That’s how I interpret this statement, made this morning on CNN’s State of the Union:
What we’re trying to do is to help clear the air so that those who remain in power, starting with President Mubarak, with his new vice president, with the new prime minister, will begin a process of reaching out, of creating a dialogue that will bring in peaceful activists and representatives of civil society to, you know, plan a way forward that will meet the legitimate grievances of the Egyptian people.
The clear suggestion of “remain in power” is that Mubarak should stay but reform. It’s what we should say of a man who has been an invaluable ally for 30 years. Simply siding with “the people” promotes a vacuum which all kinds of bad elements can fill. And abandoning allies is reprehensible.
There needs to be change in Egypt, and now probably even Mubarak knows it. But it needs to be orderly or the Muslim Brotherhood will be running the place.
I haven’t heard anything like this out of the White House. I wonder if Hillary is freelancing a bit.