Obama, liberals caught 'intellectually unprepared' for Egypt crisis

A great article by the literary editor of The New Republic, Leon Wieseltier, who chastises Obama and the left for their response to events in Egypt:The administration's predicament, it must be said, is strategically complicated: since Mubarak may fall, it cannot afford to alienate the protestors, but since the protestors may fail, it cannot afford to alienate Mubarak. Our officials have been improvising, not altogether brilliantly. Joe Biden fatuously declared that "I would not refer to [Mubarak] as a dictator." Robert Gibbs said that "this is not about taking sides." Hillary Clinton, who used to speak warmly of Mubarak as "family," has called for "restraint" and "reform" and "dialogue," and warned that a crackdown could affect American aid to Egypt-as if anything but a crackdown is to be expected from Mubarak. And Barack Obama is also trying to finesse things, urging Mubarak to transform "a moment of volatility"...(Read Full Post)

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