Obama has repeatedly called for other Middle Eastern governments to respect free expression, and he should do the same with the UAE.
Those intoxicated by Obama's rhetoric will soon experience a painful hangover. For the president's Israel speech and the rest of his Middle East trip were focused, first and foremost, on domestic politics here in the United States.
We just passed the second anniversary of the Syrian uprising that began in March 2011 and the situation inside Syria and in the region is reaching catastrophic proportions. This must stop.
Tthe best Obama can do, in the short term, is attempt to speak directly to both peoples reasserting his commitment to them and to a peaceful future in an effort to change the discourse in both societies away from the cynicism and hardline views that have made progress toward peace so difficult.
The furious protests that have toppled autocrats and roiled politics across North Africa and the Middle East for the past two years will enter a new phase in 2013.
Will Obama 2.0 finally admit that Washington doesn't need regime change in Tehran to improve its relationship with that country?
With the election now over, President Barack Obama will be forced to turn his attention back to the prickly and unpredictable foreign policy challenge posed by the Middle East.
President Obama on a number of occasions has publicly stated, "I have Israel's back." I don't know what that means in practice. I believe he should publicly state that an attack by Iran on Israel would be considered an attack on the U.S.
The Arab Spring presents a unique opportunity to envision a better Middle East, joining the global community with dignity and prosperity.
America, both Democrat and Republican, is now abandoning the post-industrial age of bogus financial products and going back to its industrial prowess, the source of its world supremacy.
The interests of the United States are best served by a consistent policy supporting basic freedoms and expanding free market principles that have proven to improve lives and lift nations out of poverty.
The youth of the Middle East and North Africa are as talented as entrepreneurial as the youth in any other region. That is why President Obama in his recent address on the Middle East placed so much emphasis on providing opportunities for young people.
I thought of "Blowin' in the Wind" recently when Dr. Cornel West made comments critical of Obama. One may not agree with all of his words, but Dr. West is a tuning fork for justice.
In history, we're used to seeing events on an extended timeline: where a few years, or a few decades don't mean very much. In current affairs, that's harder to swallow.
Is the Arab Spring really an "American" Revolution? According to President Obama and his speechwriters, the answer is, surprisingly, yes.
Reactions to President Obama's speech on developments in the Arab World were a striking reminder of just how deep and troubling the disconnect in the U.S.-Israel-Arab relationship, and how dysfunctional politics in the U.S. have become.