Archive for 'Syria'
Today I found myself, not for the first time, arguing with a friend whether the U.S. under Bush was “sincere” in its desire to bring democracy to the Middle East. I went back to an April 2003 article by Josh Marshall, in which he lays out the grand vision neoconservatives had at the time, improbable as it was, in the first days of the war in Iraq.
President Obama has only been reelected for one week, and already the U.S. and the world seem to be hit with a series of cascading crises. It’s as if the world held its collective breath until after the American elections, and is now vomiting all its accumulated bile at once.
Why did President Obama seem tired and distracted during last night’s debate with Mitt Romney? My theory.
At times the February 20 Movement in Morocco has been criticized for not having a coherent leadership or a clear set of demands. A few observations from Syria may provide some encouragement.