Obama’s Egypt falls. And no one cares.
It’s been a wild ride ever since Western-backed dictator Hosni Mubarak was forced from power in the now-legendary Arab Spring. The Obama Administration threw full support behind the Muslim Brotherhood, and so Mohamed Morsi came to power. Now, amid protests equaling those that brought Morsi to power in the first place, the ill-fated president has been deposed, though his supporters vow to fight on.
This all puts the United States in an awkward place. Citing the will of the Egyptian people, President Obama unequivocally sided with the Muslim Brotherhood and its new government, including a controversial military aid package. Now, the awkward truth that many had predicted is becoming apparent: Mohamed Morsi turned out to be nothing more than a transient thug. This puts the United States in the position of supporting dictatorial losers. Of being on the side of both evil and stupidity.
And guess what? No one seems to care. It’s not that the American people are quick to forgive the mistakes of their government’s awful foreign policy. It’s not even that they remain completely ignorant and uneducated about the issue. They’ve simply given up caring. They take a terrible, destructive foreign policy as a given, an act of God, an unavoidable disaster.
I find that encouraging. The first step to recovery is admitting the problem, and coming to terms with the reality of an unaccountable and destructive government, no matter how passively, is a crucial first step in the right direction.
Egypt joins a long list of failed American interventions over the past decade or so. And the palpable ennui surrounding the whole event is a sign that foreign meddling has lost the support of the American people.