Middle East democracy

Egypt: an impossible situation of our own making?

 Watching the chaos in Egypt and the confusion at the White House, it seems to me that decades of shortsighted U.S. policy – touting democracy while propping up undemocratic strongmen like Hosni Mubarak, and somehow believing nobody is noticing the gap between our words and deeds - have left policymakers here in an impossible situation.

If we press for the immediate departure of Mubarak, we create a vacuum which forces we fear – not without reason – may effectively exploit.

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