We Need the Realist's Vigilant Cynicism

Richard Cohen, Washington Post - September 2, 2014

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America rarely does time capsules anymore, but the ones it does should include videos from February 2011 of American TV reporters exulting in the triumph of the Arab Spring. “This is the sound of a people rising,” ABC’s Terry Moran told us from Cairo. For Egyptians, he said, it was a day “when a people rose and made themselves a new country, a new world, a new life.”

That new life today looks depressingly like the old one.

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