James Gelvin

The Trump administration's airstrikes against a Syrian military airfield following a chemical attack has focused attention on the previous president's Middle East foreign policy failures. Yet, in a lecture at UC Berkeley, UCLA professor James Gelvin persisted in downplaying Barack Obama's record regardless of the chaos it sparked. In a report for Campus Watch that appears today at the Daily Caller, Michael Lumish provides the details:

"How will history judge Barack Obama in terms of his policies and actions toward the Middle East?" asked UCLA Professor of Middle Eastern History James Gelvin at UC Berkeley. . . . Gelvin's answer to his opening question—that Obama's policies were in line with his predecessors' during the Cold War—strained credulity and mirrored the Middle East studies establishment's strategy to defend Obama's record regardless of the chaos it sparked.

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