If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made A Choice

As Egypt burns, President Obama dithers.  After getting it wrong in Honduras, fiddling with the deck chairs in Palestine, and doing his best to look busy about Iran and North Korea, President Obama is now, predictably, voting “present” in Egypt.  

As Max Boot says,

Problem is, taking no stand isn’t an option for the United States in this situation. For decades, Egypt has been one of the largest recipients of American foreign aid, and Mubarak has been one of our closest allies in the Middle East. Egyptian officers have been educated in the United States, its forces are equipped with American weapons, and they regularly conduct exercises with American troops. We have a large say, whether we want it or not. If Obama stays silent about Mubarak’s future, that will be interpreted within Egypt as American support for an increasingly discredited dictator.

At the end of the day, the U.S. should almost always be on the side of democracy and democratic reform.  That does not mean we should always side with elected governments once elected — the Palestinians come to mind — but we should be on the side of the principle of encouraging governments to be freely elected.  President Obama, however, would prefer to avoid taking a stand against a weak and oppressive government at a critical juncture.

Published in: on January 30, 2011 at 12:15 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. At least he’s not doing what Reagan used to do, and just employ right winged terrorists to destroy any remnants of democracy.

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