As a part of a rundown of expert opinions on the situation in Egypt, Tablet Magazine spoke to Leslie Gelb of the Council on Foreign Relations. Gelb was asked a question about how well the U.S. Foreign Policy establishment was dealing with the crisis. His response:
“The naivete in the foreign policy community here is astonishing. For the moment, they’re intoxicated by democracy, at the total expense of U.S. security.”
The phrase “intoxicated by democracy” is superb. Clearly Gelb doesn’t think much of Tom Freidman’s belief in World Peace Through Local Elections.