Tuesday, September 19, 2006

The Cost of Failure on Iran

Michael Rubin, The Corner:
I sat through a speech here in Cairo today by Gamal Mubarak, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's son and heir-apparent. When it comes to Egypt, democracy is a word that should only be used with quotation marks. While Gamal received much applause from his assembled minions for subtly belittling the idea of democracy in the Arab world, what also got applause was the demand that Egypt pursue nuclear power. It has been almost four months since Condoleezza Rice offered her incentive package to Iran. She failed. Most governments in the region doubt White House resolve. If we continue to stumble as Iran crosses the threshhold, expect "nuclear energy" to become a top issue in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.