Looking at this as a pan-Arab uprising changes the calculations dramatically. From the United States’ perspective, it forces policymakers to think about how to properly deal with an entire region seeking to pull off the shackles of monarchies and authoritarian dictatorships, not one rogue protest movement in one country or another. That Arab Spring that George Bush and the neocons would come to the region simply by bombing the bejeezus out of Iraq is here because of completely different factors. It’s clear that our policymakers have no idea how to react. Thinking about this in a regional sense rather than protecting this or that ruling regime may help.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday February 2, 2011 4:00 pm|
|By: David Dayen Tuesday February 1, 2011 7:45 am|
As Siun reports, today hundreds of thousands if not millions have massed in Cairo’s Tahrir Square for the biggest demonstrations yet against the Mubarak regime. Let’s look at how the United States is reacting.
|By: Jim White Sunday January 30, 2011 7:39 am|
As the United States struggles to respond to rapidly changing conditions in Egypt, it is informative to look at the arc of US foreign policy over the past half century or so. Foggy Bottom is stuck in a fog precisely because the approach to foreign policy has not evolved sufficiently since the demise of the Cold War. US foreign policy today is just as dependent on supporting individual despotic leaders today as it was in the 1950′s and 1960′s.
|By: Siun Sunday January 30, 2011 12:40 am|
It’s Sunday in Egypt, the first day of the working week. As yesterday, no one yet knows what will happen next though all signs are that the protesters have no plans to leave the streets.
|By: Siun Saturday January 29, 2011 2:44 am|