“THE POLITICS OF OBAMA” (published at Elefteros Typos 04.12.2014)
THE POLITICS OF OBAMA
After so many years spent in the US presidency, it would be useful to make a close observation of the US President’s foreign policy to date. As regards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with his movements being indecisive, gave no solutions and rather complicated the situation. He stated that it would solve the problem in one year. Yet, the proposal for the two independent states, that is to say, Israel and Palestine to live side by side peacefully, seems an unattainable dream today. As the Israeli invasion continues, the Gaza Strip continues to be so blocked both by sea and air, two million Palestinians remain breathless and trapped between the Islamic fundamentalists of Hamas and the Israeli army. On the other hand, the relationship between President Obama and the Israeli Prime Minister, Netanyahu, remains unchanged. The perception of the US President is entirely rational that he believes in separating religious states and the democratic administration of institutions. It seems naive in front of the logic of the Islamists who do not believe in democracy and see Islam as their only governing principle. And also, the early withdrawal of the US army from Iraq showed that it was a mistake, as well as the war of Bush, because Islamists became stronger despite the intervention. But in Syria or in Egypt, such policy did not work. In the first case: he failed to decide between two options, namely either to overthrow Assad’s military or to help the dissidents to strengthen their military force. In the second case: he abandoned Mubarak, but just a little later he was compelled to find out that General Al-Sisi was much tougher than the former Egyptian president. The promise of Obama in 2009 in Cairo that the US would reconcile with the Arab world completely failed. The people of the United States considered it the weakness of indecision and the Arabs interpreted it as hypocrisy. Accordingly, it also happened with Russia. He wanted to give momentum to Russia-United States relations again, but the Democrat Obama does not have the same ideas as the “Tsar” Putin. The US President supported the protesters in Kiev without consent of the European Union, and plays alone on the Ukrainian paper with no success so far. And as long as Putin remains popular as the other power, Russia-United States diplomacy today is nonexistent because everyone is adamant in his positions. In contrast, what Obama has been successful is in the relations with China. He opened with the ongoing dialogue, avoided taking a position in China-Japan dispute over the nationality of the Senkaku islands (always protecting his friend Japan), and even managed to be the coveted protector of all Asian countries against China’s expansionism. So the United States became the central power in the Pacific. This is a tremendous diplomatic and economic success since there is a large global growth in that area. It is, therefore, the Asian policy to provide the answer to the question of whether Obama will be recorded in history as a great peacemaking diplomat or as an indecisive politician.