NPR logo

U.S. Missing from Recent Middle East Deals

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/90801423/90801389" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
U.S. Missing from Recent Middle East Deals

Middle East

U.S. Missing from Recent Middle East Deals

U.S. Missing from Recent Middle East Deals

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/90801423/90801389" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The Bush administration has tried to put the best face on a deal in Lebanon that gives Hezbollah more power. It has also welcomed Turkey's role as a mediator between Israel and Syria. But U.S. diplomats played no role in either of these arrangements. The Bush administration seems to have little influence in the region in its final year in office.

We no longer support commenting on NPR.org stories, but you can find us every day on Facebook, Twitter, email, and many other platforms. Learn more or contact us.