Obama ‘s Administration
Diplomatic Strategy in Middle East..
Since World War II, the peace and stability of the world order has depended on a strong America; however, Washington policymakers are now deliberately edging the US out of this position of leadership. The price of these choices will be higher than even past critics and current adversaries of America could imagine. The vacuum the West has left in the Middle East is now being filled by regional powers without the military, economic or diplomatic clout to drive events and stabilize the regional power structure. The best example of this is the debacle in Syria, which is now destabilizing Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. The seismic shifts in power now spreading across the Middle East are increasing the risk of regional wars which the United States will be unable to stop.
The White House’s claims that President Obama orchestrated a rapprochement between Turkey and Israel after a period of tension provides further evidence of how irrelevant the United States has become to the Byzantine politics of the region: the President's trip ignored three profound subterranean shifts in Middle East power alignments brought about by America’s strategic departure from the region. These shifts include the realization of Kurdish ambitions for more autonomy across the area, the new Israeli-Greek Cypriot relationship, and the commercial and diplomatic alliance between Saudi Arabia and Turkey as a counter to rising Iranian influence. The spin managers claim that President Obama helped Turkey and Israel to repair diplomatic relations broken when Israeli military inter- vention to stop a Turkish shipment of humanitarian aid to the Palestinians in Gaza in 2010 left several Turkish aid workers dead. The Israeli President apologized for the attack and agreed to make payments to the families of the aid workers who were killed.
U.S. diplomacy has missed what is actually going on in the Middle East right now. First, long-term Kurdish nationalist efforts to achieve greater autonomy in the region are on the rise. While the long-term historical consequences of the U.S. invasion of Iraq will not be clear for several decades , one of the short-term effects has been the creation of a virtually autonomous Kurdish Republic in northern Iraq--a prosperous island of stability whose economy is booming and influence rising in a sea of regional chaos.
The precipitous American military and diplomatic withdrawal from Iraq ordered by the Obama administration has limited what the United States could do to prevent the break-up of the Iraqi state, of which the Kurdish autonomous state is only one manifestation. The refusal of the Obama administration to intervene until recently to counter the dissolution of Syria as a state has allowed the Kurdish Syrian minority in the northeast to form its own semi-autonomous Kurdish region modeled on the Iraqi-Kurdish region. The Turkish government has brokered a peace agreement with the PKK, which has brought decades of civil conflict to an end. Part of that peace agreement allows greater autonomy for the Kurdish minority within the Turkish state.