Serious challenges ahead for US in the Middle East
Path forward in volatile region?
- Duration 3:29
- Date Jan 31, 2013
Path forward in volatile region?
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Let's pull back a bit and take a look at the big picture in the Middle East.
Tonight chief Washington correspondent James Rosen walks through the challenges America is facing in the world's most dangerous neighborhood.
-- even the Russians now predicting the imminent downfall of the Asad regime in Syria and the Egyptian military warning of the possible collapse of Mohamed Morsi Islamist government in Cairo.
Never has the mideast been more volatile or more vexing for US policy makers and extraordinary range of challenges confronts the Obama administration while it launches a second term still uncertain of its own cast of players -- then next -- -- -- and we should put that make sure that these Syrians get the weapons they need and perhaps establish a no fly zone -- -- -- -- I believes it part of our review was looking at those options.
Nor is it believed that the demise of -- -- -- -- sought after a two year civil war in which she killed some 60000 people.
Would swiftly end the fighting between Syria's warring factions the civil war and -- the instability in Libya the the new government that's arisen in each all of these things significantly complicate our ability.
To fight -- -- and to maintain regional peace in particular.
-- security has not been affected yet but that's got to be something that's on the radar and certainly instability in the region affects oil prices generally.
-- thirteen is also widely presumed to be the year when the long simmering issue of Iran and its renegade nuclear program will come to a full boil.
Most likely in the form of an Israeli military strike against Iran's nuclear installations from the Obama administration analyst await some signal of a new approach to Tehran.
One that moves beyond the now familiar mix of sanctions and engagement.
Which led Washington for years ago to turn a deaf ear to the popular uprising.
But the Ayatollah is crossed with a bloody force.
The Obama administration had a bet that is basically to partner with the most about the -- in North Africa.
And another bet that is to re engage Iran -- regime.
Now this is collapsing because in North Africa we see now that's -- -- -- fighters are rising having the partners of the Obama administration.
That is going to put the United States in a very weak position and very isolated position so what Washington needs to do very fast.
Is that for President Obama to address those segments of societies in Egypt and Libya and Tunisia.
On the one hand and on the other hand in Syria.
Instead of playing the arbiter between now Russia and Iran and other forces to engage civil society inside Syria these are the forces of change he's -- the for the for the future.
-- his confirmation hearing last week America's new top diplomats sketched out a different roadmap the president understands the stakes and the implications.
In the Middle East.
Mean so much of what we aspire to achieve than what we need to do globally.
What we need to do in the Maghreb in South Asia south Central Asia.
Throughout the gulf all of this.
What can or doesn't happen.
-- respect to Israel Palestine.
Solving the mideast of course is a goal that has eluded all modern presidents but secretary Keri sees the path to -- holy land running through the actual holy land.
Suggests a possible return to an older model of US statesmanship in the region Brett -- that predates the Arab Spring.
James thank you.