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Republican Lugar Says Obama’s Cairo Speech ‘Signal Achievement’

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    Senator Richard Lugar praised President Barack Obama’s Cairo address to the Muslim world as a “signal achievement” and dismissed Republican criticism that the speech was too apologetic.
    The speech was important and necessary, said Lugar, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, noting a “lack of sympathy for our country” in many Muslim nations.
    “We probably as Americans need to give a lot of speeches in the Arab world,” the Indiana senator said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend. Obama’s language on Iran was tough enough and was meant to reassure Arab countries, which also are concerned about Iran’s quest to acquire nuclear weapons, Lugar said.
    Still, Lugar said he doubted that Obama’s speech would have much influence on the Middle East peace process or hasten the creation of a Palestinian state.
    “It doesn’t really change materially things on the ground,” Lugar said. Neither the Israeli nor Palestinian governments are really “in the mood” to make a compromise, he said.
    On a domestic issue, Lugar said federal appellate judge Sonia Sotomayor has “excellent qualifications” to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. He recalled his own support for her when she was elevated from a district court to an appellate court by then-President Bill Clinton in 1998.
    The 59 Democratic senators are all expected to support her. And if the seven senators who voted for her 11 years ago don’t change their vote, she will be “confirmed fairly easily,” Lugar said.
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