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.