The Spirit of Cairo Obama Has Failed to Fulfill His Mideast Promise

In recent months, the Obama administration has shifted its focus away from the Middle East. This approach might be justified if the situation were getting better there, but things are getting worse. Of the people living in the region, 88 percent live in countries that lack honest elections, a free press and rule of law.
Von David J. Kramer
US President Barack Obama and Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo in 2009

US President Barack Obama and Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo in 2009

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David J. Kramer, 46, served under George W. Bush as assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor. Today he is executive director of Freedom House in Washington. The organization's research director, Arch Puddington, also contributed to this article.