The lead article in today’s New York Times, “Elite U.S. Troops Helping Africans Combat Terror,” describes a prudent move with the potential of backfiring. The attitude towards the United States overseas can, at best, be called schizophrenic. They admire our democracy, our social mobility, even our movies. But when we start to get involved with the military, we are called “The Great Satan.”
Of course, our heart is in the right place. We want democracy to succeed even when it might not be in our best interest. Take Egypt, for example.