Today’s Questions for the President

by Peter Kirsanow

Islamists have received nearly two thirds of the vote in Egypt’s elections. Accordingly, it’s likely that Islamists such as the Muslim Brotherhood, and/or the military, will control Egypt.

During the Tahrir Square demonstrations earlier this year, you encouraged then-President Hosni Mubarak to leave power: “What is clear — and what I indicated tonight to President Mubarak — is my belief that an orderly transition must be meaningful, it must be peaceful, and it must begin now.” At the time, several experts on the Middle East warned of the probability that Islamists hostile to U.S. interests would assume power in Egypt if Mubarak were forced out.

How has the United States benefited from Mubarak’s ouster? How will the United States benefit from Mubarak’s ouster? Did your advisers express any concerns about the chances of an Islamist takeover of Egypt? If so, what national security interests drove you to support Mubarak’s ouster?

Given your contemporaneous public statement on Mubarak’s ouster, why didn’t you take a contemporaneous public position concerning the sham reelection of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during Iran’s 2009 Green Revolution?

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