There are even "unintended consequences" of government lip service

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By Nena, on Jan 31, 2011

Foreign Policy Magazine has an interesting take on the unintended consequences of the U.S. government promoting freedom internationally, even if only through press conferences and official statements.  This weekend there were protests all over the U.S. for the American government to come out with a stronger official stance on the political protests in Egypt but the most diplomatic thing to do may be what the U.S. is actually doing, mostly staying out of it.  Although the U.S. gives $1.5 billion a year to the Egyptian government in the form of aid, they have thus far maintained a more neutral and distant standpoint with regard to this particular uprising and hopefully this will continue at least until it is clearer what the end result will be.