Hand-Wringing In The Middle East
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  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    The State Dept. should work for and promote Democracy, and the Rule of Law, even if most revolutions fail, the Arab Spring is still a good thing with Islamic cultures moving toward western and American culture. This is success for American Policy, with Tyrants in cages in courtrooms, and purple fingers raised aloft. Although I’m not surprised that the Obama administration can’t manage success, as they have so little experience with it. LOL

  • Gary Hemminger

    Sometimes our govt reminds me of computers playing chess. Humans eliminate moves immediately that they consider stupid. Chess playing computers can’t do this. They evaluate every possible move and score each one. Sounds like our State Dept.

  • Anthony

    “But what the US needs to do at this point is to step back and look at our core interests in the region and analyze recent developments from that point of view” reads like credible advice WRM in era of dynamic change. Now, whether we end with a Hobbs (self-interested cooperation) or Locke (empiricism) Middle East social arrangement may be beyond State Department’s present capacity to direct.

  • Luke Lea

    “The Arab Spring is doing what revolutions usually do . . . ”

    I thought you were about to write, “eating its own.”

  • Mrs. Davis

    Nothing that has happened to date in the Middle East blocks those goals

    True, if you ignore the rising price of food in Arab states without oil and the improbability of republican government in Iraq surviving the imminent departure of American troops from the one oil rich cosmopolitan state where it might have taken root given enough time.

    Change is always harder to manage than the status quo

    Sounds like something Lord North said to George III.

  • Kris

    [email protected]:

    Churchill: “You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.”

  • Is it croerct that the Jordanian king is invited and planning a trip to Iran for the Iranian New Year? Anyone has more information about this?

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