AMIDST THE FLUFF AND BLATHER OF THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE, ONE CANDIDATE HAS SOME WORTHWHILE EXPERIENCE
[NOTE: In the continuing mess that is the Middle East (ISIS gaining/losing ground depending on who's blog you peruse, Syrian cities being wiped off the map by all seven sides, Iran continuing to develop it's nuclear arms or not depending on which "news" articles you're reading on any given day, the continuing devolution of Libya into several thousand warring militia-dominated plantations) plus recent terrorist attacks in Paris, the US and daily in Iraq and Afghanistan, we often forget about one of the most singular events in modern history that largely served as the starting gun for the current situation in the Middle East: The Arab Spring. Kicked-off in Tunisia in 2011 over the suicide of a young vegetable seller,Mohamed Bouazizi, on the streets of Tunis, the Jasmine Revolution led to the downfall of the government of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, and the wave of revolutionary fervor spread like wildfire from Tunisia to Egypt to Libya to Syria and elsewhere.
As dictators and their regimes were toppled, hopes were high that a new era of democratic governance would sweep the Middle East to replace the age old repressive regimes. Then reality set in, most forcibly in Egypt where the Muslim Brotherhood took control after the toppling of Mubarak, but who were later ousted by Egypt's military. Libya followed a different and infinitely more destructive path as did Syria. Despite U.S. support in all three countries, it hasn't gone well. But apparently one person in the Obama Administration read the events of the Arab Spring correctly.]
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Many people got Egypt wrong. One of the few people who got the basics right is Clinton. That’s a card she should play more effectively in this campaign..