Against Dumbed Down Conservatism Part II: Fruits of the Arab Spring
There are reports that rockets fired from Egypt have struck Israel. If this turns out to be accurate, it will be the first hostilities between Egypt and Israel since 1979.
Mitt Romney and the Republican punditocracy (see here and here) endorsed the Arab Spring enthusiastically. Bret Stephens' recent anti-intellectual screed about what is wrong with Republicans didn't so much as mention the establishment GOP's endorsement of the catastrophic policy of regime change in the Middle East.
The facts speak for themselves. The US helped topple the Mubarak regime. After 33 years of peace, Egypt is openly promoting terrorist activity and apparently attacking Israel directly. Radio Free Europe is reporting that the weapons used to attack Israel are believed to have come from Libya and Egypt in the wake of the Arab Spring.
Our "ally" Iraq is calling for Arab nations to use oil as a weapon against the United States because of U.S. support for Israel. This attitude is the fruit of the union of David Petraeus' COIN strategy with the Arab Spring. The US paid a price of 4,500 dead, 32,000 wounded, and 750 billion dollars for this?
And we should not overlook the fact that our Afghan "allies" have joined with our Iraqi, Egyptian, and Jordanian "allies" in condemning Israel's exercise of its right to self-defense.
We can only hope that the GOP and anti-intellectual pundits such as Stephens, Krauthammer, and Kristol will start looking at the facts rather than dreaming about democracy breaking out in the Middle East.
It is wise to remember that the roots of the Benghazi disaster lie in the Arab Spring. We should not forget this as we untangle the web of lies woven by the Obama administration about the events of 9/11/12.