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June 2009: The failures of the Bush Doctrine and the global economic crisis will shape the Obama administration’s Middle East policies in its first two years. While economic recovery is increasingly the administration’s top priority, there are indications that diplomacy and reconciliation efforts will determine Washington’s new strategy in the region as it abandons Bush’s failed policies on the war on terror, extended military campaigns, unilateralism, and preemptive strikes.
Against this background, relations with Iran and the controversy over its nuclear program will dominate the Obama administration’s Middle East policy. The president has already made several conciliatory gestures toward Iran, including addressing the Iranian people in a Nowruz festival message on March 21. The importance of Iran was underlined in the same month in an article by Richard Haass and Martin Indyk entitled “A Time for Diplomatic Renewal: Toward a New U.S. Strategy in the Middle East.” (from link above)
"Today the long Arab winter has begun to thaw. For the first time in decades, there is a real opportunity for lasting change," she told Arab and US policymakers in Washington last night.
Originally posted by starwarsisreal
reply to post by deltaboy
but what about extremists? Many of these governments have kept them in check. If these government falls then the extremists will take over. Look at Libya some of these rebels are the very same Al Qaida fighters who fought against our troops in Iraq
Originally posted by deltaboy
Caught red handed. See the civil war in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain, Syria, etc. All these countries are overthrowing the govts. because the U.S. is instigating the opposition by funding them.