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How satisfied are you with U.S. policy in the Middle East?
September 20th, 2012
03:40 PM ET

How satisfied are you with U.S. policy in the Middle East?

By CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Anti-american protests, some of them violent, are raging on in the Middle East and it could get worse tomorrow - the Muslim day oF prayer.

In Islamabad, Pakistan - thousands protested the anti-Islamic film and cartoons of Mohammed outside foreign embassies, including America's, and police responded with tear gas and warning shots.

In Kabul, Afghanistan hundreds chanted "Long live Islam, death to America."

And in Iran, demonstrators in Tehran protested against the same film, shouting anti-American and anti-Israel slogans.

All this after the killing of America's ambassador and three others in Libya last week along with more anti-U.S. protests in Egypt, Yemen and Tunisia to name a few.

Back in the United States, the Obama Administration is facing questions about embassy security in the wake of the attack on the consulate in Benghazi.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was scheduled to testify to Congress in a closed intelligence briefing today.

It's been suggested that the U.S. was warned about the attack in Libya three days in advance.

But the administration insists they haven't seen intelligence about "significant advanced planning" for the attack.

But interestingly, the White House is now calling the deadly assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi a "terrorist attack" for the first time. And it happened on the anniversary of 9/11.

U.S. relations with Israel, at least on the surface, appear to be getting much worse as President Obama continues to say he doesn't have time to meet with Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Iran is continuing its march toward nuclear weapons, and Syria continues to murder its own people.

Here’s my question to you: How satisfied are you with U.S. policy in the Middle East?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 4pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

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  1. KB and JB

    What "middle east policy?"
    The one where we keep throwing money at people who hate us and who laugh at our worse than inept leadership? The one where "we" apologize when they kill our people and bow to them?

    September 20, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  2. Baby in Florida

    Completely and totally dissatisfied. We have NO business being over there, period. It's all politics and oil. And didn't CNN recently report that we were spending $2 billion a week on our middle eastern war efforts? What if we had used that money (as well as maybe ALL the money we've wasted since Desert Storm) to research an alternative to our dependence on fossil fuels? Quite possibly this question would be irrelevant by now.

    Obama promised in 2008 to bring the troops home from over there. Instead, we got some ridiculous timeline out in the future to achieve that. Why? It sure didn't take very long to get troops over there. The excuse I heard why it takes so long to get troops out is that we are having to train the Iraqis to defend themselves first. Really? It takes about 9 weeks of basic training to train an American soldier, put a gun in his hands and send him off to war over there. Frankly, I just don't understand the math.

    Just like when the airline personnel tell you to put your oxygen mask on first before helping someone else, we need to get the hell out of the middle east and take care of our own country. Thanks to wars, 911 and our own government's stupidity, we're no longer the uncle with the deep pockets. Quite possibly we may never be again.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  3. Pete in Georgia

    Policy ?
    What policy ??

    September 20, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  4. Ed from Texas

    Our policy needs to change because, contrary to what President Bush kept telling us, they don't hate us for our freedoms. They hate us because we support Israel over Palestinian rights.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  5. Bob in Ohio

    I have a basic understanding of the theory of relativity and dark matter, but I have yet to figure out exactly what our policy in the Middle East is. Hard to be satisfied with something that seems to make no sense.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  6. Jenna Roseville CA

    How satisfied are you with U.S. policy in the Middle East?

    I am satisfied. There is always room for improvement for any policy but we need to remember that Democracy does not come easy and there is often a lot of bloodshed associated with it.. we have the American Revolution to prove that.

    If you think about it, the only view that most Muslims in the Middle East have of America are the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Once we are out we can concentrate on good will towards Muslims.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    September 20, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  7. Ed from California

    Not very satisfied at all. I wished we would get out and stay out of places that don't like us. Jack, it's up to the good willed citizens to stand up to their dictators and remove them from office.....not us. It all boils down to two things that they all want, food and jobs. We can't provide jobs, we don't have jobs......thank you John Boehner. Food, yes we can supply food, but, our own population is in need of food also. We need to bring our troops home. Stop these endless wars. And bring our own jobs back to this country, so that we can all have a better place to work, live and breathe.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  8. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    Since 1948 Israel has not had defined borders and Palestine has not had a Nation-State. Israel should first stop building settlements before any peace in the Middle East can begin. Jerusalem should not become ground zero.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  9. David, Canada

    If the recent violence by militants in the Middle East was to test Romney, they now know that he would be a great ally for their cause. The current policy of Obama may be slow and tedious, but is the more likely to succeed in the longer term.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  10. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    Considering how unstable, irrational, and volatile the Middle East has always been, I'd say we are doing better than anyone else has done there. That doesn't mean we should continue to risk lives and treasure in a part of the world that desires to remain in the 7th century. Most Americans would probably feel a lot better if we had a much smaller presence in the area.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  11. Loren, Chicago

    There is nothing to complain about in U.S. policy because there is nothing that the U.S. can do to make a bad situation any better. Palestine? The Palestinians are divided and their situation is as much of their own making and their Middle Eastern allies as it is by Israel. Israel? While they can act knuckleheaded, at least they are productive, which is more than can be said of most other nations in the Middle East. Egypt, Syria, Libya, all in the throes of self-determination from dictatorships and given the U.S. persona non grata status generally, not much can be done. Iran? A potential black hole, but the rational thing, bombing their nuclear facilities, would have even more dire consequences. As for the rest, the only reason we even care is oil, and there's not much more we can do if we want to maintain that flow.

    Sometimes doing nothing is the best thing. I don't see any likely change from Obama to Romney, so what can I say?

    September 20, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  12. JM from DFW

    I hope that we coordinate our efforts with other nations of interest.
    Opinions from our politicians only destroy relationships.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  13. Elizabeth From Toronto

    Very satisfied. The US and its Western Allies should keep their soldiers out of harms way. Both Russia and China see the future and stay out and that's plain smart! The Middle East has to solve its own problems, people who live their are as intelligent as Americans. In every way the US has tried to help, it cannot do any more!!! If in fact the Muslim Radicals are a small percentage of people lets say 1% what about the 99% of Muslims don't they have something to do and say!!!!! They cannot all be frighten at just 1% of their population. And what about Saudi Arabia? The location of Mecca the holiest muslim shrine should it not be helping fellow Muslims. Whatever the US does it will be the "fall guy" for this 1% of repressed, unemployed, violent group of people!

    September 20, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  14. perry jones

    not... we need to pull out all troops and federal workers out tell all the busness operating there from the US they are on their own and we will not be there to pull their baccon out of the fire and tell all the world travelers they are on their own use common sence before traveling we will not be there to pull your baccon out of the fire then remove all the supporters of islam out of the US and not let them back in till the get rid of their problems ether learn to police your selves or stay away

    perry lones

    September 20, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  15. Joan Bach

    We submitted to Facebook 9/13 who attacked America and why.....weak Pres. Same as in the Carter ADM.
    What a shame America could not see how incompetent Obama was in 2008....we even though Democrats at that time could see it so clearly.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  16. Brad, Portland, OR

    Pretty satisfied.

    We should stay out of their civil wars and petty squabbles, and let them deal with their issues themselves.

    If the Arab League wants to intervene, let them.

    But we're not the world's policeman. Not our problems.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  17. calaurore9

    What policy is that?

    C. in Ma.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  18. sarah

    Not happy! Pres. Obama's needs to do a 360 on his playing "nice-nice" w/the Middle East......we are the United States of America for Pete's sakes – we value our free speech and if a little trailer sets off the Middle East like a powder keg against the U.S.(so says the White House-which I think is ludicrous) after all of the billions of money we pour in the M.E. and lives of our preciious soldiers we forfiet every day we need a "reset" over there as well as our Presidency.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  19. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    What exactly is our policy? Is it like the Bush Doctrine? And by the way, I read most all of the major magazines but can't list them, so in other words, I don't know what our policy is other than to stick our nose in other peoples business, mostly where it's not wanted nor needed.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  20. Conor in Chicago

    I am more than satisfied with US foreign policy under the Obama Administration. People who are critical of Obama like to bemoan that there is no "Obama Doctorine". I disagree. Though it might not be clearly stated, I think the Obama Doctorine could be best summarized by saying it is "Don't do anything stupid, recognize the limits of your power, and, where possible, convince others to your bidding for you".

