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The Middle East today resembles the Wild West in which radical characters operate within a U.S. void. History shows that such a perception only leads to trouble for the world. Mr. Obama must change that perception by standing up for our values and guiding the world to a better future. No more Mr. Nice Guy toward the barbaric Islamic regime.

Reza Kahlili is a pseudonym for a former CIA operative in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and author of the award-winning book “A Time to Betray” (Simon & Schuster, 2010).