"U.S. warns Cairo: Halt crackdown or we halt aid."
"Riots in Egypt: President Obama must choose between Hosni Mubarak and protesters' cause."
"Axelrod: President Obama has 'on several occasions directly confronted' Mubarak on human rights for the past 2 years 'to get ahead of this.' "
"Obama admonishes Egypt's Mubarak on protests."
Flipping hell. Could we, for once, mind our own business?
I don't know if the rioters in Cairo are revolutionary champions of freedom trying to overthrow a typically corrupt Middle Eastern regime, or a bunch of Islamic fundamentalist yobs. Neither does Barack Kenyatta, and neither does our leftist State Department. Why does our government assume that it always must take sides in every crisis, guaranteeing that one (or, more likely, both sides) will acquire another reason to loathe the U.S.?
What if our official response was: "We trust everybody will cool their jets and work things out. It's particularly important from our standpoint that the Egyptian antiquities in the Cairo Museum be safeguarded."
What if our official response was nothing?
I propose that the following words be chiseled in marble at the entrances to the Oval Office and the State Department:
NOT OUR PROBLEM.
It would remind our elected and unelected doofi that most of the time we can do no good, but easily do harm.
Kenyatta has chosen the latter course (surprised?).
The Barack Obama administration has decided to lift a ban preventing Muslim Scholar Professor Tariq Ramadan from entering the United States. Ramadan, an Egyptian currently living in Switzerland, is a leading member of Europe’s Muslim Brotherhood branch and the grandson of the movement’s founder Hassan al-Banna. The Muslim Brotherhood is the parent organization for Hamas and some of the groups that recently merged into al-Qaeda, including Ayman al Zawahiri’s Egyptian Islamic Jihad.
So, our answer to an unpopular Egyptian regime is to roll out the welcome mat for a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, the fount of much militant Islam in the world today.
Heaven help us.