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Major Changes Depend on Little Details

President Barack Obama knows that if he wants to improve relations between the United States and the Muslim world, he will have to focus on the details. On Day 2 of his presidency, Obama made a statement by visiting the State Department.

Within the first week, he selected former Sen. George Mitchell as the special envoy to the Middle East, and then sent him to engage in immediate peace talks between Israel and Palestine. This past week, Obama granted his first interview as president to Al-Arabiya, an Arabic-language television news channel.

Now, Obama is leaving George W. Bush’s hostile words in the past. To improve the U.S.’s image in the world, and make diplomatic efforts that yield positive results, Obama has softened the rhetoric, opting to avoid phrases like the “war on terror” or the “war against terror.”

Hopefully, these little details will render major dividends in the coming years.


February 1, 2009 - Posted by | Barack Obama, Foreign Policy, Obama's First 100 Days, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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