Obama’s reset: Arab Spring or same old thing?

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May 17, 2011
The Nation    
Posted in PND Commentary

"This week, the words will take center stage. On Thursday, according to administration officials, President Obama will 'reset' American policy in the Middle East with a major address offering a comprehensive look at the Arab Spring, 'a unified theory about the popular uprisings from Tunisia to Bahrain,' and possibly a new administration approach to the region. In the meantime, all signs indicate that the Pentagon will quietly maintain antithetical policies, just as it has throughout the Obama years. ... Nothing indicates that it will be deterred from its course, whatever the president says, which means that Barack Obama’s reset rhetoric is unlikely to translate into meaningful policy change in the region." (05/17/11)


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