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Politico: Obama Still Can't Help Middle East

Author: Aaron David Miller
November 11, 2012

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In his upcoming term President Barack Obama will have to adopt a softer stance on many issues in the Middle East to avoid conflict that could have large domestic implications.

Barack Obama may be a newly energized second-term president, one of only 17 in U.S. history; yet risk aversion abroad rather than risk-readiness ought to be his watchword, particularly in the Middle East.

Here, the challenges that confront him run from migraine headaches to root canals in a pain-filled, opportunity-less region calling out for smart management rather than bold solutions.

Should the president get overly ambitious in Iran, Syria or the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he will most likely fail, squandering precious street credibility and political capital badly needed at home and abroad.

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