Fred Fuckface Hiatt is preemptively blaming the Obama administration for not breaking with Mubarak now:
It's dangerous to assume that the energized and enraged Egyptian populace will be induced to stand down by any promises Mr. Mubarak might make. To question, as Mr. Biden did, whether the protesters' demands are "legitimate" is particularly obtuse. In fact, the leaders of the uprising, including former U.N. nuclear official Mohamed ElBaradei, have set forward a moderate and democratic platform. They seek the lifting of a hated emergency law that outlaws even peaceful political assembly; the right to freely organize political parties; and changes to the constitution to allow free democratic elections. Their platform could transform Egypt, and the Middle East, for the better. But the precondition for change is Mr. Mubarak's departure from office.Motherfucking Obama, not knowing when to discard a puppet dictator (whose decades of loyal service helped create the crisis). Motherfucking Obama, not knowing when to carrot and stick the next puppet dictator.
Rather than calling on an intransigent ruler to implement "reforms," the administration should be attempting to prepare for the peaceful implementation of the opposition platform. It should be reaching out to Mr. ElBaradei - who Friday night was reported to be under house arrest - and other mainstream opposition leaders. And it should be telling the Egyptian army, with no qualification, that the violent suppression of the uprising will rupture its relationship with the United States.Because every Egyptian's first concern is their country's relationship with the US.
Thanks Jack and Randal for the photos.