The Middle East Warms, Slightly, To America

Andrew Sullivan —  Nov 22 2011 @ 2:37pm


Marc Lynch checks in on Arab public opinion:

52% now say they are disappointed in the Obama administration, a majority but down from 65% last year. And 34% now have positive views of Obama himself, a 19 point gain from 2010. Arab disappointment in the administration is still mostly driven by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to the survey. Only 5% named a failure to promote democracy as the main cause for their disappointment (though that's up from 1% the previous year), while 23% named its efforts on democracy and human rights as a positive.  

It's Israel's government that is preventing Obama from reaching his potential in reorienting US soft power. They may regret it if he wins re-election.