The implications of Obama’s failure in Egypt

To date, U.S. President Barack Obama’s efforts to appease or engage Islamists have either failed or backfired. U.S. influence in the Middle East is at an all-time low, and Islamic fundamentalism continues to gain strength at an alarming pace.

Obama’s first blunder in Egypt was the antagonism he displayed toward President Hosni Mubarak. Immediately following his first election, Obama insisted on inviting members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to his Cairo address. As a result, Mubarak boycotted the event.

By failing to support the Egyptian military, the U.S. may also be fostering Egypt’s economic and social collapse. That Obama is considering abrogating economic aid to Egypt suggests that the U.S. has not absorbed the lessons arising from President Jimmy Carter’s naive and disastrous approach to Iran.