Jonah Goldberg's discovery of a "moderate" despot in Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and The Times' advocacy of compromise are examples of shameless posturing.
Mideast and Mediterranean states are tossing out the vestiges of colonialism but are justifiably wary of Western tutelage. U.S. attempts to influence what ensues, hoping to ensure Israel's safety, are intemperate and unwise, as the Arab Spring nations are unsure of what comes next — understandable, given the various groups in contention, none of which can provide a broad consensus.
America's history is not all that impressive as to humanitarians versus dictators. We have tolerated and backed some of the worst. After our Civil War, supposedly freeing the slave population, Jim Crow laws quickly followed. And let's not forget the prisons we call reservations.