What has the Arab Spring done for the United States? What seeds have we sown there that will lead to better days for the USA.
Gosh, I hate to sound like an AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALIST, but isn’t self-interest supposed to be the animating force behind U.S. foreign policy?
Somehow, President Obama has managed to reap nothing much for the United States out of the season of Arab change. And given that Egypt may soon be in the good hands of the Muslim Brotherhood, things may end up much worse for us.
Where is the grand strategic vision?
This is what happens when you install a president and a secretary of state with next to no experience in foreign affairs and no comprehensive strategy for allowing the United States thrive in the big bad world.
To the extent there was a master plan, it was to try to appease our enemies, talk to them, lure them to change their ways by showing that the United States never meant them any harm. Underlying this is notion – the core of the curriculum at the elite universities Obama and Clinton attended – is that, 1. the United States is a force for evil in the world and, 2. very bad people can get in touch with their inner goodness and learn the ways of peace and reason followed by Ivy League graduates.
Because if we’re no better than our enemies – if American exceptionism is no different than anyone else’s and if the Russians love their children too – then surely others can be convinced that we’re just here to help and that they should abandon their understandable fear of and hostility to the United States.
The aspiration that the United States could deal with the Iran’s leadership is a major reason Obama hesitated to throw full U.S. support in 2009 behind the first rumblings of the Arab Spring – the Persian Green Revolution. A Master Plan to cozy up to Syria also underlies the months-long wait for the White House to call for Bashar Assad’s departure.
Our strategy for the turmoil in the Middle East should have had three main objectives: Regime change in Iran; regime change in Iran’s proxy, Syria; and maintaining an ally on the throne in Egypt, whether it be Hosni Mubarak or someone else. The rest is fairly superfluous.
None of this has been achieved. We should have been working every angle to get these missions accomplished.
The Arab Spring has done nothing for the United States, and it could well end up making things worse for us and the very Arabs whose lives were supposed to improve.
We’ve been presented with a very fluid situation, with the opportunity to direct the flow down a path beneficial to the United States. Instead, we are facing the same swamp of evildoers who block our interests and, with Tehran busily building its nuclear capability, imperil our national security.
Maybe if we try asking nicely one more time.