For all its high-minded idealism, we must concede that the Obama doctrine in the Middle East has been a terrible failure. To be sure, there was plenty to be critical about the United States’ approach to the region beforehand. And the Iraq war illustrates those failures better than anything else.
Just like Bush and Blair, we thought that once tyrants were toppled, democracy would just magic itself into existence in countries with little to no civil society, and no cultural experience of democratic compromiseDr. Azeem Ibrahim