    There's not much we can do to mitigate the negative effects of the Arab Spring. The best we can do is support those who side with us, only committ military resources in extreme instances, and let it play out.

    The Surge in Af/Pak was meant to exhaust and decimate the Taliban and Al Qaida to the point that we could leave a situation in which the Taliban won't be able to follow us for quite some time-maybe even a decade. Well, Bin Laden is gone, giving us a moral victory that our national history requires for closure, and though the Talian will win this military contest, they will barely be able to keep afloat once they take Kabul once we leave. It's not a victory, but it's not total defeat either given the circumstance that brought us there.

    Obama knows a war with Iran means the Third World War. I think most of us know that. As a result he's been cautious with Syria, letting events play out and waiting for the right time to make a move if there even is one, and has made it clear that he will attack Iran if they go there but only if THEY cross the line. He's also distanced himself from Israel, something a large swath of the country has been yearning for, forcing them to accept that we will not fight Iran to the last American for them.

    I could go on. The basic idea is that he has not bumbled foreign policy in the same way Bush did with his Iraq War. He hasn't pretended like the US military is invincible. He hasn't pretended like we don't need peace soon lest we crumble as a nation. It could always better. But under this administration I feel it could be far worse.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  21. gilles mauviel

    Jack:the united states has done a great of good for Israel but now it is time to have a good reflection in dealing with the middle east; radical Islam created by majorityShyites,and like christians factions trying to break from Vatican doctrines
    the right-wing supremacy seems to fear for CHRISTIANITY

    September 20, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  22. J Roges

    Why does anyone in the US think we control other countries? We can influence them, but we don't control them. The Arab Spring is still flowing. It is like a flood. It will unfortunately destroy, but it will leave fertile ground. We have to use influence to support the direction that benefits all of humanity. That won't be done by military force.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  23. David Doherty

    For the life of me I can't figure out what our policy is, other than keep given them our money in the hopes that they'll stop hating us. And if that doesn't, just invade them and bomb them into submission. Either way it's not working!
    Dave from NH.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  24. Chuck Reichmuth

    Obviously it is a complete failure. The upheaval and unrest the world is witnessing now is not about some obscure anti Muslim video. It is blowback from decades of failed interventionist foreign policy, invasive, oppressive worldwide military footprint and an incessant drone campaign with lots of collateral damage. The video was just a catalyst.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  25. BrainTurnedOff

    I really really wish the U.S and the rest of the world would do something about the Syrian government. This regime has more blood on its hand than Al-Qaeda and continues to terrorize its own people day after day. In an otherwise so-so-OK policy this is the dark spot of the U.S. policy – and really that of the world.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  26. Leta

    Satisfied or not the USA should not get involved in the Middle East, the Muslin world does not like the Americans
    to put it mildly but then again it is the BIG OIL.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  27. Nick from Weatherly, PA

    I am quite unsatisfied. We are following in the footsteps of other nations, specifically the Late Roman Empire and the Crusaders by becoming stuck in a region of never ending conflict.. We say we are for freedom, but what man who values freedom forces it upon another? What we fail to see is that despots are what works in the Middle East, not democracy. Hopefully someday the people we elected will come to this realization and bring our soldiers back home.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  28. Thom Richer

    If there is a "policy" in the Middle East, as you suggest there is, I fail to see it. My policy for the Middle East is to get the Hell, entirely, out of there until they have eastablished peace on their own and get out now! Simplistic? Naive? Not politically possible? Perhaps. But remaining there unwanted, sacrificing lives of troops and innocents, spending money that could better serve our own citizens and country, continued involvemnet in wars that will never have a victor or see an end, is not a sound "policy," either. Isolationism for a short periods, when necessary, to retain and maintain our autonomy, is not a bad thing for America. That combined with increased production use of our own natural resources by Americans to show our capability and ability to exist independent of the Middle East, should be made clear by actions and not rhetoric. We cannot survive economically as a country by contiually fighting others battles for them. The billions and trillions spent on others wars, though never linked to our failing economically by Congress or the Media, is the reason we are in the financial abyss we are now in and will remain in until we are no longer supporting an endless or eternal war in the Middle East.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    September 20, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  29. Pete

    I am not qualifed to answer this question – which should the most common answer you get.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  30. Doug Ericson

    The question implies current policy so that is how I will answer it. I'd give Obama a C for Afghanistan, because he should be getting the troops out faster. As far as the rest of the countries where angry protestors are attacking US Embassies, I don't think Obama has an established policy, because it developed so quickly and without warning. Short term Obama is trying to calm the situation down by ignoring it, and beefing up security. See no evil, hear no evil, and send in some more troops. Thats pretty standard fare. But it isn't enough. President Obama needs to make a major televised speech on the situation, appealing to the Islamic Clerics of the world for a mulligan on the video. It is the pragmatic thing to do because we can't afford a major crusade right now. We can get back to the free speech debate somewhere down the road when we can afford it. The French think they can, ( afford to insult Islam), so we can see how that works out for them. The President should speak tonight before Friday protest begin in the Middle East, and folks should know Pakistan has a National Holiday tommorow. Also, protestors in Spain are planning a major demonstration against their Government on September 25. Good Luck Obama. Doug. Pepperell, MA.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  31. John McCormick

    "How satisfied" Jack?

    Well, on a scale of ONE to TEN, to be honest I have absolutely NO idea how to respond.

    As things stand in that regard it is a total cluster – (you know what).

    According to Mitt Romney (from what I saw on his infamous "47%" video) his plan is "Big Stick" Diplomacy and made no mention of diplomacy and statesmanship along with that as a balance.

    I would like to see an experienced negotiator such as Jimmy Carter or such be appointed Secretary of State or create a special Mid-East Envoy to deal with the region specifically.

    Gunboat diplomacy alone is archaic. It sends a message to the world that we will deal with such situations with threats alone.

    We can be strong, but at the same time must show the world that we are a civilized people and willing to listen to all sides involved and finally establish a dialogue.

    Like it or not, it is essential that the next president show leadership in this complicated issue.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  32. Bryan, Colorado

    About as satisfied as a 47 percenter can be. Sure beats Romneys approach of defeatist alienation like how we do the 47 percenters. Govement cheese is tastey these days. Well adios omigos till next time.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  33. John from Alabama

    Jack: For the last 3500 years the Middle East has been in some type of turmoil. I believe the policy being followed by the United States is very good. Freedom and knowledge are always two good things. Sometimes people do not temper their freedom with knowledge or information. Two years ago protest against anything would get a person some harsh treatment in the Middle East. Our policy has a balanced approach to nations within the area. Secretary of State Clinton has done a great job. Those who killed Ambassador Stevens and the three other Americans will receive justice.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  34. Overby

    and the policy is........what?

    September 20, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  35. John from Santa Maria, CA

    Our reason for being in the Middle East is to kill terrorist, not to creat democracys, or to train foreign troops. We need to get our military out of there and concentrate on killing terrorist where we find them. We should take a page out of China's book, they have a business presence all over the world and their troops stay at home.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  36. Jenny Sills

    Jack these people have been fighting since the beginning of time. I doubt anyone is going to be able to broker peace in the Middle East any time soon.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  37. Terry in Virginia

    I'm not satisfied at all. Bribes don't work. Words like "crusade" as used by "W" create nightmare situations that even the best diplomats can't correct. Bring our troops and money home from countries that don't want us there. Rebuild America first. Put a huge effort into becoming energy independent so that no nation can hold us hostage. We have the technology and other assets necessary to keep an eye on the Middle East. Hopefully, we have leaders and their surrogates who will read warnings of attacks before they happen and not the day afterwards. If we don't, it won't matter if we're in the region now or not. We can always deploy troops quicker than we can say, "Oil company profits."

