Analysis

Hoekstra: Middle East is a Bubbling Cauldron of Uncertainty
Iranian supporters of defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi march in Tehran on June 15, 2009, defying a ban on protests. The United States did not support the protesters and by its silence sent a clear signal, says former House Intelligence Committee Chair Peter Hoekstra. (OLIVIER LABAN-MATTEI/AFP/Getty Images)
March 2, 2012
| Security
| Middle East and North Africa
Summary
Peter Hoekstra, former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, says the Middle East, one year after the Arab Spring protests began, is a "bubbling cauldron" of uncertainty and that as the smoke clears, it's becoming apparent that things haven't played out in a way that's favorable to the United States, or to Israel.

The Arab Spring, he says, actually began in Iran in June of 2009 when thousands of Iranians rallied to protest the election results that gave Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a second term as president. The United States, he says, should have supported the protesters.

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