Did the USA Foment the Egyptian Revolt?

DEBKAfile thinks that the USA is behind the Egyptian revolt. See their article here. What motive could the USA possibly have to overthrow a staunch ally? Well, a couple of things come to mind…

You probably remember Vice President Biden’s visit to Israel in March 2010. It sticks in the memory because many people considered it a huge insult to Biden when the Israelis announced construction plans for a new settlement in East Jerusalem. I have no idea if the Israelis did that on purpose, but if Obama felt slighted, you could expect him to eventually deliver some sort of payback. And the collapse of the status quo in Egypt is not likely to improve Israel’s security.

The other thing that comes to mind is American commanders saying that Israel was making the War in Afghanistan more difficult. The theory is that if Israel treats the Palestinians badly, more terrorists are motivated to attack US troops. I have no idea if that is actually true or not, but both Generals McChrystal and Petraeus publicly criticized Israel on the point.

So, there is a certain logic to the Obama Administration fomenting rebellion in Egypt. It delivers payback to the Israelis, makes Obama a hero to the Arabs, which helps the president wrap up the Iraq and Afghanistan wars in time for the 2012 election.

If DEBKAfile is right, then we might be witnessing an historic sea-change in US-Israeli relations. This might also explain why Obama did not accommodate the Israeli/Saudi desire for an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

7 Responses to “Did the USA Foment the Egyptian Revolt?”

  1. 2thfixr says:

    The word of the day is JOBS. J-O-B-S….

    While I was working out this AM, Madam Secretary Solis was on CNBS spinning the (lousy) jobs report from this morning. Matt’s favorite anchor (and mine), Simon, grilled the Secretary about 2:20 into this video. I can’t believe she could spread that manure with a straight face. :-|

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/15840232/?video=1780801301&play=1

  2. George says:

    2th,

    Thanks for the link. I never watch that stuff so seeing something that is special is, well, special.

    With regards to your crowns, I would suspect the price varies around the country. I have some gold crowns and porcelain. I got the gold ones 20 years ago so they both cost the same. I like the porcelain better because they look better but I suspect the gold are longer-lasting.

  3. 2thfixr says:

    G, that is correct on all counts. The gold crowns are closer to the wear rates of teeth, while porcelain are harder and more brittle–prone to fracture and wear out opposing teeth. Yes, dental work varies greatly in price and by the dentist skill providing it, but $2,000 crowns are pretty rare–even in Scottsdale! NY, CA, and MA definitely lead the pack in $2,000+ crown fees though! My crowns are $1,200 but the buildup brings them up closer to $1,500. The new tech from Sirona (CEREC), actually CUTS out the buildup fee most of the time, so it is actually less expensive, easier, and quicker to do a CEREC than a lab fabricated crown.

    Glad you liked the video. I called out “Bullsh!t” a FEW times as she was trying to peddle the manure to Simon and Mark. I hope she never winds up being put on O’Reilly’s show or she is going to be embarrassed. :-)

    Enjoy the BIG GAME everyone…

  4. George says:

    What game? I’m rooting for the prettiest uniforms. I haven’t seen them yet so I’ll wait until tomorrow to give my pick.

  5. George says:

    In don’t normally watch the stupidbowl but I have to attend a party with friends. You can bet I’ll be watching a movie on my iPhone. :)

  6. George says:

    I was wondering how the 2 types of 2ths compared. I have one 2th that cost me $3,000 after root canal and all the trimmings.

  7. 2thfixr says:

    Yes G, a root canal plus crown/buildup will go $2,500 to $3,000 pretty easily. An implant (to replace the tooth) would run $4,000 to $5,000 depending upon a few factors. Gotta pay for all that technology in my office! :-)