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Bush Visits His “New” Middle East; Plus, Profile on Natan Sharansky & Barry McCaffre

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Bush Visits His “New” Middle East
Commentary by Leon Hadar | May 23, 2008

President George W. Bush sought the sunshine of the Middle East, hoping that the images of his five-day excursion to the region would help salvage his personal and political legacy. But it is doubtful that the president’s journey will produce anything more than photo ops. If anything, his visit helped to highlight the gap between his grand designs for the Middle East and the depressing reality on the ground. Read full story.

FEATURED PROFILES

Natan Sharansky
Sharansky, a former Soviet dissident and Israeli politician who suggests that Israel retake territory in Gaza, gained widespread U.S. media attention after George W. Bush gave his second inaugural address, which was heavily influenced by his thinking.

Barry McCaffrey
A controversial general during the Persian Gulf War and former drug czar under President Clinton, McCaffrey was recently identified as one of several retired military officers debriefed by the Bush administration in an effort to manage public opinion about the Iraq War.

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