The Rise of Egypt, the Fall of the US

Posted on 03/02/2011 by

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Day 10 of the Egyptian Revolution, and as of yet there has really been no clear stance taken by the US government. Both President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton have made statements which, in my opinion, amount to hand-wringing. Spokesman Robert Gibbs is generally unwatchable due to his odiousness, but he took the cop-out of “things are fluid”.

If anyone has newer blather from these folks, please post it in the comments.

At any rate, the longer this non-stance continues, the worse the world diplomatic position of the US government will become. Couple this, with the previous very strong stance from Vice-President Biden, calling Mr Mubarak ‘not a dictator’. It is not, in fact, a pretty picture of the US government’s posture toward expressions of discontent with wildly unpopular regimes.

Consider how ‘freedom’ was used as a rallying cry for invading Iraq and Afghanistan. The US military brought relief by gunpoint to the poor, huddled masses of those countries, by overthrowing their non-US-compliant regimes and installing corrupt US puppet regimes in their place.

This is the rhetoric which is used against the US government in the Near and Middle East. It is a testament to the stupidity of US officials that they blunder their way into directly supporting these accusations.

The obvious reason as to why the US government is unwilling to take a stand with the Egyptian people and condemn the Mubarak dictatorship, is that the US wants the regime to stay in place. The figurehead is unimportant, it’s the regime system which matters.

Simply put, the US government speaks with a forked tongue, and this is becoming apparent to those who are facing down stones, Molotov cocktails, and snipers. By continuing down this path in a very obvious manner, the US is ensuring that, no matter what comes of the Revolution, the Egypt which arises will not be a ‘stable US ally’. If the Mubarak/Suleiman regime is thrown out, the information which will flow from the new government will be explosive. If the regime crushes the Revolution and stays in power, the US government will rush to reaffirm its support of that regime, and the bloodbath which it created to stay in control of Egypt.

Not to seem extreme, but Egypt is leading the rest of the world toward a new age. It is an age of the US government’s crumbling hollow prestige, because no matter the outcome, as I said, the US will have still supported a criminally violent regime. This will polarise people and countries against US interests, because in the mirror of Egypt they will examine their own circumstances; this will especially be true in the Middle East.

I suspect that anger will spread like wildfire through the Middle East, which will result in either governments being overthrown, or extant governments needing to distance themselves completely from US interests. Whatever the case, a vital resource will begin to be very expensive for the US war machine: oil.

The US government has thoroughly botched the opportunity to prevent this. The best thing it could do now is to stop taking the absolutely worst possible tactic and immediately throw its weight in behind the Revolution. The entire world is watching this Revolution, and it is also watching the US government do everything to support Mubarak, and nothing to defend the principles, upon which the US itself was founded:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. …
That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

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