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It’s sad but true. Barak Obama is talking credit now for the fall of Hosni Mubarak, the dictator of Egypt for thirty years. Because Obama urged rioters and demonstrators on for 18 days killing more than 300 people, he can also take credit for those deaths and for the Military Junta that will take over Egypt.
This military leadership promises to be at least the equal of the Mubarak administration in terms of being repressive, stifling individual freedoms, and not helping the country get back on its feet. You must know that Egypt is in dire trouble. There is little food over there. The people soon will be on the brink of starvation, and I do not believe what Obama did to spur on the crowd of looters and street fighters was the answer.
Messing with the internal affairs of a friendly state is definitely not what you would expect of an experienced U.S. president. But Obama views himself strangely. This man-child president sees himself not as just the leader of America; not just the leader of the free world; but the leader of the world. And he is doing everything he can to send out press releases favorable to what he thinks he accomplished in Egypt. The key word is “thinks.” For it isn’t certain at all what the out come will be.
If I had to guess – and my guess is as good as anyone’s at this juncture – I would say this strongman military dictator will be even worse than Mubarak. Who’s to know at this time. Of course we hope for the best, but for an American president to use the influence of the White House to remove a friendly administration from power does not bode well for America. We could quite easily be facing an enemy dictator in the future. One that would not renew friendly relations with the U.S. or with it’s neighbor Israel.
I will be printing the reaction to all of this – including what the Israelis think Obama actually did over there. If they were suspicious of America before, watch thm now – especially if this new leader suspends talk with Israel and is influenced primarily by communists and the Muslim Brotherhood which has vowed to kill every Jew on the planet. Following is the optimistic Left Wing version of how well their el-presidenti has done during the past 18 days. They hope this international “adventure” will catapult Obama up there with Reagan in the eyes of the voting public. This is their “Take Down That Wall:” moment. Well, we shall see…as it all backfires against him.
–Brian Williams, signing off midmorning NBC News Special Report: “The people of Egypt have dumped their president. They’ve rejected their government. They’ve ejected their leader, the dictator. Thirty years of rule by Hosni Mubarak is over. [John Williams score starts to swell.] The presidency is over for him. A true revolution – sponsored by the people, in Egypt. Continuing coverage all day … “
–THE NEW YORK TIMES,
as we predicted at Beth’s last night, goes with the Biblical “MUBARAK OUT” (54-point Times Cheltenham Extrabold), with a 1-line deck of, “Egypt Exults as Youth Revolt Ends 3 Decades of Iron Grip”
(38-point Times Cheltenham Extrabold Italic). See the page. http://nyti.ms/glNzW5
–President Obama, in the Grand Foyer:
“There are very few moments in our lives where we have the privilege to witness history taking place. This is one of those moments. This is one of those times. The people of Egypt have spoken, their voices have been heard, and Egypt will never be the same. … Today belongs to the people of Egypt
… The word ‘Tahrir’ means liberation. It is a word that speaks to that something in our souls that cries out for freedom. And forevermore it will remind us of the Egyptian people — of what they did, of the things that they stood for, and how they changed their country, and in doing so changed the world.” Transcript and videohttp://bit.ly/hI26nR
–A senior Democratic official: “Great news for the admin/president – people will remember – despite some fumbles yesterday – that the President played an excellent hand, walked the right line and that his statement last night was potentially decisive in brining this issue to a close. The situation remains complicated and delicate going forward – but this is a huge affirmation of the President’s leadership on the international stage.”
–Jake Tapper, on his “Political Punch” blog: “[I]n 18 days, the president quickly traversed a path from urging Mubarak to listen to the demonstrators to aligning himself with those people in the street and no longer even speaking to Mubarak. All the while, officials said, the president was pushing for ways to torque up the pressure. … [A] senior administration official says the two key moments for President Obama were when he said the transition needed to begin now and Thursday night’s statement. ‘They were both moments when what we said was, ‘What Mubarak said is not enough.'” http://abcn.ws/e0VpRw
–E-mail of the day: “Mubarak’s speech [Thursday] night was the equivalent of a losing presidential candidate who ‘suspends’ his campaign. It says ‘I’m cooked’ without facing the reality of saying ‘I quit.'”
–“Wael Ghomin: I Want No Role in New Government — Google Executive Tells Katie Couric He Would Like to Return to His Job”: “Ghonim created a Facebook page that served as a bullhorn to rally protesters. … Egyptian authorities detained him.” http://bit.ly/gtDBDH
–WSJ A1, Gerald F. Seib analysis, “A Pivotal Moment for America”: “The fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak marks a historic shift … shaped by a demographic and technological wave that the U.S. and its allies haven’t learned to control. America’s future standing in the region now depends heavily on whether Washington’s other friends, especially those in the Persian Gulf, are more adroit than Mr. Mubarak at getting ahead of that wave. … [O]ne senior Arab official said … Egypt’s protesters, by showing it’s possible for young Arabs to force peaceful change, may have created a healthy model to counter the al Qaeda message that violence and terrorism are acceptable, even required.”
–Tomorrow’s WashPost “Outlook” banner: “The Arab world was dead. In Egypt, it’s reborn.”
–L.A. Times A1, “U.S. now faces a critical test of its influence: Obama must elicit democratic reform from Egypt’s army without alienating the long-reliable ally,” by David S. Cloud and Paul Richter: “Already, the issue of whether to favor including Islamist parties in the government is causing friction within the Obama administration. … Some White House officials have argued that Egypt won’t be representative and legitimate unless this large group has some voice. … State Department officials warned that political reform will be a ‘medium term’ undertaking, requiring time to develop and nurture institutions that will give the country a stable and inclusive political process. The task is difficult because Mubarak brutally suppressed any party that threatened his stranglehold on power, requiring Egyptians to now build a democracy almost from scratch. … Obama appeared to reach out to the military in his White House address, commending the army for not firing upon the vast crowds.” http://lat.ms/e5w826
–Jon Ward, who scored two stories on his first day at The Daily, the new iPad paper (#1 in App Store) – “Obama sings freedom’s song”: “A White House official told The Daily that the administration was anticipating a ‘bumpy’ few months.” http://bit.ly/eeaJ6K
–Fox News lower-third this a.m.: “PROTESTERS FACE DECISION: Many think they should continue protests.”
–BANNERS — WashPost: “In 18 days, a revolution” … Wall Street Journal: “Fall of Mubarak Shakes Middle East” … L.A. Times: “EGYPT IS HEARD — Mubarak heeds demand that he go — An 18-day revolution ends a 30-year reign and shakes the Arab world” … Chicago Tribune:“Mubarak no match for youth-led revolt” … Financial Times: “Mubarak swept from power” …The (British) Independent: “A tyrant’s exit. A nation’s joy” … The Guardian: “Egypt’s new dawn” … The (London) Times: “History unfolds” … The (London) Sun, with pic of Mubarak:“WALKS LIKE AN EGYPTIAN” … The Daily Telegraph: “Finally, Mubarak caves in to ‘people power.'”