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Conflicting thoughts of Republicans

Business Times - 26 Oct 2011


Conflicting thoughts of Republicans

US moves on Libya and Iraq may be a sign it's adapting its policies to changing balance of power in the region

By LEON HADAR
WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT

REPUBLICAN politicians, including the party's leading presidential candidates, as well as Fox News' right-wing pundits and the armchair warriors on the conservative blogosphere have been suffering from an acute case of foreign-policy cognitive dissonance in recent months.

They have been bashing President Barack Obama for failing to stand up for US interests in the Middle East and for cosying up to anti-American (and anti-Israeli) Arabs and radical Islamists. Yet this same president is the one who ends up assassinating Osama bin Laden and other Al-Qaeda figures and helps topple (and kill) Libya's Muammar Gaddafi, the notorious godfather of international terrorism and long-time symbol of Arab radicalism.

And Mr Obama also takes a tough stand in dealing with Pakistan…