‘obama threaded the needle in egypt’

Robert Shrum (The Week): Judge the president’s diplomacy by the results — not by the critics

A president can bluster or blunder this country into a world of trouble. That was the tale of most of the past decade. But with skill and judgment, with a nuanced combination of restraint and initiative, Barack Obama has just zigged and zagged his way through a crisis in Egypt in which he successfully secured American interests and ideals.

The 18 days in Tahrir Square now belong to history. Soon enough, what happened behind the scenes in Cairo and Washington will be recounted in some insider-infused first draft. But in an age of impatience, some rushed to conclude that Obama’s administration had bungled the crisis or caught up to the revolution a little too late. The truth, like Obama’s diplomacy, is more subtle.

…in carefully modulated fits and starts, the president, the Pentagon, and his national security team facilitated a more democratic dispensation in Egypt while simultaneously achieving the best that was possible for the United States and its allies.

…That Obama had got it wrong was the instant verdict of commentators; see how ineffectual he is, how little influence the U.S. has. The next day Mubarak resigned…

…Obama understands that diplomacy is not one-dimensional … the saga is unfinished there, across the region, and for the United States. But the results so far are not bad. In 18 days, the White House advanced our values, protected our vital interests, and demonstrated the power of America’s reach and influence.

Full article here

(Don’t know how I missed this article, but better late than never!)

12 Responses to “‘obama threaded the needle in egypt’”

  1. March 1, 2011 at 1:42 pm


  2. 2 Fred
    March 1, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    may GOD continue to guide;protect and counsel the President and the entire Administration

    May He continue to bless him;the First Lady;Malia;Sasha;Grandma Robinson;Joe;Jill;their families and the families of each and every members of this Administration 🙂

    President Obama is not getting any credit at all as far as the uprising in the Middle East but at some point;I hope he will get the credit he deserves

    He got a dictator out of power and not one single American soldier lost his/her life and we didn’t drop a single bomb on the Egyptian people or had any drone attacks

    May GOD continue to guide the President as far as Libya;Yemen;Tunisia and every other country where the people are asking for major changes;May the President find the right words at the right time and take the right actions that will not put us the American people in danger and people from those respective countries as well 🙂

    • 3 barb
      March 1, 2011 at 2:54 pm

      Amen, Fred. May our President’s light shine forth for those you are able to see it. Some will never see his integrity and diplomacy and it is their lose.The last part of this article say’s it all.

      “Judge the president’s diplomacy by the results — not by the critics”

  3. 4 Dorothy Rissman
    March 1, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    chipsticks, thank you for sharing this article with us. Bob Schrum is a practical man with a large history to draw from. I appreciate his support of the president. He was certainly spot on in saying that the screamers, drama queens and kings, of both the far left and right, have no credibility.

  4. 5 Shirley
    March 1, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    I would like to piggy back on Fred’s comments and wishes. Lord I pray that you protect and bless president obama’s Family and love ones. Lord I pray blessings upon them, Lord I pray continued “FAVOR” upon the entire Obama Family. Lord I pray special blessings and protection to everyone that Is connected to the Obamas, and the complete Obama Administration. Lord we believe that our President was not only elected, but chosen by you, and we are so very grateful and thankful. Thank you Lord God. President Obama may not get much earthly credit, but we believe In a God that sits high, and looks low. I pray for grace and mercy for America, and the entire universe . Hear us Lord, In Jesus name, Amen! and Amen!

  5. 8 Sue in Minnesota
    March 1, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Robert Shrum understands our President and has been a consistent voice of reason and support for him. I appreciate and respect him for it and wish a few more journalists/pundits had the intellect and the balls to join his voice.

  6. March 1, 2011 at 4:16 pm


  7. 10 Gwen Day-Fuller
    March 1, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Dear Shirley,
    Thank you so much for the uplifting and absolutely beautiful prayer. You have captured all we need to say. Please add me to your prayer list. Also, thank you to Mr. Shrum for pinpointing all the ways President Obama keeps working for all Americans. You nailed it!!!!!

    Gwen Day-Fuller

  8. 11 HZ
    March 2, 2011 at 12:33 am

    God is so patient with us. I thank you for this thoughtful prayer. I pray that God will give President Obama and Joe Biden wisdom, graceful speech to implore the world leaders to do what is good and right by their citizens. I pray for his protection each and everyday. I am so grateful to God for Joe and Jill. We must continue to lift our President up in prayers each and everyday that God gives us life. We are truly in some difficult times, but I concur, I believe that God has given us a great gift in President Obama and Vice President Biden. May the Lord bless, provide, and protect them both, we ask in His Mighty and Powerful Name. Amen

  9. 12 Sonjia Duncan
    March 2, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Thank you and with that wonderful prayer, I will say amen and good night until tomorrow.

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