Yes, would-be Middle East expert Thomas Friedman is detached from reality.
In his latest New York Times op-ed entitled "Can Egypt Pull Together?" (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/07/opinion/sunday/friedman-can-egypt-pull-together.html), Friedman would have us believe that it is now the role of the US to end the crisis in Egypt and bring about a national unity government. Friedman writes:
"Rather than punishing Egyptians for desperately trying to change course before they go over a cliff, America should use its aid and influence with the army to get the most out of this crisis. That starts by insisting that the Brotherhood leaders be released from jail and that the party and its media be free to contest the next parliamentary elections and have a voice in the constitution-writing process. Anyone who tries to govern Egypt alone will fail: Mubarak, the army, the Muslim Brothers, the liberals. Egypt is in a terrible deep hole, and the only way it can get out is with a national unity government that can make hard decisions and do the required heavy lifting."
Friedman never mentions how enraged many Egyptians are with President Obama and US Ambassador Patterson for getting too intimate with Morsi (see: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/04/world/middleeast/ambassador-becomes-focus-of-egyptians-mistrust-of-us.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0). Seen by many Egyptians as having ignored the abuses of the Muslim Brotherhood, the US is not positioned to serve as a marriage counselor.
Yet another Obama foreign policy fiasco.
Moreover, Egypt is a walking corpse. It's economy is shattered, and the US today cannot afford the billions of dollars required to keep it afloat.
But heck, Tom Terrific always is ready with a solution from afar. Who would have ever thought of a national unity government? Maybe that together with super-high-speed Internet to connect Egypt's fellahin?
What a man!