Video: Niall Ferguson destroys Obama over Egypt

posted at 5:31 pm on February 14, 2011 by Allahpundit

A video accompaniment to this morning’s NewsBeast piece, in which he lays into Obama for equivocating and into his advisors for failing to foresee that a sick, elderly, widely despised fascist might be ripe for the picking by a discontented public. The clip is long but you’ll enjoy every minute, from Mika’s rose-colored visions of revolution being shattered to our bumbling intelligence braintrust derided as “third-rate” to The One’s grand “strategy” on foreign policy summarized as “I’m not George W. Bush. Love me.” Good lord, man — no need to use the brass knuckles.

Just one nagging question: Which grand strategy should Obama have pursued in lieu of the one he chose, i.e. backing Mubarak and then hedging once demonstrators forced a direct confrontation? In the clip, Ferguson mentions American assistance to dissidents in eastern Europe during the Soviet era, which helped prepare the ground for transitioning to liberal democracy once Russian hegemony collapsed. Not only hasn’t The One reached out to Egyptian liberals, he actually cut the funding provided to them by Bush’s administration once he took office. (In fact, Bush’s efforts to promote democracy did have some effect on the Egyptian protests.) Should he have continued that funding or even increased it in anticipation of chaos breaking out once the old pharaoh died or tried to hand power to his son Gamal? If he had, given the now infamous poll numbers from Pew about how Egyptians view the role of Islam in politics and punishments like stoning for adultery, what confidence is there that that funding would have achieved anything? The problem with Egypt isn’t that there are no liberal democrats; the fear is that, unlike in eastern Europe, there aren’t enough to sustain a liberal democracy even if the U.S. somehow buys one into existence. Which, of course, is why so many people (Ferguson presumably among them) expect that American interests in the Middle East are bound to suffer no matter what sort of government comes out of this.

The other problem with Egypt, of course, is the fear of contagion. With Iraq, contagion was a virtue because the countries in its immediate sphere of influence — Iran, Syria, and Iran’s Hezbollah proxy in Lebanon — were U.S. enemies. Turning Iraq into a democracy was supposed to inspire the Shiites and Sunnis next door to demand the same thing, which necessarily meant more liberal, western-oriented regimes. The proverbial anti-American dominoes would fall. Mubarak, however, was probably more western-oriented than whatever will come after him, and the Saudi royals are definitely more western-oriented. If democracy fever crosses the Red Sea from Egypt into the Kingdom, contagious from one great Sunni power to another, all hell will break loose. (Which helps explain why Bush, the great neocon liberator, was happy to be photographed literally holding hands with Abdullah.) So I ask again: Knowing all that, knowing that democracy in Egypt could mean an elected government of Wahhabist lunatics in Saudi Arabia, what was The One supposed to have done differently to prepare for the end of Mubarak? The best answer I can come up with — which I’ve given you in a previous post — is to go all-in on regime change in Iran so that aspiring democrats around the region can see for themselves how ecstatic Iranians are to be free from an Islamist regime. Might make fencesitters in Egypt think twice before voting for the Muslim Brotherhood. Or at least, that’s what I tell myself.

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Finally got to watch it.

‘Eviscerating’ is the word that comes to mind.

Midas on February 14, 2011 at 7:13 PM

Question: How many libs does it take to out argue 1 man with a brain? Answer: Unknown, but defintely more than 5.

JimP on February 14, 2011 at 6:51 PM

LOL

Midas on February 14, 2011 at 7:14 PM

Remember that Niall Ferguson trumpeted Paul Ryan’s roadmap at the Aspen Ideas Festival last summer to a cheering crowd that included Barbra Streisand. I think I have a new favorite liberal.

Terrie on February 14, 2011 at 7:21 PM

The best answer I can come up with — which I’ve given you in a previous post — is to go all-in on regime change in Iran so that aspiring democrats around the region can see for themselves how ecstatic Iranians are to be free from an Islamist regime. Might make fencesitters in Egypt think twice before voting for the Muslim Brotherhood. Or at least, that’s what I tell myself.

