Egypt’s military’s crackdown has made Obama look powerless on the international stage, and raised criticism of his Middle East policy.

President Obama’s foreign policy image has taken a hit from violence in Egypt that has left more than 600 people dead.

The Egyptian military’s crackdown — which came after the administration declined to call its toppling of President Mohammed Morsi a coup — has made Obama look powerless on the international stage, and raised criticism of his Middle East policy. The impression of aloofness was reinforced by images of the president golfing in Martha’s Vineyard throughout the week’s violence.

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