There is not likely to be a more definitive demonstration of the inability of the American right to see world events through anything other than a parochial politicised lens than Senator Norm Coleman on the PBS News Hour last night defending Mitt Romney's statements on the Cairo and Benghazi embassy attacks of 11 September 2012 (at the 6:30 mark in the video):
And, Ambassador [Nicholas Burns], is the Middle East doing much better today than it was four years ago? I don't think so. I don't think Egypt is doing better. I don't think that Iran is further away from having a nuclear weapon. I don't think the Israeli prime minister is more confident in American support.
Apparently it's the job of an American President to make Egyptians better off than they were in the last US election cycle. Also, the claim that the transition from dictatorship to democracy has not made them better off. Freedom!