I saw this picture this morning of a protester in Egypt and a couple of thoughts came to mind. First of all, with this post lets not be petty in pointing out the misspelling/correction of hypocrisy.
I think this protester has a very valid point. We have become synonymous with hypocrites as a nation. Why? Because we have elected political officials and allowed people to represent us who behave hypocritically throughout the world. I don't want this to turn into an Obama-bash because the hypocrisy goes further than just his tenure in office. We're supposed to be a beacon of democracy and freedom to the world, and we have allowed Washington to do whatever it wants as long as us at home can continue watching American idol and spend money at the mall.
From our handling of the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan and interacting with them as long as it was politically expedient because we were sticking it to the Soviets - to then abandoning them once the Russians pulled out - in turn creating a vacuum of power thus allowing the Taliban to take charge. To this latest turn of events in Egypt where Washington is not condoning the protest in Egypt to oust a leader who is not behaving democratically and that the people want out. Granted there is a lot going on in the protest that is de-legitimizing it such as looting museums and destroying mummies....but the point of the protest is valid in that the people have had enough of their president staying in office for 30 years. We as a nation should be supporting democracy and freedom throughout the world not whether or not it's politically expedient but because it's right.
Case in Point - Hillary just released this statement - "We're not advocating any specific outcome."