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Topic - Anne W. Patterson
A key Republican on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations was flabbergasted after a senior U.S. diplomat claimed Thursday that sanctions against Iran are the "most effective" she had ever seen.
Even belly dancers are making fun of President Obama and his beleaguered ambassador in Cairo, as many Egyptians accuse the U.S. of trying to restore the ousted Muslim Brotherhood-led government.
The U.S. ambassador to Egypt was alarmed as she watched Egyptians mark the second anniversary of the ouster of an autocratic leader with riots in the streets against the new Islamist-led government.
The United States will hear "many voices" it doesn't like from Egyptians on a "loud and bumptious" march toward democracy, a top U.S. diplomat predicted this week at a Senate hearing on her nomination to serve as the next American ambassador in Cairo.
The United States has poured billions of dollars into Pakistan to fight terrorism since 2002, but Pakistani officials "diverted" much of the aid for other purposes, according to classified cables from a U.S. ambassador who served three years in Islamabad.
The U.S. ambassador to Pakistan refused to provide security for Benazir Bhutto two months before the charismatic political leader was assassinated in a bomb attack in December 2007, according to a classified diplomatic cable.
The United States stands little chance of persuading Pakistan to sever links with militants fighting in Afghanistan using its current strategy, Washington's envoy to Islamabad warned last fall in one of dozens of memos leaked Wednesday that expose America's troubled alliance with the nuclear-armed state.
Relief workers in Pakistan say that Islamist charities affiliated with terrorist groups are competing with international efforts to provide relief to the millions of Pakistanis affected by massive floods.
"Causing pain in the economy is how sanctions work," she said.
"This is the most effective sanctions program I have ever seen," she said.