    September 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  38. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I'm a lot more satisfied than when George W was president. Back then were are involved in two wars and running them on a credit card. One country we invaded because we were told they had nuclear weapons and were going to use them. Starting to sound familiar? Obama said he was going to end the Iraq war, and he did. He also said he will go after bin Laden wherever he might be, and he did. As for the unrest in the Middle East tell me a time when there wasn't any? I am 68 years old and I can't remember any. What I will not be satisfied with is Romney getting elected and jumping into another war with Iran headfirst. You see Jack, I have more at stake than Romney does if this happens. I have two grandsons in the military one of them just return from Afghanistan. Romney never had to set up at night and worry about if one of his sons would return home safely from war.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  39. Mark

    It's what Obama wants; an American pullback from foreign colonialism; economic and military expansion. This is why he shunned the PM of Israel last week. He wants America to not be a factor in world affairs. Watch what he does, not what he says.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  40. Juan

    Jack my question is, do we have to be there to buy oil from them?

    September 20, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  41. r.landschoot

    not!!!! It seems none of our diplomats have read Islamic orgin and history. They've been fighting for centuries, and democracy is alien to them. Their philosophy comes from end of guns, or some other weapon. We're in a losing battle, bring our kids home, let them sort it out themselves.
    bobl ocala,fl

    September 20, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  42. r.landschoot

    my posst should say our diplomats have not read Islamic history.

    bobl ocala

    September 20, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  43. Karl in Flint, MI

    Our current policy is far better then the Bush years. It's like trying to make lemonade out of lemons when you don't have any sugar. You do the best you can and sip it slowly.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  44. Brian Samuels (Chicago)

    The only alternative is to send in our troops to die for a country who blocks a bill to help them get a job when they get back. Our U.S. Policy is just where it needs to be. We don't care for our soldiers. And Americans are tired of fighting wars in the Middle-East.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  45. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    Because the Middle East is in the midst of a major transition and the various countries in the Middle East aren't sure what or where that transition is taking them, then the U. S Middle East policy has to be to stand shoulder to shoulder with Israel and just take a watch and see position with the remainder of the Middle East until it is clearer what those Governments stand for.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  46. Robert in Florida

    The Obama "Wait and See" Middle East policy is not a plan for success. His seer Obamaness didn't make us more likable nor respected. These people respect nothing except strength.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  47. Some Random Guy

    Do we even have a policy anymore?

    September 20, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  48. Wilhelm in Las Vegas

    I think that any Middle East country that at does not at least protect our embassy and consulates from attack from hoodlums should automatically LOSE their foreign aid.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  49. 1grasshopper

    Instead of this slap slap to the face policy that we have now we should move in and take over, clean out the cancer, then let them pick up the pieces. We help way to much and it is not appreciated. Help only when they beg for help .

    September 20, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  50. Martha Brooks

    I don't think "satisfied" is the right question. Perhaps "effective" might be better, or "pragmatic." Much as we like to think that everything and everyone in the world should be bent to our will, events seem to constantly disprove that notion. Obama seems to have done as well as anyone could in the present situation...which may be untenable, but what other choice is there? 1950s style intervention like Mossadek, or another war like Iraq/Afghanistan? Or covert operations to "take out" the guys we don't like? Would have been easier in the 50s...just label all the insurgents/revolutionaries "comminist" and go in on the side of the "legitimate government," i.e. the current dictator.
    Martha, Rew, PA

    September 20, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  51. ken, atlantic city, nj

    The middle east is in total caos thanks to obama/hillary but I can't do anything about it. Obama and the u.n. rep rice are outright liars about the attack on the embassy not being planned.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  52. Gigi Oregon

    The only thing wrong with the U.S. policy is the Republicans have been out to lunch for the past two years making sure our Republican government fails. But do not fear. President Obama in his wisdom let the Military and the Navy seals find bin Laden and he is dead. President Obama /we will bring justice again to anyone foreign or domestic that tries to harm "We the People" even the 47% that Mitt thinks is a drag on our country.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  53. Mr. D

    What policy? We can't even run our own country, let alone dealing with the nightmare in the middle east. Let the cesspool in that area of the world seeks its own level without our help. It's more than time to attend to business at home.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  54. Robert in Florida

    I think we should bombard the Middle East with thousands of images, cartoons, videos daily in an effort to desensitize them and can get it all out of their systems. Maybe then they can learn to live in a world with civilized people

    September 20, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  55. Sean from Thousand Oaks, CA

    The fact that we've spent a single cent on the region makes me want to cry. It epitomizes everything that is wrong with mankind. They would hate us even if we brought Muhammad himself back to life. Our foreign policy should be one of indifference.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  56. Ann from Charleston SC

    What else is there for us to do in the Middle East? The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan haven't worked out so well. We don't need to be meddling in other countries' business. Protecting our embassies and providing humanitarian aid make for a good Middle East policy as far as I am concerned.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  57. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    If the president can continue to wind down Bush's wars and get us out of there, we'll be fine. Once we stopped occupying Vietnam, we developed good relations.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  58. Jim in Denver, CO

    Jack,
    No matter what our policy is regarding the Middle East it will be wrong in someones eyes. I personally think we should pull everything out of there, and use the money & resources to fix things here first.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  59. Dave, Kissimmee, FL

    I am not at all satisfied with our policies. I would like to halt all aid to any of these countries that have done harm to us either by action or inaction. I realize that many or even most of the citizens of these countries harbor no ill will toward us and may even like us. But if they can’t keep order in their own house by dealing with their lunatic fringes, that shouldn’t be our problem. We have our own lunatic fringes to worry about, let alone theirs.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  60. Nick from Michigan

    As far as I'm concerned we shouldn't have a policy in the Middle East. We shouldn't have embassies there. We shouldn't have military bases there. We shouldn't give them foriegn aid. And we shouldn't give rebels money to help overthrow thier government.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  61. Paul in NC

    Jack, you're starting to sound a bit too much like Mitt Romney. Wfat do you suggest? Should we enter a third mid-east war in Syria? Drop our own nuke on Iran? Surround every US embassy with razor wire, guard towers and machine guns?
    The simple truth is a certain percentage of the population in those countries is either crazy or smart enough to use the crazies to further their objectives. Many times those objectives have little or nothing to do with US foreign policy. Things in that part of the world have been that way forever and most likely will never change.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  62. Leslie from New Jersey

    Very satisfied based on previous records. I say stop trying to analyze the middle east situation as no regular American citiizen has access to foreign intelligence to make a sound judgement call. We don't all want to become Romneys.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  63. Larry in Houston

    How satisfied are you with U.S. policy in the Middle East ?
    Answer : As a Democrat / Independent, would Ron Paul be a good enough answer ? Believe me, IF he was on the ticket in November, I would Vote for him in a heartbeat, but I knew he wouldn't get past first base.We have been giving Billions & Billions for years & years,to countries that either don't like us, or hate us.Can you imagine if our government gave our Own People that much money over the last 40 years ? or invested in our own country, such as infrastructure, education, police / firefighters/ & the list goes on. There wouldn't be the so called 99% or whatever they call it now. It amazes me that with all the people we have in this country that have law degrees, masters degrees, doctorates, MD's rocket scientists, and there are people with multiple degrees under their belt at the same time, and look who we've got running for office of the greatest country on the globe. pathetic isn't it.
    Vote Democrat – 2012 (for the working middle class)

    September 20, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  64. Carla from Birmingham

    IThe President is a wise man and he is showing appropriate caution in dealing with the Middle East. We can show strength to those who participated in this recent attack without going to war. After all, our President is not a buffoon like Bush who diverted attention from Bin Laden by going to war with a country that had nothing to do with 9/11. We should suss out the instigators of this latest attack and assassinate them. And each time there is an attack of this type, we should send in the Seals and take out the ones in power, those who incited the madness. Let the other people alone. If they see that they will lose their leaders each time something like this occurs, they'll eventually stop. When it comes to retaliation, we need to think micro - not macro. Take out the leaders. Good old fashioned assassination will work. As to Israel, it's not our job to take care of Israel or any other nation. We have our hands full at home.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  65. vicky

    Things get worse before they get better.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  66. Joe in New Orleans Louisiana

    Hi Jack,

    How grumpy are you today?

