August 17, 2013

Credibility Freefall

Posted by Gregory at August 17, 2013 10:27 PM | TrackBack (0)

Frankly, it strikes me as a--relatively-minor thing to worry about....because we never had, nor did we deserve to have, much credibility in Egypt in that regard. With any and ALL sides there. I think our reaction to Algeria, in the 90s, and the Hamas victory in 2006 did in our credibility--again, to the limited extent we ever had any credibility-- with regard to Islamist election triumphs.

Nor, I might add, did we truly waste much time "cajol[ing]" 'Islamists' to play by rules THAT WE EMBRACE. We guessed that would be a waste of time too....but we had to play to the various audiences until the inevitable occurred.

It's just that we can't say all this in public. It will make our politicians prey to those dopey, child-like, David Gregory type questions:

'But didn't you say on Oct 4th....blah, blah, blah' 'Yes, I did say that on Oct 4th...but I never dreamed anyone above the age of 10 thought I was are really delightfully naive charming to find'.

Posted by: jonst at August 18, 2013 11:15 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

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