The Corner

Kerry in Egypt

John Kerry is in Egypt, and is praising Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s wisdom.  What Kerry is not doing is speaking up for Ayman Nour, Muhammad Sharqawi, and other dissidents victimized by Mubarak’s crackdown.  What does he think Egyptians feel when they hear Kerry saying that Bush should have listened more to Mubarak, whose domestic popularity make Bush look like Mr. Universe?  Kerry could have spoken out for independent Egyptian labor union.  He could have spoken up for youth employment.  Instead, Kerry stood up for Mubarak’s 2002 support for Saddam.

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.

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