Hope and change has done us in again. Obama could have prevented the current crisis in Egypt if he had only followed the lead of thirty years of presidents before him. As distasteful as it might be to some he should have supported Hosni Mubarrak in putting down Islamic militants in his country.
Instead, he threatened the Egyptian military not to support Mubarrak's orders and issued a declarative that the Egyptian president should leave office. Threatening to cut off the military’s lifeline to American tax dollars Mubarrak was left with no power and was eventually forced from office.
The debate to cut off the Egyptian military from the American tax dollar lifeline to sustain itself is seriously being considered again as leverage to force it to stand down and allow the elected president, Mohammad Morsi, to be reinstated. That would be a huge mistake. To allow Egypt to become the Sunni world’s answer to fundamentalist Iran would be a disaster for us, Europe and Israel.
With the changing political paradigm in the Middle East democracy is no longer the answer to always fixing its problems. If Obama had just followed the lead of five presidents before him and acquiesced to Mubarrak’s iron fist policy against radicals in his own country Egypt would not be in the news today.
Obama’s reassessment of American foreign policy in the Middle East declared in Cairo in 2009 has not produced the desired results. From that time on, the Middle East has descended into chaos. Islam is facing tough questions and the good guys appear to be losing. And, that might be partly our fault.
If we are not careful the Arab Spring might turn into a nuclear winter.