Americans have reached a near-unanimous verdict about what the United States should do with Egypt: Stay away.
A strong majority of U.S. adults think America should steer clear of Egypt after the military deposed President Mohamed Morsi, according to a United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll.
Most people are unsure if the Middle Eastern nation is a friend or foe, the survey found, an ambiguity that at least partially explains why Americans are reluctant to help the country as it writhes with violence. Even measures that fall well short of direct involvement, like offering greater financial assistance, fail to garner even meager support.
The findings are a warning to President Obama, should he consider stepping up the country's involvement there. And it's yet another reminder that after a decade-plus of wars, the American public remains deeply skeptical of any involvement, economically or militarily, abroad.
The Egyptian military's decision to remove the unpopular Morsi from power has incited mass protests and violence, similar to those that marked the 2011 uprising against former President Hosni Mubarak. But despite the chaos that has ensued, Americans overwhelmingly say the United States should keep away. Seventy-eight percent of adults say the U.S. should "mostly stay out of events in Egypt and allow people there to resolve their differences." The figure dwarfs the 16 percent who say the U.S. should "do more to try to shape the government in Egypt and promote an end to violence."