Clinton to Egypt
By Micah Halpern
Monday July 16, 2012
I've Been Thinking:
Hillary Clinton is now in Israel after spending the weekend in Egypt.
In Alexandria the US Secretary of State was greeted with the calls: "Monica Monica" and "Clinton Go Home." This is not unusual and I am certain that it did not fluster the Secretary Clinton, but it is telling.
Clinton is viewed extremely negatively by the street in Egypt.
Hillary Clinton has an impossible task - demanding that Egyptian leaders play nicely with one another. She asked President Morsi and General Tantawi to work out their differences and work together - and when they do the United States will be there to help.
But this is where she is so off base.
Egypt's leaders cannot simply snap into shape, even for a few billion dollars. They distrust one another and they have divergent visions of how Egypt should operate. The easiest way to effectively work together would be to have each one work in their exclusive roles. Let Morsi stick to politics and let Tantawi stick to defense. But that is highly unlikely.
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