When I read news reports saying that Mohammed El-Baradei had shown up in Egypt as a potential “democratic” leader, I was confused. Surely this couldn’t be the same El-Baradei who served for so long as the head of the IAEA? I couldn’t find specifics within my own brain, and was too lazy to look around on the internet, but when I thought of that El-Baradei, I kept thinking of someone who lied about Iran’s nuclear program, and who was relentlessly hostile to America and Israel.
Sometimes my instincts are right on the money — he’s a bad dude, with a bad history. Egypt will go from the Mubarak frying pan straight into the El-Baradei fire if the latter steps up to a leadership position.