Since the unsuccessful American experience in Iraq in 2003, particularly concerning the dissolution of the army and security institutions, Washington and its institutions have been deeply immersed in intellectual deliberations and strategic planning for "The Day After." This involves anticipating the post-"first-day" scenario, or the conclusion of military operations. Contemplating defeat is not an option; instead, the focus lies on meticulous preparation for victory.
Now, President Joe Biden's administration is urging its Arab and European allies to think about "The Day After" in the Gaza Strip. However, American officials often collide with the refusal of their Arab counterparts to enter this path and engage in this proposition.
During the recent meeting between US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his Arab counterparts in Oman, a noticeable disparity and conflicting priorities emerged. Blinken expressed interest in planning for "The Day After" in Gaza post-war, whereas his Arab counterparts were focused on advocating for an "immediate cessation" of the ongoing war.