Skip to comments.The Abhorrent Vacuum (Mark Steyn on Egypt)
Posted on 09/13/2012 11:21:21 AM PDT by mojito
In the breast of the Western media, hopes of Arab Spring spring eternal. First we were told the Muslim Brotherhood would contest only a third of the seats in the Egyptian parliament, just to ensure they had some representation in the legislature among all those students, women, and Copts. Then we were told it would be half the seats, but don't worry, they had no plans to contest the presidency. Next we were told they were taking a run at the presidency, but most unlikely to win compared with all those far more appealing time-serving hacks from transnationalist bureaucracies like the Arab League and the International Atomic Energy Agency who were itching to jump in the race. And finally, after the Brothers took the presidency and swept the parliament, we were assured that they could govern only in a finely calibrated balance of power with the secularist military.
Inevitably, within a few weeks of taking the oath of office, President Morsi fired the head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, purged the top brass, including the chief of staff and the heads of the air force and navy, and reversed such restraints on his power as they'd imposed. Equally inevitably, the view from Washington was that this was no more than "a generational change in military leadership." It is true that General Sisi is a younger man than Field Marshal Tantawi. However, the fact remains that, in his first month in office, Mohamed Morsi has accomplished what it's taken the post-Kemalist regime in Turkey its first decade to pull off: the end of the army's role as constitutional guardian.
Indeed, he seems to have ended the constitution, such as it is.
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It's 0bama's Egypt: We just live in it.
We supported a mob of Muslim terrorists over an ally. Chose chaos over stability. This is 1979 round two.
“This is 1979 round two.”
Every time I read or especially listen to Mark Steyn, I feel smarter from the experience.
The nukes that fall on Tehran and Cairo and Damascus will have the Star of David on them and not the Stars and Stripes. Obozo will still be apologizing and dithering.
No one knows if they would even light up . . .
Out of date.
Imagine trying a computer last tested in 1992 . . .
That’s our last operational test of an American nuclear warhead.
Oh . . . I know . . . they have been upgraded and modified and the wires shined . . . but we do not KNOW if they work.
I pray Steyn's wrong... has that ever happened?
No ours, Israel’s.
Steyn thought BinLaden was dead early in the Afghanistan conflict, so he can make an error.
Strangely enough, that makes me feel better.
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I still have seen no evidence with my eyes that shows Bin Laden lived beyond Tora Bora. So maybe Steyn is still batting 1.000?
She sure enough said it.
And, then, she giggled...
My tagline for a good while in 2008-2009:
(Obama: Carter’s only chance to avoid going down in history as the worst U.S. president ever.)
Carter really got the Islamic ball rolling by undercutting the Shah and putting the radicals in power there. We are seeing much more of same with Obama.
I’ve been saying for years that I wish I could write 10% as well.
True to an extent.
Our nukes are tested. Virtually. Basically supercomputers are harnessed to simulate the aging of the warheads and then they are detonated. Virtually. This has been going on for a long time and is one reason that supercomputers (and the codes that run on them) have national security implications.
Now how accurate are these calculations/simulations? How sure are we that they represent physical reality? I don’t claim to know. I’m sure some very smart people have worked on this stuff but beyond that - i have no idea.
In an American election year, the Middle East is a side issue in a nation ever broker and, in large part, weary of global responsibilities it never sought. But, to modify Trotsky, you may not be interested in Islam, but Islam is interested in you. Would Morsi have moved so far so fast against a military bankrolled by U.S. taxpayers if he had thought Washington would push back? Probably not. But he read the Obama administration and correctly concluded he could do what he wanted and pay no price as did Erdogan, a nominal NATO ally, when he all but formally broke off relations with Israel. As do the mullahs, daily. All three look at Washington and see a late Ottoman sultan: soft, pampered, decadent, weak, lounging on his cushions, puffing his hookah, but unable to rouse himself to impose his will. After Qaddafi, Hillary Clinton offered the following clunker of a sound bite: "We came, we saw, he died." In reality, we're gone, they saw, and the post-American world is being born.
That’s a reasonable point, and can’t be disproved with the information available to us.
No need to nuke Cairo, just drop one conventional bunker buster on the face of the Aswan dam...
FLUSH all the way to the sea.
Serious Steyn for deadly times