Wednesday, February 09, 2011

My take on Egypt....

Wrongly choosing Egypt's generals over the democrats
The Washington Post
Monday, February 7, 2011; 8:09 PM

I have to say I disagree with this article (big surprise).

Here's a book you ought to read: "The Next Decade" by George Friedman. I'm about 2/3 done with it. As I am reading it I feel like a president reading an analysis compiled by the CIA or NSA. The world is very large chess game and the president's job #1 is to protect America'a interests abroad. Sadly, that sometimes means allowing autocracies like Egypt's to exist far too long.

Egypt's history is one of the longest in the world and it a tangled web of disparate groups/tribes. The cold hard facts are that Egypt has lived peacefully alongside Israel for nearly 40 years, which has allowed the U.S. the time to win the cold war without getting distracted by less essential battles elsewhere. In the long run, it will be Turkey that holds the key to "peace" - such as it can exist - in the middle east.

I hope we do not get dragged to far into the weeds in Egypt. This man-child president is ill prepared for many more weighty decisions. If Egypt falls under the control of the Muslim Brotherhood, it'll be much worse for the citizens than the regime they live under now. Sadly, these teens & 20 somethings protesting in the streets are but pawns in chess game that cannot end good for them. It's painful to watch.....

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