Center for American Progress Senior Fellow Brian Katulis and I had a good discussion with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow last night.
Katulis made the interesting point that America’s affinity for Mubarak may be just a hangover from the Cold War, at least in part. He also said that we need to move characterizing our options in the region between simplistic notions of stability vs. freedom. I agree with him.
I put on the table that the Israel-Palestine standoff is one of the drivers of America’s strong support for Egypt’s government under Mubarak. Representative Nita Lowey concurs with this as reported by Capital J‘s Ron Kampeas.
— Steve Clemons