Everything I've read today says the Obama administration's position on this year's Egyptian revolt is to promote "stability" - which is to say prop up the Islamist government of Muslim Brotherhood henchman Mohammed Morsi. After they did everything in their power to de-stabilize the secular government of Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
When looking for someone's true motives, look for the similarities and contradictions in parallel situations. Mubarak was committed to peace with Israel. Muslim Brotherhood not so much.
My personal favorite from an excellent photo album.
The good news so far is it looks like the 30 plus year relationship the US has cultivated with Egypt's professional military has yielded benefits. It looks like the Muslim Brotherhood was unable to co-opt the Egyptian military, which means the Muslim Brotherhood lacks the means to suppress crowds this large (much larger than in 2011 as a matter of fact).
Oh yeah, here's another thing BHO and Morsi have in common ... persecution of Coptic Christians. Well, it's not exactly parallel. Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood murders them. All BHO does is incarcerate them for producing videos he and Hillary decide would make a good political cover up, while a firefight is simultaneously raging at a US consulate half way around the world. Google Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, kiddies.
2 pm:Looks like it might be on ...
Here's the pull quote.
Earlier in the day, both the president and the military had sworn a fight to the death. The military leader, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, said it would be an honor to die rather than subject the Egyptian people to threats or terror.Update 7/12/13
Sides have been chosen in the Land of Pharaohs. They are the same sides that have been struggling for political control of the region since the early twentieth century - Islamism vs. Modernity. But you would have known that if you had read my February 13, 2011 post "Egypt 2011: Ataturk Vindicated, Or al Banna’s Revenge?". The more things change the more they stay the same.
A good move on the chess board for Team Modernity. Egyptian Army receiving Israeli cooperation with operations designed to eradicate Islamists in the Sinai.