The US has always tended to the strong-man theory of governance outside the US itself. Let “democracy” be a useful but distant aim, but let’s have stability before freedom. That’s how Mubarak, as the present example, has survived for so long.
But now, with Suleiman, the US is publicly supporting a person who’s only known background — and well-know at that — is as a torturer and a willing assistant to the US’s illegal rendition program where terrorism “suspects” were herded on CIA flights from one torturing regime to another.
With Suleiman there are no peace treaties to hide behind, no stable borders with Israel. Just torture.
Perhaps we should welcome this new transparency in American foreign policy?