“For the President to come out and say, well, he’s not exactly sure if Egypt is an ally anymore but it’s not an enemy, that is a significant change,” said Richard Engel, NBC’s chief foreign correspondent. “It makes one wonder, well, was it worth it? Was it worth supporting the Arab Spring, supporting the demonstrations here in Tahrir Square?”
That’s a good question. President Obama has reached out to Islamists — in particular to the Muslim Brotherhood — in the hopes of moderating their behavior. The Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi is president of Egypt in part because Mr. Obama abandoned the flawed, but pro-American Hosni Mubarak.
It hasn’t worked. The mob in Cairo chanted: “Obama, Obama, we are all Osama.”
“It’s starting to feel like 1979,” said Reagan biographer Steven Hayward, referring to the seizure of the U.S. embassy in Iran. President Jimmy Carter believed the Ayatollah Khomeini was a moderate reformer, so he helped him push the flawed, but pro-American Shah of Iran off the Peacock Throne.
Other questions deserve answers: