U.S. policy on Egypt

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  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 20, 2013 7:53 p.m.

    Question of the day.

    Do we get the majority of our oil from the middle east? True or False.

    What percent of our oil comes from the middle east?

    a) 75% b) 50% c) 35% d) 10%

    What are our three major sources of foreign oil?
    ________________ _________________ ___________________

    If you do not know the answers to these questions you should.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 20, 2013 1:49 p.m.

    "develop oil here at home and forget the middle east."

    The US is a net exporter of oil, not a net importer.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 20, 2013 1:47 p.m.

    So we're supposed to definitively support an army that's killed several hundred of its citizens the past few weeks or the Muslim Brotherhood that wasn't progressing the development of a stable democracy in Egypt? Sometimes there are no clear answers.

  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    Aug. 20, 2013 8:56 a.m.

    "here is a policy....develop oil here at home and forget the middle east. We have vast amounts of oil and oil shale all tied up in Obama bureaucratic knots."

    Something is happening that you are not aware of. It wasn't caused by Obama but it is happening during his time. America's production of oil is surging. Daily consumption is about 15 million barrels a day. Our production was has been falling slowly for decades has spiked up by 1 million barrels a day in less than 12 months. It will probably increase by 2-3 million barrels a day more in the next several years.

    It wasn't caused by Obama, but it is changing things.

    I could be wrong, but I think that Obama has tightened the fuel economy standards for cars. If so, he has found an alternative source of oil: conservation. (If you save a million barrels a day of oil, it is like you produced a million barrels a day of oil, so conservation is like exploration.)

  • twells Ogden, UT
    Aug. 19, 2013 11:27 p.m.

    The Arab Spring. What were our leaders thinking? Oh yea, we have Muslim Brotherhood advisers at the White House and Military. Was the whole idea to set the stage for the Muslim Brotherhood without US intervention? It was to be the spread of Democracy. The reality is that with Islam there can not be any Democracy. It is a Theocracy and the Brotherhood has no intentions of allowing a Democracy. So what is going on with our leaders? Do they bother to read history books? Do they know and understand the Theocracy of Islam? It is a sad time in our history when our leaders fail to really know the culture and true intentions of our enemies. This is the same group of leaders that fail to read pending legislation before they vote. The sad outcome is the museums are being destroyed. The Muslim Brotherhood believes this is the pagan history of Egypt and has no value.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 19, 2013 5:32 p.m.

    here is a policy....develop oil here at home and forget the middle east. We have vast amounts of oil and oil shale all tied up in Obama bureaucratic knots. We only develop the PRIVATE reserves but not the public lands. Again - get a president who actually understands the importance of energy independence and then who cares what the Muslim crazies do in the middle east. Let em consume themselves. Those who want to flee and become citizens here and other 'sane' parts of the world can do so. I work with an Iranian woman who escaped Iran with her brother in the back of a pick up truck in the middle of the night. She LOVES America and is so happy to be a citizen here.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 19, 2013 2:34 p.m.

    Maybe the State Department should consult with Glenn Beck on this (ohh boy, watch the hate mail now)... He saw exactly what happened coming and when he said he thought this was going to happen (a year ago) he was called all kinds of names by the left-leaning media outlets and the State Dept. Now he doesn't look so crazy (at least on this one topic).

  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    Aug. 19, 2013 9:25 a.m.

    I don't think that Obama has the wisdom to deal with this. But the hard thing is to choose betwen Options A, B, C, . . . . U”. There are a lot of things that can be done and most if not all will create big problems. Unfortunately, doing nothing will create big problems.

    I think that we should cut aid to Egypt's military. "Guys, you can kill thousands of your people. But we won't be involved. Best wishes. Maybe China will give you aid. Let them deal with the blowback. As soon as a democratic government is in place, we will restore aid. In the meantime will provide food aid. You are going to need it.

    People may argue with me and say that US interests are at stake. Determining US interests is based on predicting the future which we can’t do. All we know now at present is what is right and wrong.

    Our problem is we are following the Jocelyn Elders doctrine (Clinton's surgeon general): "Everyone has different morals and we shouldn't force morals on other people." When discussing social policy, this is moral relativism. When discussing foreign policy, this is called realpolitick.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 19, 2013 8:53 a.m.

    The statement “Specifically, it is an Egyptian government that honors the dignity and worth of each Egyptian by protecting rights of conscience, personhood and property through the rule of law and constitutional democracy” is NOT the foreign aid policy of the USA.
    The American foreign policy is based upon the needs and wants of American business. So long as businessmen own and operate our government there is no chance for the policy suggested by the Deseret News.
    It is just possible that we have reached the point of no return in the boiling point of the worlds peoples hate for America. The current attitude of destroy America for profits seems to indicate the same exists in our own nation.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Aug. 19, 2013 8:24 a.m.

    Sounds like the right would have us become involved in another Vietnam.

    Aug. 19, 2013 4:10 a.m.

    To say that the current POTUS has any idea about how to govern and/or lead is exaggeration at it's worst. This POTUS is all about division and blame. His claim to care for the middle class is a joke. Who could possibly believe his drivel when he has watched gas prices more than double and the cost of everything else related to energy rise as well. He squanders our tax dollars while wanting more. The list goes on and on. It is time for a REAL CHANGE in Washington. Let's begin with the POTUS and then address the career politicians in congress.

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    Aug. 19, 2013 1:01 a.m.

    "...America stood by."

    Nope, just Obama.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 19, 2013 12:40 a.m.

    "This isn't just a bad policy. It's no policy at all." So what would you have the United States do? Our interventions in the middle east have created lasting catastrophes. The public rightly doesn't want any armed U.S. interventions in either Egypt or Syria. You accuse the administration of having no policy, yet you have no proposed policy. Could you be more explicit?