Certainly, the US faces a new and unexpected challenges after the collapse of Mubarak regime but, that does not necessarily mean diminishing American power in the region. US present policies which relies on dictators have never looked sustainable, and the latest development surprises only those who thought it was. Mubarak departure from the scene simply exposes the prevailing folly among US policy makers. The US should therefore adapt to the new realities in the region by dropping its present one sided policies with more balanced ones which shows respect to the Arabs and their interest. Obama stance toward the development in Egypt is encouraging, but he needs to do much more to restore the credibility of the US. Mubarak departure heralds new era that will pave the way for new and more serious challenges to the US. Apart from beefing up the rejectionist camp, it will certainly make traditionally "moderate" Arab leaders more reluctant to co-operate with the US out of fear from the wind of change.Adaptation is the name of the coming game in the region, not only for the United states but for all rational players in the region.
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from the article: Without Mubarak, U.S. power in Mideast will diminish