Egypt shows the danger of strange bedfellows

2011/02/10

After a 30-year reign, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak looks to be on the verge of responding to citizen protests for his resignation. To which I have but one single question: “What took him so long?”

Democratic reforms — or, at least, some form of power transfer — should have occurred decades ago. The United States, as the world’s preeminent free nation, should have been a bit more insistent upon these reforms occurring.

After all, we have much more influence over our friends than we do our enemies.

I do understand there was a fear of alienating our only ally in the region not named Israel. But one would think that the standard-bearing nation for freedom worldwide should not be quite so nakedly cozy with a dictatorship like Mubarak’s without insisting on some simple changes…such as, at a minimum, changing the butt in the president’s seat more than, oh, once every three decades.

Now we’re faced with the strong possibility of an anti-American contingent gaining control of the Egyptian government, and losing any influence at all.

(I know, I know. It’s easy for me to set foreign policy from the comfort of my blogging chair. I’m doing it anyway.)

 

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