Ferguson addressed this in the beginning of the article:

In Bismarck’s case, it was not so much God’s coattails he caught as the revolutionary wave of mid-19th-century German nationalism. And he did more than catch it; he managed to surf it in a direction of his own choosing. The wave Obama just missed—again—is the revolutionary wave of Middle Eastern democracy. It has surged through the region twice since he was elected: once in Iran in the summer of 2009, the second time right across North Africa, from Tunisia all the way down the Red Sea to Yemen. But the swell has been biggest in Egypt, the Middle East’s most populous country.

In each case, the president faced stark alternatives. He could try to catch the wave, Bismarck style, by lending his support to the youthful revolutionaries and trying to ride it in a direction advantageous to American interests. Or he could do nothing and let the forces of reaction prevail. In the case of Iran, he did nothing, and the thugs of the Islamic Republic ruthlessly crushed the demonstrations. This time around, in Egypt, it was worse. He did both—some days exhorting Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to leave, other days drawing back and recommending an “orderly transition.”

One more item to add to AP’s perfect summation of the Ferguson video effect – he made all those MSNBC lefties gasp for air in speechlessness.

Mika is an embarrassment to intelligence. MSNBC take note.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Love how he brings Zbig into it and completely disarms Mika. Let’s face it, Ferguson’s brain is so huge it dwarfs the combined mass of all of the lib nitwits in this segment (and yes, Joe, that includes you). Well done Niall.

WarEagle01 on February 14, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Great to see Niall receiving some attention at Hot Air.

lexhamfox on February 14, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Licking Boots. It’s what Bootlickers do.

Red State State of Mind on February 14, 2011 at 7:33 PM

Niall is a great thinker and author. Highly recommend all of his books.

EarthToZoey on February 14, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Jesus Christ…Obama was doing play by play for the whole dammed thing!!!

They were reacting to what was going on and trying their damnedest to get out in front of it. Give me a break on the ‘Don’t you think both Presidents had an effect’ BS.

This guy is right. They did the flip,flop,flip because they didn’t have anything else to do.

BigWyo on February 14, 2011 at 7:44 PM

I think that is the funniest thing I’ve seen in months. I don’t watch MSNBC but that was really entertaining. Kind of like an SNL skit. There is no way that wasn’t scripted, nobody is that clueless.

whbates on February 14, 2011 at 7:54 PM

Niall hammers ‘em! Great interview – but I kept thinking Ferguson looks like Peter Gabriel in the ‘Sledgehammer’ video (1986.

BHO Jonestown on February 14, 2011 at 7:56 PM

Well I would say that the liberals were “UTTERLY DESTROYED” by Niall.

royzer on February 14, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Well, he sure made Mika look foolish and stupid, but then again that is not very difficult to do – all she needs is one sentence usually.

Paradox Drive on February 14, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Mubarak, however, was probably more western-oriented than whatever will come after him, and the Saudi royals are definitely more western-oriented.

Even though they fund virulent Wahhabist mosques all over the world? Really, AP?

If the House of Saud were to fall, it would merely be the mask being removed, I fear. And maybe, frankly, it would finally shock the world into running towards real reform in our energy policies.

nukemhill on February 14, 2011 at 8:08 PM

Haha. I have yet to see a clip of Mika where she is not getting obliterated by a guest.

Chuck Schick on February 14, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Exactly….

You could see her getting bent up and everytime Niail takes a shot at Obama….it was like a bolt of electrical current going through her.It really is depressing to see so called journalist literally having a stroke in wanting to defend a politician…no matter what the facts are that are laid out in front of them.The whole panel appeared in shock that Niail was not an Obama cheerleader.

