From Egypt, it was off to Baghdad for John Kerry to see whether Iraq's bold effort in democratic nation building could be resuscitated in the face of imminent collapse. The problem there is that Kerry will have trouble locating a military strongman to back.
There's no reason for coups to have such enduring appeal. Like those recurring bouts of malaria, they often lead to nothing but more coups. Treating the fever is not enough. We have to look at the underlying infection of the body politic.
This book details Seitenfus's dependence upon his own moral compass as he was forced to take a stand against powerful international players, including the United States, as the potential coup was put in motion.
"The situation in Egypt in terms of the objective, day-to-day circumstances of living, have been difficult for a long time and they became more difficult after the revolution and removal of Mubarak. But returning to the security state is precisely the wrong answer."
Tea Party Republicans and their supporters still make inane, outrageous statements that are fertile ground for comedy. But what they are doing is dangerous, unconstitutional, un-American, and not funny at all.
The army has no place in the political process and should stay out of it. The coup should be defeated and democracy restored, otherwise Egypt would face a bleak future -- quite a contrast to the bright future we imagined in February of 2011.
The U.S. has the power to help calm the situation by stopping military aid and by sincerely condemning violence against Egyptian protesters. But many are lobbying Washington to turn a blind eye to what is happening in strategically important Egypt.
Sixty years ago this week the United States successfully staged a coup in Iran to overthrow democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh that a newly declassified CIA document reveals was designed to preserve the control of Western companies over Iran's rich oil fields.
The whole Arab Spring movement has woken America up to the fact that we've been propping up some pretty brutal leaders for a long, long time. Which leads us to the uncomfortable position of not having a clear ideological position.
As coups go it was a fairly restrained one, but celebrating a populist/military overthrow of a democratically-elected leader is an unusual stance for Americans to take, for obvious reasons. Even if we do like the new guy. Which brings us to a few lessons Americans find very hard to accept.
Embarrassingly, our law professor president refuses to label the arrest of Egypt's freely elected president by the military a coup because that would trigger an end to the $1.5 billion in U.S. aid as a matter of law.
If it was a coup, was it a good coup? Can any coup ever be described as good? There may never be a consensus on an answer to this question. What is certain is that the world will not be as eager to condemn what has happened to Mr. Morsi as it was with Mr. Zelaya.
A death squad government may not be the Obama administration's first choice for Honduras, but they prefer it to another left government that people might elect if they were able to organize in a free election.