Nov
26
2012

Obama’s would-be Egyptian puppet Mohammed Morsi is… not working out.

You know, when GEORGE W. BUSH propped up a puppet strongman…

…then by GOD that strongman stayed both propped up and a puppet.  There was none of this nonsense where the strongman would go off in a wild tangent with the sudden emergency powers and the apologetics for terrorist attacks against an ally and the counter-rioting/nascent revolutions.  No, the understanding was simple. Keep the country stable; don’t shoot down people in the street and don’t lock up the non-violent opposition; and don’t embarrass that nice Uncle Sugar – and his even nicer no-limit credit card.  Do that, and the not-kings got to keep their not-thrones*.

Honestly, rocket science this is not.  If you had told me, back in 2007, that even a Democratic President would be unable to pass Realpolitik 101 in 2012, then I would have… well, honestly, first I would have wondered if Hillary Clinton had had a stroke or something.  But I’d still would have been incredulous at the idea that such simple concepts as the above could have been so thoroughly mucked up.  I sometimes wonder what infuriates the American Left** more: that their self-anointed Messiah Barack Obama doesn’t seem to have a foreign policy more sophisticated than Do whatever Bush did, or that Obama’s so incredibly bad at even that

Moe Lane (crosspost)

*I know that the USA has a big thing about democracy and republican forms of government and this is all a very good thing.  But our practical foreign policy seems to be big on the idea of creating and supporting monarchies.  If I could suggest a compromise: perhaps we should stop trying to fight the tide of our own hidden assumptions, and instead insist on creating constitutional monarchies?

**Well, that portion of it that actually cares about foreign policy, or at least can successfully lie to itself that it really does care.  Although I imagine that most people in either group are a little stressed and distracted right now with pretending that they’ve always loved the idea that the US government could freely engage in no-oversight drone strikes, including against American citizens.

 

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