It really appears that Scarborough,Mika and their crew are actually crediting the results in Egypt to Obama giving some fence riding speech of “transition” AFTER the revolution was well under way.
It is absolutely delusional and one of the main reasons that whole panel looks like a deer caught in the headlights……the facts and reality on the ground are completely opposite of their “Obama saved Egypt” narrative.
The panel literally had no credible rebuttal to the facts Niail was laying out.

It is stunning to see Newsweek….liberal to the core…come out with such an honest assessment of the Egypt situation.

Baxter Greene on February 14, 2011 at 8:15 PM

priceless my friends…priceless

cmsinaz on February 14, 2011 at 8:17 PM

nukemhill on February 14, 2011 at 8:08 PM

Needs to be repeated. The only sense that that the Saudis are pro-western are that they let us put military bases there to protect flow of oil, ostensibly in our interests but 80% in theirs. Otherwise, they are the ground-zero of hypocritical, Islamist Wahhabi corruption and should really have been deposed a long time ago.

Fortunata on February 14, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Mika is MSNBC’s Gretchen….

lexhamfox on February 14, 2011 at 8:22 PM

Mika is MSNBC’s Gretchen….

lexhamfox on February 14, 2011 at 8:22 PM

Mika wouldn’t be qualified to do Gretchen’s hair…..

BigWyo on February 14, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Mubarak, however, was probably more western-oriented than whatever will come after him, and the Saudi royals are definitely more western-oriented.

Not sure how you can say that. The Saudis and Mubarak both regularly play to and encourage the worst anti-American and anti-Zionist sentiments at home… this came out again during the Cairo protests and I have to say I think the biggest surprise of the protests was that there weren’t burning flags of the two nations to be seen at all.

I’m wary of what might come up next in Egypt but to suggest (as Niall does) that there is no secular democratic movement in Egypt seems to overlook the people behind the protests in the first place. The events in Egypt obviously took the Obama Administration by surprise but it is also obvious that it took the Muslim Brotherhood by surprise too and they also hesitated before providing lukewarm support. I know first hand that it is easy to focus on Cairo and Alexandria and overlook the more conservative elements in the South but the fact is that a new secular, educated, and highly politicized class is emerging in Egypt and this is a product of the universities in Egypt and those who went abroad for business and education.

Presently we just have coup in Egypt but there could be reasons to be cheerful if we support this new movement.

lexhamfox on February 14, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Dear Lord…

Who else read the comments at TDB? We are doomed. There are just too many idiots in the world who refuse to listen to anything that doesn’t fit their insane ideology, no matter how true and reasonable it is. Niall is just another right-wing hack according to them. All he says is discounted because he had the audacity to appear on the Glenn Beck show…. Doomed I tell ya…

pannw on February 14, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Presently we just have coup in Egypt but there could be reasons to be cheerful if we support this new movement.

lexhamfox on February 14, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Really?? Do you really think if you support this new movement it will amount to a squirt of pi$$ as to actually what happens??

Really???

Do you write Obama’s Egypt speeches???

BigWyo on February 14, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Do you write Obama’s Egypt speeches???

BigWyo on February 14, 2011 at 8:49 PM

No and I think Obama’s policies were badly exposed by what happened. I do think we could encourage secular democratic movements, however, and this one has already achieved more than anyone expected… certainly more than a ‘squirt of pi$$’ as you put it.

Why shouldn’t we encourage secular political movements there?

lexhamfox on February 14, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Robert Spencer on Hannity now discussing this subject.

hillbillyjim on February 14, 2011 at 9:16 PM

The Mainstream media types really share some blame here. They will go to any lengths to cover the failures of Obama and the Democrats. And by covering his failures, they enable him and encourage him to continue to make more and more.
Just watching this, it is again, so obvious, that the primary concern here of these media types is to protect Obama. That seems to be their one and only objective.

JellyToast on February 14, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Terrie on February 14, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Niall Ferguson a liberal? I don’t know what he is, but liberal isn’t it.
Read Ferguson’s Colossus and you’ll have no doubt.

