If our only tool is a hammer, than all problems look like nails, as the saying goes. So too Egypt, according to Community Organizer in Chief, Obama, with his tired and empty mantra of hope and change, all the while trashing Mubarak.
No wonder Egypt, once our ally, gave us the finger – the first of many more to come, I suspect, as we seek to form alliances in the future in the Middle East and beyond.
Is it 2012 yet?
The strategy over the past few weeks, I thought, was to hedge between support for liberal reform and support for Mubarak as a U.S. ally in order to reassure Jordan, Yemen, and the Saudis that we won’t dump them too the minute they run into trouble. Are we now telling them that, if push comes to shove, we will dump them? Or, as Greenroomer Karl suggested on Twitter, does this prove my point from last night that U.S. influence in the Middle East is now so minuscule that no one, including regimes allied with America, much cares what the hell O says publicly anymore?