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The only people denouncing President Obama’s Cairo speech seem to be right-wing nuts at home and Islamic extremists abroad. This is a good set of opponents to have.   Meanwhile, I like Obama’s summary this morning in Germany of what he is thinking about the Middle East: And as the Chancellor mentioned, we discussed my recent ...

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President Barack Obama plays basketball at Fort McNair on May 9, 2009. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)

The only people denouncing President Obama's Cairo speech seem to be right-wing nuts at home and Islamic extremists abroad. This is a good set of opponents to have.  

The only people denouncing President Obama’s Cairo speech seem to be right-wing nuts at home and Islamic extremists abroad. This is a good set of opponents to have.  

Meanwhile, I like Obama’s summary this morning in Germany of what he is thinking about the Middle East:

And as the Chancellor mentioned, we discussed my recent trip to the Middle East and the need for all of us to redouble our efforts to bring about two states, Israel and a Palestinian state, that are living side by side in peace and security. I think the moment is now for us to act on what we all know to be the truth, which is that each side is going to have to make some difficult compromises; we have to reject violence.

The Palestinians have to get serious about creating the security environment that is required for Israel to feel confident. Israelis are going to have to take some difficult steps. I discussed some of those in the speech.”

“Difficult steps and hard compromises” would be a good name for Obama’s emerging Middle East policy.

Photo by Pete Souza/White House via Getty Images

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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