The last couple of days have been filled with drama at the UN, and yet there was nothing really surprising in any of the speeches that were made.
We’ll start with the other speeches first (not necessarily in chronological order) and then get to Netanyahu’s.
President Obama, on the surface, said all the right things. However a slightly longer look at his words reveal the facileness of his thinking and his detachment from the realities of the Middle East. Prof. Barry Rubin is most scathing about the speech:
If one listened to Obama’s speech, one would think that this was a man who gave strong support to the opposition in Iran and to the moderate democratic forces struggling in Lebanon and Egypt (most U.S.-backed programs to help organize politically in Egypt went to the Muslim Brotherhood) and who backed those fighting for a Syria that isn’t an Islamist dictatorship.
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