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President Obama’s Biggest Mideast Policy Challenges in 2015


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President Obama’s Biggest Mideast Policy Challenges in 2015

Juan Cole

Barack Obama wanted to be the president who got the US out of Afghanistan and Iraq, and turned America’s diplomatic energies to the more promising Pacific Rim.

2014 was the year in which he failed decisively at these objectives. He has had to keep 10,000 US military personnel in Afghanistan, given the continued strength of the Taliban and the untested character of the Afghanistan National Army.