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Obama who?

I was interested that the home page of the Iranian news agency has not a word about President Obama’s speech in Cairo. I think this is an interesting sign of success for Obama, because it suggests to me that he just flummoxes the anti-American element in the Middle East. Good for him. I also was ...

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I was interested that the home page of the Iranian news agency has not a word about President Obama's speech in Cairo. I think this is an interesting sign of success for Obama, because it suggests to me that he just flummoxes the anti-American element in the Middle East. Good for him.

I was interested that the home page of the Iranian news agency has not a word about President Obama’s speech in Cairo. I think this is an interesting sign of success for Obama, because it suggests to me that he just flummoxes the anti-American element in the Middle East. Good for him.

I also was impressed by Jeffrey Goldberg’s take on the speech:

“An African-American President with Muslim roots stands before the Muslim world and defends the right of Jews to a nation of their own in their ancestral homeland, and then denounces in vociferous terms the evil of Holocaust denial, and right-wing Israelis go forth and complain that the President is unsympathetic to the housing needs of settlers. Incredible, just incredible.” 

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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