This omission in reporting does not mean these areas are peaceful or ensuring basic human rights. Mali is rarely mentioned in the U.S. but it has at least as many issues as the rest. Google it. It's had nearly two years of various degrees of unrest. France and Britain report on it more frequently.
Ann Coulter calls out the media for playing foreign policy Obama's way- not that we or they know his reasons for picking sides in the Middle East, by all appearances.
Liberals' rosy predictions for Egypt's Islamic revolution didn't turn out as planned. Who could have guessed that howling mobs in Tahrir Square in 2011 would fail to produce a peaceful democracy?
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak had supported U.S. policy, used his military to fight Muslim extremists and recognized Israel's right to exist. So naturally, Obama told him he had to go.
(... examples from the NYT)
-- "What is unfolding in Arab streets is not an assertion of religious reaction but a yearning for democracy with all its burdens and rewards." (Ray Takeyh, "What Democracy Could Bring," Feb. 4, 2011)
Oops! Within less than a year, we found out that the truth wasn't "complex": The Muslim Brotherhood was behind the revolution. They rigged an election and were planning to implement Sharia law -- until the Egyptian military stepped in on behalf of the people this year and removed the Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi as president.
Obama's bombing of Gadhafi was also enthusiastically supported at the Times. Gadhafi, you see, had killed hundreds of his own people. Meanwhile, President Bashar Hafez al-Assad of Syria can preside over the slaughter of more than 100,000 of his people since that time without a cross word from the left.
Libyan people proceeded to stalk and kill Gadhafi in the desert (video on YouTube). A year later, the happy people of Libya murdered our ambassador and three other Embassy staff. But as Hillary said, "What difference, at this point, does it make?"
After all their carping about the Iraq War, you'd think liberals would have waited a few years before getting sentimental about democracy in Egypt and Libya. At least democracy is working in Iraq, despite Obama's attempt to wreck it by withdrawing all U.S. troops. (We still have troops in Germany -- but not in Bush's Iraq.) Still, our ambassador wasn't assassinated in Baghdad.
(...)Yes, I'd like for you to read the original, thanks for asking! I left Afghanistan out of what I copied here.
Obama has a lot of 'splaining to do.