In his famous speech delivered in Cairo in 2009 Barack Obama pledged to seek a "new beginning" between the United States and Muslims around the world, based on mutual respect and mutual interests.
"I have come here to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect; and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles — principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings," Obama said as quoted by the New York Times.
"The people of the world can live together in peace. We know that is God's vision. Now, that must be our work here on Earth," Obama underscored, thus far distancing himself from the Bush-era belligerent foreign policy in the Middle East.
Washington's "new beginning" was regarded as a "game changer" by Islamic realms in the Middle East and North Africa.
"It must be understood that this speech has been instrumental in the Nobel Peace Prize that Obama was honored by the Nobel Committee with in its eagerness to show its unconditional support for Washington," Berger remarks in his article for New Eastern Outlook.
But what did happen next?
NATO's bombing operation in Libya, the Syrian turmoil, the US-backed Saudi intervention in Yemen and a string of "color revolutions" during the so-called Arab Spring have marked yet another epoch of Washington's meddling into foreign affairs of the Arab world.
"It's now a recognized fact that Washington's 'vision' of US relations with Middle East has been completely detached from reality, since the White House remains still a ruthless aggressor," Berger emphasizes.
Berger quotes Marc Thiessen of Newsweek who noted in his opinion piece entitled "Obama Retreat From War Made Matters Worse":
"When Obama took office, there were no major al Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan. Now they are back… and-bringing the whole sad spectacle full circle-ISIS [Daesh] has expanded from Iraq and Syria and established a presence in Afghanistan, taking over villages and imposing rule so brutal it is actually making Afghans long for the days of Taliban rule."
However, the so-called Arab Spring aimed at "transforming" the Middle East and North Africa, has resulted in chaos and the emergence of radical Islamism.
"The only good thing American analysts can say now about Obama's 'new beginning' is that by 2020, the Clinton presidency most likely will make us all feel much better about Barack Obama's failures in comparison," Berger remarks.