President Obama has reportedly told the White House and his intelligence that he wants a "new Middle East policy", one that put political pressures on beleaguered allies threatened by popular rebellions( started from Jasmine revolution in Tunisia) to enact reforms that would curb down and suppress the want for a government change while preserving crucial U.S. interests, such as oil, counterterrorism, confronting and containing Iran and protecting Israel and most importantly their global policy of unipolar world.
US is now trapped at the crossroads. They need these donkeys (autocrat leaders like Mubarak) to carry their heavy baggage of priorities but can’t help them, as US is the torch bearer of creating a idealistic world bent on ending inhumanity dedicated to principles and values.
Can US transfer this baggage onto the backs of the new democracy? Answer is ‘NO’, as these priorities are not shared by Arab citizens. That’s why US chose autocrats, but democracy will be chosen by citizens. The thought that new born Middle East democracy will march silently in lockstep with US is fanciful. Individual views of these Arab autocrats, ‘of Iran being a regional menace’ created an illusion that the Arab nations are in alliance with US in confronting Iran but bad news for Obama and Bush is that the same view is not shared by Arab citizens.
The University of Maryland's survey on ‘Arab opinion’ surprisingly revealed that 57% of respondents believed that Iran developing a nuclear weapon would positively affect the region, while 20% felt that it “would not matter”. Just a minuscule 20% were in favour of pressurizing Iran to stop its nuclear program.
Survey further revealed that Israel-Palestinian peace agreement, followed by withdrawal from Iraq are the best gifts which US can gift to the Arab World.
Tunisians and Egyptians have overthrown the regimes and Libyans, Bahrainis, Algerians, Moroccans, Omanis are in process. Citizens are fighting for their most fundamental right i.e. to craft their countries' destinies (by electing government of their choice) and make sure that their government's domestic and foreign policies reflect the popular will.
US must responsibly work as a head of family to bring about peace harmony and growth in the world rather than creating a Unipolar world where it won’t have any peer competitor.