George Will Has Obama’s Back on Egypt

George Will is often out of step with other conservatives. Sometimes I’m glad of this, and sometimes I’m not. He speaks wisdom in his latest column, taking on the Righties who use every news peg to try to bash President Obama.  (Some elements of the Left, of course, are equally guilty of this tendency.)  Here’s Will today:

Those Americans who know which Republican will win next year’s Iowa caucuses can complain about those who did not know that when a Tunisian street vendor set himself on fire, he would set a region afire. From all other Americans, forbearance would be seemly.

It also would be amazing, because there is a cottage industry of Barack Obama critics who, not content with monitoring his myriad mistakes in domestic policies, insist that there must be a seamless connection of those with his foreign policy. Strangely, these critics, who correctly doubt the propriety and capacity of the U.S. government controlling our complex society, simultaneously fault the government for not having vast competence to shape the destinies of other societies.

There are plenty of good and valid reasons to be critical of the Obama administration. But blaming Obama for Egypt is no more valid than the contention that somehow President Bush should have prevented 9/11.

2 thoughts on “George Will Has Obama’s Back on Egypt

  1. Many Republicans seem to feel that ensuring Obama is a one-term president is more important than anything, including the health of the country and its people (and I mean that both literally and metaphorically). I blame Bush for just about everything that Obama is struggling with now (for making it worse, if not originating it), but not for the 9/11 attacks, which I believe would have happened no matter who was president.

  2. Janet, thanks for stopping by to comment. We’re going to disagree on the relative merits of Presidents Bush and Obama, but I want this president and any president to be an effective leader. I was repulsed when Rush Limbaugh said of President-elect Obama, “I hope he fails.”

    I voted for Mr. McCain, but for the time being Obama is MY president and the commander-in-chief of the service men and women who keep us safe. The only way in which I “hope he fails” is in his bid for re-election.

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