Egyptians go to the polls today for the first Presidential election in ... well, ever. There are 13 candidates, and since it's highly unlikely that any one candidate will get a majority there will be a runoff election between the top two candidates in June.
The candidates range from Mubarak era figures to Islamicists, too soon to tell who looks likely to win. But I think the question for Americans is whether we actually believe the position the government has publicly stated over the years - that a democratic votre for a leader is a good thing, even if the leader who's chosen is one we disagree with.
My position is yes, the benefit of free elections supersede the problems that can occur with elected leaders who disagree with us or are ebven explicitly anti-American. At least with elections we actually know what the population's views are, rather than having them suppressed by an elite who may or may not represent the country at large.
But I'm sure some of you will disagree ...