We will now pause for the bitter laughter of the foreign policy hawks:
An Egyptian security official says 650 people, mostly backers of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, have been detained for allegedly trying to storm a military facility, an incident the military claims sparked violence that left more than 50 pro-Morsi protesters dead.
The detainees were largely pro-Morsi protesters seized during clashes early Monday outside the Republican Guard headquarters. Protesters and Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood deny any attack took place on the headquarters, saying troops opened fire on their sit-in nearby as the protesters finished dawn prayers.
Via Hot Air. And do you know why there is laughter, and it is bitter? It is because there is no “right” answer here. You can choose the hardcore Islamist thugs with unpleasant gender issues who nonetheless happened to win an election; or you can choose the (at-best) endemically corrupt and definitely authoritarian military cabal who nonetheless would like to get the country out of its current death spiral. Have fun!
PS: Both answers are wrong, by the way. This is all about what sucks less.
PPS: Yeah, Barack Obama tried the Let’s insist that Egypt acquire a democracy-loving government that will make the place break out into sunshine and rainbows! gambit so beloved of political science amateurs and retail assistant managers*. We call this “magical thinking” – and here’s the thing about magic: it doesn’t work. Believe me, I’ve checked.
*”Look, do you want this done fast, or do you want this done well?” “I want it done fast and well!” “Yeah, and I want a pony. Now come up with an answer that takes into account that I’m making minimum wage.”
…But I’m not bitter.