Egypt No Longer Matters

Mosa'ab Elshamy

Government forces bulldozed this pro-Morsi protest camp in Cairo on Aug. 14, 2013.

In Sana'a last Summer, a senior yemeni general told me of his recent meeting with visiting American officials. The general had hoped to make the case for greater U.S. aid, military and civilian, for Yemen. But the Americans kept asking him about events in Egypt. "They kept saying, 'What do you think of the Muslim Brotherhood? What are the Egyptian military officers telling you about Morsi?'" the general recalled, shaking his head in frustration. "I told them, 'We had our own Arab Spring, now we have a democratic government, we have acute poverty, civil wars and al-Qaeda....

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