Neo Cans Look at Libya and Wonder

19 March 2011

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”.

Rupert Scofield


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