Before the Arab Spring, liberal foreign policy experts claimed that the people of the Arab Street hated us for supporting tyrants and that we had to change that by supporting the “popular will”… which turned out to be Islamists.
Fast forward to the Islamist aftermath of the Arab Spring and everyone on the Arab Street still
1. Accuses of supporting tyrants
2. Hates us
The brilliant foreign policy reversal which destroyed American allies to win the favor of the mythical Arab Street has imploded and imploded badly.
The moral of the story is that we are never going to be loved, so we might as well start looking out for our own national interests.