While revolutions and protest movements are exploding in a region of the world short on American allies, our government appears entirely unprepared for what to do after decades-old governments fall. A transfer of power from a dictator to an Islamic hardliner is not only dangerous for the United States and our allies, it is detrimental to the freedom many brave protesters seek to experience.
In Egypt, we are officially failing. While President Obama was correct in asserting that young people led the revolution, we know now that they have little influence in post-revolution Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood, an enemy of the United States and Israel, utilized its vast grass-roots network to ensure that constitutional amendments were passed that favored its movement over all others. With the more than a billion dollars we invest each year, there is no excuse for acting as if we cannot influence the future of Egypt.
If Mr. Obama truly hoped to give those young people who led the revolution a running start on reforming their country, his administration could have opposed the rush to elections and the drafting of a new constitution. A Muslim Brotherhood government should jeopardize the financial assistance Egypt receives and Egyptians deserve to know that. While our current president may have no qualms about funding the Brotherhood, a future Republican president may not be so keen on assisting an anti-West, Islamist movement. Maybe it is time to let Egyptians know that we are prepared to transfer the aid they receive directly to Israel so that our real ally is better prepared to defend against an openly hostile Egyptian government.
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Please note that in discussing political issues, candidates positions and political party statements, Jordan Sekulow is offering analysis in his individual capacity as lawyer and commentator. He is not speaking on behalf of the American Center for Law & Justice. The ACLJ does not endorse or oppose candidates for public office. Nothing contained in this article should be construed as the position of the ACLJ.