January 28, 2011
ELLIOTT ABRAMS IN THE WASHINGTON POST: Egypt protests show George W. Bush was right about freedom in the Arab world. Well, possibly — and as I noted yesterday, I wish we’d kept up the momentum back in 2005, when the correlation of forces — and mana — was more favorable. But it’s also possible that we’re seeing a Piven-style “revolution” in which the serfs just pick a different batch of rulers, and fit them with boots and spurs. We should be doing what we can to make sure that doesn’t happen, but I’m not entirely sure the folks in charge really understand the difference . . . .
UPDATE: Condi Rice in 2005.