November 8, 2010

Arabs' Worst Enemy Is Themselves

Walter Rodgers, Christian Science Monitor

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News reports that Iraq is increasingly turning away from Washington and toward Iran for advice on forming a new government are disheartening. They tend to confirm earlier warnings that Tehran would be the major beneficiary after the US invasion of Iraq.

Couple that with a Brookings Institution poll showing that Arab optimism about US policy in the Middle East has dropped from 51 percent to only 16 percent, and it reminds us that the first decade of the 21st century has been a pretty sorry one for American interests in the region.

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TAGGED: United States, Egypt, Iraq, Arabs

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