It has been less than two years since a vendor in Tunsia set himself on fire to protest the oppresive corruption in his country, and sparked what became known as the Arab Spring. Since then the world has been captiviated by the transformation that has taken place. The United States has supported the forces of change. We were inspired by the Tunsian protests that toppled a dictator because we recognize our own beliefs in the aspiration of men and women who took to the streets. We insisted on change in Egypt, because our support for democracy ultimately put us on the side of the people.
No, Mr. President, I do not recognize my own beliefs in the people protesting in Libya or Egypt. Do you?