I remember Beck when he was on FOX every evening. He spoke about how this “Arab Spring” that the Obama people were touting as being good would turn and bite us in the back. And he was spot on. No one on the left likes to give this guy credit but he is right far more than he’s wrong. [/quote]
If he is indeed right more than he’s wrong (which I seriously doubt), this isn’t a great example. In the wake of the Arab Spring, warnings about ways in which it could sour were ubiquitous.
NYT: “To many Islamist ideologues, the Arab Spring simply represents the removal of obstacles that stood in the way of establishing the caliphate.”
Bill Maher, in some ways the leftist mirror image of people like Beck, on the dangers posed by Egyptian democracy: http://articles.businessinsider.com/2011-02-06/entertainment/30040927_1_bill-maher-fox-news-hosni-mubarak
The point here is that even before Mubarak’s resignation it was pretty unremarkable to note the possibility that the Arab Spring could end up being a net loss for Western interests.[/quote]
LOL…smh usually you’re not this obvious. Please stop this is far beneath you. [/quote]
I don’t see what’s wrong with this–the argument is that if Beck should be commended for his foresight regarding the Arab Spring, then so should the boatload of other pundits of every ideological stripe who showed the same foresight.
More simply I’d say that the dangers posed by democratic movements in the Middle East were and are patently obvious. When half of a country’s people support the stoning of adulterers, popular rule can get ugly. The danger of an extremist power-grab was just as obvious.[/quote]
The Arab Spring was just one of hundreds. The man can field strip a scenario or situation faster and better than anyone I have ever seen, and as I said I used to not like him at all.
You should give him an open mind smh23. Your profession is quickly falling into ill repute. Confidence in our media is taking a beating. I truly wish there were more left and right leaning mews people with his skills. We would all be better off and much better informed.