In the history of mankind, many republics have risen, have flourished for a less or greater time, and then have fallen because their citizens lost the power of governing themselves and thereby of governing their state. TR

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Report: Mubarak is Clinically Dead

UPDATE: Well, now he’s back. Apparently Reuters jumped the gun. Seems he’s in critical condition. Maybe it depends on whatever “clinically dead” means. Maybe being “clinically dead” is a little healthier than being “dead.” I don’t know. This is a White House blog, not sure why I reported this to begin with. Now I gotta update continually and watch over Hosni’s health like an intensive

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Obama Loses Egypt

Obama’s Egypt failure is becoming all the more plain, and the cultural and political Islamization of our most important Arab ally may well become a campaign issue before long The New York Times today reports that not only are Islamists ascendant in Egypt, but their most radical fringe is faring much better in the ongoing elections than expected. The party formed by the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s

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Obama’s Egypt Policy Leading to an Islamist Takeover

Ahh, it’s Arab spring, and the smell of Islamic fundamentalism is in the air. Gosh I hate to be right. Hate it, hate it, hate it. I wrote in February that Obama was being hasty shoving Mubarak aside, that it would preclude the type of transition we want. Israel and our Arab allies in the region, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, think we

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President Obama’s Passover Insult

Jews all over the world this week celebrate Passover, remembering their long ago emancipation from Egypt. But one thing they may choose to forget is the Passover “message” offered this year by President Obama. In it, Obama compared the Jews’ flight to freedom with the revolutions engulfing the Arab world this year. The story of Passover – which recalls the passage of the children of

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Twelve Things Obama Told Mubarak to Make Him Leave

It turns out that despite protestations it was not moving to immediately shove Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak aside, the White House was in fact deeply involved in showing him the door, with President Obama leading the way. White House Dossier has obtained the transcripts of two telephone calls Obama had with Mubarak in the days leading up to Mubarak’s departure. What follows are the top

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Obama Pans Mubarak’s Speech

President Obama this evening released a statement saying Mubarak’s speech tonight to the Egyptian people, in which he ceded some powers to his vice president, did not go far enough. Here’s an excerpt The Egyptian people have been told that there was a transition of authority, but it is not yet clear that this transition is immediate, meaningful or sufficient. Too many Egyptians remain unconvinced

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Egyptian Ambassador: Mubarak Transfers Power

Speaking just moments ago on CNN, the Egyptian ambassador to the United States said Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has transfered all of “the powers of the presidency” to Vice President Omar Suleiman and remains president in name only. “The head of state of Egypt is the president, who has transferred all his powers to the vice president,” said Ambassador Sameh Shoukry. Suleiman is now in

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Slapdash Obama Policy Toward Egypt

Is there any coherent, consistent thought going on behind our policy toward Egypt? Let me ask you a question: What do the majority of Egyptians want? Do you know? Does Obama? Here’s what veteran observer Edward Luttwak writes today in the Wall Street Journal The few journalists who speak colloquial Egyptian Arabic report that among the poor majority of the population—those who wear the traditional

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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

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Top Ten Things Mubarak Said to His Generals

1. The people have no pita? Let them eat rack of lamb! 2. I don’t understand. Why do say, “I’m still like Ramses, but the other kind?” 3. We shall fight to the last man! OK, second to last man. OK, third to last, but that’s it. 4. Bring it on! No,wait, don’t bring it on! 5, Yes, I’ll allow “fair” elections, but only as

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Obama’s Very Own Cold War

President Obama’s State of the Union speech focused mainly on minor proposals and second-tier issues like college tuition tax credits and the like. The president, fresh from his “outreach” to Iran, doesn’t seem to understand that he’s engaged in his very own Cold War, and that’s where his attention must lie. The enemy in Obama’s Cold War is not Communism, but Islamism. And Obama’s misunderstanding

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Clinton Signals Support for Mubarak

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

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