Sorry, not doing my Obama morning news roundup today. But I wanted to make sure you are aware of this extremely important article in the New York Times about the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
After initially dithering on this one too, President Obama eventually started pressuring Hosni Mubarak to get out, a strategy that I said at the time would help create a power vacuum that the Muslim Brotherhood was perfectly suited to fill.
We needed to do everything we could to keep Mubarak in power until the September elections, so that evil forces didn’t take advantage of the chaos. We may not have succeeded. But Obama’s policy, which essentially amounted to taking the temperature in Tahrir Square, was wrong, and we are now seeing the consequences.
The Islamization of Egypt would be the most ominous development on the international stage in a long time. If Egypt goes Ayatollah, Obama will go down with Jimmy Carter – who failed to save the Shah of Iran – as having stood watch while Islamists ousted our longtime allies and created a major new enemy for the United States.