On May 19, 2011, President Barack Obama spoke at the State Department about the so-called Arab Spring. He celebrated the “extraordinary change taking place in the Middle East and North Africa.”
He also said that the United States had sided with the changes taking place across the region: “There must be no doubt that the United States of America welcomes change that advances self-determination and opportunity…after decades of accepting the world as it is in the region, we have a chance to pursue the world as it should be.” He talked of the rights of women, the rights of religious minorities, rights to freedom of speech and freedom of the press. He spoke of standing up for individuals rather than dictators. He said that we would help build a “world that is more peaceful, more stable, and more just.”
Four years into the great experiment of American withdrawal and cowardice, the Middle East has been transformed. Country by country, this is the current state of the Middle East, torn between a looming Iranian caliphate and a powerful Sunni Islamist terror-supporting upswing.
Written by BEN SHAPIRO
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