Morning Bell: Egypt and the Failure of the Obama Doctrine
Posted January 31st, 2011 at 9:39am in American Leadership
The Obama Administration has been slow to embrace calls for liberty in Egypt is completely consistent with the Obama Doctrine as applied in the Middle East. When the Iranian people rose against the regime in Tehran in the wake of a disputed national election, Obama offered virtually no support for the cries for freedom. He was too committed to his engagement strategy with the Iranian regime, believing his “charm offensive” would be enough to deter them from pursuing nuclear weapons. Those efforts have completely failed. Nevertheless, the “playing nice initiative” with Tehran fell flat.
To give Egyptians the greatest possible prospects for liberty, the Obama Administration should change course and press any government that emerges to:
Pledge to minimize the use of force and the loss life in its efforts to restore order;
Agree to open up the political system to allow meaningful participation by Egyptian citizens in forming a representative government; and
Restore Internet service and access to the world.
The Obama Administration should review U.S. assistance to Egypt and make further assistance contingent upon undertaking these actions.