Heading to turbulent Middle East, Obama wants to keep region's troubles from boiling over

  • Article by: JULIE PACE , Associated Press
  • Updated: March 16, 2013 - 6:02 PM
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moremoretaxMar. 16, 13 8:28 AM

Obama may be heading to the middle east with low expectations, but he will have huge supplies of tax dollars to give out.

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kieselMar. 16, 13 9:02 AM

Sadly, many in this country and the world, with good reason, have similar "low expectations" of this president.

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Marykate1Mar. 16, 13 9:02 AM

This has to be the most frustrating duty of the presidency. No one can force the two sides to make peace, it has to come from them.

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bjames3Mar. 16, 1310:19 AM

"This is not about accomplishing anything now. This is what I call a down payment trip," said Aaron David Miller... Pretty much sums up his entire Middle East Foreign Policy, not accomplishing very much. No other President in history has done so little to support our allies in Israel, to stand with them and protect their interests in this region. I can't imagine the Jewish people in this country are very proud of how he has handled things. Hopefully he can come forward and tell the world that we are completely with Israel and will not abandon them ever.

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guitarmnMar. 16, 1310:42 AM

bjames3, why? Why do we have to stand with Israel completely? There has been a complete shift in energy dependence away from the middle east, with the US on track to be the largest producer of oil exports by 2017. We don't have to worry about oil imbargos crippling us or the region imploding into WWIII with the cold war over for 40 years. They have no trade value and no strategic military value anymore. And no president in history has been more effective in taking out terrorist threats to this country by surgically striking and eliminating them with highly effective and very cheap drones. The Jewish lobby, like the NRA, are losing their grip on Washington, and do not have the sway on policy that they once did. I would say, with Israel systematically and methodically annexing the West Bank and pushing the Palestinians slowly out of what they view as their homeland, That they are pursuing policies that deserve the benign neglect that Obama has shown them. Therefore I would say that no other President in history has demonstrated the courage to shift our policy with Israel away from the repeated ineffectiveness of our past. Because of the oil dependence of China and India, it would seem to be more of their concern. Let them take the lead in resolving anything to do with them, and bear the cost too.

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profanmanMar. 16, 1310:48 AM

How can someone who has divided his own country help bring peace to others? I saw a want ad from the White House titled "Wanted: Leadership"

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selfmadeMar. 16, 1310:54 AM

How about he stays here and focuses on domestic problems before they boil over at home? Typical BS from this president...Stop giving money and time and energy to others when we need it more than ever...

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dewarfMar. 16, 1311:21 AM

It was all going to be so easy in 2008, remember? Just make an apology tour, quote the Koran a couple times and the Islamic world will fall at his feet. After all, it was Bush's fault. Now, after four years of disastrous foreign policy, our affirmative action president is not trying to accomplish anything. Seems just what we should have expected from someone with no leadership or executive experience. Clearly, we got what we deserved, and so did the rest of the free world. Sorry, Israel.

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jcinmnMar. 16, 1312:26 PM

bjames3 "'This is not about accomplishing anything now. This is what I call a down payment trip," said Aaron David Miller...' Pretty much sums up his entire Middle East Foreign Policy, not accomplishing very much" No president has accomplished much. Some have accomplished a little. A few, GHWB & GWB helped bankrupt the federal treasury and the Social Security Trust Fund.

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comment229Mar. 16, 1312:48 PM

Yeah... so easy in 2008... I remember 2008 but apparently some people need to go back and study where we were at that time in history. It was not pretty.

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