Iraq, Israel-Syria talks, Gaza and Lebanon all affect and are affected by the US-Iran imbroglio. The Middle East is one of the most interwoven political webs on the globe.
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Obama: "The language we use has to be a language of respect...the language we use matters." So does enlightened diplomacy. Let's hope Obama ushers in real change by implementing both.
Obama understands the essence of diplomacy: to step out of your own shoes and into the minds of the others around the table, with the goal of achieving your own interests by influencing their minds.
CNN's Wolf Blitzer spokes with Hisham Melhem, the Al Arabiya Washington bureau chief who conducted the first television interview with President Obama...
If an Arab interviewer asks a question you don't like, take off your shoe and throw it at him. That will show everyone in the Arab world that you really understand us.
The true test of Obama's presidency will not only be the innovative statecraft of its regional diplomacy, but also his ability to mobilize a comprehensive initiative to lift the Arab world out of its economic and social poverty.
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