Matthews on Egypt: It’s as if we needed Obama to make this happen

posted at 9:41 pm on February 11, 2011 by Allahpundit

An instant classic from Newsbusters. Shot for shot, for pure ignorance and sycophancy, this might be Tingles’s all-time most surreal moment. And not merely because of the Obama messianism involved, either — although, to be sure, that’s plenty surreal too under the circumstances. In fact, Tapper’s updated his post from earlier this afternoon with a few more fun facts about how little the White House cared for democracy in Egypt until now. Not only didn’t we need The One to “have this happen,” he actually cut the financial lifeline that could have brought it about sooner:

Windsor tells ABC News that the administration gave roughly “7 million dollars of assistance to civil society, but they made a decision that that assistance would only go to those groups that were approved by the Egyptian government” – contrary to the policy of the Bush administration. “For several years, assistance was going to independent as well as to registered groups, and this policy was changed unfortunately.”…

As covered at length by the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler, for fiscal year 2009, the Obama administration “immediately halved the money for democracy promotion in Egypt; the civil society funds were slashed 70 percent, to $7 million.”

Says Windsor: “The attitude of Obama administration toward the pro-democracy movement was to put them at arm’s length, and make sure that US interaction with the pro-democracy movement did not in any way ruffle the feathers of a dictatorial regime.”

So, fine. Matthews is an Obama apologist who doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Nothing groundbreaking there. But … what’s with this line?

And here he is, and he comes into office, and this jubilant situation in Eqypt, with the first time in our lives we get to see people from the Arab world in a very positive democratic setting.

You could read that one of two ways. If by “democratic setting” he’s including electoral settings, then he’s grievously insulted the Afghans and Iraqis who turned out to vote over the past decade knowing that suicide bombers could (and did) show up at the polling place. If by “democratic setting” he means something more revolutionary, then why doesn’t Lebanon’s Cedar Revolution that ended Syria’s occupation in 2005 qualify? Mass demonstrations, a dictator on the run, no bloodshed — all the “very positive” elements were there too. Granted, that moment has now come to naught, but then this might come to naught too. And this time, it might not take five years. Read this smart piece by David Frum about how the path to liberalization in Egypt runs through economic growth, which is bad news given (a) the military’s cartel-like control of industry and (b) the fact that growth almost certainly won’t happen fast enough to satisfy impatient Egyptians. His conclusion, I think, is spot on:

But the most likely course is also the most depressing: Egypt opens a little, then closes again. The regime tries to buy popularity by bloating the state sector. It emits nationalist noises against the United States and Israel, downgrading co-operation with former partners. Its foreign policy pivots away from the West and toward Turkey and Iran. In this scenario, Egypt’s future would resemble its Nasserist past: exploiting nationalism to justify authoritarianism. The new dawn will yield to the old twilight.

Will Matthews “credit” Obama if that disaster ends up happening? Of course not. But at least we’ll get another all-time classic “Hardball” moment when he tries to explain it away.


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When oh when will this drooling pervert go away?????

50sGuy on February 12, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Yeah, sorry but I don’t have much sympathy for you guys here after all the Berlin wall nonsense we’ve had to endure for decades.

Post hoc ergo propter hoc right, Reagan fans?

crr6 on February 11, 2011 at 10:41 PM

The Berlin Wall fell because we bled the soviets dry, starting in the Korea era Cold war build up, reaching apex in Vietnam as they propped up the nation during and after the war, and finally succumbing to the economic melt down and grind of public exhaustion associated with their being mired in Afghanistan.

These were Reagan issues, he was outspoken on them and took a clear stance and decisive action at every crossroad…in summary, he didn’t take a poll and vote “Present” when faced with the outcome he desired.

Alden Pyle on February 12, 2011 at 8:56 AM

When oh when will this drooling pervert go away?????

50sGuy on February 12, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Pay him no attention and – POOF! – he’s gone.

beatcanvas on February 12, 2011 at 8:56 AM

Barrack Obama…the Forest Gump of presidents.

scalleywag on February 12, 2011 at 7:16 AM
.
Forest had empathy and was human,bo is a cold fish soros zombie.
bo is in deep DoDo and does not get it any more than tingles,clueless hardly covers what the genius from harvard does not know about world affairs.

Col.John Wm. Reed on February 12, 2011 at 9:18 AM

More people are in the rest rooms than watch msnbc.
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Col.John Wm. Reed on February 12, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Shouldn’t Chris Matthews get a mental health checkup? A checkup from the neck up. This is yellow journalism – it’s got a name, there is no need to find a new definition for an old form of journalistic malpractice. Unless MSNBC isn’t really a news outlet – then they need to brand themselves as “mock news network” MSNBC: we just make sh1t up as we go along LOL!

