Our warped understanding of “leadership” and the Middle East

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December 21, 2016
The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  
Posted in Commentary

"We often hear from hawks that the U.S. is in 'retreat' and that it is not as involved in this region as the people there want it to be, but as far as public opinion is concerned there is no truth to this. No matter the country of origin, almost no respondents cited 'too little U.S. leadership' as the greatest obstacle to peace and stability in the region, and hardly any cited it as the second greatest obstacle. In most of the countries surveyed, 'too much U.S. interference' is viewed as the first or second greatest obstacle. There is simply no evidence that there is popular dissatisfaction with a lack of U.S. 'leadership,' nor is there proof of broad support in any of these countries for greater U.S. involvement in the region." (12/20/16)


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