This is an obvious case of the USA failing to back up its own rhetoric and this is relevant to how the ME people will see the US position – lip service to democratic values and no effective pressure on authoritarian regimes. And then after the people initiate public campaigns that gain momentum – half hearted support as a follower of events and even then this is inter-spiced with concerns about security. If the Obama administration was at all serious about establishing any credibility for itself as a champion of democracy, in mitigation against the unjust exercise of power over subject peoples, it had to abstain. This was extraordinary failure of vision and judgement for which history will rightly condemn the White House of this time. It’s the Dean Acheson moment (failing to identify Korea as a vital security interest) of this era. And it will not add to Clinton’s credibility as a future candidate for the Oval office.
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