FP Tom Ricks posts this from this Blogger.
1, Support the protestors (Hearts & Minds)
2, Suspend aid to rulers (might not want to leave a vacume)
3, Ask Egyptians for friendship. Offer economic aid (Pro; include new market, it will build bonds to have assets there to help rebuild (hearts & minds), corps are great for intel and influence... Con; it'll be hard to do, there is risk involved in trying, for those risk averse force protection folks at home it's a tough sell )
4, Food aid, they will need it (They would be less inclined to "Bite the hand that feeds them". I'd be patient and take a few hits before committing to over throwing them (see
5, Warn their neighbors about interfering (Protect them)
From my last post;
5, The real 1st in this case and critical in any; Prevent outside
Previous Tunisia entry;
It can’t be stated any more clearly than this. If this fails the Arab mindset will be further disenfranchised from hope and the trouble that brings can be seen everywhere.
Help them. It's a good long term National Security strategy, it's pretty clear the current one is