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Obamas beskjed om at USA ikke lenger anser Egypt som en alliert sier noe om hvor fort utviklingen går. Det er bare uker siden administrasjonen oppfordret generalene til å gi fra seg makten.

Reuters har analysert Obamas situasjon og kaller den the perfect storm.

Den kommer fra mange kanter: forholdet til islamister blir kjøligere etter dette, Syria utgjør en komplisert situasjon, og Obama er kommet på kant med Netanyahu over Iran.

a larger challenge that will endure well beyond November’s U.S. vote – an apparently growing gulf between the United States and increasingly assertive Islamist forces within the Middle East.

The irony is clear.

With his vaunted 2009 speech in Cairo, Obama had hoped to «reset» relations with the region and ease some of the ill feeling stoked by the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and «war on terror» rhetoric of Obama’s Republican predecessor, George W. Bush.

The Obama administration was caught flat-footed by a wave of pro-democracy revolts last year that toppled autocratic leaders – some, like Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, a longtime U.S. ally. But Washington gradually gave cautious backing to the goals of the Arab Spring movement.

Now, with much of the U.S. optimism that accompanied the Arab world’s uprisings seemingly gone for good, Washington faces an apparent rise in Islamic activism and declining influence over countries it once counted as allies.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/14/us-mideast-usa-challenge-idUSBRE88C1MK20120914