Egypt > Morsi played his hand too early and now he is having to fold. Egyptians need to realize that was simply one hand of many to follow and if he has any wits about him, he has learned from this go around. MB will not give up, they have waited for something like 70 years if I remember correctly. Nevertheless like most people from the Middle East, they know and play the long game.
Syria > I honestly don’t believe Assad will use the chemical weapons on his people. That would give justification to the outside forces like the US to get involved in the affairs of the country and surely his removal as the nation’s head. That “said”, I would not be surprised if some of these weapons ended up being used against Israel, of course, accidentally.
Fiscal cliff > O will get what he wants. He is not in the game now with a seeking reelection weight hanging over him like the Congress does. I think an executive order will be used to provide tax cuts to the middle class if Boehner and the House doesn’t cave in to O. The Dems want the cut in military spending among other things. Those making over 250K are expected to pay more in taxes. O will get what he wants. Going over the fiscal cliff is the goal so as to put a millstone around the Republicans heads so in two years the Dems will have ownership of both houses of Congress. Then O will have his remaining two years to push measures uninterrupted as long as the rest of the Dems are onboard
Good column about Israel’s situation. I’m not a Friedman fan but this column lacks his commentary and provides the facts and gist of the situation.
Also further proof positive that Hamas is not the peaceful answer or serious partner in peace.