    I think it is a bad time to change leadership to rookies.

    Four more years!

    September 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  67. Derek Lind

    What U.S. policy in the Middle East? Flying by the seat of your sand dune does not count!

    September 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  68. jk in MN

    I'm satisfied. The area is under a change. Change is hard to come by in most situations. I'm just glad our answer is not to jump right in and start another war we can't afford and play more of an assistance role.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  69. Ron WPAFB

    First, Jack, you have to understand the Middle East. There isn't a real democracy in the Middle east except for Israel! Which means the rest are deeply controlled by Un Educated Religious Fanatics trying to keep control through Ignorance of their people! It doesn't help when the GOP base Foreign Relations based on Oil Reserves inThe Middle East and not for the future of the American People, but for the Oil Companies. They have been doing this since Vietnam was started over Exxon Corporation. Exxon wanted off shore Vietnam drilling rights, China saw that as a threat, started moving in through the north, the rest is Bloody History for Oil.
    With Arab Spring now as the Muslims see all the money being whisked away by their leaders as the people starve, and now we have chaos with no formal government, no formal military. We do nothing and Al Qaeda and Hezbollah moves in!
    As I look back at History, I see Russia trying to hold the Muslims from spreading throughout Russia and Asia, I remember Kosovo and I wonder, why did we interfere? We gave the Muslim world Human rights and they took them and are slaughtering hundreds of thousands. And we let them because we want them to have our rights? We fought for our rights! Both parties need to rethink Foreign Policy.
    As far as Iran is concerned, we should have nuked them 25 years ago!

    September 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  70. Laura in Massachusetts

    The fact that US ambassadors fear for their lives and security speaks volumes about failed foreign policy. Are we not supposed to protect these people when they are serving abroad? They are supposed to be protected under U.S. law. I have zero faith in the current lack of foreighn policy.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  71. Larry in Houston

    How satisfied are you with U.S. policy in the Middle East ?
    Answer : I can honestly tell you how satisfied 'ol Mitch McConnell is with it. He's probably fairly satisfied right now, since things are backfiring over there right now. WHY ? because when he wakes up on November 7th, he will have a permanent smile on his face for the rest of his life.(at the same time, giving himself a "high five" )
    (hope you get my drift)
    Vote Democrat – 2012 ( for the middle class )

    September 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  72. Faith

    What policy. I voted for this president. No time for the prime minister of Israel. Nontime to have ever visitednisrael. Unfortunately, henisnthe lesser of the two evils

    September 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  73. Jason Galisatus, Stanford, CA

    A presence in the Middle East to facilitate the transition into Democracy is crucial. The old regimes are crumbling fast, and we need to make sure that those who take their place are people who support Democracy and the US. I think that our presence now, however, is overbearing. We need to find a middle ground of being too involved with the Middle East's internal affairs while still ensuring that American interests are protected, notably by preventing Iran's nuclear program from coming to fruition.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  74. Sarah

    US foreign policy is horrible. We seem to only care about what benefits us about the Middle East, ie oil and other resources. The Middle East is obviously angry about the current situation, so I would think that it's best to just pack up and leave. We don't want to meddle with issues that can get us in yet another war.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  75. Shawn from VA

    I don't think we should be in Afghanistan any longer, if they treat us like they do now. All NATO troops should leave them to their own military and security forces and see why we were there in the first place

    September 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  76. Jon from Tempe, Az

    Osama Bin Laden is dead so I am quite happy! You have to remember that there is always going to be some violence in that region. I do not care who the president is, there will be violence over there. Obama has definitely made the place safer though and he will continue to improve it in his second term. Romney's extreme pro-Israel stand will cause more violence.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  77. Riley

    Enraged to say the least! Here we are spending trillions of dollars to wage a war, and yet we have to worry about important programs such as Medicare or Social Security.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  78. Doug in Austin

    Jack – this is a trick question, isn't it? You funny guy.....As far as I can tell, we haven't had any kind of foreign policy for the last 3 1/2 years....

    September 20, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  79. Phil

    It is a terrible joke, just like he (Obama) is! A terrible joke on our allies and our national security. How's that Muslim outreach going for you now?!

    September 20, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  80. Steve ft laurdale

    What middle east policy ? Are you asking about our country,s policy or Barak Obama,s middle east policy......the one that he used to over ride Congress,s decision to withold furher funding to Egypt so that he could give them $ 1.3 billion of our money that we dont have ?

    September 20, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  81. RickFromDetroit

    The Middle East or Israel? I'm surprised that we didn't get thrown out of there years ago! It was the Iran Hostage situation 30 years ago when the turmoil began, and it appears that the rest of the Middle East is following the lead of Iran, overrunning our Embassies .

    September 20, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  82. stacy

    JACK, with all due respect, we just had some one running for Prez. say he basically does not care for half of us here in the US... perhaps we should take care of the war growing at home ???

    September 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  83. Rod smith

    This president and gov. Are as useless as tits on a bull everyone knows that even an embassy in central America has t least 15 marines much less in Lybia and they had no marines someone should be put in jail for incompetence this administrations policies are deplorable.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  84. Kara

    I'm soooo tired of all the bull from the Middle East it's not that big of a deal... But I guess since its a different system there they don't understand freedom of speech.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  85. alikzander1

    Obama is handeling Foreign Policy just fine. World leaders have to make sure that politics do not hurt eachothers markets. If Bush would have won last election. WWIII would be in full effect. As far as Isreal we can keep moving forward with policy staying just as it is. Middle Eastern factions will decide their own fate amongst themselves.America can not afford WWIII

    September 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  86. Jim the electrician

    Perfectly OK with it, since it hasnt played out. Keep in mind, while the POTUS was bantering with everyone in the media, Bin Laden was in the gunsight. Let it play out, and maybe THEN we will see what the TRU plan is. But Jack, really, show our hand NOW? Im sure Iran wants us to say what our plan is, and what the RED line is, so lets just TELL THEM, duh!!!!

    September 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  87. pitbullstew

    I for one am very satisfied with US policy in the middleast 'No better a friend, no worse an enemy' suits me just fine, we have rotated troops out of Iraq, are in the process of doing it in Afghanistan, and the US is staying clear of a shooting match elsewhere.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  88. JAG From MO

    I think its the perfect time to pull are army out and bring them back to the US and work on are economy.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  89. Name*Joanna

    How can anyone be "satisfied" with Middle East policy? We fought an unnecessary war in Iraq. We've stayed too long in Afganistan. We can't protect our Ambassadors. What's wrong with this picture?

