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Obama in tough spot with Egypt…but not that tough

Egypt is a “sticky-wicket,” as they say.  On the one hand, we are supposed to support movements for Democracy.  On the other hand, when the movement for Democracy is going to replace a moderate dictator in an important Middle Eastern country with a terrorist organization like the Muslim Brotherhood, there’s a lot more to think about then simply honoring the will of the people.  If I were Barry, I might be doing the same thing he’s currently doing: waiting to see what happens. 

However, it’s not that difficult to acknowledge that a long-time ally being taken over by hard-line Muslims, aka terrorists, is bad.  It’s even worse when the incoming leadership has expressed, in no uncertain terms, that war is coming to Israel:

A leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt told the Arabic-language Iranian news network Al-Alam on Monday that he would like to see the Egyptian people prepare for war against Israel, according to the Hebrew-language business newspaper Calcalist.

At the end of the day, the job of our government isn’t to export Democracy; it’s to protect its citizens and, to a reasonable extent, its allies.  Obama should be offering support to the current Egyptian regime; not wavering on the people’s choice.   

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  1. Ben
    February 1, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    He’s not a dictator, he’s their “elected” President (not fairly, but elected). This should have been taken care of during the Clinton and/or Bush presidency! Both failed — again. Wait, where have I heard that before? Honestly, the foreign policy gurus knows as the Republicans should have taken care of this a long time ago. I place the blame solely at the feed of the Elephant party!

  2. Mary
    February 1, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    What are you going to do? Prop up the current government over there until the oppression gets so bad it explodes into bloody revolution? Why can’t we just quit propping up anyone. Since we insisted on that course, the least we could have done was tell them to hold actual democratic elections or else we’d get out of the way of the hordes coming through the gate. What we need to do is get back to defending our allies and doing business with others but……..most importantly…….. eliminate our dependency on countries that hate us. Drill, baby, drill!

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