The USA is legitimately trying to protect its own interests but I doubt it anyone in the US administration knows just what to do. The ME is beginning to spin out of USA control. You call the USA backstabbing but why so? Its relations with Egypt and aid to the Egyptian military have essentially been put in place to bolster the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. The USA has never pretended to a friend of the Egyptian people and has never rabbited on about 'unbreakable bonds' as all US administrations have done re Israel. The USA can't call the overthrow of Morsi a coup as technically this makes continuation of aid to the Egyptian army problematic at least and this would not please the Israelis. So far, the USA is not 'backstabbing' Israel. As for publically calling on the Egyptian army to return Morsi - I would lump this type of demand in with the USA publically calling on the Israeli government to cease settlements etc. Regardless of the aid provided by the USA, neither the Egyptians or the Israelis will take one bit of notice; the most the USA can do is make vague statements like something is not 'helpful' or please don't detain Morsi (and MB) without charge etc. Isn't it better to accept that the USA is not, has never been and never will be the great policeman of the world - its just been the most powerful international player since the end of the Cold War and has always acted in its own interests. Of course, these days of unrivalled power are coming to an end. I don't think that we can expect the USA to solve the problems of the ME regardless of how much its policies and actions have contributed to the present mess.
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