US Better Not Pull Another 'Mubarak'

JD Gordon: America shouldn't abandon the leaders of Bahrain, Yemen
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2011 11:56 AM CST
US Better Not Pull Another 'Mubarak'
An anti-government protester is carried away by fellow protesters after being injured in Manama, Bahrain.   (AP Photo)

Here's a dissenting voice on the Mideast unrest: The US blew it in Egypt by turning its back on Hosni Mubarak and shouldn't make the same mistake with the leaders of Bahrain and Yemen, writes retired Navy commander JD Gordon. If anything, those two countries are even more important to US interests—Yemen for helping us fight al-Qaeda and Bahrain for hosting the Navy's crucial 5th fleet, Gordon writes at AoL News.

"So while we should support budding Middle Eastern democracy and fundamentally needed social change in the long run, we must also be careful before throwing our weight behind seemingly pro-democracy movements," he writes. After all, look how well Iran's turned out in 1979. With Yemen and Bahrain, "let's not be so quick to pull another 'Mubarak.'" Click for the full column. (More North Africa unrest stories.)

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