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They’re back.

As Brad Pitt famously asked: “Are you a MexiCAN, or a MexiCAN’T?”

Well, these guys are definitely not Neo Kants — as in morality derives from reason — and they are here to tell us and Obama exacty what to do and not to do in response to the Arab Revolt.

John Bolton, former Alientator-in-Chief of allies and enemies alike as Bush’s Ambassador to the UN, stepped out front and center with an article in a little known Neocon UK magazine called “Standpoint” entitled: “No he Can’t: Has Obama Lost Egypt”?

I had not realized Obama ever “had” Egypt. Much in the way I never realized that Bush had “won” the Iraq War. Victory just don’t look the same, as in the sailor in Manhattan bending the girl over backwards on the cover of Life magazine.


The editor of “Standpoint” chimed in, opining that “If the Arab Revolt does turns out well, it will not be owing to the Obama Administration, but to Bush.”

Wow, talk about putting the guy in a box!

Is it funny or sad how the Arab Revolt is casting our hypocrisy into bold relief? We believe in free elections, but only if our guys win. So the latest iteration of a “free election” is that you can’t participate unless you “really” believe in democracy and, if you win this one but lose the next one, you will go quietly.

Difficult to know, that one, until it’s too late. Ortega lost in a free election but has made sure he won’t make that mistake a second time. Would have loved to be the fly on the wall as Uncle Fidel boxed his ears. “Hijo mio, que bruto fuiste!”

The line is long, and at the head, right now, is the President of Cote Ivoire. Nasty piece of work. But he’s makin’ it real for his tribe, and that’s all that counts.

Meanwhile, back at the Kasba, the Islamic Brotherhood is reportedly stockpiling millions metric tons of wool, busily knitting it into ovine raiment in peparation for Egypt’s first truly free, non-rigged election. Are we afraid of them? Bolton is. He says we should disqualify them from voting, and at the same time initiate a clandestine operation to undermine them.

Good call, John. No one will see that one coming.

Meanwhile, O astonishes them all by calling in airstrikes to wipe out Muammar’s air defenses along the Mediterranean coast. Was I wrong in calling this one too soon for the Dictator?

God, I hope so.

Well, as an Indian friend of mine said, “It’s a bloody long way to Tipperary, I don’t mind telling”.

Seems like the old bastard still had a few tricks up his sleeve.

Like those annoying folks from CNN’s “Situation Room” on election night, even though just a fraction of the official returns are in, I’m ready to call this one for the Dictator.

As to the miniseries, I admit I was wrong on both counts. It won’t be “Khadaffi: The Last Days of the Tyrant” nor “The Enduring Dictator” that gets made, but a third one: “Les Miserable II”.

Many of those brave young Libyans who revolted against the Old Man will die at the barricades, while the UN and NATO try to persuade Egypt and Tunisia to open up their borders for a few miles to house the flood of refugees that will ensue when Khadaffi rides triumphantly into the formerly liberated cities. Other dictators in the region are taking heart. The Saudis quietly gunned down 3 protestors in a Shia city, and no one said a thing.

Even the earth is on the side of the dictators: the quake in Japan has the media obeying the “Law of the Bigger Disaster” and giving just a brief crawl mention to the turning of the tide against the rebels in Libya.

The future of Libya was written plainly on the confident, gloating face of Khaddafi’s son — such a contrast from the frightened manchild of a few weeks early — as he stood before the cameras, daring the U.S., Nato, and the UK to try to topple his Dad. He stopped short of saying “Bring it on!”, but we got his meaning. His gleaming eyes said “Forty more years of Dictatorship”.

I am going to make an admission here. Before Iraq, I was in favor of the West using its military might to overthrow murderous dictators. I cheered as the warplanes pummeled the Serbs in Kosovo. I was there, in the aftermath, with FINCA, to reap the Kosovar’s gratitude. To this day, when you leave the airport in Pristina, you will pass a giant billboard of Tony Blair, with the words “Thanks!”. Go into any restaurant (except in the Serbian enclaves) and you will find a big picture of Bill Clinton hanging on the wall.

What ruined it for me? First, were the multiple “justifications” that Bush and Cheney used to explain our misadventure in Iraq. First, we were going into find “weaponsamassdestrucshun”. Thanks for taking the fall for that one, Colin. Next it was “SaddamHusseinisabrutaldictator”. (Try it, still rolls off the tongue) Finally, it was….actually, we never heard the real justification: ‘all, as they call in Texas. Yeah, the black heroin that destorys our environment when the price is low, and our economy when the price is high.

They must be celebrating in Houston today at the footage of the Japanese reactor melting down, in what will certainly constitute the coup de gras to any future “nucular” energy may have had.

The Libyan rebels are not the first, nor will they be the last group to risk their lives for freedom and to be let down by those nations who espouse to be its defenders.

I know it’s not simple. We don’t know who the rebels are. Suppose we invaded and the result was another Iraq: a country closer to Tehran than to Bagdad. We are already stretched to the breaking point in Afghanistan. Libya is just the latest example of how we are, as all empires do, slowly losing our appetite for military adventures, regardless of how noble or ignoble the cause.

Then again, the real reason could be as simple and eloquently as John Boo Hoo Boehner put it:

“We’re broke”.

All eyes are on Libya, as we watch what will either become the miniseries The Final Days of the Tyrant or Khaddafi: The Enduring Dicatator.

Both screenplays are in production as we speak, trust me.

Prediction: If it is the former that graces our big screens six months from now, then the the dominoes will still be falling, and they won’t stop until there is not a single Tyrant standing. Why? Because the Survival by Supression model of governance will have been tested, and will have failed. The long suffering populations of 50 countries will ask themselves: If not now, when?

What hath Zuckerman wrought?

Meanwhile, back at the palace, Ghadaffi’s security forces must be eyeing each other with great apprehension. The jet is fueled and ready on the runway, but how many seats are already spoken for? Who gets to go on that last flight to Caracas — and will there be room for the wife and kids? “Sorry, colonel, but if you want to take a second suitcase of cash, there will be a $25 dollar charge.”

Maybe better to cap the dude, and then declare ourselves “on the side of the revolution.”

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