respect universal right of assembly, etc. Not when there is an insurrection going on, Mr. President; in such times even the US Constitution can be suspended. Obama wants to do the "right" thing, and desires every country to aspire to "Truth, Justice, and the American Way". But not all cultures run well on these principles, and the transformation of a culture may take generations. Another great defect in Obam's diplomatic ability is his reluctance to apply pressure. Consider the Israeli case: After Netanyahu shows complete disregard to his wishes, Obama jumps to say, after the Turkel Investigation is published, that this was an honest work. Why say it even if true, and especially when nobody knows it is true! And AFTER Netanyahu fails to deliver a 3 months additional freeze, Obama announces the US will contribute over 200 million dollars to support Iron Dome. Why do that? Does he want to be thanked? What about pressure. Unfortunately, Obama seems not to even understand that statesmanship involves some ideas about how the world should be run. He appointed Hillary as "top diplomat", a woman with no clue herself, and whose husband's foreign policy was his weakest point as president. Let us first see Obama replacing Hillary and assembling some real experts around him, before we can even hope that he would be useful for the Middle East.

    from the article: Doesn't the West Bank have Facebook?
    First published 02:18 31.01.11 | Last updated 02:18 31.01.11
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