There’s much, far too much, to be said about the hypocrisy and entangling mess of affairs U.S. foreign policy is. Therefore, let’s zero in on the happenings in Egypt and how the U.S. has dealt with Egypt. From former Congressman Ron Paul:

Let’s review US policy toward Egypt to see the foolish hypocrisy of the government’s interventionism: First the US props up the unelected Hosni Mubarak for decades, spending tens of billions of dollars to keep him in power. Then the US provides assistance to those who in 2011 successfully overthrew Mubarak. Then the US demands an election. The Egyptians held an election that was deemed free and fair and shortly afterward the US-funded military overthrows the elected president. Then the US government warns the military that it needs to restore democracy – the very democracy that was destroyed by military coup! All the while the US government will not allow itself to utter the word “coup” when discussing what happened in Egypt yesterday because it would mean they might have to stop sending all those billions of dollars to Egypt.

Yes, as a friend rightly pointed out, there are nuances there and complexities involved, but the general sentiment to which I agree with is this: we supported Mubarak because he served our interests, then we stopped supporting him when he no longer did, and in general, that type of meddling is not good for our interests in reality nor our image in the Arab world, specifically.

Egyptian protests

2 thoughts on “Egypt: A lesson in the wackiness of U.S. foreign policy

  1. The US here reminds me of an large old lady holding up the line at Target, buying a boatload of stuff. After she completes her purchase, she stands her ground and demands to speak with the manager. When the pimply-faced young man in a short-sleeve shirt and tie addresses her, “Yes, ma’am,” she points a finger at him and says, “I want to talk to you about your treatment of Paula Deen.” Meanwhile, the customers in line go unserved.

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