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18 January 2012

Where's the Challenge in That?

Tom Friedman, the great cheerleader for the Tahrir Square uprising, today discusses the Great Dilemma now puzzling our Foggy Bottom cogitators given recent developments: Is the now politically-dominant Muslim Brotherhood a modern, moderate force pretending to be radical to its backward Egyptian constituency; or a radical Islamic force pretending to be moderate to the international community? Friedman, of course, argues that surely, both are right! And of course he has no second thoughts - no regrets whatsoever - about the overthrow of the clearly moderate Hosni Mubarak. And why should he - it's all good.
In short, the days of dealing with Egypt with one phone call to one man just one time are over. This is going to require really, really, really sophisticated diplomacy with multiple players — seven days a week.
Yeah, who wants our foreign affairs to be easy? That's like rooting for a football team and wanting them to have easy victories every game. Are you a true sports fan, or just a "homer"? Not Tom Friedman - he's a foreign policy aficionado - he's no "homer".

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Anonymous Winston McDougal said...

People like Tom Friedman love the idea of making everything more convoluted. It is a way of further separating the intellectual elite from us simple-minded peasants.

Any opportunity for them to use catch phrases such as "layers of complexity" and "subtle nuances" will be taken.

January 19, 2012 9:12 AM  
Blogger ziel said...

Particularly in contrast to our "simplistic" and "one-dimensional" assessments.

January 19, 2012 9:54 AM  
Blogger ziel said...

Particularly in contrast to our "simplistic" and "one-dimensional" assessments.

January 19, 2012 9:54 AM  
Anonymous Steve Johnson said...

Pretty persuasive argument by Thomas Friedman to allow people like Thomas Friedman to continue to cause our government to do insane things assuming that you're (a) a person who is going to be one of the people who will be conducting this complex diplomacy and (b) a person who has some measure of power to ensure that this situation occurs.

Both (a) and (b) (coincidentally I'm sure) apply to State Department functionaries.

Nice little coded message loop there.

January 23, 2012 7:14 AM  

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