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La Stampa - Italy | Friday, May 20, 2011

Problems outweigh US solutions

Barack Obama's sober words on US Middle East policy will hardly go down in the annals of history but they do correspond to reality, writes the liberal daily La Stampa: "The speech was too pedantic, too fastidious in listing the problems and too cautious with its solutions. This time around Obama lacked both the emotional charge and the political vision with which he ushered in a new era in relations between the US and the Islamic World two years ago in Cairo. ... In the end all that can be done is to recognise that the problems outweigh the solutions. That is the reality in the Middle East. And not even the most powerful man in the world can hope to change that. In that sense Obama's humble tone was the only possible or realistic - and the only commendable - thing in his speech."

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