It isn't. Americans need to free itself of propaganda such as how another's freedom will somehow imprison them.
American foreign policy in the middle east and for that matter everywhere is stability for economic growth over human rights in the immediate. With the idea that a country that is economically growing will deliver better service to its citizen and rise out of old world ideas. Everyone wins. But the winds of change are always blowing. The population of every country is subject to its government and is never truly free. We give up freedoms for comforts/security/stability (eg. patriotic act). Now that the future of the Arab world's leading state is uncertain, so is the regions future uncertain. If there are new threats to Israel, then there are new threats to the US in supporting Israel and any possible terrorism within the continental US and US interests abroad.
Not knowing what the future will bring to the Egyptian people in the form of a government and its foreign policy inhibits business development thereby making it more difficult on the Egyptian population.
It isn't necessarily. It depends on whether or not this movement leads to real liberation for the Egyptian people. We could just end up with military rule and a different dictator.
The biggest fear for the United States is that some form of anti-American, Islamist government takes over. This could happen in some form of an Iranian style revolution or possibly through the democratic process playing itself out.
Personally, I think that an American supported dictator like Mubarak was bad for American security. Sure, he may have maintained order and kept extremists from controlling the government. The problem what that he angered many of his own people, and the United States was somewhat blamed for the situation. In the end, encouraging the Egyptian people to shape their own destiny, even if in the short term they choose a government not completely to our liking, may be the best thing for American security. Whatever the case, I don't think that the United States is in much of a position to control these movements that are spreading like wildfire throughout North Africa and the Middle East. Here are some more thoughts:
http://hubpages.com/hub/Egypt-Tunisia-a … ign-Policy
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