US Public Support for Washington’s ‘Perpetual’ Wars Finally Wanes

Wednesday, August 3, 2016
By Paul Martin

SputnikNews.com
03.08.2016

The Obama administration’s Middle Eastern foreign policy has been proven inefficient, prompting Middle America to support Donald Trump’s “isolationism.”

The US’ Middle Eastern foreign policy remains its Achilles’ heel: under President Barack Obama Washington has got bogged down in the region, Geoffrey Wheatcroft, an English journalist and author, notes.

In his opinion piece for The National Interest Wheatcroft cites Philip Gordon, Obama’s former special assistant and coordinator for the Middle East:

“In Iraq, the US intervened and occupied, and the result was a costly disaster. In Libya, the US intervened and did not occupy, and the result was a costly disaster. In Syria, the US neither intervened nor occupied, and the result is a costly disaster.”

It seems that Washington “has no good way of dealing with the Middle East, no good options, and no good likely outcomes,” Wheatcroft emphasizes.
Remarkably, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump shares a similar stance: in his latest statement Trump accused Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton of destabilizing the Middle East and betraying the US’ national security.

“Well, he’s a terrible president. He’ll probably go down as the worst president in the history of our country, he’s been a total disaster,” Trump said in reference to Obama and his Middle Eastern foreign policy.

Wheatcroft calls attention to the fact that currently the US has neither benevolent political actors, nor true friends in the Middle East.

“If the unilateral intervention of the previous administration was a total failure, and if the alternative policies followed under Obama have been met with very limited success, might it not be time to fundamentally to reassess the American role as a would-be but not very successful global superpower?” the English writer asks.

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