America And The Arab Spring

December 11, 2011 - 2:01 PM
FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011 file photo, a Yemeni protestor holds a dagger and chants slogans during a demonstration demanding the prosecution of President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa, Yemen. The case is often made that Washington was caught flatfooted by the Arab Spring and now must adapt to diminished influence in the Middle East. But declaring a twilight for America in the Mideast ignores a big caveat: The deep U.S. connections in the Persian Gulf have so far ridden out the upheavals and are increasingly flexing their political clout around the Arab world. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)