Yago sent me this: "You know this is going to be bad when you read the title of the piece. Here are some highlights.
"One day the world will thank Bush for shaking up the Arab region "
"Much of the received wisdom from that time is worth reconsidering ten years on: Do the Arabs really ‘hate us’ – to borrow the phrase used endlessly in America? If anything, Arabs on the street, especially young people, seems now to have aspirations closer to American values of freedom and democracy.
In fact, the US may be stronger now in the region than it was when it was allying itself to oppressive regimes. It is obviously more popular with the youth who adopt US pop culture and dress. American soft power is possibly more effective than the old precarious balancing act to keep the Arab dictators in power. Post-colonial hang-ups about intervention seem to have dissipated with the Arab Spring. "
Why oh why do people like him persist?"