Interested in the Egypt uprising, but don’t have the time to research what’s going down? Want to have a clear story to tell, without being whipsawed by the twin evils of context and nuance?
Well, have right-wing bloggers got a deal for you: if the uprising goes well, it’s because George W. Bush gave a speech about freedom and rights and stuff (while giving autocrat Hosni Mubarak a bunch of money).
If it goes poorly, and shifts Egypt into a fundamentalist Islamic state, it’s Obama’s fault, because … he cut aid to Egypt, and supports unions, and wants to shut down the Internet here, but wants to turn it back on in Egypt. Or something. (No really. Read the link.)
I would link to a thoughtful, in-depth treatment of the reality on the ground, but it’s Monday. Who wants to read that? Save yourself the hassle.
Just remember: if this results in a free Egyptian democracy, the guy you like did it. If it results in civil war or a fundamentalist state, the guy you dislike did it. It has nothing to do with the hopes or aspirations or actions of the Egyptian people either way.
They get off the responsibility hook for any potential bad outcome, since you’re just going to blame the guy you want to blame anyway, and you don’t have to do any pesky reading about that place in between Iran and Syria*.
Everybody wins! Except for the guys getting hosed down, but who told them to pray, anyway?
Hope this helps. Sincerely,
*Egypt is not between Iran and Syria, but Fox News thinks it is.