Peacefully removing Arab dictators: Obama 2, Bush 0.


Via Taegan:

Marc Lynch: "Despite the avalanche of criticism from protesters and pundits, in fact Obama and his key aides...backed the Egyptian protest movement far more quickly than anyone should have expected. Their steadily mounting pressure on the Mubarak regime took time to succeed, causing enormous heartburn along the way, but now can claim vindication. By working carefully and closely with the Egyptian military, it helped restrain the worst violence and prevent Tiananmen on the Tahrir -- which, it is easy to forget today, could very easily have happened... By the way, for those keeping score in the 'peacefully removing Arab dictators' game, it's now Obama 2, Bush 0."

BushCo would have simply bombed them into submission (again). Or GW would have blustered and babbled his way into another embarrassing catastrophe (again), lives would have been lost (again), America's reputation would have suffered (again), and President Obama would have been blamed (again).

President Obama has a couple of obvious advantages that GW doesn't: A functioning brain and good judgment.