Saturday, February 5, 2011
Do Not Call List
Back in the days, it used to amuse me -- if that's the term -- to hear Condi Rice or George Bush "call upon" some country or other to do some thing or other. How ineffectual it sounded. I suppose others did it before them, but for some reason, when they weren't invading, "call upon" seemed like the way they responded to pretty much everything going on in the world. Call upon. Anyone listening?
I call upon Wall Street to give me back my money.
And, yes, it sounds silly when Hilary or Barack say the same thing.
Which brings me to my point: I look at a million people roiling in Egypt to protest their government, which is impressive and portentous in ways none of us yet know. Whatever else might be true about it, it seems pretty likely that anything anyone says on this side of it would have, rounding off, zero effect that crowd. And yet the punditry is "grading" Obama's response to the situation. Thoughtful Republicans -- not yet a complete oxymoron -- are generally saying he's done well. The RWS™, of course, give him a grade beyond failing; some of them Beckon that he's behind the whole thing, pulling strings from afar, managing the Muslim Brotherhood like Howdy Doody, with the aim of establishing the caliphate in your neighbor's garage.
Simultaneously, the Egypt uprising is a wonderful thing, proof of George Bush's brilliance, and horror unimaginable, proof of Barack Obama's nefariousness. It's democracy sweeping through the Middle East like the floods in Australia, and it's the end of the world. Obama's actions represent careful and effective diplomacy, and it's an impeachable offense.
None of them have a clue what has gone on behind the scenes. Reports suggest that the Obama administration has been talking to Mubarak and working on him to hang it up; working also through the Egyptian military. If we knew what was said, and how, it might be gradable. For now, though, the commentariat is as embarrassing to themselves as is standing in the Rose Garden and calling for stuff.
A million people marching in Egypt. And RWS™ think Obama is behind it, or should have been, or could have been, or should not have been, or isn't.
I call upon them to hang up.