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Tuesday, February 08, 2011

It's not confusion; it's a policy dispute

Do you have the impression that there's a bit of confusion in Washington over what American policy is regarding Hosni Mubarak and the Egyptian government? Well, according to a source I spoke with this morning in the US embassy in Tel Aviv, it's not confusion, it's a policy dispute.

The Obama administration is having problems because as it sees things, there is a contradiction between what the American people want and what is good for the American people. What the American people want is to see Hosni Mubarak gone as soon as possible, and a democratic government installed in Egypt. What the American people don't understand is that scenario would likely lead to an Islamist government in Egypt, with democracy quickly thrown by the wayside. That's not an American interest.

The State Department is pushing to slow things down because they fear the Muslim Brotherhood taking over in Egypt. The White House media advisers are pushing to speed things up, because they think that's what the American people want and that it will help the President's poll numbers.

And, like the proverbial dog 'leading' its master, the President of the United States keeps turning around to make sure everyone is following him and making midcourse adjustments if they're not.

Just like Messiah's times.

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At 3:13 PM, Blogger yzernik said...

Can you cite any poll that shows that most Americans want Mubarak gone? Obama and the liberal media want Mubarak gone. The American people are not stupid, and they can see that Obama's policy is empowering the Muslim Brotherhood, and part of his overall strategy to weaken Israel. Please use common sense before you post Obama talking points.

At 6:11 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

While Hillary and Condi see one side as the poor downtrodden, insisting that non-favored civilians sit still under warcrime attacks directed at civilians, they don't seem to be inclined to insist on standing aside for mass genocide, when something can be done. The conflicting responses may be happening because President Obama, on the other hand, is OK with machete operations. He may be freaking out his own people with his attitude... (e.g., his friend/cousin Odinga in Kenya, campaigned for by Obama, who unleashed the machetes when he didn't like the election results). People need to pay attention to Obama's view: "Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said Thursday the United States cannot use its military to solve humanitarian problems and that preventing a potential genocide in Iraq isn’t a good enough reason to keep U.S. forces there."


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