WWRD? – maybe decline to take Mubarak’s call

Egypt: WWRD? « Hot Air

The freedom rhetoric is what’s missing in January 2011. Reagan excelled at it – and I think he would, characteristically, have recognized a tremendous opportunity to use ideas to influence the course of events in the Arab world.

So JE Dyer’s exercise in hagiography at HotAir, in which she conjures up an imaginary Reaganesque call to adoration before the Declaration of Independence and such, causing 80 million Egyptians to genuflect to the west and the glory of American exceptionalism .

Or maybe Reagan would handle Egypt in the same way he handled the People Power Revolution in the Phillipines – by doing nothing in public except to support the longtime American stooge and ally, the rather Mubarakian Marcos, until it was clear the people could not be resisted any longer.  Following that pattern, the sainted RWR, if in office today, might have let someone else deliver the good bad news to Mubarak that America could get by with one dictator less in its international alliance structure.

Oddly enough, the HotAirians who, apparently inspired by Glenn Beck and others, have been asserting that the Egyptian events are part of some fiendish world-embracing Islamo-leftist super-Alinskyian Kenyan Socialist conspiracy haven’t yet had much to say under JED’s post.  Yet.

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  1. the people at Hot Air probably don’t read Dyer’s posts as she writes too well and at greater length and complexity then the other people currently employed and dropping their leavings ( is that wardsback) on the page.

  2. That’s the more optimistic take, on things, as is the Phillipines, which
    the Czar has pointed some parallels.

  3. One big difference between Egypt and the Phillipines, or Iran, or most successful revolutions, is the lack of an identifiable revolutionary leadership or figurehead. It’s part of what fuels uncertainty and speculation, and also pessimism about how much further this thing can go. Also makes it easy to paint as mainly negative or destructive, and to open Beckian and saner speculation about dark forces and conspiracies.

  4. Well I’m focusing on the People Power element, that was common to ESDA and this situation, which Wolfowitz, when he was at Defense,
    supported, and continues to support.

  5. I confess not to knowing much about Indonesia’s transition. The author does make some good points. But that would have been for the WWCD? post. Apparently, Indonesia didn’t have a revolutionary leadership, not sure if it had figureheads or a coherent opposition, but Indonesia also wasn’t seen as a critical component of the US alliance structure. It might actually have been more critical than it was seen to be, but, then again, it seems to have turned out fairly well.

  6. It’s an inperfect fit, Suharto was swept out after thirty plus years, in the aftermath of the great Asian collapse of ’97, they had similar records of human rights abuses, (East Timor, was the exception) one would think the Phillipines offers the most clear positive parallel, I don’t think General Suleiman is going for it though.

  7. @ fuster:
    I meant “seen” as in “widely/popularly followed, narrated, dramatized.” I don’t recall round-the-clock coverage and updates, global hand-wringing, major concerned statements from political leaders, etc. You, me, and the Navy know how important the Straits of Malacca are, but a lot more people are concerned about Israel, Islam, Suez, etc.

  8. @ CK MacLeod:

    Back then, my good Tsar, coverage consisted of radio and whatever film could be smuggled out to the outside world.

    That said, Egypt is more important for more reasons. and it’s famous!

  9. You know I’m just a mere Castillian scribe, but how do they miss this is related to that wikileaks cable from some weeks back;

    King Abdullah of Jordan has just taken the remarkable step of firing his powerful head of General Intelligence in the middle of a major regional — and potentially domestic — crisis. Nabil Ghishan, a Jordanian journalist, explains in al-Hayat that the reason for the firing of Mukhabarat head Mohammed al-Thahbi was his role in a controversial rapprochement with Hamas over the last few months. Presumably his replacement, Mohammed Raqad — whose prior assignment was in the northern city of Irbid — will have fewer ideas about outreach to Hamas. But more broadly, the move suggests a panic at the heart of the Hashemite establishment over the ramifications of the spiraling Gaza crisis. It’s no accident that King Abdullah and Queen Rania have been urgently calling for Israel to “end the violence immediately”, even as fellow pro-U.S. autocrats in Cairo and Riyadh hedge in anticipation of Hamas taking damage. There is no way for Jordan to stay on the sidelines of an Israeli-Palestinian crisis – and this one may prove more dangerous than others.

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