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Carney had a subtle warning to the Islamists that some U.S. support hinges on the treaty and Egypt’s role as a peacemaker and bulwark among Arab nations. Washington was willing to overlook many of Mubarak’s faults because he resisted pressure within Egypt to break the Camp David accords with Israel or loosen its alliance with the United States.
"We believe it is essential for the Egyptian government to continue to fulfill Egypt’s role as a pillar of regional peace, security and stability," Carney said. "We will continue to emphasize this message with the new government and structure our engagement accordingly."
The extent of Morsi’s power is not clear after the ruling military stripped most of the major powers from his post, but his victory speaks to the ebb of U.S. influence in the Mideast now and in the future, said Aaron David Miller, a Mideast scholar at the Wilson Center.
"For 50 years we dealt with authoritarian leaders" across the region, Miller said, because it served practical interests to do so. Bahrain and Saudi Arabia are about all that remain autocratic and strong U.S. allies, he noted.
"Dorothy, we’re not in Kansas anymore," Miller said. "Our policies in the region are opposed by the vast majority of Arabs, and public opinion now plays a bigger role in governing. Our space is going to shrink."
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