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Der Standard - Austria | Friday, September 12, 2014

Obama must sugar-coat his partners

Obama's speech was badly needed to justify the US's dramatic change of paradigms in the Middle East, the left-liberal daily Der Standard believes: "In Iraq the US is joining forces with Iran, and in Syria it is attacking an opponent of the Assad regime. At the start of the year that would have been absolutely unthinkable. ... Obama has no choice but to give his partners a sugar coating: he has no others. And he has to do quite a balancing act to bridge the gap between Iran and Saudi Arabia. ... Obama can't solve the problems in the region. The goal is to prevent the Islamic State from firmly establishing itself. If the order set up after the First World War were to break down - and everything points to that today - there must be no IS to fill the vacuum. That's in the interests of the US and the entire region."

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