Fastmoving events in Egypt
Having taken over Britain’s imperial role, the US sought to organize a counterbloc centered on Baghdad, where the monarchy was upheld by a strongman, Nuri as-Said. On July 14, 1958, inspired by Nasser, officers known as "The Four Colonials" overthrew the Hsshemite regime and proclaimed a republic. The Baghdad Pact ceased to function. The US interest in the Arab world was then perforce limited to backward feudal states, headed by Saudi Arabia.
Since 1958, however, our government has sought by various means to restore the kind of hegemony to which it aspired before the “loss” of Egypt and Iraq. From a realpolitik point of view this restorationist strategy has obtained some successes. Disappointed with the Soviet connection, Sadat's Egypt came over to our side. After enormous expenditures of blood and money, Iraq is in our corner--sort of. But now Egypt, a much bigger prize, is slipping away. Israel is shrouded in gloom and anxiety.
The whole house of cards is collapsing, and no amount of hypocritical commentary by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama can conceal this fundamental realignment. The US dream of controlling the Arab world, so dear to the neocons, is over.
CONCLUDING (DEFINITELY UNSCIENTIFIC) POSTSCRIPT. For almost 30 years Mubarak's Egypt has been receiving 1.5 billion dollars in annual US "aid." What does that amount to? Answer: a sustained commitment to national prostitution. And the US government is the john. Israel, of course, gets even more $$. What is its status? Answer: dominatrix.
POSTSCRIPT NO. 2. Particularly absurd is the notion, promoted by that appalling media ghoul Charles Krauthammer, that the events in Egypt justify the bloody interventions of George W. Bush. Absurdly, James Woolsey has claimed that the people in Cairo are all neocons. What planet are these people living on?
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