Monday, November 30, 2009

The Arabs Have Stopped Applauding Obama -- A Commentary

President Obama in Cairo, Egypt

From Fouad Ajami, Wall Street Journal:

A foreign policy of penance has won America no friends.

'He talks too much," a Saudi academic in Jeddah, who had once been smitten with Barack Obama, recently observed to me of America's 44th president. He has wearied of Mr. Obama and now does not bother with the Obama oratory.

He is hardly alone, this academic. In the endless chatter of this region, and in the commentaries offered by the press, the theme is one of disappointment. In the Arab-Islamic world, Barack Obama has come down to earth.

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My Comment: A U.S. foreign policy made up of speeches in which the U.S. President apologizes for "past indiscretions" has only brought derision and contempt from the audience that was targeted for this message. Will this now mean a "change" in U.S. policy .... I doubt it.

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