Monthly Archives: February 2011

Me Too-ism in Libya — February 28, 2011

George W. Bush promised us a humble foreign policy.  With Barack Obama, we have one.  It puts me in mind of Winston Churchill’s famous aphorism about Clement Atlee: “Mr. Attlee is a very modest man. Indeed he has a lot … Continue reading

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French Cheese — February 21, 2011

I used to marvel at the French.  For years, every time some seemingly rational president came along and sought to trim the exorbitant benefits enjoyed by the public sector unions, they would react by going on massive strikes and tying … Continue reading

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The Army in Charge — February 14, 2011

Everybody breathed a sigh of relief that Tahrir Square did not become another Tiananmen.  It was all down to the army.  They chose to side with the protesters in the square rather than with their own commander.  So far, so … Continue reading

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Denial on the Nile — February 7, 2011

The likely outcome of the Egyptian revolution was predicted nearly 75 years ago.  And if it comes to pass, it will not be good for the West. Political scientist Crane Brinton wrote Anatomy of a Revolution in 1938.  In it, … Continue reading

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