How’d Obama’s Speech Do In Arab World?

We know how it was received in Israel and by Israeli supporters: both are pretty ticked off. Liberals tended to cheer the appearance of Obama supporting the Palestinians, because Liberals tend to support the violent actions of anyone attempting to kill Israeli civilians. But, what of the Arabs? How does “wariness and apathy” grab you?

The words were stirring, the emotions powerful and the intentions seemingly sincere. “Repression will fail . . . tyrants will fall,” President Obama declared solemnly. And America, he said, “cannot hesitate to stand squarely on the side of those who are reaching for their rights.”

But why, wondered those watching the televised speech in the region to which his comments were aimed, couldn’t he have said that before?

Golf. Campaign events. An inability to foment a real world response to America’s stagnant economy and job market. An unwillingness to get involved prior to having dozens of people debate it till the time has passed. Sheer incompetence. Ambivalence.

As the Arab Spring enters its sixth month, and at a time when some of the region’s dictators are dramatically ratcheting up their repression, Obama’s effort to reset the U.S. relationship with a rapidly changing Middle East seemed to fizzle against the reality of America’s fading relevance.

Obama wanted America to be “just another country”, nothing exceptional, and now he has it. So, people tend not to listen. Heck, he’s going to use his upcoming European trip to attempt to reassure them that the US is still relevant, as they feel he has pretty much ignored them.

But for many in the region, it was simply too little, too late.

“I don’t think this is going to fix his image. He should have said something from the very beginning, but we’ve been waiting,” said Fares Braizat of the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies in Qatar.

“Most people have realized that what the U.S. does or does not do is no longer important because people took matters into their own hands and decided their own future,” he said. “So why should people care what he says? America is no longer an issue.”

He blew it, and America’s influence in the world, love us or hate us, when he refused to speak on the Iranian green revolution. He has now made the US virtually irrelevant in world affairs, except as just another nation, like Greece.

It might not have helped that Obama chose to deliver his speech on a Thursday evening, the beginning of the weekend for most of the Arab world, when almost everyone goes out.

So, the smartest man in the world wasted his breath? Shocker. But, the end point seemed to be propping up the Palestinians and knocking down the Israeli’s, which was how he chose to end his long speech, and to do it right before Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu comes for a visit. Remember, Obama has treated Netanyahu with a profound lack of respect before, so, why should he change his stripes now?

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2 Responses to “How’d Obama’s Speech Do In Arab World?”

  1. Black Sabbath says:

    “He blew it, and America’s influence in the world, love us or hate us, when he refused to speak on the Iranian green revolution. He has now made the US virtually irrelevant in world affairs, except as just another nation, like Greece.”

    I disagree. He didn’t blow it. He did exactly what he was sent to do. He has sown discord amongst everyone out there. The Middle East is in flames – he threw gasoline on it. Our economy is in shambles. What does he do? Makes it worse. We’re in two wars, one with a record death toll. What does he do? Starts another war. Spending and deficits are out of control. What does he do? Increases both. Unemployment is high. What does he do? Makes it higher?
    Do you notice a pattern here?

  2. david7134 says:

    I agree Black.

    This nut is trying everything in the book to destroy the US. That is why, I think, that many did not feel much emotion with the death of old bin. We realize that we have a far worse enemy as Commander and Chief.

    I wonder if people realize that showing a lack of strength and resolve is what precipitates war?

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