Elliott Abrams explains what went wrong in Egypt. "The Brotherhood thrived underground and in the mosques, while a moderate who had the audacity to run against President Mubarak in 2005, Ayman Nour, was then imprisoned for four years. This suggests that Egypt's forthcoming transition to democracy will be extremely difficult and may falter, because the Mubarak regime did literally nothing in 30 years to prepare Egypt for it. The Administration was warned about all of this a year ago, and told that if Mubarak stole the November 2010 parliamentary elections and tried to install his son as his successor, Egypt was in for real turbulence. He did both--and now Egypt is reaping the whirlwind. . . . Unfortunately that advice to the Administration was not heeded--or not well enough anyway; the Administration was largely passive and hardly reacted when Mubarak stole yet another election last Fall."
Republicans begin to explain what is wrong with ObamaCare. CBO confirms that ObamaCare will kill 800,000 jobs.
Peter Berkowitz explains what is wrong with popular conservative figures simply bashing elites. "Overall, their sweeping indictment, which inspired a good deal of Tea Party activism, has been good for democracy in America. By rousing large numbers of citizens of differing political inclinations last November to demand more effective and responsible representation, the indictment served the cause of self-government. But dwelling on the vices of contemporary elites can also present dangers to the cause of freedom. . . . It frequently runs the risk of obscuring the dependence of constitutional democracy in America on the cultivation of excellence.
James Capretta explains what is wrong with liberals' thinking on "bending the cost curve" on health-care costs. "Bending the cost curve is not a matter of simply paying less for a service. What's needed is real and continuous productivity improvement in the health sector: doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, labs, clinics, and others finding better ways to deliver higher-quality care at less cost. Because if productivity in the health sector does not rise, then payment-rate reductions will simply drive willing suppliers of services out of the marketplace." Read the whole thing.
This explains what's wrong with focusing on Israeli settlements as the reason we don't have peace in the Middle East. "As part of a TV campaign to 'support women's issues' in the Arab world, a TV clip presenting several 'model women' was broadcast on more than 50 Arab TV stations including Palestinian Authority TV. One of the women promoted as role models for Arab women today is famous for her terrorist attack that killed dozens, and another is famous for celebrating the Martyrdom deaths of her children."
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's office explains what is wrong with his prior statement calling the Muslim Brotherhood a secular organization. It really doesn't inspire confidence, does it?
At some point you have to really wonder what is wrong with the Obama brain trust. "CIA Director Leon Panetta helped touch off an avalanche of erroneous expectations Thursday when he testified that there was a 'strong likelihood' that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak would step down by the end of the day."
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