Free Constitution on February 14, 2011 at 9:31 PM

I like how Joe cocks his head to one side like a dog hearing a piercing whistle when Mika says something stupid.

DrStock on February 14, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Delicious!!!

WhatsRight on February 14, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Hey, send Mika to cover the installation of the MB government after the elections in six months – I’m sure she’d jump at the chance to rub elbows with those freedom lovers.

Remind her to pack the burqa ……

dissent555 on February 14, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Niall Ferguson a liberal? I don’t know what he is, but liberal isn’t it.
Read Ferguson’s Colossus and you’ll have no doubt.

Free Constitution on February 14, 2011 at 9:31 PM

He prefers Cameron to Thatcher… to the point of calling himself a Cameroon. I think reformed Tory is a good way of putting it but he is not really ideologically rigid and you can see in his other works he adjusts his preferences to circumstances. A liberal with fiscal discipline.

lexhamfox on February 14, 2011 at 9:48 PM

Who else read the comments at TDB? We are doomed. There are just too many idiots in the world who refuse to listen to anything that doesn’t fit their insane ideology,

pannw on February 14, 2011 at 8:44 PM

What was truly entertaining about most of those comments is the high brow condescending nature of writing a paragraph or two that don’t debunk a dam# thing Niail wrote.
They apparently think that saying “wright Wing hack” and ” Obama did just fine,how could he know what was going to happen” is intelligent rebuttal to the specifics of idiocy laid out concerning the Obama administration.

“But…but..but how could he know” was exactly the point Niail was making.If Obama was paying attention to his own intelligence agencies that were warning him of this combined with other leaders in the region….Then He Would Have Known!!!!!

…many of the posters claim that Obama “made” the Egyptian army act to remove Mubarak….without…you know….a stitch of evidence to prove such a fairy tale.
The idea that the events that happened in Egypt that culminated with the army taking full control would not have happened without Obama is just pathetically absurd.
Middle of the road Speeches of “transition” and late night phone calls did not direct the revolution in Egypt, except in the minds of the most useful idiot.

…It was also hilarious to read through all the coffee shop intellectuals posts who proclaim a military coup….democracy.

The ignorance of the left is truly astonishing.

Baxter Greene on February 14, 2011 at 9:51 PM

So I ask again: Knowing all that, knowing that democracy in Egypt could mean an elected government of Wahhabist lunatics in Saudi Arabia, what was The One supposed to have done differently to prepare for the end of Mubarak? The best answer I can come up with — which I’ve given you in a previous post — is to go all-in on regime change in Iran so that aspiring democrats around the region can see for themselves how ecstatic Iranians are to be free from an Islamist regime. Might make fencesitters in Egypt think twice before voting for the Muslim Brotherhood. Or at least, that’s what I tell myself.

1) I have no clue…those people have been angy and miserable for 7000 years

2) Isn’t this revolutions being run by a lot of the youth of Egypt too who don’t want an Islamofacist Government. They want capitalism so they don’t live in the poverty their parents accepted?

CCRWM on February 14, 2011 at 9:57 PM

This is a great example of the idiocy coming from the “adults” at the Beast comment section:

JohnnyRocksIt

I was thinking the same thing when I read the “Islamic Caliphate” bit — pure Beckgasm….Never mind that the Brotherhood itself is led by professionals — not clergy as in Iran – and have publicly stated that they are following the lead of the young people who touched this thing off…Any excuse to raise the specter of Islamofacism…

Agree with an earlier comment: FAIL.

…..really…one of the largest terrorist networks known that spawned the likes of Osama and Zawahiri…..have carried out high level assassinations….created offshoots like Hamas/Al-Qaeda….and declare that “Jihad is our way” toward the modern Caliphate …

………is just a “bunch of professionals” to the intellectuals at the Beast…..

What a bubble they live in.

