- - Monday, October 12, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

What Middle East insights did Steve Kroft’s Oct. 11 “60 Minutes” interview with President Obama reveal?

First, that Mr. Obama is less inept toward the Middle East than he is willfully neglectful of the Syrian and Iraq crisis, and that he believes the United States bears little responsibility for the mess in the region. Coming months will reveal an even more diminutive commitment that Mr. Obama feels for the region, as the United States continues to withdraw, even abandon, our traditional role in the region as arbiter and mediator. Part of the reason for Mr. Obama’s lack of a present commitment is the gross failure of his policies and the desire to avoid accountability for these failures.

Second, the interview revealed that Russian President Vladimir Putin has made his commitment in military forces in the region out of weakness, something Russia was forced to do to prop up a shaken Assad regime that has assured Russia the only foothold it has in the Middle East. The Russians have achieved militarily where Mr. Obama has failed in miserable fashion. Mr. Obama, it seems, has little sense of accountability as commander-in-chief for the military strategy and failures in the Middle East. A pathetic reaction indeed.

Notwithstanding the upheaval of the Islamic State, its increase in numbers and territory and threats to America, Obama stated that the U.S. homeland is safer today, an outcome which seems highly uncertain at best.

BOB JACK

North Las Vegas, Nev.


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