Regions / Egypt
Obama failed to address Egyptian and Saudi repression in his address to the Muslim world.
Obama's approach toward the Muslim world may be diplomatic, but it remains the work of mobilized people across the United States to end Obama's war in Afghanistan and Pakistan, halt the occupation of Iraq immediately rather than years from now, stop U.S. military aid to Israel, and launch new negotiations with Iran not based on military threats.
While much of the world is focused on Bush's attempts to demonize and isolate Iran, the Islamic Republic is forging new ties with an unlikely partner, Egypt.
Like a gambling addict who has to keep betting more to cover his previous losses, the Bush administration's recently announced plan to provide some $65 billion worth of advanced weapons to Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Israel over the next 10 years represents a reckless, poorly considered attempt to mitigate the consequences of its ill considered invasion of Iraq.
Ike was right 50 years ago in the Suez conflict. Why has the United States forgotten his example?
The Bush administrations Andean Regional Initiative (ARI)largely an expansion of U.S. support for Plan Colombiapassed the House of Representatives in late July, largely intact.
Bombings in Egypt expose weaknesses in U.S. counterterrorism policies.
The United States' recent stance on the case of Saadeddin Ibrahim is the first time since the signing of the Camp David Accords 25 years ago that America has made its aid for Egypt conditional upon a human rights issue.