President Obama's Strategy for Arab World

Friday, May 20, 2011

President Obama Delivers Speech On Mideast And North Africa, May 19, 2011. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

In his speech on the Arab world on Thursday, President Obama evoked images of the American Revolution, the Civil Rights Movement and the Fall of the Iron Curtain to parallel American values and the Arab uprisings. The speech comes nearly six months after the uprisings began in Tunis, and the state of democracy in Tunisia and Egypt is precarious at best. But what concrete steps is Obama promising — and can he come through?

Joining us is David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for our partner The New York Times and host of The Washington Report on our sister station, WQXR.

Guests:

David Sanger

Produced by:

Kateri A. Jochum

Comments [1]

listener

JFK's Berlin speech is constantly evoked but has anybody ever read it?
"There are some who say that "communism is the wave of the future." Let them come to Berlin! And there are some who say in Europe and elsewhere, "we can work with the Communists." Let them come to Berlin."

Imaging Obama declaring "Let them come to Jerusalem" or "Let them come Baghdad" illustrates just how absurd the comparison is.

May. 20 2011 09:11 AM

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