the Obama administration finally notched a foreign policy victory with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s decision to resign and turn over power to top military officials…
“Great news for the administration/president,” said one senior Democratic official who asked not to be named. “People will remember, despite some fumbles yesterday, that the President played an excellent hand, walked the right line and that his statement last night was potentially decisive in bringing this issue to a close. The situation remains complicated and delicate going forward, but this is a huge affirmation of the President’s leadership on the international stage.”
Clive hilariously suggests each of us substitute our own name for “the President” to have more fun with the absurdity of this statement: “Aid Watch played an excellent hand, and its blog Thursday night was potentially decisive in bringing this issue to a close.”
What’s more, we could use the classic aid evaluation technique of before and after analysis to demonstrate the huge effect of Aid Watch blogs on events in Egypt. The following is only a sample:
Jan 31: our blog Double Standards Brigade Goes to Egypt signals that a major American player is on the protesters’ side. Mubarak then announces he will not run for re-election.
February 9: our blog Ignorance Dooms Autocracy announces that some development economists think autocracy is bad for long run development. Protests explode further.
Friday, February 11: The critical moment: our blog posted at 3:30am Egyptian time ridicules Mubarak’s speech from Thursday night. Mubarak then resigns.