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.
And El Baradei is not a leader. Nice how he slipped that in, as if the guy he and his crowd have been attacking since 2002 is suddenly the preferred cad with which the Empire can deal.ReplyDelete
Obama's a clueless stooge with a strong authoritarian streak born from believing himself entitled, which is born from his Spotless CV and Perfect Career Trajectory. Of course he fucks up the difference between carrot and stick. He lost his empathy somewhere around age 3 or 4. All he cares about now is The Historic Profile of Barack Hussein Obama, and what he wants is to come out looking Leader-ish.ReplyDelete
Which, in his fucked-up Ubermeritocratic Mind, consists of being An Authority Who Pontificates, and little else.
I appear to disagree with the local cynics. I think that Obama is handling this very well. Just the notion that the United States is butting out is a stunningly different approach. Let it play out before we choose sides. We aren't exceptional and we aren't in charge.ReplyDelete
Butting out by supplying the in-power government with money, supplies, and encouragement (via-hand-off) on the global stage?ReplyDelete
I don't believe we are doing that today Mr. Oxtrot. And I do believe that Mr. Obama said that he was looking that over. Or did I miss the latest shipment?ReplyDelete
If an American company were to sell the Egyptian authorities canisters of tear gas, who am I to stop them, the president uttered as he stroked the white cat on his lap.ReplyDelete
Due to eons of fuckery & me being a jerk, the burden of proof of the State *not* being a wanker is on them.
I guess if I don't worship at the Church of Cynicism, I'm out of place here. Excuse me.ReplyDelete
You're me and mine. Say whatever you want.ReplyDelete
Also in the WaPoop (rather than in prison, for some reason):ReplyDelete
Elliott Abrams, "Egypt protests show George W. Bush was right about freedom in the Arab world"
Jack already pointed it out, but the leaders of the uprising, fuck you Hiatt.ReplyDelete
This is Black Reagan's Marcos Moment. Next thing you know, he'll be standing in front of The Great Wall of China asking them to tear it down.ReplyDelete