CNN’s Ben Wederman writes:
Against this backdrop is an across-the-board diminution of American power in the Middle East.
At the end of this year the United States will end its military presence in Iraq, and soon afterward, it will do the same in Afghanistan.
The Obama administration, with 2012 elections looming and after several half-hearted false starts and high-profile humiliations by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, appears to have given up trying to broker real peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
Above and beyond regional issues, the U.S. economy — and thus, its political clout — is in decline. Increasingly, America is viewed in the Middle East as an economically bankrupt, militarily and diplomatically overextended, withering superpower.
Is the neocon dream of being the world’s only superpower–in fact a hyperpower–over so quickly?