A lot of the media–on both sides of the aisle–are suggesting that Obama’s either doing something wrong in regard to Egypt, not doing anything, or that he should be doing something different, but never specifying what that is. This is one case where I genuinely feel bad for him, because he’s absolutely trapped–there is no right answer here, is there?
Mubarak has been a trusted ally for decades. On the other hand, the voice of the people is being heard. Obama’s response has been to diplomatically encourage the change that the protestors are agitating for; though some on the right have criticized him for it, isn’t this the essence of the Bush Doctrine in action?
But, poor Obama; no matter what he does, everybody will be able to justify saying he’s wrong. He can either side with the people and betray a close and old ally, or he can stand by our ally and betray democracy and the will of a people. There’s just no way for him to win this game.