Twenty-six years ago, when the elder President Bush asked me to be his ambassador to Saudi Arabia, he assured me that "nothing much ever happens in Arabia." That had been the case for quite a while. Now no one would refer to any part of the Middle East – even the Arabian Peninsula – as a zone o
Saudi Arabia has done it again! On January 23, it dismayed foreign pundits by failing to sink into the anarchy they speculated might follow the death of its king, 'Abdullah. Instead, the Kingdom carried off yet another flawless passing of the leadership baton.
I want to speak with you today about the Middle East. This is the region where Africa, Asia, and Europe come together. It is also the part of the world where we have been most compellingly reminded that some struggles cannot be won, but there are no struggles that cannot be lost.
Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu’s recent speech before the U.S. Congress had been a point of controversy in the U.S. and Middle East. Before the address, the White House had characterized the planned speech as potentially destructive for the U.S.-Israeli relationship. The U.S.