Funny how the world works.
People have this set of fantasies about the US that defies reality over and over again. When something like the situation in Egypt happens we can see just how silly the whole exercise is.
These folks believe the US has total control over foreign countries (and guys like Mubarak). Just like they thought we controlled Saddam, the Shah, etc. So while these dictators are in power, they blame the US for not forcing these guys to be nicer. When something unexpected happens (like Kuwait) it is also our fault because we trusted a dictator in the first place. They never actually tell you that we shouldn’t have helped those dictators in the first place (even crazy lefties know deep down inside that there are no good alternatives – or do you really think Democracy would automatically turn Saudi Arabia into Sweden?) but they still want the US to magically fix the world.
The pieces don’t add up but hey, you got to have someone to blame.
I thought it was a good thing that the people of Gaza elected Hamas a few years ago. It was the kind of situation that could only end up in two ways: Hamas being tamed or the whole place paying a huge price.
Egypt is the largest Arab country in the world. The most important aspect of whatever the outcome there ends up being is the message it will send to other Arab countries. It is time for the Arab world to make their choice. They either want to play nice with the West or not.
At this point there is really no way to know if they will choose to be a new Iran or a new Turkey. Whatever they decide, there will be clear consequences. Both the US and Israel will act on their own interest just like they do today. Actually, this was Carter’s biggest mistake in 1979. Instead of acting based on what was happening in Iran, he cowered.
Looking at how Obama acted in Iraq and Afghanistan, I think he will do what is needed. After all, the worst thing a country can ever do is to not follow its own interests.