It's a great achievement for the fanatical mullahs who call the shots in his country. For the way is now open for them to get their own Bomb, and dominate the Mideast -- not to mention influence conflicts elsewhere with the help of their Russian and Chinese enablers.
It's a great achievement for the international network of terrorists
Now the sponsor of this whole infrastructure of terror may be able to claim the friendship, support and cooperation of
It's a great achievement, all right, but not for the forces of freedom and stability in the world.
Only slowly, painfully slowly, does reality return to American foreign policy. After sealing this deal with
Secretary Kerry also promised his Egyptian counterpart, Foreign Minister
As a matter of form, Secretary Kerry said a few words about the need to respect the rights of Egyptian journalists to free expression, and as a matter of form the Egyptian foreign minister claimed that the journalists weren't being hounded because they're journalists but because they've become involved in "terrorist activity."
Just where the truth lies can be debated later, but for now a stable and secure
The late Arab Spring, which by now has sprung, set off a wave of delusions about how the Arab world was suddenly going to turn into a garden of democracies -- instead of the rough neighborhood it long has been, and is likely to remain. Especially if the West persists in mistaking dreams for reality, and hope for a strategy.
Why have the American people become so disillusioned with this president and his administration? At least that's what the polls say, and there is no reason to doubt them. If you want evidence of how low this president has fallen in public esteem, you needn't consult the polls. Just look around. The very mention of his name is enough to inspire cynical sighs. The dissatisfaction with his policies foreign and domestic has become palpable.
Here's my theory about why the American people have become so disillusioned with this president: It's because we were so illusioned in the first place. Americans by the millions bought his talk of Hope and Change, and believed him when he set out to change mere reality.
All he had to do was make a grand apology tour of the Arab world, reset relations with
Instead of being "red in tooth and claw," Nature itself would bow to our president's utopian dream. But after the dream comes the awakening. Just as, no matter how many times the Hon.
There is no end of reasons to be vigilant in that part of the world. And to stick with old friends, like the Kurds and Israelis, instead of betraying them once again. But this president seems able to recognize reality only when he absolutely has to.
Slowly, and only partially, he comes to recognize that dreams are no substitute for strategy. How many other hard lessons await him -- and the rest of us?