On Wednesday, I listened to “Mr. Soft Power” Joseph Nye and the Financial Times’s Gideon Rachman discuss the state of U.S. foreign policy and its future. Not surprisingly Egypt came up in the discussion. Nye, ever the scholar, made an incisive observation that in Egypt “it’s not whose army wins, but whose story.” Rachman, who is most definitely not a scholar, surprisingly added to that. He noted that the tale of Egypt’s uprising is also the tale of two Americas.
There is the America that is holding onto Mubarak, albeit with frustration and antipathy, and an America that is caught up in the freedom fervor of Tahrir Square. Which will win will say a lot about our own story, and perhaps relevance.