Former presidential candidate and libertarian hero Ron Paul said the U.S. government backed itself into a corner by supporting both sides of Egypt’s political spectrum before the country’s military toppled President Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood-led government last week.
Mr. Paul, a former Republican congressman from Texas, said that is why there has been anti-American sentiment from all sides during recent protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.
“It is the constant meddling in Egyptian affairs that has turned Egyptians against us, as we would resent foreign intervention in our own affairs,” he said Monday in his weekly “Texas Straight Column.”
He said the U.S. government was happy to throw money at former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak for decades before it supported his overthrow in 2011.
Then, the White House had to walk a fine line this month by looking the other way when the military deposed Mr. Morsi from power amid populist disgust with the democratically elected leader’s policies.
“Then the U.S. government warned the same Egyptian military that undermined democracy that it needed to restore democracy!” Mr. Paul wrote. “Is it any wonder why Egyptians from all walks of life are united in their irritation with the United States?”