So much for Obama ushering in a new era with the Arabs:
Much more at Verum Serum who add with wisdom:
Remember how, after 9/11, the world seemed to rally around the US. Our polling numbers were up all over Europe and elsewhere. And then, after the invasion of Iraq, those numbers went way down. Howard Dean, John Kerry, Al Gore, Al Franken and innumerable liberal commentators and politicos (almost ad infinitum) claimed that Bush had squandered the good will of the world. In fact, back in 2003 Brookings was one of the groups making this claim.
In a very similar way, the numbers show that Obama had a moment when the Middle East was genuinely more hopeful about his direction. The numbers also show that his moment is gone, perhaps irrevocably. And yet, I don’t hear anyone on the left claiming that Obama has squandered his golden opportunity with the Middle East. Actually, that complaint has been voiced in foreign newspapers, but not here. Certainly not with any real gusto. I wonder why that argument has fallen out of fashion?
That last question is rhetorical I’m sure… the answer seems obvious.