by Barry Rubin
Here’s a remarkable article from Michael Young of the Beirut Daily Star that tells you more about what’s happening in the world than anything you’ll read in the Western media. To give you a clear sense of the contents the title is, “Barack and Hassan concur, the
“It’s not often that Barack Obama and Hassan Nasrallah [the leader of Lebanese Hizballah, a Lebanese Islamist group backed by
The reference is to the president’s speech at West Point, which Young sees as gloomy and pessimistic, highlighting American problems and disunity; economic weaknesses; and eagerness to withdraw
“Listening to Hassan Nasrallah gloat at the weakness of the
“The president might also want to consider how
The administration doesn’t even seem to notice that the Saudis have basically accepted Syrian-Iranian hegemony in
“The mounting perception of American weakness will, arguably, be the most destabilizing factor in the
In the Middle East and lots of other places in the world, people are still playing hardball realpolitik, while in Western Europe and
What Young is saying in public, Arab leaders (and those in
Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal.
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