Egypt meets hope. We Americans can take pride in a new foreign policy vision that is truly democratic, historically informed, mindful of unintended consequences and less willing to suffer the explicit abridgment of human rights in the name of our own, narrow national interests.
“There is something in the soul that cries out for freedom,” the President quotes Martin Luther King to remind us how today’s Egyptians’ struggles are so like our own. And the soul rejoices, too, in the measured, grown-up, forward looking response of our grown-up, measured President. He offers nothing less than a new hope that the events of the past weeks suggest that America’s conflict with the Muslim world has been the historical abberation, and not a cultural or historical inevitability. And he inspires the hope that Americans may yet come to better understand our most basic commonality not just with the Egyptians of Tahrir Square, but with the common peoples of the whole world: our common yearning to be free.
A brilliant speech, well worth watching in full:
Due vecchi che hanno oltre il periodo consentito loro giorni.
Although history is full of unintended consequences, I think we should give thanks that the “Arab Street” has finally turned its wrath on their real oppressors, the autocratic, quasi-monarchical and religio-demagogic oligarchs and dictators who rule their own countries.
Let’s just hope that the United States doesn’t reflexively come out in support of these reprehensible Middle Eatern regimes, as we have more often than not in the past, merely in the name of “stability.”
Speaker of the House John Boner. (Photomontage: thinkprogress.org.)
N. Def. Act of political suicide that John Boner and the 112th Congress are going to commit by shutting down the Federal government, not raising the debt ceiling, and seeking meaningless impeachment indictments against President Obama.
As the saying goes, first time as tragedy…
It was designed to be the “conservative institution” by the same Constitution that deemed African-Americans were 3/5ths of a person.
It might be time to rethink. Along with the anti-monarchical movement in England, there is also an anti-House of Lords movement.
What exactly was the purpose of the “House of Lords” in America? For surely, that is what the “Senate” is.
The Romans did no better job relying on their “Senators.” It was in their name the “Republic” was founded, and it was they who also betrayed it.
So maybe the real reason the Senate is “dysfunctional,” in the eyes of so many, is because it is time to say ‘bye-‘bye.
I welcome any so-called “Constitutional Conservatives” to reply.
“The emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union is not an objective of American foreign policy,” Mr. Kissinger said. “And if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern.”
By ADAM NAGOURNEY
Published: December 10, 2010