    September 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  90. Bob in Texas

    Jack, that's a load of alarmist crap, and you know it. We only control one side of the equation. We can't always predict what's going to set off the lunatic fringe or where it's going to happen. As for Israel. Obama is dead right on. In the greater scheme of things, Israel is just not that important, especially since they seem hell-bent to provoke violence against themselves. Obama has handled them exceptionally well over all, but all he gets from Net-the-yehhoo is flack. Israel need better leadership if they want better support from the US.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  91. sedeka03

    My heart hurts because President Obama went to Egypt and made people believe in democracy back in 2008; then just didn't follow through with that guidance. He could have had a much bigger role in providing some sort of leadership by proxy not just "hit it and quit it" with Egyptians, we already did that in Afghanistan and looked how that turned out...I want the world to see America as a constant, stable and reliable world leader not just an opportunistic entity that uses newly industrializing economies to our advantage to dispose of when they no longer serve domestic (political) interests. Sigh,

    September 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  92. Chad

    It seems whatever policy we employ is the wrong one. I'd be much more comfortable if we let those countries manage their own problems, Iran being the exception. Face it our influence in this region is why we're hated so much already.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  93. marcy from margate, florida

    I am not at all satisfied with any of the developements going in on the Middle East.
    I have come to the conclusion these are people that are not at all ready for democracy.
    All they want to do is have it their way and blow themselves up to go and live with
    Allah and the 73 virgins that are really Catholic nuns.
    Unless President Obama sits down with Israel you can bet he will lose my vote and the
    Jewish vote in Florida.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  94. Marilyn from Powell, OH

    Since the majority of Americans are not privy to intelligence briefings I don't think we should criticize due to the fact that we are not qualified. If those who think they know more about the matter then they should run for the office of President of the United States.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  95. Jay Teague

    No matter what stance the world, let alone the US, takes, the Middle East feels like a lost cause; didn't work for Britain in Iraq nor the USSR in Afghanistan. Spend the money domestically & just use cruise missiles where needed.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  96. Khalil

    Any aggressive intervention like the one neocon republicans trumpeting for can spiral into a regional war. If USA enters Syria, this will only strengthen the hand of El Asad. He will be able to say " free Syrian army was outside intervention, I am not the problem"

    September 20, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  97. Quincy, Kentucky

    If they polled Americans all over the US, I believe the government would find that 99% of us are tired of the crap coming out of the middle east. Our policies are not working and we should stop all aid, indefinately and bring every all of our people home. Until the middle easterners start complaing about how the rich Americans are letting them starve and not helping them. I'll be happy to send them some leftovers and a few copies of their Islamic law that states they are a peace loving group and do not advocate violence. The do not deserve any more aid from us at all.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  98. Bol

    All the we and Addministration need to know is; never ever ever feel comportable or trust Muslim/Arab no matter how long or much good you do to them.
    keep distant and you will be safe.
    Bol M Seattle WA

    September 20, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  99. J.S.

    Jack:

    Extremely dissatisfied! President Obama and Hillary Clinton are all over this fiasco.

    Please stop the bias reporting on Romney and start reporting the truth! I find it very troubling that CNN is a voice for President Obama.

    November 6th can't come soon enough.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  100. Tim

    Middle east problems have been going on for sometime. Only reason we haven't heard is because the media continues to cover up things for the Obama adminstration. Obama goes on Lettermen but can't meet with Netanyahu .

    September 20, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  101. Barbara

    Jack – We've been trying for generations for peace in the region, and to matter what party holds the White House, nothing has worked. I favor the Obama policy of negotiations, and fear a Romney plan would take more of our troops back and engage in yet another war on many fronts. Let's get out while we can, and spare more lives of our soldiers.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  102. Gary H. Boyd

    Jack, on a scale of 1 to 100, with 1 being lousy and 100 being top notch, I'd give it a 4. No, on second thought, make that a 2. (That's just because I've never liked zeros.) The middle east is a mess and we're stuck in the middle without a clue as to how to get out. First it was called Arab Spring, now it's Arab Autumn and , fast approaching is Arab winter. America's current administration couldn't find it's way out of a revolving door with instructions.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona .

    September 20, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  103. Nick D. Neighbour

    "Policy"? WHAT "Policy"?
    Oh! You mean "Cum-Ba-Ya", "Peace Brother" to those who HATE us?
    You mean THAT "Policy"??
    INSANITY!!
    Nick. N.
    Pasadena. CA.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  104. CHARLES

    Jack, very interesting question! I will be satisfied if Gov. Romney releases ten years tax returns.

    Charles
    Germantown,MD

    September 20, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  105. Terrance

    Jack, your comments are always pessimistic and negative when it comes to Obama. It would be nice to leave your opinion out and just report the facts, we are smart enough to make our own decisions.

    I firmly believe there are many folk within these countries who support america and denounce the actions going on. We should continue to support this who believe, they will be our allies, informants, and eventually the force that brings change. If we villainize them all, we only create more enemies.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  106. Barbara, Danville CA

    Jack – We've been trying for generations for peace in the region, and to matter what party holds the White House, nothing has worked. I favor the Obama policy of negotiations, and fear a Romney plan would take more of our troops back and engage in yet another war on many fronts. Let's get out while we can, and spare more lives of our soldiers.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  107. Doug Addeo, Boca Raton, Fl

    I am completely unsatisfied with our current policy in the middle east. It is obvious that appeasement and apologies dont improve relations in this region at all and just make us as a country appear weak.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  108. Nancy from Iowa

    The hornet's nest in the middle east was stirred up when Bush took us to war in Iraq and Afganistan. Now, many years later the hornets are still there, minus some of their more visible leaders.
    President Obama has dealt with events with a steady hand that indicates a deep awareness of the tightrope he has had to walk. It is no surprise things are being stirred up again - because the terrorists know who their real enemy is – our President....and if they are disruptive enough perhaps voters will not re-elect him. I am completely satisfied with the job President Obama has done.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  109. manny0142

    I will only be satisfied when we are out of these countries and start worrying about Americans. They will always be hate for U.S in that side of the world but for some reason we try to change their mind. Can anyone do any better?? what can the Republicans change in that policy? Oh ya! WAR

    September 20, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  110. Mike Brady

    We need to pull all our soldiers, citizens, and State workers out of the Middle East. Cut off all aid, and let them control there own destiny. If they attack our true allies then we should retaliate.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  111. Erik from Chicago

    Honestly I think we are heading to another world war, not much peace has been made especially in Iran and Israel. There is no point in making peace if relations have been severely damaged. This is not about the anti Islam film, its an uprising against the west and Israel, the film was just simply fuel to the fire. War is very near I just hope the leaders can be see it and stop with the nonsense

    September 20, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  112. C. Price

    While I think we're giving ALL of them too much money, I feel Obama is doing a good job. News casters don't know everything that is going on behind closed whitehouse doors,

    September 20, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  113. Al from orlando

    Cancel the policy. our group is not in sync with the rest of the world. The next Chinese loan we take out to supply
    military equipment as foreign aid is impossible to fathom. World war X

    September 20, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  114. Jeff Hennessy

    I thought that the President was going to solve all the problems in the Middle East, just by changing our tone with the nations of Islam. It doesn't seem to be working. We need to go back to showing our strength and not apologizing for being a free nation.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  115. Realy

    Jack here is the answer Free Palestine and give back their land and close all Embassy Middle East people don't need any more America as Ally's you know the Truth as old man you are 1946 not long time ago End Partied !

    September 20, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  116. Jason sappington

    I am a Marine and have spent time in the Middle East; I can tell you that our foreign policy in regards to the region has been very wrong for decades. Obama promised change and all we have gotten is Bush 2.0...we are creating 10 new terrorist for every 1 we kill and people hate us for a reason over there. If China came to the U.S. 10 years ago to "help" us and and bombed our country daily killing millions I think we would be upset as well....it's time we wake up a realize the real reason they hate us. I can assure you it's not a movie.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  117. Jack Eutsler

    It stinks. Why are we there ,wasting so much money? Spend the money that we give to those countries on schools, bridges, highways, tunnels, etc. in this country.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  118. Nitin

    There is no optimal policy. You cannot make policy with people who do not want to compromise, with people who do not want to recognize any view, religious or other, that is different than their own, with people who prefer to resort to violence instead of conversation. Even though this may represent a minority of the population in the middle east, they are the ones making the most noise and the others are sitting quietly by. If the majority cannot control their minority, no policy with them will be effective. Obama's policy is correct, let them fix their mess with some guidance by us if necessary.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  119. Ophelia

    I was born in Iran (Armenian) grew up in Sydney went to school in UK(London)
    & have been in US for 30+ years & a Proud Citizen. I have seen from all sides &
    Yes we have a great President & He has a good vision on Middle East. However
    it will take for these countries to settle & embrace peace. That is D core of issue
    I love your show & I think you are one the smartest guys on CNN after Wolf..LOL

    September 20, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  120. Myron

    Jack, we can give 50+ billion a year for foreign aid, and cannot afford a US-Mexico border fence? “Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said a wall running the length of a border would cost too much. A 2,000 mile state-of-the-art border fence has been estimated to cost between four and eight billion dollars.”

