No Good Choices in Egypt, But Brotherhood Victory is the Outcome to be Avoided

The Obama administration took a great deal of justified criticism about its indecisive and at times contradictory policies toward the events of the Arab Spring. But as events in Egypt are illustrating, there really are no good choices left there for the United States. The massive protests in Cairo that seek to force the military to renounce power are, at least on the surface, a reprise of the pro-democracy demonstrations that ousted Hosni Mubarak. But even as the United States signals it does not favor a situation where control of the country remains in the hands of a few unelected officials, it’s fair to ask whether the military is the only force that can stop the Muslim Brotherhood and act as a guarantor that the revolution will not result in a wholesale destruction of individual rights rather than empowering democrats.

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No Good Choices in Egypt, But Brotherhood Victory is the Outcome to be Avoided

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