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Text of report by Qatari government-funded aljazeera.net website on 28 December
[Article by "strategic researcher" Munir Shafiq: "The Arab Situation and Regional and International Changes"]
US President Barack Obama has received the following from his predecessor, George W. Bush:
-An American situation involved in two losing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and, indirectly, in two losing wars launched by the Israeli army against Lebanon in 2006 and the Gaza Strip in 2008/2009.
-A US-global financial-economic crisis whose dimensions surpassed the 1929-1932 crisis. It represents political failure of the greater Middle East plan.
-A bad US reputation on a large scale that even hit Western public opinion.
This is why Obama, during his election campaign and after winning the presidential elections, should not have promised change in America and the world without realizing the scope of the obstacles that he is going to face, some of which reach the extent of impossibility due to their difficulty. In one word, Obama assumed leadership of the United States while its situation is deteriorating in the balance of powers compared to what it was since the end of World War II and up until today, including the post-Cold War stage. Therefore, Barack Obama and his administration and advisers had to seek to stop this deterioration and to put America on a course of change, which leads to it regaining its status in the balance of powers globally and regionally (in the Arab-Islamic region).
Stopping the deterioration
Has this happened, especially in the Arab-Islamic region, since his focus has been on winning the war in Afghanistan, achieving a settlement in Palestine, and removing Iran's nuclear programme, besides focusing on getting out of the financial crisis and economic recession?
First: What has been achieved on the level of the financial crisis has been confined to a relative halt to its aggravation through pumping thousands of billions of dollars from the accounts of taxpayers, increasing debt, and further looting international resources (by different ways, including manipulating the exchange rate of the dollar and the prices of oil and blackmailing former foreign …