According to an op-ed in the London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, Barack Obama is the weakest president in the history of the United States.
In his May 21, 2013 column, Mashari Al-Zaydi, columnist for the London-based Saudi daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, harshly criticized President Barack Obama and his foreign policy, particularly as it relates to the crisis in Syria.
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Al-Zaydi wrote that Obama’s handling of the Syrian crisis had proven his failure as president, showing him as completely lacking in leadership ability, hesitant and diffident, and overall the weakest president in the history of the United States. He added that it is because of these failings that Obama allowed the crisis in Syria to escalate to the current situation, and that it is he who “caused the wound to become deeper and the bloodshed to continue.” He also stated that Obama’s hesitant and failed leadership in the Middle East, and especially in Syria, had laid the groundwork for the development of extremism and sectarian violence greater than those of Al-Qaeda.
This column by Al-Zaydi joins a series of recent articles in the Saudi press that attacked America’s policy on Syria following the American-Russian agreement to hold an international conference at which a political solution to the Syrian crisis will be sought.
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