The US continued with its wars, its support of Israel, and its old alliance with the most corrupt Arab elites.
Arabs discovered - or rediscovered - that not only were there no meeting points between their aspirations and US policy, the two were actually on a collision course.
It is normal for the US to conduct its policies in an oil-rich region like the Middle East based on a set of clear interests and objectives.
But what has in fact been taking place is the complete hijacking of Arab aspirations and the national interests of most Arab countries to fit US priorities.
With the help of Arab dictators, Washington's unclear, misguided policies brought untold harm to Arab nations. Now millions of ordinary Arabs, whose priorities and expectations were so completely discounted, are showing they are no longer willing to accept that reality.