Clinton Doctrine in the Middle East – What is Missing Here?

Posted on February 23, 2011


 

The Clinton doctrine

US reaction to events unfolding in the Arab world reveals the emergence of more insidious approach.

Maximilian Forte Last Modified: 22 Feb 2011 15:04 GMT

A wall of US supported dictatorships across North Africa and the Middle East is beginning to crumble and collapse, and the US as an empire in recession is looking for ways to manage the chaos.

Few Arabs wish to continue being sacrificed for the sake of American “counter-terrorism,” in the name of US and Israeli national security, forced to protect American interests over, above and against their personal freedoms and feeding their families.

On January 20, 2009, Barack Obama said in his coronation speech: “To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history, but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.”

But who clenched the fist of the Arab regimes against their own people? Which American defence contractors helped to build the fist, with what amount of US military aid, and with how much Israeli armour plating?

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