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Barack Obama Signals Selective US Response to 'Arab Spring'


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Barack Obama Signals Selective US Response to 'Arab Spring'

Ian Black

Barack Obama's speech on the Middle East was a belated response to extraordinary events over which the US has so far exercised precious little influence.

The president lavished praise on the spirit of people power that has animated this year's "Arab spring" but also made clear that direct US involvement in the region would remain selective.