After two weeks of protests, Hosni Mubarak has stepped down and turned authority over to the Egyptian military. What does this mean for U.S. foreign policy, political freedom in Egypt, and political stability throughout the Middle East?
U.S. Foreign Policy
When it comes to U.S. foreign policy, the departure of Mubarak creates an inevitable but unwanted problem for the United States. Mubarak was a loyal U.S. ally and “friend” to Israel. He kept the crazies (e.g. Muslim Brotherhood) out of the government. But he also restricted the political freedoms of his people. As much as I think that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend,” sometimes that doesn’t exactly work out in the long-run. Depending on what kind of government Egypt eventually gets, the U.S. could have a true ally or a bitter enemy. Good luck, State Department. You’re gonna need it.
Jimmy McMillan, who ran for NY Governor on the “Rent Is Too Damn High” party, took CPAC by storm Friday, but many observers were left wondering why such an obscure political figure, who didn’t even get 1% of the vote in his election, would show up at CPAC. CPAC is a conservative gathering after all, and Mr. McMillan is definitely not a conservative. Somehow columnist and commentator S.E. Cupp managed to snag McMillan for an interview on her new online talk show:
Day two of CPAC was filled with serious Presidential candidates and sideshow libertarians.
On the Presidential side, Mitt Romney, John Thune, and Time Pawlenty all gave pretty good speeches. Gov. Romney came out swinging at President Obama, proving that he’s capable of facing off with Obama in a Presidential contest. He didn’t announce his candidacy, but he certainly hinted at it. The Daily Caller, in their coverage of CPAC, noted how Romney criticized Obama for adopting European-style policies:
Romney attacked Obama’s economic policies and said the president should stop looking to failed European socialist and big government models for ways to fix unemployment problems. He said Obama should have had more to say than, “It could be worse.”
“What’s next? Let them eat cake?” Romney said. “Excuse me, let them eat organic cake?”
The audience got a good laugh from that organic cake line. Prior to saying that, Romney had made fun of Michelle Obama’s organic garden and joked that, as part of his calculated move to the center, Obama “was going to dig up the First Lady’s organic garden to put in a Bob’s Big Boy.”
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