Egypt election turns US policy on its head - Yahoo! News WASHINGTON (AP) The election of an Islamist president in Egypt is turning longstanding U.S. policy in the Mideast inside out: The Obama administration is relieved that the candidate representing three decades of close partnership with the United States lost. The United States is now set to embrace a religious-based former opposition leader who does not share many U.S. goals, perhaps including the 30-year peace with Israel upon which U.S. policy in the region is based. The embrace won't be warm, and for the administration it will come with strings attached. Still, the administration is calling the election of Mohammed Morsi on Sunday a milestone in the transition to democracy.