Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians poured into the streets in cities across the country the last few days to protest the fascist government of the Muslim Brotherhood and Mohammad Morsi.
Twitchywill show. Here's one:
Before the confetti had been swept up from his first Inaugural Ball Mr. Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for having said many deferential and conciliatory things. The world swooned. Peace was at hand. That was yesterday, before Libya, before Syria, before Iran, before Morsi. Now the Arab world disdains us, or at least our president, and the Europeans, in the wake of the NSA spying revelations, are growing distinctly chilly. The world chortles as the Russians, the Chinese, and the Ecuadorans each in turn thumb their noses at our president as he implores them to remit Edward Snowden into our custody.
beheading; Christian priests.
Meanwhile, we are dismantling our own military and are eager to dismantle our nuclear deterrent as well. Our enemies are growing in strength, belligerency and boldness while we deliberately make ourselves weaker and meeker.
Is this the "smart power" we were promised that an Obama administration would bring to bear on foreign affairs?