Four months ago I was in Cairo, invited to address an international economic forum that was attended by government officials, diplomats and business leaders.
My presentation focused not only on the economic crisis still unfolding in the United States, but touched also on the foreign policies likely to be pursued by our new president. In the question and answer period following my remarks, a number of attendees asked whether the new administration in Washington would in fact significantly alter America’s mid-east policies.
Now, thanks to President Obama’s historic speech last Thursday at Cairo University, we have an answer to that question. U.S. policy in the Middle East has changed; in tone and substance.
If the Obama administration follows through on the president’s vision presented last week in the centuries-old mosque, then American influence in that troubled part of the world, which has fallen dramatically in recent years, is certain to increase.
Obama began his