The administration has been behind the curve on this crisis for two weeks and Sarah Palin recognizes it. From CNN:
Sarah Palin, in her first comments on the uprising in Egypt, called the situation President Barack Obama's 3 a.m. phone call and said, "It seems the call went right to the answering machine."
Palin, the former GOP vice presidential candidate, spoke with Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody after her speech Friday night at the Reagan Ranch in Santa Barbara, California.
In the interview, the potential Republican presidential candidate said, "We need to know what it is America stands for so we know who it is that America will stand with. And we do not have all that information (from the administration) yet."
She told "The Brody File" she was "not real enthused about what it is that's being done on a national level and from (Washington) in regards to understanding all the situation there in Egypt."
Palin criticized the administration's public response, saying "nobody yet has explained to the American public yet what they know, and surely they know more than the rest of us ... who will be taking the place of (Egyptian President Hosni) Mubarak."
Palin is learning the art of Washington doublespeak. After correctly calling out the president for his wishy washy response, she begs off taking a stand of her own by accusing the president of not giving us enough information. Right now, with events in Egypt murky and balanced on a knife's edge, she avoided the pitfall of backing the wrong horse while still zinging Obama but good.
Indeed, at this point, if we "support democracy" in Egypt we will have very little choice regarding who the Egyptians themselves will bring into a democratic government. Like the victory of Hamas at the polls, democratic choices made in free elections are not always in our interests. If we want Egypt to be free, it must be their idea of freedom, not ours. We can work to minimize or eliminate any role for the Muslim Brotherhood, but in the end, that will be a decision made by the Egyptians themselves.
If we are going to see Democratic movements succeed in the Middle East, we better get used to the idea that we won't always approve of the way democracy evolves - even if a trojan horse like the Brotherhood is brought into the process.