--Intervening in Libya, an operation to which none of the Islamists are opposed because they hope to benefit from it. In addition, the U.S. forces could get bogged down in there. Isn't the Libya war just another version of the invasion of Iraq except with less rationale, less to gain, and more to lose?
Obama Administration Factor: The United States has lost four friendly regimes--Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, and Turkey (some would add Yemen)--as well as the confidence of three others--Israel, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia (one might add Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates). With the Palestinian Authority seeing that it can--and in some ways must--ignore U.S. requests to do anything, that is another defeat. For general loss of credibility, minus one for United States.
For failing even now to understand the material in this article--and thus by not recognizing defeats or errors being unable to correct them, another minus one for the United States.
Muslim Brotherhood: 8
Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal. His latest books are The Israel-Arab Reader (seventh edition), The Long War for Freedom: The Arab Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East (Wiley), and The Truth About Syria (Palgrave-Macmillan). The website of the GLORIA Center is at http://www.gloria-center.org and of his blog, Rubin Reports, http://www.rubinreports.blogspot.com.