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Obama and the Middle East

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I’d really like to write something clever about Obama and the Middle East. I’d love to comment on his commitment to end the war in Iraq, his appointment of Richard Holbrooke and George Mitchell as his special envoy to Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the Middle East, or even his reiteration of the right for Israel to “defend” itself. I’d love to provide deep insight into how his policy will change the international face of America. I’d love to sound smart.
But I can’t. As far as I can tell, nothing has changed. At least not yet. Or perhaps it’s too soon to tell.
Instead, I point you toward this open letter to President Obama by comedian Dean Obeidallah. His observations are far more witty than mine could ever be this early on in the President’s term. He made me laugh out loud. Always a good sign.

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