Andrew Albertson comments on the consistent, if cautious, U.S. stance on democratic reform and protests in the Middle East.  

When pressed by reporters Wednesday to state whether the Obama administration continued to support the Mubarak government, Robert Gibbs noticeably demurred, hesitating before returning to his earlier talking point, “Egypt is a strong ally.”

That much is clear. The U.S. draws a great number of benefits from its relationship with the government of Egypt, including support for Washington’s political goals in the region, cooperation on counterterrorism, and transshipment of the Suez canal.

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