You Can’t Tell Egypt’s Players Without a Scorecard

You Can’t Tell Egypt’s Players Without a Scorecard

(Pictured: Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman.) When Egypt’s Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq offered his apologies Thursday for attacks by pro-Mubarak forces on Wednesday, calling them a “blatant mistake,” it afforded us a glimpse behind the scenes of...

Two Outside-the-Box Questions About Egypt

1. Due to a ban on cameras enforced by pro-Mubarak forces, CNN and MSNBC aired no video from Tahir Square last night. Though I didn’t check the major networks, presumably that was true of them as well. Yet they could have cobbled together videos from the...

Egypt: Back Against the Wall, a Tyrant Embraces Anarchy

According to Aristotle there are, as is well known, six forms of government. Three of them are good, three of them are bad. Monarchy is good, or can be good, tyranny is bad. The bad news about monarchy is, that it has a tendency to become tyranny. And so on:...

Why Washington Clings to a Failed Middle-East Strategy

(Cross-posted from FireDogLake.) The death throes of the Mubarak regime in Egypt signal a new level of crisis for a U.S. Middle East strategy that has shown itself over and over again in recent years to be based on nothing more than the illusion of power. The...
U.S. Policy Exposed by Mid-East Protests

U.S. Policy Exposed by Mid-East Protests

(Pictured: Denver protesters.) It is not just the governments of different Arab countries that are in crisis as the media would have us believe. U.S. and European Middle East Policy is also suffering from the events. For Washington, London, Paris and Berlin, the...

On the Wrong Side of History in the Middle East

For over sixty years, the U.S. and the West wanted stability in the Middle East while dividing and conquering the area. They installed and supported puppets, despots, and corrupt and totalitarian regimes as long as they did our bidding. The West had no plans to bring...
Egypt Protests Shine Light on How U.S. Profits From Foreign Aid

Egypt Protests Shine Light on How U.S. Profits From Foreign Aid

(Pictured: Anti-Mubarak protesters in 2006.) Cross-posted from the Dissent Magazine blog Arguing the World. If you have to shut down Internet access and texting for your whole country, that’s a pretty good sign that your regime is not legitimate. It’s also...