Jackson Diehl, The Washington Post | June 25, 2012
Much of the Arab Spring has been a mess. ++ Violence continues in Yemen, Libya, Bahrain, and in Syria, while the victory of the Islamic Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has led to a power struggle with the military. ++ Although Obama is definitely not the prime cause for the mess, he is at fault for waffling back and forth between the sides instead of choosing one. ++ By not supporting the start of democratic transformation or the removal of dictators in Syria and Bahrain, his inactiveness has tipped the balance toward the old regimes and chaos.