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Obama Pushes Mubarak Out

After days of White House insistence that it is not President Obama’s place to interfere in Egypt’s internal affairs, Obama interfered in the most dramatic way possible, sending an envoy to Cairo to tell Mubarak he was finished. Soon afterward, Mubarak announced to the Egyptian people that he would not seek reelection in this September’s elections, but it is not clear if this will be enough for protestors who want his head – figuratively, at the very least – right away.

The message from Obama to Mubarak was delivered through back channels by Frank G. Wisner, a diplomat who is an old Egypt hand and who was sent into the country to serve as a direct conduit to Mubarak from the White House.

Soon afterward, Mubarak made his announcement.

Obama then spoke by phone to Mubarak and the made an unscheduled appearance at the White House. Here’s a portion of Obama’s remarks.

After his speech tonight, I spoke directly to President Mubarak.  He recognizes that the status quo is not sustainable and that a change must take place.  Indeed, all of us who are privileged to serve in positions of political power do so at the will of our people.

Now, it is not the role of any other country to determine Egypt’s leaders.  Only the Egyptian people can do that.  What is clear — and what I indicated tonight to President Mubarak — is my belief that an orderly transition must be meaningful, it must be peaceful, and it must begin now.

Furthermore, the process must include a broad spectrum of Egyptian voices and opposition parties.  It should lead to elections that are free and fair.  And it should result in a government that’s not only grounded in democratic principles, but is also responsive to the aspirations of the Egyptian people.

Obama made the right move, helping bring about the inevitable result while lessening the chance of violence. Nevertheless, his actions, which by his own description constitute a fairly aggressive U.S. foray into Egyptian politics, contrast sharply with repeated assertions by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs Monday that Obama must not do exactly what he did.

Asked if Mubarak should be removed from officer, Gibbs said:

That is not for our country or our government to determine.  I don’t think that people that seek greater freedom are looking for somebody else to pick what and how that change looks like.  That is, quite frankly — that doesn’t adhere in any way to an open, democratic process that allows for a full discussion and negotiation about what that freedom looks like.  Freedom of — many of the freedoms I just talked about — the greater economic opportunity, greater economic freedoms — that’s not for us to determine.

If the White House can’t be frank with reporters, it shouldn’t brief at all. There was nothing anybody learned in particular from this briefing. Except that today’s statements may no longer be operative tomorrow. But even that, we knew.

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12 Responses to Obama Pushes Mubarak Out

  1. And I suppose this guy’s entire extended family will be given U.S. citizenship instantly.

    Keith — were you anywhere around when ValJar asked a decorated U.S. General in full dress uniform to fetch her a glass of wine? She thought he was a waiter.

  2. Sheesh, we’ve heard this before:

    —“It is not in America’s interest to determine Lebanon’s future …” [ Lebanon has now fallen to Hezbollah with the death of the former PM ].

    — “America will not take part in the uprisings in Iran.” [ Iran arrests thousands of non-religious dissadents, thousands more are killed by Iranian Secret Police and Iranian paramilitaries ].

    And now Obama says he is for the protestors before he was against them … once again Obama has allowed another nation to fall to Islamic fundamentalism.

    Haaretz stated today: “Obama, the President who lost Egypt.”

    • ITEM: Remember that while Dear Pathetic parties and his elitist wife declares war on anything over 5gr of transfat, we will be loosing the fourth Arab country to Islamic radicals in 40 years. Party on Garth!

      ITEM: Unless Egypt is run by a shadow military (a fact that seems to go unreported in the media, as Mubarek has stated for 30 years), the nation will fall to Islamic terrorists. The ha-jib CAN be sexy …

      ITEM: Quick history lesson: the Muslim Brotherhood had underground links to the Nazi’s (and the Grand Mufti, who helped raise two SS-Muslim “Gebirgsjager” Divisions in Jugoslavia, 1943-45) during WWII and have, as an expressed objective, they wish to fulfill Adolf Hiter’s wish to make the Middle East, judenrein (Jew free). Rachel Maddow would make a sexy SS-She-Woman!

  3. So, White man speaks with forked tongue and you’re surprised.
    The Prez sides with the Egyptian people marching in the street to protest reminds one of the attitude of our own elected officals who dismissed the Americans marching and protesting the passage of the Obamacare law. The Prez who is so concerned about the “people” of Egypt and supports them, spent most of last year painting the American opposition of his policies as “enemies” and “do-nothings”.

    MrO worships at the feet of many politically oppressive leaders(China, Russia, Afganistan) but throws another American ally under the bus.
    This is not going to end well and Israel will pay the price.

    • SRDEM your right. A friend of mine from Israel told me that if Egypt falls there will be a “quiet call up” of reservists in Israel. DRUDGE was reporting that an Egyptian stated, “Camp David made us a slave.” IF this viewpoint is shared by more Egyptians, you can be sure we will be looking at another pan-Arab, “mahdist” revolt in which its 1973 all over again.

      Remember that Israel let her guard down and the Egyptians (and other Arab nations) launched an assault on Yom Kippur. Israel’s finest hour took place in which she held one front, rushed reserves in, stopped an armored assault, rushed reserves south, stopped that attack and was able to fight on three fronts simultaneously. Only U.N. intervention stopped a complete rout of Egyptian forces when the Israeli’s surrounded the Egyptian 3rd Army. But Yom Kippur taught the Israeli’s that you can never let your guard down.

      “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.”

        • EXCELLENT POINT Keith.

          Had the tables turned and Jordan was on the defensive, King Abdullah ( a man I respected; I read his book and Queen Noor’s and you can’t get a more even-headed, moderate ) would not have hesitated and *destroyed* the Egyptians in the Sinai.

          The United Nations, led by the United States, Great Britain and France (with the Soviets playing the usual game off the board) pressured Israel *not* to press home their attack.

          Sharon stated later, they should have rolled up the 3rd, and taken Cairo. It would have truncated the post-Nasserite cause and led to a 20-year vacuum within the Arab League, which is what we want in the Middle East.

          You can thank the “conservatives” in Congress, Richard Nixon (a coward and a c—t) and the usual gutter filth of the Democrat Party for saving the Egyptians.