How Cairo, Washington Were Blindsided

How Cairo, Washington Were Blindsided by Revolution –

Seems Obama wasn’t doing “enough talking” – that’s all it takes, you know.


Two months before Egypt exploded in popular rage, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Egypt’s foreign minister, in her seventh-floor offices in Washington.

U.S. officials were miffed that Cairo was ignoring their pleas to make coming legislative elections more credible by allowing international ballot monitors.

But after the meeting, neither Mrs. Clinton nor Mr. Aboul Gheit mentioned that disagreement when they spoke publicly. Mrs. Clinton praised the longstanding partnership between the U.S. and Egypt as the “cornerstone of stability and security in the Middle East and beyond.”

In Al-Arish, a town in northern Sinai near the border with Israel, a group of protesters took to the streets after prayers in solidarity with protests in Cairo.

Months later, that cornerstone is crumbling. . . .


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