Posted by on September 10, 2012 in Blog

Earlier today, AAI President Jim Zogby joined a panel of experts at the Wilson Center to discuss the results of a new public opinion survey on the role of the United States in a post-9/11 world. The event was introduced by the Honorable Jane Harman, Director, President and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson Center; and the speakers included Chicago Council on Global Affairs President Marshall Bouton, former CIA Director General Michael Hayden, and New America Foundation Senior Fellow Philip Mudd.

Jim discussed both America’s standing in the Middle East, as well as how America’s actions have affected the views of Americans on U.S. foreign policy. He said, “The public is war-weary… precisely because of how badly handled the Iraq war was, in particular.” Citing how Arabs in the Middle East saw the standing ovations Bibi Netanyahu got from the U.S. Congress in spite of “wagg[ing] his finger” in the President’s face, Jim said: “one of the most disturbing numbers we got was 85% in many countries saying it doesn’t matter who the U.S. president is, nothing gets better or changes.”

Watch the full video below:

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