Sunday, January 30, 2011
- Obama's Egypt As Carter's Iran
My buddy (and frequent commenter) Vishnu just sent me a little snippet from an Indian newsource he keeps track of online. I have no idea if this is the right view to take, but it's interesting that it's the view being taken by at least a portion of Indians:
The administration of President Barack Obama has as badly misjudged the gathering storm in Egypt before the riots broke out as the administration of then President Jimmy Carter had misjudged the gathering storm in Teheran in 1978 before the fall of the Shah of Iran < . >
Comparisons between Obama and Carter are old hat in my sewing circle, and Vishnu is a part of that. Our mutual friend Karl gets a big kick out of taunting me with Carter references because he knows my deep and abiding love for America's worst president. I was disgusted by Carter long before it became fashionable, and my annoyance has been the subject of much entertainment for all of us over the years. But this is the first time I've seen that comparison being made by the international community, who Obama's supporters all claimed should now love us.
The American media is wrong all the time. I don't see that the Indian news media should be any better simply by virtue of being Indian. I personally think the Tel Aviv Stock market is a better way to gauge the goings on in Egypt. Surely if things look to take a seriously anti-western turn, they would be the first to know. And the last reliable data I got from my contacts in the energy trading community (who all follow the middle east pretty closely) was that it could just as easily go pro-west as not.
But it's interesting that when it comes to Obama and Carter, the resemblance is getting easy enough to spot that even foreign news services are catching on.