The Republican Party defeat in the US mid-term elections and the resignation of Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld are greeted with delight in the Middle East media.
There is almost universal agreement that Iraq was to blame for what one commentator describes as the demise of "the hawks' dominance".
The hope is also expressed that political changes in the US will lead to "wiser policies" in the Middle East.
TARIQ AL-MAJID IN PAN-ARAB AL-SHARQ AL-AWSAT
Let us Arabs hope that Rumsfeld's resignation will be the start of a correction [of US policy].
PAN-ARAB AL-QUDS AL-ARABI
The "Republican hegemony" ended yesterday and now the Democrats control the Congress. The defeat of Bush and the Republican Party was mainly due to the Iraqi resistance and the failure of their occupation plan.
PAN-ARAB AL-ARAB AL-ALAMIYAH
The Democratic victory will pose a challenge to US President Bush in Iraq for the remainder of his presidential term. This will cause a political earthquake.
IRAN'S ARABIC-LANGUAGE AL-VEFAGH
The mid-term elections were not so much a competition between the Democrats and the Republicans as a slap in the face to the Bush era and administration, which indicates a kind of internal change. So the downfall of the Bush polices is far more important than the downfall of Bush himself, which is what Americans need to compensate them for what they have lost.
The victory of the Democrats in America's election was very good news, not because the Democrats are better than the Republicans, but because it will create tensions in the American system. When the Americans don't have problems inside their country, they create problems for other countries, so it is very good if they bite each other for a while.
The landslide victory of the Democrats in the elections has unbalanced the situation at the White House and many believe that this election was actually a referendum on the Iraq war. The defeat of Bush and his allies in the election puts an end to the hawks' dominance after 12 years.
IRAN'S SIYASAT-E RUZ
Although the Democrats are the victorious group in America's election, realistically it can be said that because of the low turnout, the people are dissatisfied with the performance of their rulers and the election was a defeat for both the Democrats and Republicans.
Iraq has been the dominant factor in helping the US Democrats win a Congress majority, and the failure of the Republicans is due to the same reason. Another essential reason which was not immediately obvious is that the President George Bush has failed big-time in accomplishing any kind of development in the peace process between the Palestinians and the Israelis.
SAUDI ARABIA'S AL-WATAN
Following the US Congress mid-term elections, that witnessed a big victory of the US Democrats in a clear referendum on President Bush's Iraq policy, everybody in the Middle East is keenly hoping for wiser American policies in the region, especially regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict and the frozen peace process, in addition to the tense situation in Iraq. It is clear that the American people have withdrawn their support for the president over the Iraq war.
OMAN'S OMAN DAILY
Many political and military voices within the US are calling for a reconsideration of foreign policy... However, the result of these elections means a change of faces, rather than policies. This change does not serve Iraqi interests because none of America's political forces are ready to admit defeat or withdraw immediately, leaving the Iraqis with no choice other than to continue with confrontation.
The fact is that the war in Iraq, which has cost 2,800 American soldiers their lives and swallowed up several billion dollars, has become increasingly unpopular, triggering the anger of American voters, who did not hesitate to cast a very harsh vote of punishment against the Bush administration.
The Republican defeat in the US elections is a defeat for President Bush's foreign policy, especially in Iraq. We hope this will lead to a review of the aspects of US foreign policy which many Americans oppose, including the blind bias to Israeli policy at the expense of Palestinian and Arab rights.
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