We are supporting the democratic aspirations of all people," Rice said. "As President Bush said in his second inaugural address:'America will not impose our style of government on the unwilling. Our goal instead is to help others find their own voice, to attain their own freedom, make their own way.' "<quoted text>
An interesting take by David Frum, a contributing editor at Newsweek and CNN contributor.
"Nobody remembers now, but after Mubarak's fall there was much debate whether the Muslim Brotherhood should be allowed to participate in Egypt's new political system. West Germany banned neo-Nazi parties after 1945; the post-1989 Czech Republic forbade former communist officials to hold government jobs - and both democracies are stronger for it. In the end, the Muslim Brotherhood escaped the ban by promising not to run a candidate for president, a promise it promptly broke.
"Through it all, the Obama administration pressed for engagement, inclusion and acceptance, provided only that the Muslim Brotherhood complied with the rules of the political system. It did - and here we are.
"That's the argument to have."
Obama has always waffled over certain radical Islamists. He always seemed to think he could influence a certain segment and they wouldn't disappoint him.
That's just naivety on his part.
"The people of Egypt should be at the forefront of this great journey, just as you have led this region through the great journeys of the past," she said.
Egyptian voters last month, in a nationwide referendum, approved a constitutional amendment to allow in September -- for the first time -- multiple candidates in a presidential election.
And, don't forget Hamas being elected in 2006; this was a Bush doctrine, spreading democracy and free elections in the Middle East. Was he being naïve?