Middle East won't pay too much attention to Trump's victory while Putin continues to act
Published 12/11/2016 | 02:30
Predictable claptrap is being uttered about Donald Trump and the Middle East. How can the Muslim world deal with a man who is an Islamophobe? For that is indeed what Mr Trump is. He is a disgrace to his country and to his people - who, heavens above, elected the chap.
But here's a mollifying thought. US prestige in the region has fallen so low, the Arab world's belief (and quite possibly the Israeli belief) in American power so shattered by Washington's stupidity and ineptness, that I rather suspect little attention will be paid to Mr Trump.
I'm not quite sure when respect for American governance began to collapse. It was certainly at its height when Eisenhower told the British, French and Israelis to get out of the Suez Canal in 1956.