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Given the overwhelmingly negative opinions of the United States held in Middle Eastern countries, the more representative the governments are of their people, the less likely it is that they will be friendly to America and restrained in their military posture toward Israel.

The role of key Arab media in advancing the crisis and potentially reshaping the Middle East should be clearly understood.

J.D. Gordon is a communications consultant and retired Navy commander who served in the office of the secretary of defense from 2005 to 2009 as the Pentagon’s spokesman for the Western Hemisphere.