I was struck by the stark contradiction of these two pieces.
Sarah Chayes implores the U.S. to cut aid to Egypt's military, thereby embracing the Muslim Brotherhood because it was democratically elected. Separately, Shahrzad Elghanayan discussed how Iran's newly installed fundamentalist government, immediately after the country's revolution, destroyed any future Iran had.
Sure, we should support democracies. But even democratically elected governments can be evil and repressive. And once they are in power, it is almost impossible for the people to get rid of the monster they created.
Perhaps Chayes should discuss her positions on Egypt with Elghanayan.
John C. Vita