Remember how when Bush was President and there was a massive catastrophe orchestrated by Islamic terrorists? I remember most people saying it was because they hated our freedoms, and folks who said it was our foreign policy that led to public anger against the USA were called traitorous America-haters. I have to draw attention to how:
a) folks like Romney and Bachmann are not being called traitors by liberals like conservatives did to us from 2001-2008
b) how liberals aren’t making an argument that our policies (which include two wars) caused these uprisings the way we did in 2001
c) none of that matters.
These riots are caused by unemployment in the Arab world, and they were drummed up by religious and political leaders who, after the Arab Spring, are faced with actually solving the problems of their constitutencies instead of fomenting anger against the establishment. This will work for a while, but eventually the Arab world will need to look inward and figure out how to create a civil society.
And eventually Americans will stop expecting to automatically disagree with people who subscribe to different parties and fiscal persuasions, especially when clear enemies like religious extremists strike out against our principles and those who serve to advance our interests abroad.