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Jefferson23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-13-11 04:30 PM
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According to the poll, both the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and US interference in the region are seen as the biggest obstacle to peace and stability.

By Natasha Mozgovaya

A new poll shows a sharp decline in support of President Obama's policies in the Middle East.

The poll, which was conducted by the Arab American Institute in six Middle Eastern countries, shows Obamas ratings at 10% or less, and reflects negative sentiments toward American policies in the region.

According to the poll, 88% of Moroccans think that the president has not met the expectations laid out in his 2009 Cairo speech, while 90% of Egyptians said they are dissatisfied with his policies. Disappointment was highest in Lebanon, where 99% disapprove of Obamas policies, as opposed to Saudi Arabia, where 77% felt let down.

The poll also shows that both the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and US interference in the region are seen as the biggest obstacle to peace and stability. Many also noted that the Americas role in establishing a no-fly zone over Libya, and the killing of Osama bin Laden as the other major factors contributing to their disapproval.

According to AAI President, Dr. James Zogby, President Obama did not create the problems, but rather created the expectations that the problems will be solved. Zogby said that when confronted with the possibility of low approval ratings, the administration was not surprised.
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-13-11 04:33 PM
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1. But he's a secret Muslim Arab terrorist sympathizer Marxist! n/t
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BeyondGeography Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-13-11 04:42 PM
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2. Oh, darn
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no_hypocrisy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-13-11 04:50 PM
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3. Do they think Obama is a self-hating Muslim because we're bombing Libya?
Among other things . . .
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pennylane100 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-13-11 04:57 PM
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4. Well you can't please all of the people, all of the time.
I can understand why the Palestinians may be upset with him but those who disapprove of the killing of Bin Laden should just stand up for their principles and stop taking our aid. I am not sure why they disapprove of the no fly zone, I thought the idea was to protect the lives of innocent people. However, I am no expert on the middle east, maybe we did it for more sinister reasons.
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Igel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-14-11 04:47 PM
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6. My guess.
They dislike the Libyan no-fly zone because "we" are killing "some of them." However they define the distinction between "we" and "them"--Westerner/Arab, Christian/Muslim, colonial power/colonized weakling (no suitable opposite to "power" comes to mind here), lover of freedom/lover of order, happy to help the helpless/irate at being judged "helpless".

Then there are probably the conspiracy theories: We'd not be in Libya but for the oil, if we wanted to we'd have Qaddhafi gone within hours not months (but we'd rather bomb), the idea is to get a Western-friendly power in place, we want to fragment Libya like we did Sudan, etc.

Hard to know. Probably varies among those polled.
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Tarheel_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-13-11 05:00 PM
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5. Well it's good he's not their leader then, right?
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Jefferson23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-14-11 11:00 PM
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7. US more unpopular in the Arab world than under Bush
(updated below)

Glenn Greenwald

I've written numerous times over the last year about rapidly worsening perceptions of the U.S. in the Muslim world, including a Pew poll from April finding that Egyptians view the U.S. more unfavorably now than they did during the Bush presidency. A new poll released today of six Arab nations -- Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Morocco -- contains even worse news on this front:

The hope that the Arab world had not long ago put in the United States and President Obama has all but evaporated.

Two and a half years after Obama came to office, raising expectations for change among many in the Arab world, favorable ratings of the United States have plummeted in the Middle East, according to a new poll conducted by Zogby International for the Arab American Institute Foundation.

In most countries surveyed, favorable attitudes toward the United States dropped to levels lower than they were during the last year of the Bush administration . . . Pollsters began their work shortly after a major speech Obama gave on the Middle East . . . Fewer than 10 percent of respondents described themselves as having a favorable view of Obama.

What's striking is that none of these is among the growing list of countries we're occupying and bombing. Indeed, several are considered among the more moderate and U.S.-friendly nations in that region, at least relatively speaking. Yet even in this group of nations, anti-U.S. sentiment is at dangerously (even unprecedentedly) high levels.

snip* 3 somewhat related items:

(1) I recorded a BloggingheadsTV session yesterday with Law Professor Ilya Somin, discussing the illegality of the war in Libya, the debt ceiling drama, and the Drug War. That can be viewed on the recorder below (specific segments can be selected here):

(2) I was recently given a copy of a book of essays by the playwright and actor Wallace Shawn which I can't recommend highly enough (given to me, coincidentally, by Shawn himself). The first half of the book examines multiple political topics, while the second half contains more personal reflections, but it all has an amazing thematic coherence. It's short and easy to read, but incredibly thought-provoking and novel in its own subtle, idiosyncratic way. It can be purchased from Amazon at a discounted price, or a more noble means of acquring it is directly from the independent publisher at a slightly increased price. I don't often recommend books, but this one is definitely worth your time and attention.

(3) Col. Lawrence Wilkerson -- the former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell and one of the most vocal critics of Bush/Cheney Terrorism and foreign policy (who supported Obama in 2008) -- was on Keith Olbermann's program last night discussing Obama's foreign policy as well as the treatment of Bradley Manning; it's highly worth watching, as Wilkerson discusses why these actions have caused him to re-consider his support for the President:

snip* The only thing more reliable than deaths and taxes is that the NYT will take the side of the U.S. Government in how it "reports" on any foreign conflict. And is there anything more predictable than the fact that the faction backed by the U.S. in a civil war turns out to be guilty of many of the same atrocities that "justified" the commencement of the war in the first place? Bask in the glow of humanitarianism.

in full:
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Fearless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-14-11 11:11 PM
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8. The same thing happens to all presidents on a national level...
They come in with a bang... 70-80% approval and slowly it melts back into the 40-50% range. Buyer's remorse. It doesn't matter the president. Everyone has a vision of him/her that they are going to either be the best thing in the world or the worst. Neither is ever lived up to (although I'd say Bush Co. came close to the latter).
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