US President Barack Obama dismissed claims that his administrations outreach to Muslim nations has lost its way. Expectations ran very high after his dramatic Cairo speech a year ago in which he re-calibrated the previous American arrogance under George W. Bush, and tried to reset the relationship onto a more equal path based on mutual understanding between the US and the Muslim world. But lack of action in Palestine, lingering fighting in Iraq, and very confused war aims in Afghanistan, have resulted in the Muslim world drawing its own conclusions: that Obamas Cairo speech was all talk, with no action to follow up on the promises. This is wrong, according to Obama talking yesterday in Indonesia. He was disarmingly blunt about American failings, and said straight forwardly that US relations with Muslim communities had frayed over many years but he repeated what he said in Cairo when he called for a new beginning that creates a path for us to move beyond our differences. Obama is right to keep on pushing at building a new relationship, even though he is guilty of not making enough difference on the ground. The larger aim of finding a better way forward remains the main priority. Obama was right to praise Islam for its success in fighting terrorism and for promoting tolerance. He was right to make the point that violent extremists, such as Al Qaida and its affiliates, are a very small minority with no right to speak for the whole of Islam. But despite these wonderful words, Obama will always have to deal with Muslim doubts until he delivers a major breakthrough on one of the top issues in the Muslim worlds global politics. His dismissal of Bush-style military intervention is not enough. Gulf News Editorial