Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The President Bush Middle East Trip: An Opportunity to Promote Security, Freedom, and Peace


The President's Middle East Trip: An Opportunity to Promote Security, Freedom, and Peace: "The President's Middle East Trip: An Opportunity to Promote Security, Freedom, and Peace
by James Phillips
President George W. Bush arrives in Israel today to begin an eight-day trip through the Middle East, a volatile region roiled by persistent Arab-Israeli tensions, the war in Iraq, the rise of Iran, and continued instability in Lebanon. President Bush will weigh in on all these issues and highlight his own freedom agenda for the Middle East in a series of private meetings and public appearances in Israel, the West Bank, Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. The President should remind Middle Eastern leaders about the common challenge they face from Islamic extremists--many of whom receive extensive support from Iran--and that such extremists threaten progress toward greater freedom in the Middle East. He should give reassurances that they can count on the U.S. as a reliable ally and press them for greater cooperation to contain Iran and combat the Islamic radicals whom Iran exploits to destabilize Iraq, Lebanon, the Palestinian territories, Afghanistan, and other countries in the region."

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