Should The US Still Care About Egypt?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Egyptian protesting in El-Etehadeya district during "June 30" protests against Mohamed Morsi. (George Nazmi Bebawi/Shutterstock)

Bobby Ghosh, TIME international editor, discusses his recent column, which questions whether the US really still has a large strategic interest in Egypt.

It seems now that [[Egypt's]] main relevance in regional and global affairs is as a potential source of trouble. Its combination of instability, corruption and ineptitude makes Egypt fertile soil for radicalism and Islamist militancy. And Washington should treat it as such. It should stop pretending Egypt is an important player in Arab affairs, and pay more attention to countries that are.

-- Bobby Ghosh, from his column "Egypt No Longer Matters"

Comments [10]


Is it true that Al Jazeera cut NPR a little support check? Is this the reason the show seems to be defending Islam so passionately? As a journalist, maybe you should do a little research on both sides of an issue and see how The Muslim Brotherhood would treat one of your LBGT listeners. Do you think Christine Quinn would have a chance to be mayor in Egypt under their rule?

I can't wait to hear next weeks show defending Sharia law.

Keep up the top notch journalism.

Aug. 20 2013 06:00 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

The question is, does Egypt care about America anymore? Does anybody care about what America thinks anymore?

The truth is, there is a reason why the military has had to be highhanded in Muslim countries, whether it was in Turkey or Egypt, or Iraq or wherever, because the Islamists when they come to power, start taking away rights from Christians and other non-Muslims, not to mention women, and start telling people how they have to live.

When Islamists come to power, it's just like when communists or fascists or Nazis come to power. Immediately, anyone who is opposed starts losing rights.

Aug. 20 2013 11:15 AM
Mr. Bad from NYC

It's funny because this is exactly the sort of article you would expect from the rabid nationalist and reactionary editor of Time Magazine...

It at about the level of a middle school girl break up letter:

Dear Egypt,

I never really liked you anyway, you're icky and gross and I don't care if you're dating Russia now because she is a fat dork. I hope you are sooo happy with your new friends. They are jerks just like you.


American Media Inc.

Aug. 20 2013 10:54 AM
Sheldon from brooklyn

Well said Mr. Bad.

Aug. 20 2013 10:38 AM
Mr. Bad from NYC

The more appropriate question is whether or not Egypt should care about the U.S.? Clearly we have no real influence and our military "aid" is basically a handout to the US defense industry. Russia will happily sell them all the military tech they need and it will be paid for with Saudi $. The military dictatorship never relinquished power and probably never will so the choice to not disrupt US aid is a face saving measure for the US and AIPAC and all this nonsense about the Suez Canal being closed to our shipping is just more cover. It's a no win situation so the best strategic decision is to do nothing which is I guess the point of this segment?

Aug. 20 2013 10:20 AM
Sheldon from brooklyn

A coup is a coup. If you take away people's franchise, unless they are African American, they will start blowing stuff up.

It's a shame the President and his advisors didn't understand this. Rand Paul does.

Aug. 20 2013 10:19 AM
john from office

This board could really use some fresh blood. Same old same old.

Ed, Christians should head to Israel or leave the middle east asap. They will always be a target. The Jews of most middle east countries have already left.

Aug. 20 2013 09:25 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

From Ghosh's article-

"Cairo is no longer the region’s cultural heart: Egypt doesn’t produce great art, music or literature. Egyptian universities are now laughably bad and Egypt’s media scene is a joke."

But actually, can't we really say that about the whole Arab Muslim world ... and throw in post-Khomeni Iran?

Culture? Music? Art? Secular university education and research (that wasn’t trucked in from Yale or NYU)? Literature? Open media (that isn't fixated on bashing Israel)?

Aug. 20 2013 09:12 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Ed, here is an article from this morning that reinforces your point. Barack Hussein cares little about foreign policy and even less about Christians. The left wing politically correct media also has little interest.

EGYPT'S COPTIC KRISTALLNACHT - Andrew Doran, National Review

“And yet, bizarrely, Western media have largely portrayed the Muslim Brotherhood as the victims of violence. Coptic Christians also have a strong sense of betrayal by the West and America. Having struck a blow for freedom at considerable personal cost and in the face of significant odds, the millions of Egyptians who took part in the June 30 Revolution are confounded by the Western reaction.”


Aug. 20 2013 08:54 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Yes, because Christians are being killed there, it's humanitarian crisis.

Aug. 20 2013 05:59 AM

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