Obama announces 'new chapter in American diplomacy'
May 19th, 2011
01:36 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama announces 'new chapter in American diplomacy'

Washington (CNN) - The United States will support efforts for reform across the Middle East and North Africa, including "transitions toward democracy," President Barack Obama said Thursday

In a speech at the U.S. State Department laying out his policies toward the region, the president said he is marking "a new chapter in American diplomacy."


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  1. gt

    i hope it has a plan to get isreal out of america pockets...

    May 19, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. HAD ENOUGH? 9% unemployment, $4-5/gal gas, $1.7 TRILLION deficits, $14 TRILLION debt, Obamacare

    How about we actually wait and see some democracies in these arab countries? They are still in the stone age. Simple bloviating from Obama cannot change the reality on the ground. Besides, Islam abhors democracy. It competes with Islam for control and the religion will not allow it.

    May 19, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Good. Maybe this officially marks an end to "cowboy diplomacy."
    Being the policemen of the world is a very different mindset from being the riot police of the world.

    May 19, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. Erick Highum

    President Obama has once again risen to the challange of our times, supporting transitioning democracies in Tunisia and Egypt, and working towards a two-state solution within the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. This builds on the vision of former President Bush that democratic governments are capable of becoming reality in the Middle East. The United States position to tie trade and debt forgiveness to the economies of these states also bears a strong resemblance to the Marshall Plan in post WWII. We need to make emerging states in the Middle East our trade partners, and incorporate them into our security sphere by having them join the N.A.T.O. alliance. This will bring two new Arab states into our military-security alliance, and add stability to the region. As the Decalaration of Independence put forth, economic freedom and political liberty go hand-in-hand, and President Obama has shown today that such efforts at freedom needs to be grounded in the Arab world.

    May 19, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. HAD ENOUGH? 9% unemployment, $4-5/gal gas, $1.7 TRILLION deficits, $14 TRILLION debt, Obamacare

    Man it is so refreshing to have a President that cares to make peace and help us all get along than just quick to go to war and make everyone hate us. Obama/Biden 2012

    May 19, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. Four and The Door

    If Thursday's address turned out to be "another Cairo speech, forget it," said Muasher, now at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. "It was great two years ago, and even then the feedback was mixed, because people wanted to see what he would do. If he doesn't have much to add this time, people will not be fooled by it."
    For a minute there I thought he was talking about Obama's 2008 Presidential Campaign...

    May 19, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  7. diridi

    way to go....

    May 19, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    Just another day in the life of the President of the United States ... with so much to cope with, both in America and globally, it's a wonder this man is still standing. Now might be a good time for GOPers to finally come to the table as adults and start addressing the crises we face, not with scorn and condemnation, but with maturity. It would make for some much needed Hope and Change ... the kind with which we can ALL believe in.

    May 19, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. obama victim

    what an idiot

    May 19, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  10. AK

    Both the Jews and Arabs are some of the most stubborn people of the world. They alone account for more than 70% of the world’s problems... My advice… Walk away from BOTH the Jews and the Arabs. Let them fight it out themselves... (But warn both sides that if they (especially the Jews) use a nuclear weapon we the US will the take sides and annihilate them (the people who used nukes) from the world.
    When they are done fighting and then want peace, tell them then and only then, to give the state dept. a call.
    ....This is how to solve the mess that is the mid east.
    Seems like we seek the peace more than they do and until they seek it more than we do. There will never be peace in that region.

    May 19, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  11. DaveNYUSA

    Who in hell is this clown to tell Israel what to do with their borders?l

    May 19, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |