Josh Gerstein at Politico writes:
“Despite Obama’s celebration of human rights and democracy in his speech to the Muslim world in Cairo in 2009, the ouster of a repressive government in Tunisia and massive street protests in Egypt have produced long faces instead of rejoicing in the West Wing.”
Gerstein notes that Obama seems intent on sticking with a solution that depends heavily on the Egyptian military. Of course, that intentionally misleads people into thinking this is all about Mubarak. In fact, the military brass in Egypt are part and parcel of the problem, critical components of the corruption that is at the heart of US backed neo-liberal “reforms” underway in Egypt.
Now, however, new social forces are emerging including a new labor movement. This contradicts the Washington propaganda that the only choice for Egypt is the army or the Muslim Brotherhood.