Well, so much for helping out the U. S. of A. for 30 years.
The White House today made clear it’s ready to cut its losses quick if Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak goes down. Mubarak is a dictator, but he has been our ally for three decades and has served as a bulwark against Islamic extremism. We’ve abided his abuse of civil liberties for years, and never, it seems to me, backed up our demand for political reform with much in the way of pressure to make it happen.
So now that she’s facing trouble, we’ve decided to ditch the gal we came to the dance with, ugly as she is.
Obama JUST LAST WEEK called Mubarak to thank him with his help establishing a UN tribunal to try the assassins of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri.
But, asked today if the United States supports Mubarak in the wake of mass protests in Egypt, White House Press Press Secretary at first didn’t answer the question. Then he said only, “Egypt is a strong ally.”
Obama is probably still smarting from his slow and tepid response to the “green revolution” in Iran. He really doesn’t want to be on the wrong side of Middle East history – on the side of the tyrants.