    September 20, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  121. Gerry in NY

    In general,the countries which have the most to gain or lose in any situation should be the ones taking aggressive action. In the case of the Middle East, that's Israel. By invading Kuwait and Iraq, countries in which we had no great stake, we have brought much pain and many enemies onto ourselves, unnecessarily. Israel is threatened by Middle Eastern countries more than anyone else and therefore should bear the burden of military action.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  122. paskaman

    The Iran situation is a ticking time bomb, Obama is taking his time to avoid loss of unbearable life and property while war mongers are blinded by the signs of war and bouyed by the ignorance of President wanna be, Mitt Romney. I am satisfied with the way the President is avoiding war by all means.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  123. Phyllis G Williams

    How satisfied are you with U.S. policy in the Middle East?

    There is little the Government can do because the Scriptures say:
    "the mystery of iniquity doth already work...That they all might be damned who
    believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness" (2nd Thessalonians 2).

    They need to know that it is not "Death to America" but "Death to Themselves"
    as Satan has conquered their minds and is pulling them to the Lake of Fire as

    The Lord Jesus is the Creator of all things visible and invisible (Colossians 1: 16 ; Isaiah 44: 24)
    "the True God, and Eternal Life (1st John 5: 20) Who "searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the
    imaginations of the thoughts (1st Chronicles 28: 9).
    He will not give His glory to another (Isaiah 42: 8 : 48: 12).
    "Lest there should be among you man or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away
    this day from the Lord your God....the Lord shall blot out his name from under heaven" –
    (Deuteronomy 29: 18-20).

    "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of
    refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord (Acts 3: 19).

    ++++++

    September 20, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  124. Karthik (Rockville, MD)

    The crisis due to the Video is not related to foreign policy. It would happen no matter what the policy is. I am disappointed with Syria. We can't do much with Iran – unless we go to war and that is not easy.

    I would rather give this President who caught Osama another 4 years to fix some of this than a person who was called a "twitt" by our closest ally

    September 20, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  125. Rose from Richmond, California

    I am satisfied that what can be done is being done. Our long lterm policy in the middle East has placed us in an almost impossible position. It takes someone with the temperment of President to try to negotiate through this. I also agree with the president; he does not need to meet with Netanyahu who is trying to influence the election.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  126. Nipun

    Not all countries where the Muslims are protesting, have attacked the US embassies... So, clearly the mass protest is because of the film and not a terrorist movement across the world against US. Obama's foreign policy has no control over a jerk producing a hateful movie and people reacting to it. Obama has been doing an EXCELLENT job promoting peace and bringing the troops back

    September 20, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  127. Meg from PA

    The better question should be, "Why do we have a policy in the Middle East?" I'm sorry... but I am sick and tired of American tax dollars being spent to "liberate" countries that continue to live in the stone age and thoroughly resent us. War on women? Yeah, it's called radical Islam... We get our panties in a bunch because women can't get birth control with our tax dollars... but yet, we send $ to people who use it forcing their women to wear Burkas. So is this what our policy is? Be nice and give them money? Let's hope they live like us? Fund the Muslim Brotherhood? Yeah... Hope and Change... sorry not buying it.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  128. Jerry In Phx

    Unrest in the middle east is . . . and has forever been . . . as constant as the rising of the sun each and every day. The ongoing slaughter of our young patriots is beyond any rational sense of "right".

    September 20, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  129. Denise

    I think we need a complete explanation of our policy to the citizens of America. Perhaps if we had a news media who didn't talk polls all day / every day and nothing but polls we could be educated in what policy we are following EXACTLY. What precisely is the difference between Bush / Obama? Does the money we give them get us anything or should we save it? What would be the impact if we got off foreign oil and they receive no revenue from us? Will there ever be an impact with people who simply hate us? I'd like to hear from the news media why the citizens of Afghanastan are still unable to defend themselves when they were able to drive out Russia. Anyone listening?

    September 20, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  130. lorraine tartaglio

    not satisfied im scared to death for our country, im afraid thatw e will be attacked on our own soil , mr obhma has done nothing but made amercia a weak country by his actions, our ambasdor was killed over there and they blame it on a video they knew this was coming and took no action mr obhma is so out of touch with forigen policy and the protection of amercians that he still bows donw to these countries while he snuba our allies no wonder why there is all this turmoil its a sad day when amercians have to be afraid in there own country .becaseu of the weakness of our goverment and presdient what a sad day for maercians all over the world

    September 20, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  131. Declan Galvin , New York, NY

    I am very satisfied with Obama's policy to the Middle East and North Africa, unlike his predecessor former president Bush, our current president understands that true democratic change does not come from foreign invasion. Obama acted exactly has he should during the Arab spring, by allowing the citizens to change their oppressive regimes and then support the transitions. We may, however, be able to find some fault the Obama administration with its handling of the immediate post-war security environment in Libya where we should have known of the threats against our interests and foreign personnel. We cannot forget that the operation we were part of (NATO) assisted in proliferating weapons to the region–so of course we know how dangerous and fragile Libya is.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  132. viguy007

    In the case of the recent Middle East unrest; while the Obama administration tried to put out the fire, Mitt Romney chose, for political purposes, to pour gasoline on it.

    Mitt Romney does not understand, the information revolution is both a force for stability and for instability. On the positive side, it complicates the task of old-style repression and facilitates the development of grass roots demands for a democratic civil society. This was what made the "Arab Spring" possible without any centralize organization. But the information revolution also allows organizations intent on instability or violence to disseminate false and misleading propaganda instantly throughout the world, and form alliances. These alliances will consist of loose networks of a range of nonstate organizations, some political or ideological and others, religious in orientation. They may not agree on everything, but in certain instances they will rally together to address a grievance. Since it is a loose network, without a central command structure, they have no single approach on tactics, nor can they be subject to intimidation.

    The U.S. Army War College teaches: "Military strategists and commanders must come to think in terms of psychological precision in shaping a military operation so as to attain the desired attitudes, beliefs, and perceptions on the part of both the enemy and other observers, whether noncombatants in the area of operations or global audiences." The most important commander who must think this way is the Commander in Chief. Mitt Romney does not understand that as a candidate for Commander in Chief, he must be precise in everything he says, be aware of the psychological impact, and how it might be used by our enemies.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  133. C.D. Scott

    Jack, satisfied ........no way .And how do these protesters get our American Flags? They kill our Ambassadors, They kill our Solders "on Our Own Bases" , they squander our Billions in Aide....How could this be satisfying....

    September 20, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  134. Linda

    Mr. Cafferty: I don't know how we can possibly police the whole world especially those countries (middle east) where the people do not like us. We have given aid to countries around the world and many have been grateful but some (middle east) don't seem to appreciate it and they seem so angry. Now especially since we are having so many financial problems, we should maybe only give aid to the most needy countries.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  135. Andrea

    I get so sick of you people castrating Islam becaouse of a few idiots. America is still trying to transition in to a democratic nation. If you don't think so how about the koch brothers buying the election and voter suppression. What about the ignorant radical fools here in the United States. By the way I am a veteran, and christian. The only thing that's going to fix relationships between the middle east or anywhere else is a certain level of respect for peoples culture religion and right to be a human being on. Both sides of the world. Do you understand that republicans.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  136. Allen Ramsey, Chino Hills, CA

    I'm very satisfied with Obama's Mid-East foreign policy. Turkey has a modern military stocked with NATO weapons. Let them deal with Syria. We give Isreal 3 bi$$ion a year in aid, let them deal with Iran. I like VP Biden's whack-a-mole approach in dealing with terrorists. Send in the drones. We can't afford any more ten year conflicts in countries that won't appreciate our investment of blood and money.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  137. Curtis in Philadelphia

    Satisfied? Really? I've been asked if I was satisfied with customer service, with a meal and with sex, but never with a political policy. I can gauge the things listed above: do I feel my business is appreciated, did I get enough refills, will I come back for seconds, am I leaving the situation with a smile on my face. Just how does the average American gauge the satisfaction level of foreign policy? This is a question for the Secretary of State and possibly her husband.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  138. Kriss

    Hey Jack, These violent protests in the Arab world aren't about the US. They're about a couple of other things. First, any time in history with a down economy, people protest, often violently. They project their anger onto the nearest symbol that represents their feelings. The general rule of thumb in projection is to relieve the conscious of taking responsibility for it's own feelings. "It's the government's fault, not mine" kind of thing. Govt., politicians and the media tend to be the symbols people use the most in projection. Second, it seems clear China and Iran are working together to try and punish the US for supporting the opposition in Syria. That is best accomplished in the Arab world by manipulating, or fermenting if you will, ill will against an easy symbol in the MidEast, the US, using projection. It happens all the tim. in the political arena, even right here in the good old USA. Our own system of campaigning does the same thing. We call it engaging the electorate, aka Mediscare, debt crisis, the 99%, the 1%...need I go any further?

