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Former Ambassador Criticizes Obama's 'Country-Specific' Approach in Middle East

photo of Ben Terris
March 16, 2011

Zalmay Khalilzad, a U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, and the United Nations under President George W. Bush, doesn’t approve of President Obama’s "country-specific" approach to dealing with uprisings in the Middle East.

In an op-ed for The Washington Post, Khalilzad says the best way to deal with the turmoil in the Middle East is for the United States to “adopt a proactive regional strategy that differentiates among transitional states, friendly authoritarians and anti-American dictatorships.”

He says that while Obama’s piecemeal strategy allows for U.S. flexibility, it has “two major flaws.” The first is that it “discounts the link between U.S. policy in one situation and outcomes elsewhere,” and second is that it is “inherently reactive.”

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