Obama still bogged down in Middle Eastern quicksand

With the US mid-term elections barely six weeks away, the sudden rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq is a major headache for Barack Obama and the Democrats.

21st September, 2014
US president Barack Obama's foreign policy has been criticised by both conservatives and liberals in recent days. Picture: Getty

A US president who was elected in part to end the country’s blood-soaked and expensive wars now stands on the cusp of a new one — and it is not doing much for his popularity.

Barack Obama had been reluctant to get ensnared once again in Iraq, or to open hostilities within Syrian territory. But the advances made in recent months by the militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis)...

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