Kerry to the Mideast In “Coming Days”

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With Clinton eying a first-term exit from State, the Senate Foreign Relations chair is making himself heard:

US Senator John Kerry said that US policy toward the Middle East needs a “readjustment” to reflect the new realities of the region, which is at a boiling point with mass uprisings.

“Too often over the past decade we have seen regimes in the region chiefly as bulwarks in the fight against terrorism, while looking away from abuses we find unconscionable,” Kerry said in a speech at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

“We can no longer view the Middle East solely through the lens of September 11. Now, we must view it through the lens of 2011,” said Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.