“Practice to Deceive” by Joshua Micah Marshall

This article in the April edition of Washington Monthly has been much discussed on the web and should be read now. It will also be worth rereading it 2 years from now. My worry is that the world it portrays is true. These quotes from the article chill me:

I asked Richard Perle last year about the dangers that might flow from the fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. “Mubarak is no great shakes,” he quipped. “Surely we can do better than Mubarak.” When I asked Perle’s friend and fellow Reagan-era neocon Ken Adelman to calculate the costs of having the toppling of Saddam lead to the overthrow of the House of Saud, he shot back: “All the better if you ask me.”

“We can do better than Mubarak.” Not the Egyptians but us. The hubris inherent is this outlook will cause tremendous heartbrreak throughout the world if it is allowed to persist. And eventually the heartbreak will be ours.