Juan Cole

Dateline: Thu 13 Sep 2012

on the Middle East.


And what a ruse the anti-Islamic film was, etc.

Cole, as you may know, is a professor at University of Michigan and a Mideast scholar. He does his best, he says, to provide "independent and informed perspective on Middle Eastern and American politics."

He's a liberal. He also knows his stuff.





hendy [Member] said:

I think he misses that there is still kerosene in the air, and that small sparks can ignite much stupidity. In Egypt, much progress is devolving. It shows how US Foreign Policy needs to do better in any number of ways, not the least of which is safety of personnel in volatile regions.

Romney was plainly grandstanding badly, IMHO. But there is still kerosene in the air.

2012-09-13 14:29:00

Jason [unverified] said:

Interesting analysis. He goes a bit off the reservation by ascribing blame to "right-wing Christian groups" and saying Obama was technically correct in not calling Egypt an ally (that, or he forgot to tell his press people what he meant because even they had trouble spinning that one.)

These types of actions have always been about the people who perpetrate them. Any time we're focusing blame on this dopey video or that foreign policy inititative all we serve to do is legitimize that type of behavior. Which is exactly what they believe, that this type of behavior has a place in a functional society. Constantly acting like the American people have done anything to bring about this type of conduct pours a heck of a lot more gas on the fire than some stupid youtube video whose 15 minutes ended hours ago.

2012-09-14 12:36:11

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