By Ron Ben Yishai
Part 1 of analysis:
US President Barack Obama’s recent announcement about withdrawing troops from Iraq by the end of the month is not as dramatic as it is being portrayed, as this is an expected move declared by the US president immediately after he was elected. The latest statement boosts Obama’s credibility as a president who delivers on his political pledges and therefore is worthy of trust.
From an Israeli point of view, the American move makes almost no difference in the short term. However, in the long run, it may lead to a worrying strategic development.
Part 2 of analysis:
President Barack Obama’s recent announcement regarding the upcoming Iraq withdrawal was meant to secure several objectives. One of them is to boost his status and the Democratic Party’s status within the American public ahead of the upcoming Congress elections.