Charles Krauthammer has a short, clear description of the reality of the "Arab Spring" really being "Islamist Ascendancy" at NRO.
I think Krauthammer is right, but I wonder if he will at some point admit that he was a cheerleader for the Arab Spring and explain why he has changed his mind. A few months ago he was calling for intervention in Syria; now he admits that the successor to the Assad regime, should the Assads fall, will be what is conventionally called an Islamist regime.
The rise of Islamist regimes hostile to the United States as a consequence of the Arab Spring was, well, obvious. I was able to predict it, and I am not an expert in the history or politics of the region. It is a shame that great eminences like Hillary Clinton, Condoleeza Rice, and Charles Krauthammer couldn't see the obvious.
We have yet to think clearly as a nation about the Middle East. I am glad that intellectuals like Krauthammer are now willing to point out the obvious facts of the case. Maybe we can begin to think clearly about policies that will secure our rights while respecting the rights of others rather than living in our imaginations.
We have a long tradition of sound, clear thinking on foreign policy. The founders and their successors like John Qunicy Adams, Abraham Lincoln, and Grover Cleveland (among others) demonstrated an ability to think in a principled, clear manner about foreign affairs. Ronald Reagan was able to perceive the great threat posed by the USSR to our way of life, and he was also able to advocate sensible policies to address that threat.
Principled, clear thought on foreign affairs is possible. We must hope we will start to see some evidence that Romney can think more sensibly than his recent predecessors about international relations.