    September 20, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  139. maggie

    What policy? Can anyone tell me? Tthe president never says anything, guess he does not have the time. Hold off giving any more money it's obvious these people hate us

    September 20, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  140. Charles Coleman, Florida

    Our leaders are still talking about being out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014. How long does it take to move 68,000 troops? We need to set a Guiness record. All out and home by Christmas 2012. If we tolerate even ONE MORE murder of a US GI by an Afghan COMRADE we have totally lost our mind.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  141. Matthew

    Our policy in the Middle East is to allow the region to determine its own future. The Cold War era of CIA sponsored regime change is over. Yes, I'm satisfied.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  142. Ron Acquavita

    What policy? What's happening in the Middle East now is the same thing that has been happening for the past 40+ years. It appears no government, other than Israel, has the cohones to call it like it is. We cow tow to so-called "governments" that sponsor terror, clearly state that they want Israel destroyed, oppress their own people and, more important to us (US), they hate America and continue to try and kill us at every opportunity. So what do we do about that? Go into their countries, give them the money that WE need back home, arm and train them, only for them to turn around kill the people that trained them. The animals that perpetrate these crimes against humanity send their children to blow themselves up. They are not civilized people. All they know is violence. Either deal with them with greater violence or just leave because this is not a policy.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  143. xziggy

    Bring everyone home and beef up American borders, ports, airways and all military borders on American soil. Fight all foes and nations against the USA. (What happened to common sense?)

    September 20, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  144. Rafael Camacho

    In regards to the Middle East, We may need to look at something else that may be taken place. That is. we have once again become victims of complacency as it did in 911.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  145. Anthony from Florida

    Jack,
    I am quite satisfied with our policy in the Middle East. We haven't caved when it seems every other country is pressuring us to take action. The President has carefully picked when to act and when not to. Especially with the state that the Middle East is in now, I believe our policy is working.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  146. Name*hank

    who is satisfied? that is the question,and besides war what can be?done.who wants another war?maybe the arms manufactories.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  147. Sam

    I am not satisfied. It seems that the general public doesnt know what our middle east policy is because Obama has never said what our middle east policy is. There are longstanding values the US has had that every person in the world knows about. We are supposed to be a strong nation that people look to. When the administration is afraid to stand up to the radicalized hatred it is wrong. It is wrong to those in the middle east who doesnt want that kind of life. It is wrong to us because it makes us look weak. He needs to strongly let all know that the hate of radicalism will never defeat western society. He needs to show it with actions and not words.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  148. James Gover, Rio Rancho, NM

    How satisfied are you with U.S. policy in the Middle East?
    I am partially disappointed and partially satisfied. The President should have called out those who burn our embassies in the Middle East and Africa. Instead, he made it appear that this behavior was justified and he missed a great opportunity to explain to the world that freedom means the right to do dumb things. I was also disappointed with our ambassador to the UN stating that the embassy burning in Libya was spontaneous and unplanned. Get it right Rice. On the other hand, I have been satisfied with his position on Israel.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  149. A

    The US needs to stop supporting and fighting Israel's war. WMD in Iraq was a lie spread by the Israelis to get America to go to war in Iraq. The Israelis are back again spreading lies about Iran and warmongering to get the U.S. to go to war against Iran. The Israeli lobby has incredible control over America's institutions. The U.S. Congress is a puppet of the Israeli lobby. The Israeli lobby has all of those politicians in their pocket, like so many nickels and dimes. Now that's real control!

    September 20, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  150. Not at all satisfied...

    This war is all for the benefit of multi-national corporations to extract the natural resources of Afghanistan, further impoverishing the people of Afghanistan, as well as Americans. Not to mention the lives lost on both sides. The Carlisle Group is building a pipeline up the Kyber Pass into China, so that oil can be delivered more efficiently. Metals in the ground just waiting for the miners. it's all about money, oh and the drugs. The poppy fields are back in production, protected by US soldiers. It's a travesty, but no different from US policy in other countries, including the US. I'm opposed to it all. We seem to do nothing right, we're on the wrong side of every issue.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  151. Kathy colorado

    Our policy is to give citizens in other countries the same the same rights we have the fredom of speech. The freedom to stand in a line and accept a bag of rice that says from the U S A on it. Then get in line to protest where it came from, take the bag of rice away. When they get hungry we will still be the bad guy we just can't win.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  152. Jason Robinson

    Only a socialist liberal like barak Hussein Obama would give Egypt ( a country that hates U.S.A ) 1.5 billion of my hard earned money!! Then invite their leader to our nations Capitol !! Wonder if he kissed morsi's hand?

    September 20, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  153. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    A large portion of citizens understand quite well that the United States is being played as a sucker in the Middle East. They clamor for our money, they secretly covet our lifestyles, and then use us as a scapegoat for their theocratic shortcommings. Basically, there is no effective policy that can be implemented in that region of the world.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  154. Bob Farzanegan

    We have outsourced our policy in the Middle East to Israel which is pressuring us to start another war-this time against Iran.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  155. Dave T, Tampa, Florida

    Why can't we be honest with ourselves....its all about oil and money. we want their oil and they want our money. That's it. Let them live the way they wish and we can live the way we wish. We need to stay out of their affairs. They do not want our way of life. They are bleeding us dry with their domestic issues. Let's get out of the middle east and fix America. If Obama gets another term this will only get worse. Bush wanted to get in and punish terrorism as a swift response to 9/11. The democrats hand cuffed the efforts and caused this long protracted war so they could say ha ha told you so. Then Obama comes in a sets a date for a pull out. We basically threw out every inch of progress that we made in one fell swoop. We are a nation with zero credibility in the middle east now. Let's close our Embassy's pull back our billions in aid and watch them fix their own mess.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  156. James

    PS: Jack, get a clue as US intelligence services have even said that Iran does not have a nuke (Israel has 200 to 400 of them though!) and there is no credible evidence that they are developing one. Iran is entitled to enrich though since they are a signer of the NPT which Israel refused to sign with the help of the pro-Israel lobby in the US!

    September 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  157. Frank Poynton from Los Angeles

    With the exception of Israel I really don't know what our policy is with the Middle East anymore. Going by what appears on front pages and on 24/7 news broadcasts, that region has been in turmoil for an endless amount of time. Who isn't sick and tired of hearing about it? With each administration we've done our best at nation building that has not only led to frustration and disappointment, but loss of life. I am not satisfied but it certainly is not the fault of this Country or the Obama administration. Pictures of the leaders of the Middle East shaking hands at Camp David do absolutely nothing to assure a lasting cease fire. There is a terrible disease called hatred going on over there which cannot be cured with bullets but they are hell bent on proving otherwise. Who's fault is that?

    September 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  158. Dan in Michigan

    I'm extremely dissatisfied with US foreign policy in the Mid East. We are currently bombing Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. We are propping up oppressive puppet regimes throughout the region. We are using drones to assassinate individuals, including American citizens. We continue to threaten Iran with a preemptive strike. We our violating our Constitution with undeclared wars. We are violating international law & just war principles with wars of aggression. We are killing innocent men, women, and children. We are creating more enemies. Why?

