Now that summer is officially upon us, we've been taking a look at the definitive summer songs of all time, based on their seasonal popularity on Billboard's Hot 100 charts. In this final installment, we count down the summer jams from 2000 to 2014.
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.
As expected, former Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi won the latest Egyptian election for president by a landslide, giving the military establishment total control of all governmental instruments of power. He won 92 percent of the votes with 46 percent turnout. President-elect el-Sissi now has an historic chance to usher in a new democratic Egypt. Unfortunately, the last 10 months of his rule have indicated a far different future for his struggling country.
As the world's most powerful democracy and a large aid donor, the United States was uniquely positioned to support the Egyptian people's quest for freedom and a better future. Instead, our response has been remarkably short-sighted and always a step behind.
In the early days of the new year, it might be good to take a moment to recognize that however disappointing Obama's policies may be, it could have been a lot worse if any of Obama's key opponents — Republican or Democrat — were sitting in the White House today.