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A Tale of Two Rivers

That Potemkin Village is called Narrativeville, and lots of people inside the Beltway actually live in it. In that town, all problems can be solved by sending off new talking points to Journolist to make reality conform to fiction.

Except maybe this time it won't happen beyond the remit of the Metro. The unaccountable refusal of reality to conform would puzzle many in Washington. But the last few weeks have been a story of two cities built by a river: one by the Potomac and the other by the Nile, each afflicted by its own brand of madness.

All the demands that America "do something in Egypt" are really preconditioned on one unstated assumption: that Washington itself knows what to do. That used to be a reasonable assumption; it is not any more.


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