January 31, 2011
By Stephen J. Hadley. Mr. Hadley was national security adviser to President George W. Bush.
The Two Likeliest Political Outcomes for Mubarak
Egyptian society needs time to prepare for free elections and to remediate years of government oppression.
All eyes are now on Egypt and an Obama administration struggling to find its footing. The truth is that once revolutionary fervor emerges and a situation descends into crisis, any administration is largely hostage to events and the dilemmas are acute. Do we desert a longstanding ally, only to raise doubts about our staying power in the minds of other longstanding allies? Do we remain loyal to a longstanding ally even after he has clearly lost public support, only to alienate a people struggling to win their freedom? In the midst of a crisis like this, the options are few.
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