Obama sold out Arab advocates of democracy, and he did it in the worst way possible - by speaking words that encouraged their struggle even as he fiddled until action was too late. I can't help but think this will return to bite us. We just announced to the world that every tinpot dictator can get away with anything with no consequences from us. How many Arabs are very likely to conclude tha la Quaeda is the only alternative?
I suppose he did it because the Saudis and (maybe) Israelis ordered it.