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American Foreign Policy Folly

The U.S. keeps Mubarak in power—it gave his regime $1.5 billion in aid last year—mainly because he supports America’s pro-Israel policies, especially by helping Israel maintain its stranglehold on Gaza. [Israel and Egypt alone receive 1/3 of America’s total American foreign aid!]

The U.S. supports Mahmoud Abbas for the same reason: he is seen as willing to compromise with Israel, and therefore a desirable negotiating partner.

Intimacy with the Saudi royal family is another old habit the U.S. cannot seem to kick—even though American leaders know full well, as one of the WikiLeaks cables confirms, that “Saudi donors remain the chief financiers of Sunni militant groups like al-Qaeda.”

Whom does America bet on to counter the rising forces in the Arab world? The same friends it has been betting on for decades: Mubarak’s pharaonic regime in Egypt, Abbas and his Palestinian Authority, the Saudi monarchy, and increasingly radical politicians in Israel.

Accepting that Arabs have the right to elect their own leaders means accepting the rise of governments that do not share America’s pro-Israel militancy. This is the dilemma Washington now faces. Never has it been clearer that the U.S. needs to reassess its long-term Middle East strategy. It needs new approaches and new partners.

[Newsweek]

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One Response to “American Foreign Policy Folly”

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