Baxter Greene on February 14, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Niall Ferguson pulls no punches. This is a no-holds-barred, honest assessment of Obama, this administration’s inept international diplomacy and policy, and the dangers inherent in not recognizing where such amateurism leads.

Niall will be getting his pink slip from Newsweek shortly. He is not an O-team player.

onlineanalyst on February 14, 2011 at 10:19 PM

Haven’t seen a massacre like that since the Indians gave that little party for General Custer. KO in round one.
Mika just gets that deer in the headlights look and you know she’s got nothing except, “Wow!”. Thats just about as far as her thinking takes her.

gordo on February 14, 2011 at 10:42 PM

Why shouldn’t we encourage secular political movements there?

lexhamfox on February 14, 2011 at 8:58 PM

And yet ObaMao cut the funding for such support, which Bush initiated. And ObaMao has been openly embracing the Muslim Brotherhood with meetings and so forth for the last two years.

onlineanalyst on February 14, 2011 at 10:48 PM

Who else read the comments at TDB? We are doomed. There are just too many idiots in the world who refuse to listen to anything that doesn’t fit their insane ideology, no matter how true and reasonable it is. Niall is just another right-wing hack according to them. All he says is discounted because he had the audacity to appear on the Glenn Beck show

I make it a point to skim through comments when I have the time, and TDB comments are particularly awful, as bad as HuffPo really. A good palate cleanser are the commenters at Megan McArdle’s Atlantic blog. Even the stupid ones are moderately intelligent and there are a lot of smart ones. I have no idea who reads TDB.

YehuditTX on February 14, 2011 at 10:51 PM

…..really…one of the largest terrorist networks known that spawned the likes of Osama and Zawahiri…..have carried out high level assassinations….created offshoots like Hamas/Al-Qaeda….and declare that “Jihad is our way” toward the modern Caliphate …

………is just a “bunch of professionals” to the intellectuals at the Beast…..

What a bubble they live in.

Baxter Greene on February 14, 2011 at 10:02 PM

And these fool-tools forget that those jihadist “leaders” are highly educated professionals, too.

onlineanalyst on February 14, 2011 at 10:53 PM

Niall is also Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s boyfriend.

YehuditTX on February 14, 2011 at 10:54 PM

Why shouldn’t we encourage secular political movements there?

lexhamfox on February 14, 2011 at 8:58 PM

And yet ObaMao cut the funding for such support, which Bush initiated. And ObaMao has been openly embracing the Muslim Brotherhood with meetings and so forth for the last two years.

onlineanalyst on February 14, 2011 at 10:48 PM

I agree I think that was a good policy. Also, tying funding to reform which was another Bush policy although I’m not sure if that was dropped or kept.

lexhamfox on February 14, 2011 at 11:01 PM

The One supposed to have done differently to prepare for the end of Mubarak?

..Well he could have listened to his own intelligence agencies that told him how weak the regime was.

…….He could have listened to other surrounding Nations like Israel that knew Mubarak was weak and vulnerable.

………..He could have INCREASED instead of DECREASED funding for pro-democracy groups that probably would have helped put them in a better position to fill the power vacuum left after the fall of Mubarak….

And it might have helped him in the credibility department to not prop up Mubarak in public so much if he saw his downfall on the horizon…..

(via ACE of Spades)

Obama 2009: “Mubarak Has Been a Force for…Good”

John on February 11, 2011 at 2:28 pm
http://www.verumserum.com/?p=21453

But in case there is any doubt, the President himself was presented with a prime opportunity on the eve of his 2009 speech to call for democratic reform in Egypt. He could have even just opted to gently criticize a trusted ally. Instead he voted…present.
Not exactly a “tear down this wall” moment.

…..Yea Mr. “Hope and Change”….Mr. “Mubarak must step down”……way to stand up for justice and democracy there champ.

Baxter Greene on February 14, 2011 at 11:22 PM

And these fool-tools forget that those jihadist “leaders” are highly educated professionals, too.

onlineanalyst on February 14, 2011 at 10:53 PM

Yes.

