I don't know if this is a repost. But anyways back onto topic:
US MilitaryOn Jan. 29, Adm. Jim Stavridis, commander of U.S. European Command, tweeted: "Watching Egypt closely. Talking with Gen. Jim Mattis of U.S. Central Command about it."
But despite the chaos of the ongoing anti-government protests, so far all the American military has had to do is watch as the State Department directs the effort to secure and evacuate U.S. citizens.
While an undisclosed number of Marines and diplomatic security service personnel were sent to Cairo in recent days to augment the embassy's existing guard detachment, top State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said the security situation doesn't demand a military response.
I just hope that the US military does not become involved. That would be a big mistake.
Just and Unjust Wars (The case for Iraq: "Just and Unjust Wars")). It had a high literacy rate compared to the region. It had economic activity beyond natural resources. We were nominally still at war with Saddam since 1991. There were 17 UN security council resolutions against them. The argument could be made to invade them. It was the fault line of ethnic groups in the region (Arab, Kurd). It was the fault line of religious groups in the region (Sunni, Shia, lesser extends - Jewish and Christian).
The argument could not be made to invade Tunisia, Egypt, or Jordan.
"The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis."
What do you think of Al Jazeera? It is in a VERY UNIQUE position within the region. It started around the same time as the response to 9/11. It began criticizing the US involvement in the region. Gained credibility in the Arab world and beyond. Independent of any state in the region. Began criticizing regional governments.
Today is the only conduit to information about the Egyptian protesters, side stepping the Egyptian state television (which is focussed on the pro-M folks), and playing a wonderful PsyOp role.
"The crisis will end when fear changes sides" - Pablo Iglesias Turrión
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