While Fouad Ajami criticizes Obama for his “detached tone” when discussing the Islamic world, for signaling a “fatigue” with Iraq and the Middle East, and for adopting a more Realpolitik approach towards the region, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that nearly two-thirds of Americans continue to believe the Iraq war is not worth fighting and 70 percent say Obama should fulfill his campaign promise to withdraw U.S. forces from the country within 16 months.

So it’s the American people who are experiencing a fatigue with the Middle East, starting with Iraq, just as Obama seems to be turning to those who supported the decision to go to war to manage his Middle East policy. But I still remain hopeful that Ajami is right in his criticism of Obama.