Egypt's Calmness Has U.S. Sweating
"The Libyan government has said all the right things. They have apologized, they have expressed their outrage, and come out clearly and condemned what happened and apologized for it," said Robert M. Danin, an expert on the Middle East at the Council on Foreign Relations. "You contrast this with the situation in Egypt where the Muslim Brotherhood, which leads the government there, has been frighteningly quiet. They called on the United States to issue an apology for the film that has insulted the Muslim world. They have called a nationwide protest on Friday about the film. Meanwhile, their security forces were lax in protecting the U.S. embassy."
Former White House adviser on the Middle East Dennis Ross told the New York Times that “(Egyptian President Mohamed) Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood continue to live according to their own reality. If they want to attract any amount of economic support and investment from the outside, they’re going to have to create an environment of security.”
Yet, they have acted quite irresponsibly and that's a problem for the White House.
"The Obama administration has staked its foreign policy on the assumption that the best way to deal with radical Islam is by engaging with radical Islam, thus splitting the men of violence from the men willing to try politics," wrote David Frum at the Daily Beast.
As the Christian Science Monitor wrote, "The embassy breach was an opportunity for Morsi, who still faces much skepticism abroad as Egypt’s first Islamist president, to reassure the US that he values America's friendship."
Obama had pledged to fogive $1 billion in Egyptian debt to the U.S. He's unlikely to back down from that promise, but the situation is much more uneasy than at any point since the reovlution in Egypt last spring.