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VIDEO, TRANSCRIPT: Noam Chomsky on Egypt, Obama, Gaza, & Middle East

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The delicate job of handling U.S. foreign policy in Egypt

By Joel Mendelson

After a lengthy hiatus, the Political Prescription’s website is back and I promise more regular updates. Full disclaimer: I started a new job. Between that and all of the other delicious things I find myself doing, it’s taken some time to get back into writing. Here it goes…

Many are upset over the lukewarm and almost timid response from the White House regarding the uprising in Egypt. Criticisms from both sides, national and international are dominating the news cycle as the uprising and now violence continues across Egypt. The White House and State Department have no easy job. President Hamsi Mubarak has been a loyal ally of the United States during his thirty year reign. He is arguably Israel’s top Arab ally and was among the first to recognize Iraq’s new government.

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American exceptionalism: Republican 2012 strategy revealed?

Superman believes in American exceptionalism, does President Obama?

By Joel Mendelson

In a recent USA Today/Gallup poll and corresponding USA Today article, American exceptionalism might become a hot button issue come 2012. Potential Republican presidential candidates from Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney have challenged President Obama’s view of America, doubting that he believes that the United States is exceptional. The White House of course refutes this belief, but they shouldn’t underestimate just how far Republicans will go to use this particular tactic come election season.

Mr. Obama’s foreign policy has focused on repairing America’s image abroad. After wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the latter of which came at great political cost to President George W. Bush throughout the world, America’s image was tarnished to say the least. Looking to improve foreign relations, Mr. Obama has toured the world and in less than two years has more or less repaired that image.

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