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Why the US Can’t Leave the Middle East

The overhyped Arab Spring has been cancelled in Egypt.
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Max Boot at the Council on Foreign Relations put it this way in the Los Angeles Times: “It is no coincidence that both Osama bin Laden and [al-Qaeda deputy Ayman al-] Zawahiri hailed from US-allied nations that repressed their own citizens. Both men were drawn to the conclusion that the way to free their homelands was to attack their rulers’ patron. It is reasonable to expect that a new generation of Islamists in Egypt, now being taught that the peaceful path to power is no longer open, will turn to violence and that, as long as Washington is seen on the side of the generals, some of their violence will be directed our way.”

Even if the Egyptian army faces the kind of full-blown Islamist insurgency that ripped through Algeria in the 1990s—which is unlikely, but possible—Cairo will still get all the help it needs from the Gulf, not because the Saudis oppose radical Islam, but because they view the Muslim Brotherhood as the biggest long-term threat to their rule.

The case for walking away from Egypt and dusting our hands off is sound.

About the Author: Michael J. Totten is a contributing editor at World Affairs and City Journal and is the prize-winning author of Where the West Ends and The Road to Fatima Gate.


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2 Responses to “Why the US Can’t Leave the Middle East”

  1. i hope im not wrong but if u have a nose use it! this article touches the space between bloody frank and too long winded… i highly recommend this article its short to the point and the ones he makes are excellent

  2. YES WE HAVE WORST ECONOMY, WHICH GOES ALONG WITH WORST COMMANDER IN CHIEF, NOTICE I DIDN'T SAY PRESIDENT, BECAUSE THIS JERK IS SO FAR FROM BEING A PRESIDENT AS HILTER WAS OF BEING A POPE. THE TRUE FRIEND WE HAVE TO HELP DEFEND ISRAEL. AND SOMETIME I THINK THEY THINK ABOUT SHAKING US, WHICH ONE CAN'T BLAME THEM WITH THE WAY THINKS HAVE BE GOING FOR THE LAST 5 YRS.

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