Bill Kristol and other political commentators mocked Glenn during the Arab Spring, caught up in the protests and refusing to logically analyze the situation. With each passing day, Egypt makes those critics look progressively dumber. Now the military has dissolved parliament in a blatant power grab. What did Glenn think?
"We have to start and with an apology right away to Bill Kristol. Bill Kristol, of course, the man who a year ago said ‑‑ said some very important things on television about the, quote, democratic revolution of Egypt," Glenn said as he started the radio show.
Glenn was of course referring to Kristol's statements from the beginning of the Arab Spring. At the time, Kristol said, "The Egyptian people have managed to pull off this democratic peaceful removal of a dictator and now have a seemingly pretty stable situation, the streets of Cairo and the other big cities with a guarantee or at least a promise of a transition to free and fair elections and no real sense that those elections are ‑‑ yet that those elections are going to go in some terrible election for the U.S. or for Egypt itself. I think this may be a case where the normal worldly pessimism is too pessimistic."
"True Dat. True Dat, Bill. Unfortunately you're completely wrong, starting at democratic revolution. We're trying to figure out how exactly you can have a democratic revolution. Because wouldn't that ‑‑ I mean, if you're going to ‑‑ if you're going to euphemize one word, it would be revolution, wouldn't it? Because a democratic revolution, "democratic" means ballot box, one man, one vote, everybody goes and votes. There's no such thing as a democratic revolution, is there, unless you revolutionize the word "revolution" and make that 2010. Anyway, it was not largely peaceful. I hate to point out the rapes that were happening. I hate to point out the people that were killed. It was no Syria, but it's about to be," Glenn said.
Glenn then discussed the fact that the Egypt had now disolved
The New York Times explained:
Egypt’s military rulers formally dissolved Parliament Friday, state media reported, and security forces were stationed around the building on orders to bar anyone, including lawmakers, from entering the chambers without official notice.
The developments, reported on the Web site of the official newspaper Al Ahram, further escalated tensions over court rulings on Thursday that invalidated modern Egypt’s first democratically elected legislature. Coming on the eve of a presidential runoff, they thrust the nation’s troubled transition to democracy since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak last year into grave doubt.
The Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group that dominates the Parliament, has said it disputes the court’s ruling and its authority to dissolve the legislature. Saad el Katatni, the Brotherhood-picked Parliament speaker, accused the military-led government on Friday of orchestrating the ruling.
"The Muslim Brotherhood came out yesterday and said the coming revolution may be less peaceful and more violent. It's going to be hard to control the streets. Some parties, not the Muslim Brotherhood of course ‑‑ that's a quote ‑‑ some party, not the Muslim Brotherhood, may resort to further violence. How could there be further violence if it's peaceful?" Glenn said.