Bin Laden? Highly educated professional.

A.Q. Khan? Ditto.

Most of the elite of the Jihadis are doctors, engineers, and such; the same can be said for MB. They are holding their cards close to the vest for practical reasons, not because they don’t have a desire and a plan to grab the reins of control in Egypt, throughout the Middle East, and beyond.

It’s their fundamental mission.

hillbillyjim on February 14, 2011 at 11:23 PM

Wow, did you see the look on the panel’s faces? They were stunned and just sat in disbelief that an “expert” from their beloved Harvard could totally annihilate their idol.

In fact, I don’t know who the one guy was that got Ferguson to divert into rating Bush a C or F, but I guarantee that he is going to be hailed as a genius by the rest of the crew and have accolades heaped upon him for his “save”. Ho ho, Obama was torn apart, but at least Bush was just as bad! The only way it could have gotten better for that guy would be if he had gotten Ferguson to say something even slightly degrading about Sarah Palin…

Geministorm on February 14, 2011 at 11:33 PM

The best part about Mika is watching her squirm when a negative comment is said about Obama because there is no logical argument to counter what was said.

Kendrick on February 14, 2011 at 11:44 PM

Obama’s foreign policy reminds me of a guy standing on one side of a tennis court with a racket in each hand flailing madly hoping to hit a ball.

kurtzz3 on February 14, 2011 at 11:45 PM

No one is going to believe Obama if he tries to “go all in for regime change” in Iran this time.

He blew is opportunity in Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, and the second round in Iran already when he failed to stand up tall in favor for “liberty” when the Iranian’s were rioting after the 2009 elections…

Even if Obama touted “democratic change”, he’d then support what had happened in the West Bank w/ the election of Hamas, and what Hezbollah is trying to accomplish in Lebanon – again.

Obama needs to stand up for “liberty”… for “freedom”… but he won’t… he can’t say it. How, when he is simultaneously too busy trying to spend and tax all of us into slavery?

This is going to brew into more garbage in the middle East that, whenever another non-Democrat President is elected, he/she will be faced again with a problem probably requiring another military answer. Israel is probably beginning to get the sense that until certain people are elected out of office in the US, that they are on their own…

Our President is a boob, a Jimmy Carter remix.

But, according to Medved, Obama isn’t doing this on purpose. That makes this even worse. I can at least deal with the fact that Obama has some kind of vision… to make the country socialist. If his foreign policy isn’t doing this on purpose, then he is an ignoramus. A useless idiot. Hell, what weak beta male leader was respected, ever, in the Middle East? Notice how even Russia and China area slowly starting to pin their ears back? Imadinnerjacket and nasty clown have already taunted us from the UN! How long will it take for the rest of the Middle East? They may not have liked Bush, but, having mixed it up in Afghanistan & Iraq scared the hell out of them.

But least Michelle dresses well…

Danny on February 15, 2011 at 12:38 AM

WOW. What a smackdown!

John the Libertarian on February 15, 2011 at 12:51 AM

Wow! Someone finally tells it like it is on camera.

ButterflyDragon on February 15, 2011 at 12:52 AM

Remember that Niall Ferguson trumpeted Paul Ryan’s roadmap at the Aspen Ideas Festival last summer to a cheering crowd that included Barbra Streisand. I think I have a new favorite liberal.

Terrie on February 14, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Niall Ferguson ain’t a liberal. He wasn’t a fan of Dubya’s foreign policy; however, his critique was more like George Will’s than hope and change. I’m finishing up his book on the House of Rothschild for a MBA class, and it is highly favorable to the Rothschilds and the banking industry.

I’m actually not sure how someone with his views on economics and history become a Harvard history/ business professor, but I guess that Harvard is willing to overlook his views in favor of book sales and TV appearances.

