Skip to comments.1979 Revisited
Posted on 02/02/2011 8:49:13 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
Scrambling for a simple standard to measure events in Egypt and across the Arab world, the blogosphere and the airwaves have been full of references to 1979. That point of reference is probably more apt than imagined, for much more happened that year than just the Iranian revolution. It was also the year of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the seizure of the Grand Mosque in Mecca by Sunni extremists, and the year that Saddam Hussein assumed overt power in Iraq. In sum, it was a year when the political tectonic plates of the region shifted violently and profoundly.
It was a shift that was rapidly reflected in American strategy making and military posture. The Carter Doctrine, nominally a reaction to the Soviets and expressed as a willingness to defend the region against outside influence, quickly morphed into a broader doctrine of opposing any hostile bid for hegemony be it local or external. The United States began to move from being an off-shore balancer, content to work entirely through regional regimes, to being ever more deeply and directly involved. And the ad hoc Joint Readiness Deployment Task Force became, in 1981, U.S. Central Command.
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As Yogi said, “Its deja-vu all over again.”
This is extremely frightening.
And there is no James Bond out there to save us this time, I fear.
The biggest problem is will the new government in Egypt keep the Israeli treaty. If they don’t, we have a huge problem.
Agreed. And the "huge problem" has jug ears, knows the muslim call to prayer by heart, and has somehow conned his way into the White House. May God have mercy on us if the SHTF and we do not stand with his chosen.
Weakness breeds crisis.
The only thing I care about is the Suez Canal. We should go in and seize it if necessary and allow the Muslim Brotherhood occupy the rest of Egypt. However, I wouldn’t do anything until we see how all of this plays out and that means our President need to shut up regarding internal affairs in Egypt.
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