It Was a Lovely, Lovely Time


On this week's episode of my podcast, I Have to Ask, I spoke to David D. Kirkpatrick, an international correspondent for the New York Times and the author of the new book Into The Hands of the Soldiers: Freedom and Chaos in Egypt and the Middle East. Currently based in London, Kirkpatrick reported extensively throughout the Middle East for the Times, especially in Egypt, where he lived with his family during the fall of Hosni Mubarak. His book is a portrait of Egypt during the Arab Spring, as well as an examination of the ways that Egypt's depressing path over the past several years has both initiated and mirrored the path of the region as a whole. Below is an edited excerpt from the show. In it, we discuss exactly where the Egyptian revolution went off the rails, the ways in which American presidents have differed in their approach to the Middle East, and how the Obama administration helped undermine the Arab Spring. You can find links to every episode here; the entire audio interview is below.

  Country: Africa > Middle East > Egypt (1.00)
  Genre: Personal > Interview (0.49)
  Technology: Information Technology > Communications (0.34)