Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Say What You Mean Niall

Niall Ferguson schools Morning Joe:

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I'm not going to pretend that I knew much about Egypt before this latest kerfuffle, but it seemed obvious that we should have been working behind the scenes if at all.

Mubarak was our guy, and when it became obvious that he was going to face civil war if he didn't step down, we were right to urge him out. Mainly because it wouldn't help our cause to have "our guy" murdering civilians in the street. But our urging should have been over telephone lines and through diplomats.

Obama looks for all the world like a guy who picks sides once he's sure who's going to win. In Iran two years ago, an oppressed citizenry got no support or encouragement at all. And the Iranian regime was many times more brutal than Mubarak.

(best bit: at the end when the cameras pan across the sad faces of the Joe-panel)