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Just Asking

In the midst of all the euphoria (however possibly misplaced) in Egypt, some rude queries:

1) Why were some elements of the American media essentially cheerleading the revolution, as if it were an indisputably good thing? No one has the slightest idea how this is all going to play out, but wasn’t it just a bit unseemly to openly root for an end to an Arab government that has kept the peace with Israel and has been a dependable U.S. ally? Or did the media’s sports-analogy template and need for a narrative climax override its “objectivity”?

2) Why do James Clapper and Leon Panetta still have their jobs? Could their performances yesterday possibly be any more embarrassing? Once again the crack cadres in Langley have been blindsided by events (see: Soviet Union, end of), while the director of national intelligence badly needs to read Andy McCarthy’s The Grand Jihad.

3) Rhetorical bonus question: Is there no penalty for failure in this administration?

Michael Walsh — Mr. Walsh is the author of the novels Hostile Intent and Early Warning and, writing as frequent NRO contributor David Kahane, Rules for Radical Conservatives.


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