February 3, 2011

Obama's Risky Idealism on Egypt

James Kitfield, National Journal


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No place has clipped the wings of American idealism, and grounded it in the grimy compromises that pit interests against aspirations, quite like the Middle East. Even a president as preternaturally idealistic as George W. Bush was eventually brought to earth by the weight of the region’s double standards and trade-offs, ultimately abandoning his “freedom agenda” and reversing his own secretary of state by choosing “stability at the expense of democracy.”

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