A couple of things have occurred to me watching this. Obama, from the very beginning of his term, has made it clear he wants us to be the equal of the rest of the world, not the leader. Well, in this he has succeeded. The result seems to find us behind the curve in world opinion as well as being dismissed as insignificant. That's why Hu wore a business suit to the State dinner in his honor rather than a tux. Subtle, but a slap in the face none-the-less.
All the talk shows are asking what it is we want. No one cares. Especially the people of Egypt. It's what they want that matters.
Our fear of Mubarak being deposed points out one more time what happens when you support a side against the people. Honduras. Iran. Iraq. Afghanistan. It's not a sterling track record.
We also seem to cling to false fears. Everyone that has been interviewed who has actual experience in Egypt will tell you the Muslim Brotherhood is not a threat, no matter what happens next.
Opposition leader ElBaradei, in an interview with Christiane Amanpour, said they deserve a place in a new government just like everyone else. He compared them to our Evangelicals who are a part of our society and as so should have their voice heard. Are we hearing that?
Frankly, the Egyptians could care less what we want or think. This is their issue for them to solve.
If we would side with the people more often perhaps we'd have fewer disputes of this nature. After all, they aren't any different than us. They want jobs, education and a decent standard of living. So do all the others waiting in the wings. The people are what made this country great. It is the people who will return others to greatness.
I just hope our leaders, who are trying to thrust more and more government control over us, get the message. Do I need to tweet this?