Feb 01 2011
A lot of conservatives hope President Obama will fail at all he does – apparently that makes them feel better about themselves I guess. Nothing like feeling superior when someone else falters.
But unlike Rush Limbaugh, I know Obama’s failures can come at a huge price. This time, when it comes to Egypt, I am more than happy for President Obama to get it right, and get the credit. The only available options are:
- A fledgling Democracy arises as Mubarak steps aside and supports a peaceful transition
- The West bungles this opportunity (as it did in Iran last year) and throws the Egyptian people to the Islamo Fascists
Having a son in the military I of course want the first to be the focus of our efforts. If you support the military then of course you will push for the first to be the goal. You will not let the fear of an election’s outcome make the 2nd option the defacto result. Fear of election outcomes were in play in Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan – all unfounded.
The protests have been peaceful and respectful. No apparent blood lust, little focus on the West. It is Mubarak who needs to go, not Egypt’s future with the West and the new Middle East.
If Egypt can transition peacefully and democratically then President Obama will get the credit and his place in history. His economic plans will still have been a failure and his Obamacare is still going to be rejected. But helping Egypt get through this moment of history would be a major success. Here’s hoping it turns out the best possible way for the Egyptians, the Arab world, the Muslim community, the US military and our President.
The path of failure is too horrible to ponder.