Rice's Strategic Reset
By David Ignatius
Friday, January 26, 2007; Page A21
What's America's strategy in the Middle East? Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice this week sketched a new framework based on what she calls the "realignment" of states that want to contain Iran and its radical Muslim proxies...
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The events in Lebanon last week were an early implementation of the new Rice strategy
Joseph Samaha comments on where Lebanon fits in Condoleeza Rice's new "realignment" strategy, outlined in a WaPo column by David Ignatius yesterday.
- There are the "moderates" (non-democratic) - Saudi Arabia (GCC), Egypt, Jordan, etc.
- There are "extremists" - Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas,
- In the middle are "target administrations" the Iraqis, Palestinians and Lebanese, democracies that need to be helped and supported by the (non-democratic) "moderates" to resist the "extremists",
- Maliki to support the occupation
- Abbas is supposed to topple the elected Hamas government with US arms and funding;
- Lebanon to escalate the general strike into a sectarian confrontation with Hizbullah.
This new policy is the result of the failures of the US in Iraq and of Israel in Lebanon.
- Baker-Hamilton or Kagan (American Enterprise Institute)
- More battleships to the Gulf;
- deployment of Patriot missiles in the region;
- invasion of Somalia;
- provoking Iran;
- cutting off any chance of talks with Syria;
- sharpening the Hamas-Fatah split;
- more troops to Iraq.