In recent weeks, popular uprisings in the Arab world have led to the ouster of Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the imminent end of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's regime, a new Jordanian government, and a pledge by Yemen's longtime dictator to leave office at the end of his term.
Democracy Now! interviews MIT Professor Noam Chomsky about what this means for the future of the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy in the region. When asked about President Obama's remarks last night on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Chomsky said: "Obama very carefully didn't say anything... So, he is doing what U.S. leaders regularly do, as I said, there is a playbook whenever a favorite dictator is in trouble, try to sustain him, hold on. If at some point that becomes impossible, switch sides... The U.S. has an overwhelmingly powerful role there. Egypt is the second-largest recipient of U.S. military and economic aid for a long time."