The current situation in the Middle East offers a clear example of what happens when amateurs face off against professionals - the amateurs end up with egg on their faces.
Someone once said that whenever the savages fight the civilized, the savages always win. The same can be said when professionals face off against amateurs: the professionals win hands down, leaving the amateurs with egg all over their faces.
The current situation in the Middle East offers a clear example. Hamas, a terror group that is always for sale to the highest bidder (whether it be Shiite Iran or Sunni Egypt), did Egypt's bidding by rocketing Israel. The reaction from Israel was predictable and absolutely necessary: defend its citizens at any cost from the deluge of Gaza bombs.
Hence we have a crisis that was manufactured by one of Hamas's master puppeteers: the Muslim Brotherhood rulers in Cairo. Are you following the professionals at work?
Then, predictably, the United States entered the fray with its current team of amateurs in the White House and the State Department. They needed to come across as a strong administration in order to prove worthy of the nearly 70 percent "vote of confidence" they had won from the American Jewish community during their election victory.
So the President worked the phones, dispatched his Secretary of State, and encouraged his amateur team to do everything possible to forge a cease-fire.
But by then, the professionals in Cairo had set their trap and it was working mighty fine. They promised the United States that they would do everything they could to help the President achieve success. That wasn't very hard since they were the ones pulling the strings attached to the puppets in Gaza.
By the time Mrs. Clinton arrived in Cairo, the professionals had a gift waiting for her. The rain of bombs from Gaza had stopped. What a gift!
Within a few hours of the cease-fire announcement, the Secretary of State (in-waiting) Susan Rice rushed to the microphone at the U.N. and praised President Morsi of Egypt for his tireless effort to achieve a cessation of hostilities. And the villagers rejoiced!
Of course the good feelings lasted only 24 hours. When the professionals are at work and they have the amateurs entangled in their net, they move in for the kill. Exactly one day after Rice's effusive praise for Egypt's Islamist president, Morsi made his move: he decreed new dictatorial powers to himself.
The "reason" Morsi gave for the decrees? To avoid "attempts to undermine democratically elected bodies and preserve the impartiality of the judiciary." Right.
Now the amateurs have egg all over their faces.
The professionals, who waited 90 years to rule this beleaguered ancient country, have realized their dream. With the absence of parliament and now a decimated judiciary, Morsi can, and will, do anything he likes.
Now Morsi is free to: impose the Sharia with its oppressive rule over women and non-Islamists; declare that non-Muslims are dhimmis (protected by the state in exchange for taxes and restrictions); and open the border with Gaza so more Hamas terrorists can cross it and create mischief for Israel.
The tragic part is that the American taxpayer is footing the bill for all of that. They are funding this making of a new Hitler in the Middle East.
In the past, I have exhorted America to "wake up!" But I'm afraid it is too late for that.