Illinidiva on February 15, 2011 at 6:43 AM

We need to have a plan to quickly provide support to democratic groups that are non-violent. Support in the way of organizational & communications training. Provide sat phones, laptops, cameras, etc.

Open Source Political Organizing in a box project, or something like that. We don’t have to rely on the government to tell egyptians how to organize into a coalition or party. We (the global we) can support them ourselves.

Keith_Indy on February 15, 2011 at 8:14 AM

Love how he brings Zbig into it and completely disarms Mika. Let’s face it, Ferguson’s brain is so huge it dwarfs the combined mass of all of the lib nitwits in this segment (and yes, Joe, that includes you). Well done Niall.

WarEagle01 on February 14, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Good catch! That’s exactly what I noticed. The must humorous bit was how Joe, in an feeble attempt to maintain control and get in the last word, stammers out that he thought Egypt has gone well. He thinks he’s above the fray but really is a useful idiot for the left.

Levinite on February 15, 2011 at 8:32 AM

Well done Niall. The takeaway:

1. American policy is predictably (given PBHO’s lack of any experience) being run by amateurs.

2. We needed and still need to be decisive. Choose between “they are bastards but they are OUR bastards” or “we support democracy but will help to avoid a one man one vote one time charade.”

3. The fate of Egypt is anyone’s guess, however given that elections are not going to happen tomorrow (thanks to the Egyptian army) there is time for secular forces to marginalize the allahu akbars.

All in all good stuff. Its a shame that he needed to belabor the obvious to the Morning Ho cast instead of talking in further depth about the future of Egypt, but not unexpected.

MJBrutus on February 15, 2011 at 9:27 AM

Loved the interview. I just hope that he is wrong about the outcome in Egypt. I wish someone would ask him how the United States should handle Iran. The experts in the State Department are certainly clueless.

SC.Charlie on February 15, 2011 at 9:47 AM

The best part is how incredulous the poor, bewildered Mica is. You get the sense that she would still be saying thing went Obama’s way if a member of Muslim Brotherhood was screaming “Allahu Akbar” while slicing through Scarborough’s throat like it was a Christmas ham.

DailyDanet on February 15, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Mika Breshnev looks torqued.

44Magnum on February 15, 2011 at 11:22 AM

If the House of Saud were to fall, it would merely be the mask being removed, I fear. And maybe, frankly, it would finally shock the world into running towards real reform in our energy policies.

nukemhill on February 14, 2011 at 8:08 PM

I think if the Middle east is still going on with its revolts and they don’t stop, I think Saudi Arabia will fall within the next 3 to 6 months.

Conservative Samizdat on February 15, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Conservative Samizdat on February 15, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Good WSJ opinion on that very topic today.

MJBrutus on February 15, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Just one nagging question: Which grand strategy should Obama have pursued in lieu of the one he chose, i.e. backing Mubarak and then hedging once demonstrators forced a direct confrontation?

It’s a unused concept (especially for Obama)….KEEP HIS MOUTH SHUT.

moonsbreath on February 15, 2011 at 12:16 PM

WOW! That is exactly how we must treat the media going into the 2012 campaigns. Mika came off as extremely naive and uninformed.

dominigan on February 15, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Niall Ferguson was also interviewed by Spitzer last night. Here’s the video.

Demosthenes on February 15, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Question: How many libs does it take to out argue 1 man with a brain? Answer: Unknown, but defintely more than 5.

JimP on February 14, 2011 at 6:51 PM

This has got to be the comment of the week. Who cares if it’s only Tuesday.

Jewels on February 15, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Dr. Ferguson is mainly right IMHO. The military is in charge (thank God! the one thing that did go right) as I predicted and I only wish they’d stay in charge long enough to suppress the Muslim Brotherhood until somebody can get elected who will keep suppressing the MB.

