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The Cables’ Credibility Question

What do the WikiLeaks cables tell us about the Middle East in the wake of the Bush Doctrine?

Recent WikiLeaks cables reveal that U.S. policy continues to grapple with the consequences of a poorly conceived doctrine of unilateralist militarism in the Middle East, writes Matthew Duss.

Some time between Saturday evening and Monday morning, it suddenly became important to U.S. hawks that we take seriously what Arab leaders have been saying about instability in the Middle East.

I refer, of course, to the comments from Arab leaders, released as part of the WikiLeaks cable dump, urging the United States to more aggressively curb Iranian power and influence in the region.

The above excerpt was originally published in The American Prospect. Click here to view the full article.

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Matthew Duss

Policy Analyst