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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Obama's Billions To Woo New Middle East Order

Barack Obama is to offer Egypt and Tunisa aid packages worth billions of dollars as he tries to remodel America's relations with the Arab world.

The US President will use a major policy speech to outline a $1bn (£600m) debt relief scheme aimed at helping Egypt invest in employment and entrepreneurs.
Washington will also loan or guarantee loans worth $1bn for Cairo to finance infrastructure development and boost jobs.
It is thought Mr Obama's address will cover recent pro-democracy demonstrations in North Africa and the Middle East, as well as the death of Osama bin Laden, the influence of Iran and stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
Senior government officials say the speech will focus on the opportunities presented by the Arab Spring uprisings, such as political and economic reform, as well as signalling a fundamental change in how America "does business" in the region.
Mr Obama has been criticised for apparent inconsistencies in his approach to the Arab world after his attempt to reboot relations during a visit to Cairo in 2009.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (R) and his US counterpart Barack Obama take part in a welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace in Cairo on June 4, 2009
With Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo 2009
This year he was criticised for taking too long to call for the resignation of Egypt's then president Hosni Mubarak, while he was swift to side with protesters in Tunisia, a country which holds little strategic value for America.
The administration was also accused of soft-pedalling as the Syrian government killed hundreds of pro-democracy demonstrators.
On Wednesday, President Obama significantly increased the pressure on Damascus by bringing sanctions against President Bashar Assad and six other ministers for human rights abuses.
But experts in the region caution against a one-size-fits-all approach to the region.
Aaron David Miller, a Middle East analyst and former negotiator, told: "This won't be an attempt to create an Obama Doctrine. We don't need one of those.
"That would be ideological rigidity which could come at the expense of flexibility."
He added: "It will be an effort to inject a certain measure of consistency, predictability and principles."
The speech, which is expected to last 45 minutes, is likely to set out the universal values and principles which America supports and suggest that the violent jihad waged by groups like al Qaeda should now be consigned to history.
He will begin his remarks at the US State Department just before midday on Thursday.


  1. at least obama can look regal... bush always looked like he was stoned

  2. interesting, will have to check this out

  3. You really got a point here... thanks

  4. Very interesting! Nice post!

  5. Billions and billions... just throwing more money around.

  6. goverments always throw millions and billions away for useless stuff!

    good blog +followed

  7. how is this any different from the other half-dozen middle eastern leaders we've bought over the years.

  8. Most of the money is going back into the pockets of the people that are making the laws.


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