The British newspaper, The Telegraph, has an interesting story asking whether the US Government has been playing a role in the current Egyptian uprising.
Far be it from me to venture an opinion on this question. President Obama and his administration are stressing that the Egyptian government should respect the right of the masses to protest. Given the economic situation facing the Egyptian people and the dictatorial nature of the government, that seems reasonable. If there is going to be a regime change in Egypt, clearly the West wants to see democracy advance in the Middle East. Yet, given our experience in Iran, a dose of realism is required here. A more realistic scenario would be that the Mubarak regime would be replaced by the Muslim Brotherhood and an Islamist regime.
If the latter is what transpires and our government played an active role in bringing an Islamist regime into power in Egypt, then the feckless performance of Jimmy Carter vis-a-via Iran would pale in comparison.