    September 20, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  159. Kelly

    Other countries want our help and resources, but they don't want to be occupied. "Yay! USA!" then becomes, "Get out invaders!" Beyond clandestine military monitoring of dangerous entities, it's time to leave the Middle East. I do wish we could help the Syrian citizens though, and other oppressed peoples. But the governments get in the way.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  160. Mark.....in Houston

    How satisfied? Hey, we're not in some new, not paid for, never ending self serving war with no exit strategy and that is a huge improvement over the previous administrations policy.
    As far as Israel is concerned, they can wait. Or, if they choose, start their own war with Iran, Libya, Palestine or any other Middle Eastern country, just pick one, and fight it by themselves. The Israelis are trying to play politics in an election year for their own gain and Obama is not going there.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  161. Dale for NC

    I am total satisfied that President Obama and his administration has our backs. I do not trust that Romney would be better he would be more riskier. He is just saying anything to get votes he is a flip-flopper. Romney cannot be trusted and he is saying anything just to get people to vote for him. He is out of touch and cannot relate to the lives of the poor and middle class people. Why on earth should we believe or vote for him?

    September 20, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  162. thegoldenone

    I don’t think for the time being we should spend another dime on the some of the countries in the Mid-east. It simply is not worth another human life being lost trying to help these countries or try to change them. These are countries with governments and societies that are heavily routed in religious ideology and they are prepared to kill and die for that belief. All ground troops and US diplomats should be withdrawn. The US should use alternative methods to monitor these countries. These countries have had a violent history of killing each other, why should we put our troops lives on the line getting in the middle of these conflicts. We can’t force these countries to change the people have to revolt on their own without our assistance. The US has the technology and capabilities to monitor, defend and attack without ever sending troops into this volatile area. The US people are getting tired of our, sons, daughter, fathers and mothers, some of whom were civilians, dying for no good reason.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  163. Dale for NC

    I am totally satisfied that President Obama and his administration has our backs. I do not trust that Romney would be better he would be more riskier. He is just saying anything to get votes he is a flip-flopper. Romney cannot be trusted and he is saying anything just to get people to vote for him. Most of the responses that come out of his mouth is a lie. He is out of touch and cannot relate to the lives of the poor and middle class people. Why on earth should we believe or vote for him?

    September 20, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  164. Dave G. San Jose, CA

    You mean the appeasement doctrine? How does America know about the Middle East when the mainstream media is more worried about Romney's correct response to States weak response to Libya. 4 dead diplomats, black smoke rising from U. S, embassys is my response to this failed administrations policies at every level, but hey did you hear what Mitt said today......

    September 20, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  165. James

    I think that issues we face in the middle east are far less dynamic than we like to perceive. They don't want us there, we don't want us there, and yet, our presence there is very much felt. Not positively either. It seems to me that the situation can easily be solved, but I'm just a simpleton right? The world is MUCH too complex for easy solutions.....

    September 20, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  166. Greg Cox of Bremerton, WA

    Some day we'll recognize that we're "throwing effort after foolishness" in the Middle East and we've been throwing it there for years and years and years. What a complete waste of our billions upon billions of dollars not to mention our wasted time and other resources. Shame, shame on our alleged "leaders" and politicians. I would give big odds that, if the American people could vote on spending money on the Middle East, there'd be zero dollars and effort until the Middle East started to solve their own problems. Believe me, we have more than enough problems in America that need solving first.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  167. barb mooney

    I am not satisfied with our foreign policy, what with what happened in Libya, and the nonsensical cover up, about a silly movie. If I were the family of the murdered Ambassador to Libya, I would be outraged that they knew of the upcoming attack and did not give the necessary protection. Then to have our Ambassador to the U. N. try and give cover to this silly story. The plain truth us that we are hated in much of the Middle East, and we should bring our troops home. Too many passes have been given to this Administration.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  168. Jake in Omaha

    How satisfied are you with U.S. policy in the Middle East?

    The United States need to get out of Middle East. No more wars. No more aid. Just tell them all to go pound sand.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  169. Alina Boisjoly

    Sadly I believe the current administration is lacking in leadership and has taken a naive approach to the problems in the Middle East.  I also think this administration insults everyone by saying that so many countries are just mad about the video. I'm embarrassed by it all!

    I also feel sick of the lack of TRUE journalism in this country...i know you do not report the whole story so you must only be reporting what someone is paying you to report! 

    Shame on all of you!

    September 20, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  170. Anthony in Florida

    Overall I'm actually pretty satisfied with Obama’s less is more approach. Bottle line is with the coming of Arab Spring there is a lot of uncertainty in the Middle East. We have to allow them to figure it out for themselves, ITS THEIR COUNTRY(S). If they elect a radical leader, we should support that country’s right to do so. Isn’t that’s the price of democracy? I believe if we support democracy instead of the leader(s) we will win in the long run. Afghanistan is properly the only area not happy about can we just GET OUT of there already.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  171. Tom (Atlanta)

    Jack it looks to me like the wheels are falling off and the administration is like a deer in the headlights. But, we were resetting relations and we're now apologetic for any arrogance we may have displayed. You know who loves ya baby. Right. So that hasn't worked too well has it? What now boss?

    September 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  172. Gerry in NY

    Just stop supporting Israel and our whole problem goes away.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  173. glrwhite1951

    The best thing we could do is to pull out of the Middle East and leave them to their own problems. They have been fighting each other for how many hundred of years. Don't worry about the Russians or the Chinese getting involved, they have better sense that that. And it's time to let Israel stand on it's own two feet, and quit acting let a little brother who picks a fight in the school yard and expects big brother to come to the rescue. We created the problem in the Middle East by backing Dictators, now lets get the hell out and leave them alone, and let them sort it out.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  174. Carole Walker

    It would help if you would clarify who the protesters are, i.e, radical Islamist groups who know how to exploit rage for political gain. Out of the 315 million Muslims in the Middle East and North Africa, could you be more specific about the numbers of Muslims that are protesting? You stated hundreds, then thousands.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  175. dlhawthorne

    I'm very encouraged if you mean, our decision to expect more from our allies and less of our troops. In 20 years when I'm gone, and when you are gone too, Jack, maybe our great grandkids will live in a world in which their country is not engaged in war on someone else's behalf. The ME in 20 years will be much worse off than it is now, unless they can channel the energies of their people into something more creative now! Their fossil fuels will either be gone or no longer in great demand. If they manage to avoid turning the place into a burned out cinder they may find ways to build lives, rather than despotic regimes controlled by clergy or hereditary leaders. My middle east policy? Go green...now, even if its more expensive in the short haul. US oil doesn't burn that much cleaner than Arab oil. Invest in energy systems that are green, lean, clean,resilient, smart. Win the future. Let's stop trying to settle old scores.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  176. thegoldenone

    Obama for the most part has not had a lot to say about the mid-east and that’s just fine with me. These countries are none of our business, we don't need to defend Israel, they have their own army. The US needs to concentrate on the US, defending our nation and growing the economy. The people in the mid-east have been killing each other for centuries. We cannot expect them to change in the time span of one or two president’s terms in office. If we really want peace then we should just monitor these countries, without getting involved. We cannot use UNIFORMED ground troops to hunt down terrorists. We have to use our intelligence, special forces, and for lack of a better word, spies, to hunt these terror cells down. Uniformed troop may as well have targets painted on their backs. Terrorists don’t wear uniforms.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  177. Peter

    Jack, showing weakness and not supporting U.S. allies is never a good policy. President Obama’s policy is very similar to President Carter’s policy to favour western style democracy without understanding the history of the Middle-East. President Carter let the regime fall in Iran in 1979 to the detriment of U.S. interests, and I am afraid President’s Obama’s policies and lack of leadership will yield similar results in years to come. Any democracy in the Middle-East will ultimately revert back to the teachings of Islam, because the muslim prophet himself was a head of the state.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm |