(Smart) Power Failure

The Obama administration will spin and spin the fallout from the Egyptian crisis to its advantage.  But the evidence is growing that its foreign policy strategy as it pertains to Egypt has been a failure:

U.S. officials say the Obama administration focused from the beginning on promoting democracy in Arab states and was aware of the deep problems in Cairo. The administration generally chose not to deliver its message through tough public rhetoric, contending such language alienates foreign governments. […]

“In a complicated situation, we got it about right,” Mr. Obama told reporters Tuesday. The U.S. now faces “an opportunity as well as a challenge” in the broader regional movement.


The Obama administration reaped strategic gains from this outreach.   Cairo embraced Mr. Obama’s initiative to accelerate Arab-Israeli peace talks, hosting meetings between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators and attempting to broker a unity government between feuding Palestinian factions.

By early 2010, Mr. Mubarak’s government began taking steps widely viewed as aimed at extending his rule or that of his anointed successor. In May, he extended martial law in his country by two years.

The Egypt Working Group sent a letter to the State Department even more alarmist than the one it dispatched in April. “The renewal…heightens our concern that the administration’s practice of quiet diplomacy is not bearing fruit,” it read.

The statements coming from the White House are so blatantly self-congratulatory and are attempts at just trying to win the news cycle, something the administration constantly insists it is not trying to do.  The worse part is that they seem oblivious to the end-result of their so-called smart diplomacy and its consequences:

So brutal, yet accurate.

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