Furthermore, I don’t know why people are waxing all mushy hearted for the dear Egyptians who IMO deserve no better than Mubarak. Look at the facts about these dear people:

84%: Believe apostates from Islam should face the death penalty

82%: Believe adulterers should be stoned

54%: Believe men and women should be segregated in the workplace

77%: Believe thieves should be flogged or have their hands cut off.

http://tinyurl.com/6l3558o

Further, the Egyptian people clearly support a political agenda that can only be described as radical. More than 7 in 10 said they were positive toward Iran getting nuclear weapons in a July 2010 Zogby Poll and close to 80 percent favor abrogating the Camp David accords with Israel.
A significant number of Egyptians are favorable to terrorist organizations, with close to half favorable to Hamas and one in five favorable to Al Qaeda.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/02/10/muslim-brotherhood-win/#ixzz1DfeNWoalF

Personally I have less that zero respect for people who believe such crap, and I don’t care if they rot.

And rot they most likely will, given their economic situation due mostly to overpopulation (and the fact that Islam is anti- prosperity without its traditional conquest & looting). I only wish our Obamanation will not be sending them more billions of our taxpayer money to help, which I suspect he will.

Just let them rot all by themselves along with most of the Muslim mid-East.

Chessplayer on February 15, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Niall is awesome. I remember submitting this video lecture he did – unfortuntely it seemed to have been ignored. He’s thoughtful, passionate, and a very entertaining and engaging speaker. He even mentions BO’s Cairo speech in this particular lecture.

Aaaaand he also mentions one of his favourite current politicians as…

Paul Ryan.

Reaps on February 16, 2011 at 12:40 AM

It takes a lot to shake a reporter’s mental cage. Glad to see Prof. Ferguson make it look as natural and easy as breathing.

Blacksmith on February 16, 2011 at 1:28 AM

Wow, that was excellent insight from Niall, and quite commonsensical. Funny also to see Mika sit there clutching her pen so hard it was about to snap…the angry true believer hearing her deity profaned.

EasyEight on February 16, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Amusing to see Mika, & all of the other guests having the same confused & clueless look on their faces…

Amazing… someone disagrees with them… from an Ivy League school no less!!!

Their little logical minds are thinking about Ferguson:
1) he’s stupid… no, can’t be, he is making sense, & he’s a professor at Harvard;
2) he’s racist… no, can’t be, because there are no racists at Harvard;
3) he just didn’t think it through… no, can’t be, because he has thoughtful reasons and cites examples to support them;
4) he just doesn’t get what Obama is trying to do… possible, because Obama is all-knowing, all-seeing, and has a grand vision (of what neither we, nor they know) of what Obama wants to unfold…

After all, Obama is God!!!! (Tingling down our legs… Are you feeling it???)

But then they think, Mr. Ferguson is being very baaaaaaaddddddd!!! He just committed blasphemy!!!!

And because they are not the types to cut off Mr. Ferguson’s head, but rather touchy-feely types… they all have the “Oooooooooohhhhhh” look of confusion and cluelessness on their faces…. After all, Obama is about to send a lightning bolt down from the sky to kill Mr. Ferguson any second…

Wait for it….
Wait for it…
Wait… for… it…
Waiting for it….

Oh darn… Must have happened after the video clip ended…

Danny on February 16, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Logan was on Charlie Rose, saying it would not be smart for her to return because of the circumstances existing in Egypt, and that unless she had an interview with the President Mubarak, she wouldn’t return.

[Logan] was not in the country for long — she’d been thrown out, if you remember — and had just gone back in,” one source said. “She had security with her, but it wasn’t enough.” In Friday’s attack, she was separated from her colleagues and attacked for between 20 to 30 minutes, receiving serious injuries.

So who sent her back? She didn’t have an interview arranged with anyone, but was covering the mob on the street, the exact thing she had admitted on air was “stupid” for her to be doing again, that she wouldn’t do again. Likely, CBS ordered her back on the scene with inadequate security measures.

maverick muse on February 17, 2011 at 5:23 PM

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