The question is would the US and the rest of Europe trade its democracy for an Iraqi or Afghan style of government?
According to an analysis used by some American economists and politicians, the low rate of currency appreciation, combined with Chinese export growth of 31% in 2010 over 2009, should have increased China’s trade surplus by a wide margin.
Despite repeated questions from the US press corps to administration officials on what exactly they want to happen in Egypt, no clear answer has yet emerged. The message from the administration continues to be that Egypt’s future is up to Egyptians.
The American version of democracy is intolerant of Egypt’s opposition parties like the Muslim Brotherhood – which has been likened by Washington to the terrorist organisation Al Qaeda.
Suffice it to say he does not have a high opinion of Islam in politics, and is not shy about telling Western audiences the lengths he will go to allow his security services to keep the Muslim Brotherhood and their offshoots at bay.
"Why isn't Iraq paying us back with oil and paying every American family and their soldiers that lost loved ones or have injured soldiers. And why didn't they pay for their own liberation?"
For several years American analysts in particular have been trying to make sense of the information free-for-all facilitated by the Internet.
Only the United States can use its influence but it appears the Obama White House is resigned to a humiliating foreign policy failure.