- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Obama administration’s foreign policy - advertised far and wide as a sure-fire antidote to cowboy diplomacy - is flailing, and nowhere more so than in its attempt to ingratiate itself with those on the roiling Egyptian street.

To be sure, there are no easy answers as we try to negotiate our way through the rubble of the anti-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak revolution. We want to be true to our principles. But in preaching this lesson, we must pay heed to the disastrous experience of the 2006 election in Gaza. The George W. Bush administration foisted the vote on Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the naive belief that democracy alone would temper Hamas, an Islamist radical organization and an offshoot of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. We all know how that worked out. No one should repeat that failed experiment.

PAUL BLOUSTEIN

Cincinnati