The United States has discovered just how intractable problems are in the Middle East and how pivotal and often unpopular a role the United States plays as the region’s powerbroker. We risk a substantial loss of influence if we can’t lead in resolving major regional problems as we did so often in the past. Much depends on how we act on three interlocking crises — the future of the Egyptian revolution, civil war in Syria, and Iran’s continued drive to become a nuclear weapons power.
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