But No Specifics Of Course – Because There Are None
The horrific military attack on opposition civilians in
Egypt has brought a barrage of
criticism of Mr. Obama, like
this by Jackson Diehl in the Washington Post.
Obama looks like a president in full flight from a world that looks nothing like what he imagined when he took office. The president saw himself soothing
U.S. relations with Muslim nations while gently
extracting U.S. troops from Iraq and focusing his energy on other regions
and issues: Asia; nuclear arms control;
Israeli-Palestinian peace. What he got was an epochal upheaval in the very
place from which he had hoped to disengage.
No, what the President looks like is a man in full command of reality. The
cannot change the world, it cannot intervene in Egypt, it can deplore and condemn
the violence but it cannot affect or prevent it. That lesson has been learned the hard way in Iraq and Afghanistan and elsewhere. Mr. Obama has learned it, Mr. Diehl and
others have not.
The proof of all this, other than recommending a cutoff of military aid to
something that will make no difference whatsoever Mr. Diehl and the others like
him have no suggestions, no recommendations, no ideas. They only criticize, and while criticizing is
fun and easy (it’s what we do) actually doing something when no options are
available is impossible. Mr. Diehl
serves us well, he reminds everyone of the blind analysis of those who do not
recognize reality in world politics.