Secretary Of State Condoleezza Rice

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In June of 2005, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice went up to 600 people at the American University in Cairo and delivered a very powerful speech on the advancement of democracy in the Middle East. “For 60 years, my country, the United States, pursued stability at the expense of democracy in this region here in the Middle East, and we achieved neither," she declared, “Now we are taking a different course. We are supporting the democratic aspirations of all people.” Her speech was seen as an attack on the Egyptian government. She addressed how they intimidated and incarcerated the opposition and also claimed for President Hosni Mubarak to carry our free and fair elections. Since Egypt is of strategic importance to the U.S., it sets the ground of American foreign policy in the Middle East. This essay will address U.S.-Egyptian relations as well as alternatives to U.S. policies in order to achieve democracy and stability in the region. Condoleezza Rice’s harsh speech might have angered Mubarak’s government and given hope to opposition leaders. President Barack Obama gave a more sympathetic speech a couple years later addressing the importance of freedom of choice in Egypt, which greatly delighted Egyptian officials. Regardless of how inspiring or straightforward the speech is, it is evident that the Middle East is indifferent to what America has to say. In situations like the one in Egypt, words count less than deeds. Whatever these speeches or these words are, what is
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