Fouad Ajami: The Arabs Have Stopped Applauding Obama –

‘He talks too much,” a Saudi academic in Jeddah, who had once been smitten with Barack Obama, recently observed to me of America’s 44th president. He has wearied of Mr. Obama and now does not bother with the Obama oratory.

He is hardly alone, this academic. In the endless chatter of this region, and in the commentaries offered by the press, the theme is one of disappointment. In the Arab-Islamic world, Barack Obama has come down to earth.

He has not made the world anew, history did not bend to his will, the Indians and Pakistanis have been told that the matter of Kashmir is theirs to resolve, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the same intractable clash of two irreconcilable nationalisms, and the theocrats in Iran have not “unclenched their fist,” nor have they abandoned their nuclear quest.

There is little Mr. Obama can do about this disenchantment. He can’t journey to Turkey to tell its Islamist leaders and political class that a decade of anti-American scapegoating is all forgiven and was the product of American policies—he has already done that. He can’t journey to Cairo to tell the fabled “Arab street” that the Iraq war was a wasted war of choice, and that America earned the malice that came its way from Arab lands—he has already done that as well. He can’t tell Muslims that America is not at war with Islam—he, like his predecessor, has said that time and again.

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  • Carterthewriter

    They have found out, as we have, he is a spokesman of little depth beyond his ability to speak eloquently.

  • DemocracyFirst

    Perhaps it's more that they were hoping he'd help them overthrow Israel, but having learned otherwise, it's back to hate America as usual. Sure, Obama tried out the ill fated “Stop the settlements now” nonsense. That probably got Arab hopes up that that was the first of increasing American pressure on israel to fold. It was, instead, the last. Instead, in response to Israel's blowback, Obama tried to get Arabs to offer Israel something in return, like a hint of recognition. Undoubtedly Obama was dismayed to see they hadn't the slightest interest in any quid pro quo. Rather, they only wanted Israeli concessions in exchange for none of their own. Does Obama now realize the reality?: Arabs only want Israel dead and nothing will change that.

  • Carterthewriter

    With Israel out of the way, on to Europe which they have already infitrated quite well. Then us. We're all infidels to them, but they have to eliminate the most vocal ones first..

  • DemocracyFirst

    No question that Islamists see that their Allah-given mission to make all
    the world Islamic, by violence if need be. And many more moderate types
    share a belief in this mission, even if they see that non violence is the
    means, say through demographically overrunning Israel and Europe.

  • ApolloSpeaks


    Obama is the divine sign our radical Islamist enemies have been waiting for. From Al Qaida to the Shiite mullahs of Iran; from the Wahabis of Arabia to the Moslem Brothers and the Taliban, one and all see Obama as a heaven sent gift from Almighty Allah to bankrupt the US and destroy the Pax Americana, thus setting the stage for the restoration of Islam as a great world power.

    Google ApolloSpeaks (one word) and read more.

  • Robert Bernier

    Wow! Read this one. It is really good. And this gentleman says it just like it is.

    This venerable and much honored WW II vet is well known in Hawaii
    for his seventy-plus years of service to patriotic organizations and causes all over the country. A humble man without a political bone in his body, he has never spoken out before about a government official, until now. He dictated this letter to a friend, signed it and mailed it to the president.

    Consult :