Our 'smart' diplomacy at work
You must read this entire post by John Hinderaker at Power Line to get the full import of the predictable disaster that has befallen American interests in the Middle East as a result of Egyptian President Morsi's power grab.
Here's the guts of it:
I am so confused! When anti-Mubarak demonstrators gathered in Tahrir Square and were met with tear gas, they represented the Arab Spring. So what do these anti-Morsi demonstrators represent? Are they Arab Spring too? Or Arab Autumn? Or maybe the seasonal analogies are no longer operative.
The France 24 news report continues:
The rival demonstrations - which took place in several Egyptian cities Friday - exposed the deep divisions in the world's most populous Arab nation five months after Morsi was elected with a 51% sliver of a majority.
What a coincidence! Obama got 51% too. So far, however, I haven't heard anyone refer to Obama's "sliver of a majority."
But never mind that-I am still really, really confused! Mubarak was our friend, but a bad guy. So he had to go, and Obama denounced him and helped force him out. Morsi is our enemy, and also is a bad guy. So Obama thinks he's A-OK, and helped Morsi take power. That's called "smart diplomacy." You probably wouldn't understand.
Other things are confusing, too. Did Obama know that Morsi was about to claim dictatorial powers when he made Morsi the "hero" of the Israel-Gaza cease fire? If so, did he mind? If Obama didn't know-which seems more likely-does he now think that Morsi double-crossed him by capitalizing on his faux diplomatic mission to proclaim himself a dictator? Or is that one more thing that is A-OK with Obama? If Obama doesn't like the fact that Morsi has cut "Arab Spring" democracy off at the knees, does he intend to do anything about it? Or, when bad things happen, is it "smart diplomacy" to do nothing and pretend you don't mind?
I'm not sure Mubarak could have survived anyway, given his only real option was gunning down the protestors. Much worse, as Barry Rubin has constantly pointed out, we abandoned those fearless Egyptians who stood in the streets and embraced the Muslim Brotherhood. This was a mistake that will cost us dearly in the near term, and has the potential of destroying any hope for peace in the Middle East.
What is happening in Egypt now is the predictable result of muddled thinking in the Obama administration - the incomprehensible decision to ignore the secularists and liberals in Egypt and support a totalitarian ideology.
Why should it surprise us, then, when our favored candidate starts acting like a dictator?