Which is useful, every once in a while: a statement of the obvious. If Mitt Romney had said Egypt was not an ally of the United States, this would be trumpeted everywhere as proof of the candidate’s unfitness for the presidency.
(True, the American-Egyptian alliance is questionable, but it is an alliance, for now . . .)
In his convention speech, Barack Obama said, “My opponent and his running mate are new to foreign policy.” He paused a long time before he said “new” — as if trying to think of a right and polite word — and then said it in a cutesy, self-satisfied way.
Memo to prez: We know you’re reading off a teleprompter! You shouldn’t pretend to be searching for the right word!