A June surprise! Egypt's high court and military--the men in uniforms are still the party that matters most in Egypt-- today moved to save the country from becoming another Iran. Read more.
The dramatic development is a nightmare for the Muslim Brotherhood and the Obama administration, which emboldened and encouraged the clerical fascist group to overthrow America's longtime ally, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. The betrayal and abandonment of Mubarak recalled the Carter administration's catastrophic betrayal and abandonment of Iran's Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, a modernizing monarch--and key American ally. Both administrations cravenly tried to jump aboard the Islamist bandwagon. Carter also secretly intervened in Afghanistan on the side of Islamist warlords in order to lure the Soviets into a disastrous land war--an intervention that Carter's successor, Ronald Reagan, escalated into America's largest-ever covert operation.
More than a decade after the policy of covertly and overtly supporting rightwing political Islam, dating to the Eisenhower administration's secret backing of the MB against Nasser, backfired, or blew back, in the most horrific way on 9/11, Washington has apparently learned … nothing … from its fatal errors.
Then, again, George W. Bush showed the nation that he learned nothing from the Vietnam debacle by needlessly attacking and invading Iraq. But that's another story.