I wish our artist-in-residence, Mike Flugennock, would combine these two images: give Hillary the jutting jaw, the cigarette holder, the foxy grin of FDR. Seems only right, now that's she's suddenly become such a prophet of progress and democracy and The People, Yes! and so on. Here she is, speaking at a "security conference" in... Munich! (You can't make this stuff up).
The Middle East "is being battered by a perfect storm of powerful trends," Clinton said at the annual conference. A growing majority in the region are under the age of 30, and many are unable to find work, she said. They are connected with each other and with events around them by technology.What we're seeing here, I think, bears out a long-standing conviction of mine: namely, that our rulers can suddenly get very concerned -- genuinely concerned, too -- for reform and the happiness and well-being of the public, when the public gets restless enough to scare the shit out of 'em.
"And this generation is rightly demanding that their governments become more effective, more responsive and more open," Clinton said. Meanwhile, resources such as water and oil are running out, she added.
"Leaders in the region may be able to hold back the tide for a little while, but not for long," she said. "This is what has driven demonstrators into the streets of Tunis, Cairo and cities throughout the region. The status quo is simply not sustainable."
They've gotta be really frightened by the situation in Egypt (not to mention Jordan and Yemen). They don't even apparently have any real control over their stooge, much less the folks in the streets.