I found this Washington Post article, which covers many of the same issues we discussed in our debate last night. I asserted that the U.S. had very little leverage over Egypt, which several of you disagreed with. This article quotes Bill Daley, the White House Chief of Staff, as saying "We don't control this. And even though we like to think at times that we can control everything in the world...it truly is not up to us." Most dictators ally with the U.S. because it is in their best interests. One of the main problems with supporting dictators therefore, is that they will almost always place their personal interests ahead of the U.S.'s. This phenomenon can be seen in Pakistan, Iraq and, now, Egypt. The U.S. foreign policy of unconditionally supporting friendly Dictators has failed. It is time we shift our support to democratic movements.