Secretary of State Colin Powell used to talk about the Pottery Barn Rule: If you break something, such as a foreign government, you’ve bought it. Unfortunately, the U.S. has a long history of intervening and leaving chaos behind. This is what I call the Blowback Rule of unintended consequences.
As President Trump continues to reach out to the world's despots — praising the "fantastic job" done by Egyptian strongman Abdel Fattah el-Sisi; saying he would be "honored" to meet with North Korea's Kim Jong Un; inviting death squad promoter and Philippines' president Rodrigo Duterte to the White House; congratulating Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on maintaining rule; and nurturing a bromance with Russia's Vladimir Putin — he would do well to keep in mind their perennial
At a time when fewer Jews than ever are affiliated with synagogues, the Center for Jewish Education reaches out with hands-on exhibits about faith traditions — including Passover, which begins at sundown Friday.
Mohamed Hussein, a 23-year-old who grew up in Cairo and graduated from UMBC in December with a bachelor's in mechanical engineering, is already the Egyptian record holder in the 200 IM at 2 minutes, 2.29 seconds. But he said he wants to join the elite group of swimmers that includes Americans Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte.
The U.S. will never persuade General el-Sissi to embrace democracy or end the endemic corruption that enriches Egyptian generals. But we can use the leverage our huge aid payments provide to protect some space for independent voices.