Time to Pivot US Foreign Policy to Iran

It is time for the United States to stop spending its resources,
goodwill, and credibility in the futile quest of trying to influence the
trajectory of events in Egypt, Syria and the surrounding Arab states.
Leadership now requires that America recognize, no matter how much it
may wish it to be otherwise, that the Middle-East is in the midst of a
region-wide civil war that will re-cast the map drawn up some 80 years
ago by Britain and France to serve their colonial interests…

There is one Muslim country in that region in which time spent by U.S.
diplomacy can reap rich dividends: Iran. It is a country of 75 million
people, of enormous geopolitical importance with borders that straddle
countries that are of vital American national interest. It is a country
that is destined to be a regional heavyweight and to serve as one of the
region’s key balance wheels…

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The U.S. Should Give Egypt’s Military 48 Hours to Restore Civilian Rule

July 9, 2013    Sarwar A. Kashmeri

It is a truth universally acknowledged (my apologies to Jane Austen) that the removal of a country’s elected leader by its military is deemed a military coup. So while I agree with President Obama’s pragmatic refusal to so label the recent overthrow of Egypt’s President Morsi, this finesse of terminology had better be a temporary equivocation.

Should the Egyptian military continue on its present path of jailing Muslim Brotherhood leaders and running roughshod on the nascent Egyptian democracy, however flawed it may be, President Obama should publicly begin calling what just took place in Egypt a “military-coup” and give the Egyptian military 48 hours to produce a road map to restore civilian rule. (That’s the amount of time the Egyptian generals gave Morsi, the country’s first elected leader, to work out a deal with the opposition and restore calm to Egyptian streets.) Failing which U.S. military aid to Egypt should be cut off.

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