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Kristol vs. Krauthammer?

Posted on | February 5, 2011 | 58 Comments

Let’s you and him fight!

Our friend Charles Krauthammer began his column last week by asking, “Who doesn’t love a democratic revolution? Who is not moved by the renunciation of fear and the reclamation of dignity in the streets of Cairo and Alexandria?”
Some on the right, that’s who. . . .
As Krauthammer puts it, “All revolutions are blissful in the first days. The romance could be forgiven if this were Paris 1789. But it is not. In the intervening 222 years, we have learned how these things can end.”

Of course, this hint of an intra-neocon skirmish is merely the preliminary bout, Kristol’s warm-up for the main event:

When Glenn Beck rants about the caliphate taking over the Middle East from Morocco to the Philippines, and lists (invents?) the connections between caliphate-promoters and the American left, he brings to mind no one so much as Robert Welch and the John Birch Society. He’s marginalizing himself, just as his predecessors did back in the early 1960s.

Generally speaking, I’m a bigger fan of Kristol than of Krauthammer, mainly because Krauthammer is such an anti-Palin snob. In this case, however, I share Krauthammer’s forebodings of an Egyptian revolution and dislike Kristol’s effort to enhance his own Strange New Respect quotient by dissing Beck.

BTW: Regular readers will note that, after seven consecutive days of nearly non-stop Egyptian blogging, I gave it a rest Friday.

There’s only so much of this foreign-policy punditry stuff I can stomach, and unless somebody prosposes to hit the tip-jar to send me to EgyptFear and Loathing in the Lobby Bar of the Cairo Hilton — I’m going to blog about other stuff for a while.


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