Dr Evil on February 12, 2011 at 9:42 AM

These guys will find a “silver lining” to anything, if they need one

J_Crater on February 12, 2011 at 9:43 AM

What does it say about Matthews that in the span of 20 years he has gone from a marginally competent political reporter to a man I go to for hilarious unintentional comedy.
Sad really.

jjshaka on February 12, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Are you insane?

powerpro on February 12, 2011 at 4:03 AM

That’s a rhetorical question, right?

Cindy Munford on February 12, 2011 at 9:57 AM

As always the truth to a liberal is not what the facts substantiate, but what they want it to be. What will Obama’s lapdog say if the Muslim Brotherhood take power and install sharia law. It will be impossible to blame that on Bush, but this fool will surely try.

volsense on February 12, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Oh for Cripe’s sake.

Alana on February 12, 2011 at 10:16 AM

“[T]he first time in our lives we get to see people from the Arab world in a very positive democratic setting.”

Cwissy is harnessing Michelle it seems.

upinak on February 12, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Col.John Wm. Reed on February 12, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Well I meant that in the way that Forest just kind of stumbled upon things, like Mr. President with his Pulitzer and the events in Egypt. He didn’t do anything spectacular to take credit for this any more than he ever deserved a peace prize…he just happened to be the president when this revolt took place. It was long overdue, in fact, Egyptians should have stood up years and years ago. And as Allahpundit keeps pointing out, Mr. President was actually the one who pulled the plug on a lot of funding for the groups seeking democracy in Egypt, yet here he is basking in the media glory. I’d love to see some journalist go to Egypt now and ask people on the streets if he deserves any credit for their determination and efforts.

scalleywag on February 12, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Okay, Mubarak’s gone. Now what?

kingsjester on February 12, 2011 at 10:42 AM

“[T]he first time in our lives we get to see people from the Arab world in a very positive democratic setting.”

Iraq? Oh wait… wrong President, sorry.

drunyan8315 on February 12, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Tingles is such an idiot… NBC should be proud of him…

Murrow is spinning in his grave…

Khun Joe on February 12, 2011 at 10:47 AM

scalleywag
stumbling.
.
That one word sorta sums up Da Won,
Thank You.

Col.John Wm. Reed on February 12, 2011 at 10:51 AM

And bumbling.

scalleywag on February 12, 2011 at 10:56 AM

Rule by an army does not seem to amount to a “very positive democratic setting.”

Kralizec on February 11, 2011 at 11:13 PM

Really. What they’ll (LSM, Libtard pundits) will do is wait for Egypt to cycle off of the interest/news radar and we’ll forget all about them and how things are still messed up there. They just want to leave the lasting impression that Obama somehow was instrumental in “fixing” Egypt and that’s what folks will be forced to hold on to, because if it ain’t reported, it doesn’t happen. Egypt’s not worth the average American researching and keeping tabs on on their own.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 12, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Post hoc ergo propter hoc right, Reagan fans?

crr6 on February 11, 2011 at 10:41 PM

These were Reagan issues, he was outspoken on them and took a clear stance and decisive action at every crossroad…in summary, he didn’t take a poll and vote “Present” when faced with the outcome he desired.

Alden Pyle on February 12, 2011 at 8:56 AM

Crr spanked. Again.

Crr you’re pathetic.

CWforFreedom on February 12, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Yeah, sorry but I don’t have much sympathy
crr6 on February 11, 2011 at 10:41 PM

Sympathy? You’re a nut. GFY.

CWforFreedom on February 12, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Drudge has this up,chrissie is a real threat to the media world.We think MSNBC could run infomercials or the test pattern and make more money.
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Col.John Wm. Reed on February 12, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Comcast should force Tingles to change the name of his show from HARDBALL to FOOT-IN-MOUTH!
pilamaye on February 12, 2011 at 5:39 AM

Naw, change it to “Highball” as that would explain a lot!
Have a Highball with Tingles!

DSchoen on February 12, 2011 at 6:31 PM

I guess the Iraqi elections (Arabs, democracy) must have skipped right on by ol’ Chris’s beady little eyes. He should be made to forfeit his Buckeye Newshawk Award.

curved space on February 13, 2011 at 8:54 AM

And here he is, and he comes into office, and this jubilant situation in Eqypt, with the first time in our lives we get to see people from the Arab world in a very positive democratic setting.

Military junta = democratic setting???

Trainwreck on February 13, 2011 at 11:28 PM

Mathews is right. We needed Obama to make Egypt happen just like we needed Carter for Iran to happen.

TomLawler on February 14, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Leaning forward to report his stream of semi-consciousness.

flataffect on February 14, 2011 at 9:45 PM

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