Obama can put U.S. on 'right side' of Arab Spring, ex-official says
May 16th, 2011
09:16 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama can put U.S. on 'right side' of Arab Spring, ex-official says

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's upcoming address on the Middle East is a chance for Washington "to get on the right side of history" after a season of historic upheaval there, his former intelligence chief said Sunday.

The Thursday speech is likely to address the ongoing fight against al Qaeda following the May 2 killing of its leader, Osama bin Laden, as well as the U.S. need for oil from the region and efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, retired Adm. Dennis Blair told CNN's "State of the Union."

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  1. Rudy NYC

    That's a tough line to walk. There isn't any single policy that will fit every country in the Middle East. Any policy would have to be a dyamic one, subject to predictable change.

    May 16, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  2. diridi

    this is a very truthful statement...also, Pakistan is not an ally for USA. It is an alquida state, and very rogue nation...learn, and do not spend our tax dollar there...not a dime.....

    May 16, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  3. reb

    President Obama is the man that can "REPAIR" the damage that Right Wing Blunders have caused the last 10 years! Peoples in the Moslem World should believe him when he says " America is not at war with the Moslem people" His actions to protect innocent lives in Libya,his speech should be "Listened to Carefully" by the "Middle East" Good luck Mr.President!

    May 16, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |