by Barry Rubin
Hussain Abdul Hussain gets it. He's one of the most interesting Arab journalists and he also writes in English. His latest article—published in the "Huffington Post"—entitled "Lonely Obama vs. Popular Iran" [but you don't have to use the link as I quoted practically all of it] he points out what the most realistic people and more moderate rulers in the Arabic-speaking world are thinking.
He explains what I've been telling you but since he has "Abdul" in his name perhaps you'll believe it when he says it.
Theme one: Popularity isn't so important in the Middle East:
"A common perception is that under President Barack Obama,
"International relations, however, are about interests, not sweet talk. As Bush went out recruiting allies, and making enemies, Obama lost
Theme two: What is important is that allies believe you will support and protect them. Obama isn't doing that:
Example A, Iraq: "After losing more than 4,300 troops in battle and spending $700 billion [it says trillion but I assume that's a typo] since 2003, America today cannot find a single politician or group that would express gratitude to Americans for ridding Iraq of its ruthless tyrant Saddam Hussein, and allowing these politicians to speak out freely.
"On the contrary, shy of making their excellent backdoor ties with Washington known since they fear Obama will depart Iraq and never look back, Iraqi politicians started expressing dissatisfaction with the United States in public."
"By the time Obama had made it to the White House, support of America's allies in Lebanon waned since Obama was determined to appease their foes in Syria and Iran. Hariri and Jumblatt were forced to abandon their fight for
You can add in
A good example of the ridiculous weakness of the
Iranian ally A, Hizballah [my preferred transliteration]:
Iranian ally B,
As if to prove the point, immediately after a big American delegation visited
Iranian ally C, Iraqi insurgents:
And here's the bottom line:
"The comparison between
Yes! That's what it's all about. You know, it's an interesting point. Obama and company says we should listen to Muslim and Arab voices.
Ok, but which ones? Not, as they are doing, to the apologists for radicalism and the purveyors of conventional nonsense (all that matters is the Arab-Israeli conflict,
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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