The cheerleaders are setting down the pom-poms. Bill Keller of the NY Times on Obama's approach to Egypt:
Adrift On The Nile
...In the excruciating test that Egypt has become, the president has largely failed to live up to his own eloquently articulated standard (of 2011). In the two years since his speech — and most shamefully in the eight weeks since the army’s coup — America has seemed not just cautious (caution is good) but timid and indecisive, reactive and shortsighted, stranded between our professed commitment to change and our fear of chaos.
And why the failure to lead?
But with a little leadership the U.S. could have mobilized a united Western front, embraced the standards Obama laid out in 2011, and offered Egypt’s factions incentives to stay on a path toward political reconciliation and economic growth. There was a halfhearted effort led by France in 2011 to create a sort of collective support system for Arab Spring democracy; the so-called Deauville Partnership never got much beyond the stage of rhetoric. I’m told a more ambitious proposal for a concerted Arab Spring initiative was debated within the Obama administration in 2012 but was rejected because it might have been a distraction from President Obama’s all-about-the-middle-class re-election campaign.
Ouch. Meanwhile, the AP is distancing themselves from Their One as noted by John Hinderaker.
One more data point makes a trend!