The usual suspects cited by Caroline Glick cheered the so-called “Arab Spring” and supported the Obama administration’s betrayal of its leading Arab ally, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. A few wise old voices — notably that of Henry Kissinger — protested in vain. Now we have an Islamist dictatorship allied to Hamas. And the mainstream conservative media still can’t admit that Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi ran a transparent protection racket in connivance with Hamas. We still read everywhere that Morsi played a “positive” or “responsible” role, even after he assumed new dictatorial powers yesterday in what Egyptian democrats denounce as a coup.
The mainstream conservative media is too busy explaining why Barack Obama’s re-election had nothing to do with its own mistakes (it was Hurricane Sandy, Charles Krauthammer told the Restoration Weekend conference last Saturday night — just keep doing what we’re doing and we’ll win next time).
I have never met an Israeli who bought into the delusion of Muslim democracy. We should pay more attention to voices like Caroline Glick and less to the ideologues who got it wrong time after time. Ms. Glick, a former Israeli army officer, lives near Jerusalem and votes in Israeli elections. I live in the United States. She has a great deal more right to recommend risky and costly military solutions to Israel than do I. I don’t know whether she is right that Israel needs to invade Gaza and root out the terrorists, but I am sure that the arrogance and ideological uniformity of the mainstream conservative media is a big part of the problem.