One burden of being a non-interventionist is that it always feels like being a Negative Nellie — because, let’s face it, pretty much every aspect of US foreign policy is just plain 180 degrees bass-ackward wrong and has been for decades. There’s not a lot of nice things to say.
It’s also difficult to find a ray of light in “the Egypt situation.” Hundreds, possibly thousands, have died this week in confrontations between the country’s armed forces — acting at the direction of a coup-installed junta — and street protesters, many (but certainly not all) of whom are affiliated with the militant and Islamist Muslim Brotherhood. And things are just getting started.
That’s not “enough” by a damn sight … but it’s a good start. See? I found something positive to say!
The next step is to obey US law, which forbids US aid to coup-installed governments, and cut off all financial and military aid to the junta.
The step after that is to contact the leadership of the Brotherhood (if any can be found alive, not imprisoned, and available for a discussion) to let them know that the aid in question is never coming back, regardless of which side emerges victorious from what is obviously developing into full-blown civil war.
And the final step is to get Congress to likewise end all financial aid and military aid to, and other entanglements with, every other regime in the region.
Yes, that includes Israel.
Throwing billions of dollars in cash, not to mention tons of deadly military equipment, at the regimes and other militant organizations of a volatile part of the world serves no legitimate US interest whatsoever, least of all the usually proffered ones, “democracy” and “stability.” All it does is up the body count and encourage a continuation of the violence.