It could be argued that the United States is trying to buy hearts and minds. That is an unnecessarily uncharitable judgment of these programs. American foreign policy planners would be foolish not to use economic muscle to accomplish their goals.
Across Egypt tonight the question on virtually everyone's lips is whether the Egyptian military will rescue the country by decapitating the Brothers' hold on the presidential palace and impose their own solution to the crisis. The problem is that the military has no sure-footed path forward either.
The top line of the story the administration is presenting is "progress." But the assessment of 16 U.S. intelligence agencies gives a very different picture, and the public needs to know that in order to have an informed opinion.
The nexus of military and conservatives in Pakistan is strong enough to silence the majority of peace-loving Pakistanis. The only workable solution is facilitating interaction through media and the Internet.