The United States with its planned withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan in 2014 has the opportunity to reset its approach to democracy building in Afghanistan. The democracy building record of the United States in Afghanistan at best can be considered as patchy because of its over militaristic approach aimed at promoting legitimacy for Islamicist rule in Afghanistan. The withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan in 2014 offers the United States a chance to redeem itself before the intentional community and the people of Afghanistan by helping them return back to the democratic path it was on before the Islamicist takeover in 1992.
The rebirth of the Egyptian revolution ushered in the death of the first Muslim Brotherhood government. But some near-sighted analysts limit the events of Egypt to a military coup. Yes, the military is desperately trying to stay relevant — given the enormous initiative of the Egyptian masses — but the generals realize their own limitations in this context better than anybody else. This wasn’t a mere re-shuffling at the top of society, but a flood from the bottom.