February 26, 2005

"Zee Empire has ways of making you...democratize!"

Things are moving so fast that Bush's State of the Union seems like months ago. But it was just the beginning of this month. And one of the things I blogged about with glee was this line:

...And the great and proud nation of Egypt, which showed the way toward peace in the Middle East, can now show the way toward democracy in the Middle East.

It seemed like less of a suggestion than a politely-phrased order. I thought it was a splendid example of the confidence we have earned by persisting and winning in Iraq. We are at the point where we can just act as if our goals are inevitabilities, and that we expect that anyone sensible is going to agree. And that kind of confidence tends to be a self-fulfilling prophecy. The crowds gather in the public square, with colorful banners and flowers and calls for elections....the tyrant, with cops and guns and goons at his command.....hesitates. Negotiates. Blusters. Crumbles.

But Egypt! Crazy. I assumed we were talking about YEARS! First the little guys fall. The little dominos. Lybia. Abu Dhabi. Lebanon. Whatever. The pressure slowly ramps up. Mubarak starts to sweat.

Boy was I wrong. Egypt. What did it take, three weeks? Awesome.

Yeah, yeah, I know. Mubarak and the ruling party will probably try to rig things so they stay in power. Makes no diff in the long run. And when Egyptian democracy comes it will be flawed in many ways. You Democrats out there will have lots to sneer at. There will be plenty of failures and back-slidings to smack your lips over. As you sit in the station and watch the History Train recede into the distance.

Condi in black...And what will be the picture, the image that will sum up this moment in history? Maybe, just maybe, a certain Secretary of State with a cool black outfit that makes Darth Vader look frumpy and dated?

Alan suggested she looks creepy, because of the Matrix effect. I think he's missing the point. The only question about any flamboyant fashion is, "can you pull it off? Do you have the style and looks and confidence to wear something splashy?" If you don't you look like a fool.

Condi's got it. The reality-based crowd are being pushed into the background. Buncha dweebs.

Posted by John Weidner at February 26, 2005 11:41 PM
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