Egypt is the new Pakistan
The Kansas City Star
Today, you may not have felt the tremor whose epicenter was Cairo. The area we Americans call the Middle East occupies the center-of-gravity of our national interests according to our President’s National Security Strategy.
Granted, Obama’s strategy begins at home with a focus to build and maintain a strong economy. Read the May 2010 document online and make your own assessment of where we stand two years hence.
Egypt is the new Pakistan sans nuclear weapons. Egypt is now officially a military state which has been an unofficial reality for years. Russia’s Putin will be seriously courting and arming Egypt soon when America begins their inevitable embargo policy. There were rumblings in the Senate today from Leahy (D –Vermont) suggesting a hold on our planned 1.3 billion military assistance disbursement. Putin must be pleased.
Israel continues to be nervous with the US foreign policy “lexdysia”. Obama’s at the point of being overwhelmed by events. Obama’s lack of partnership nurturing with Israel will contribute to his “one-term” memoir to be published in 2015. Romney had better be mustering a serious shadow war cabinet in addition to an economic policy team. By the time Romney wins the election, he will be grappling with two Pakistans and a widened regional conflict in the Middle East.
When the Obama Administration coyly announces in August that the United States is in an official recession that actually started yesterday, those who wish us harm and those who have behaved for a time will seriously misbehave. Our Armed Forces have entered a period of down-sizing. The world is aware of our political-economic-military anemia.
What could Obama do? He could surround himself with his friends and in the Middle East the list is short. Number one: Israel. Number two: Israel.
The Cold War never warmed.