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How Much Credit Does the US Deserve?

In a recent debate Glenn Greenwald had with former drug czar John Walters on drug prohibition, Walters claimed the US should be proud for helping bring democracy to Egypt. Greenwald was visibly disgusted by such a suggestion. But I had no way of knowing, objectively, who was right about the Arab Spring uprising. Amazingly, I found this graph that answers just that question. Below the fold:

(Numbers from the State Department)

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  1. Dave
    November 17, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Now, you say “credit,” but credit for what? The Arab Spring was certainly an inspiring affair but how much different is the life of an Egyptian now compared to a year ago? Apart, of course, from the economy tanking from being like 98% tourism-based.

    • November 17, 2011 at 6:54 pm

      Credit for the “overthrow of Mubarak.” For that, I don’t give them any credit. I think the US’s actions worked against that goal.

      On your other question, I’ll just say that I don’t judge the totality of Egyptian life by its economy – especially in the middle of a political revolution.

  2. Dave
    November 18, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    What are some of the other yardsticks? Relaxation of censorship and control over free-speech?

    • November 18, 2011 at 3:43 pm

      Just for the record, my commentary wasn’t about whether the lives of average Egyptians have improved or not due to the revolution. It was about whether US deserves any credit for the transition. Understanding the consequences of the uprising is an interesting and worthwhile topic – it’s just beyond the scope of my post.

  3. Dave
    November 19, 2011 at 12:34 am


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