It can now be said that President Barack Obama was instrumental and outspoken in causing the ouster of Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak, even though Egypt had been a friend of the United States and had kept general peace in the Middle East for some 30 years, especially between Egypt and Israel.
President Obama, in calling for a democracy in Egypt and new elections, had to know that there was only one well organized political party in Egypt at the time, the Muslim Brotherhood.
Sure enough, Mohammed Morsi, the head of the Muslim Brotherhood, became president of Egypt. What then soon became apparent is that Mr. Morsi was trying to turn the country into an Islamic nation.
There was no criticism from the Obama administration of that effort. In fact, foreign aid continued to flow to Egypt along with military aid, including jet fighters and tanks.
Thank goodness the Egyptian people are sensible and want no part of an autocratic Islamic country. However, this has the now resulted in a civil war between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Egyptian military which stepped in to stop the attempted power grab of the Brotherhood.
Much of the fault of all of this and a possible long civil war occurring belongs to President Obama and his bungling Middle East policy.
Now that Syria crossed Mr. Obama's so-called red line, just what is the United States going to do to get out of this quagmire? For the record, Russia and China have warned the U.S. to stay out of the Syrian conflict and not attack. If President Obama wants to go in attack mode, he will have to go solo with no other allied support.
This is more proof that Mr. Obama's repeatedly bungled Middle East policy is becoming a disaster for the U.S., Israel and the region.
Al Eisner, Silver SpringCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun