How do you know that Andrew Sullivan doesn’t follow the Middle East that closely?

Because he writes things like this on his blog:

You can see the gulf in the world that Obama is trying to bridge when you compare the shock that some in Washington feel when they see Obama actually trying to stop illegal West Bank settlements and the latest poll from Egypt:

“Large majorities continue to believe the US has goals to weaken and divide the Islamic world (76%) and control Middle East oil (80%). Eight in 10 say the US is seeking to impose American culture on Muslim countries (80%). Six in ten say it is not a goal of the US to create a Palestinian state. These numbers are virtually unchanged from 2008.”

What’s that, Andrew?  People on the Arab street think that the United States wants to control Middle Eastern oil? Arabs have gotten the impression that the US doesn’t care that much about creating a Palestinian state? And everyone isn’t as wildly impressed by Barack Obama as you have been for the past two years?  Shocking!

I am hoping just as much as the next patriotic American that President Obama will change the world’s perception of the United States, but it’s obviously not going to happen in a few months.  I’m surprised that Sullivan really doesn’t realize the extent to which the US is disliked in other parts of the world.

United States flag burning during Quds demonstration in manama; 20th; october 2006 - Manama - Bahrain

United States flag burning during Quds demonstration in manama; 20th; october 2006 - Manama - Bahrain

Photo by Flickr user Hussain Isa used under Creative Commons license.

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