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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Monday, December 04, 2006

Everybody but Bush sees it

You would think that Iraq's neighbors probably have the best contacts and sense of what's really going on, so their "panic" should be viewed quite seriously.
WASHINGTON — President Bush and his top advisors fanned out across the troubled Middle East over the last week to showcase their diplomatic initiatives to restore strained relationships with traditional allies and forge new ones with leaders in Iraq.

But instead of flaunting stronger ties and steadfast American influence, the president's journey found friends both old and new near a state of panic. Mideast leaders expressed soaring concern over upheavals across the region that the United States helped ignite through its invasion of Iraq and push for democracy — and fear that the Bush administration may make things worse.


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