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As US clout wanes in Middle East, threats mount (with video)
Oct 2nd, 2013 by Warren Swil

Israel attack on Iran

possible if nuke talks stall

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu speaks at the UN on Tuesday. Click image to enlarge.

AFTER THE RECENT promising thaw in relations between the United States and Iran, an ominous development clouded the outlook on Tuesday.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, speaking as much to the audience at home as to the world, warned the global community his country had little confidence that negotiations would succeed.
For months, Israeli officials and media have been warning that Iran is on the threshold of attaining a nuclear weapons capability.
Will they wait for diplomacy to run its course?
Watch a video of the Israeli prime minister’s speech below the fold.


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US foreign policy at crossroads: public has no appetite for conflict

OBAMA INHERITS DEBRIS LEFT BY BUSH WARS AND SCANDALS
President Obama has a huge foreign policy problem.
At home and abroad, he is facing stiff headwinds. But they are not of his own making.
After the disastrous Bush/Cheney foreign policy, it is no wonder Americans are tired of foreign misadventures and wary of any involvement in what seem to be intractable problems engulfing the Middle East.
The president will have to use all of the power and prestige of his office over the coming months to bring the American people on board with his program of constructive, diplomatic intervention.


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INESCAPABLE CONCLUSION: U.S. influence in Middle East wanes

COVERAGE OF SYRIA DEAL HIGHLIGHTS AMERICA’S SECOND-FIDDLE STATUS
As Americans try to assess the short- and long-term implications of the deal on Syria, those most affected by the crisis (excluding the Syrians themselves) seem to have already made up their minds.
Russia won. The U.S. lost.
The influence of the United States is at its lowest ebb in generations here.
The Russian-initiated deal that leaves Syria’s president intact after he gassed his own people is just another nail in the coffin of waning U.S. ability to influence events in this troubled region.


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