Friday, January 11, 2008

US beats a Middle East policy retreat

By Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa al-Omrani
Asia Times

"CAIRO - Recent months have witnessed several notable political reorientations in the Middle East, involving Iran, the Gulf states, Egypt and Lebanon. Several experts say the changes reflect a shift in Washington's regional strategy following recent policy setbacks.

"US policies in the region are either in retreat or undergoing re-examination," Ayman Abelaziz Salaama, international law professor at Cairo University, told Inter Press Service. "Washington's project for a new Middle East - launched in 2001

with the aim of redrawing the region to suit US interests - has failed."....."

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