Israel was able to defeat Egypt without US support in 1967, and with or without a late airlift in 1973. The US invested heavily in Egypt and in Isralei-Egyptian peace to secure the Suez Canal and force the Russians from the region. it worked pretty well, Seadog, even with Mubarak's ouster. Would you rather see Egyptian as an unrestrained Islamic state and/or under Russian influence ? Would that be in US' interests ?
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