The Sweep: Obama's do-over on the Middle East
May 18th, 2011
07:17 PM ET
12 years ago

The Sweep: Obama's do-over on the Middle East

Washington (CNN) - In many ways, the promises President Obama made in his 2009 speech to the Arab and Muslim world was doomed from the start. Obama might have sounded like an idealist, but he was thinking like a realist.

The White House billed the Cairo speech as "A New Beginning," and the president made tantalizing promises not only to show progress in solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but on encouraging democratic reform, and engaging authoritarian leaders hostile to the United States.


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  1. one voice

    The cards President Obama was dealt was ENORMOUS, losing 750,000 jobs the 3 months before He took office,millions losing their homes, stock market crash and the whole world hating us because of the bullying cowboy diplomacy by the CROOKED BUSH/CHENEY RESIME. Bomb and invade cost us dearly( 4200 service members killed, 42,000 wounded and 120,000 INNOCENT IRAQIES DEAD)(NOT TO MENTION TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS with interest). OBAMA 2012

    May 18, 2011 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  2. Democrat Fools

    Seriously? Does Obama think that reasoning with terrorists is a smart idea? He's losing what creditability he has left on this love the arab world at all costs mentality. Next he'll tell the CIA to promote the religion in our own country.

    May 18, 2011 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  3. Nadeem

    Huh, do over. Have you been witnessing the Arab spring, the decline of Al Quida. Yes please keep doing it over and over again

    May 18, 2011 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |