The news is full of reports and photos from Egypt showing huge crowds protesting against President Mohammad Morsi, and they keep referring to Egypt as one of America's "key allies". Now I don't profess to be a Mid-East expert, but I have no idea what Egypt has done to deserve the designation of "key ally". Anybody help me out?
True, we always seem to have a couple billion of those pesky 'ole Greenbacks littering the Washington landscape and every year Egypt sends a delegation over to Hoover 'em up for us. And they're not taking pot-shots at Israel, so I guess that's good.
And they do allow us to send busloads of tourists to see their really old rock piles....that's pretty cool. But otherwise....?
Here's an idea that might calm them down: Why don't they buy some paint and spruce the place up? Have you ever seen a more blah looking landscape? If I lived in Cairo I'd be protesting in the streets, too. How depressing! Makes you want to grab a Molotov cocktail and burn something up, doesn't it?
But back on today's theme....what does Egypt have to offer that makes them a critical American ally? Isn't Egyptian cotton supposed to be the best in the world? So without their cotton we wouldn't have 1200-thread-count sheets? Is that their contribution to world peace and prosperity?
*Ding!* I get it now! I hope they can work things out, 'cause the world needs their fancy sheets, you know.
Meanwhile, here's hoping you have a safe and happy July 4th. :)