Drama obscures concerns over Obama approach to Mideast
September 25th, 2013
06:10 PM ET
9 years ago

Drama obscures concerns over Obama approach to Mideast

United Nations (CNN) - The drama over whether President Barack Obama would shake hands with his Iranian counterpart detracted from what diplomats at the U.N. General Assembly described as an acute disappointment with his handling of Mideast turmoil.

A perceived lack of leadership in Syria during its civil war coupled with U.S. handling of the political crisis in Egypt has forced the Obama administration to confront a growing lack of confidence among Middle East allies.


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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. the hippies were right

    HIS handling, or him, our intelligence community, military advisors and foreign intelligence. Since when have we lived under a dictatorship?

    September 25, 2013 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  2. Larry in Houston

    this picture paints a thousand words – LOL – Obama is probably wondering : "IF I shake hands with the new Iranian President, will I make Netanyahu mad" ??


    September 25, 2013 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  3. boungiorno

    walk soft, but carry a BIG STICK!

    September 25, 2013 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    No matter what Iran is stronger nation now in middle east. It was Iraq but we destabilized it. Now on our part to grab the opportunity to stabilize middle east at the same time our visa system to these Muslim nations ought to be very tightened. Pakistan is a rogue nation for us to know,.

    September 25, 2013 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |