Obama got lambasted over his entire body of work when it came to the Saudis and the rest of the ME because of the apologetic Islam angle
When you think about it, in terms of rhetoric, Obama was a complete outlier in terms of ME relations in comparison to every post Cold War President who preceded him - criticisms of his foreign policy in that venue are well warranted given his results were the same, and worse in some cases
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I don’t like being cornered into an Obama apologist on this but you do remember who first coined the phrase “religion of peace”, right? You’re aware of who hosted the mujahadeen in the Oval Office and armed them to the teeth? Not to mention supporting both sides of the Iran-Iraq war.
Not to mention all the presidents who kissed the ass of the House of Saud. Obama seems hardly extraordinary in that regard. Kind of like his record on punishing Wall Street.
Great. I've got to rehash the differences between Obama and Bush/Clinton/Bush for you, klam
They all paid lip service to not demonizing islam but only Obama was completely lost in the woods as to the reality of the overall situation in that part of the world - he actually thought he could generate goodwill in the Muslim world with a couple of well crafted speeches. The other guys were just trying not to get branded as Islamophobes within their own electorate
Only a complete naif would have supported the Arab Spring/Muslim Brotherhood/Libyan insurgency
That isn't to deflect from Clinton's and Bush's mistakes (and one of them was YUGE) but the central themes to their foreign policies on the ME were not based completely in naivete and wishful thinking as were Obama's. And Obama literally had a direct example from his predecessor that he could have learned from but went down that road anyway.