Bros Before Hos, TraumPolitik And Obama Versus Hillary Clinton In Egypt, Part II

It’s not too difficult to figure out who Obama and his thugs want to get rid of more: Hillary Clinton or Hosni Mubarak?

Rumors are everywhere today that Hosni Mubarak is about to resign and a new epoch of horror potentially awaits the world from the Middle East. It is very possible that we are beginning to see a Cold War style “Iron Veil” about to descend. Other reports are that Vice President Suleiman will replace Mubarak when he steps down. Other rumors are that the military will rule. But it is not Hosni Mubarak’s fate which worries Obama, it is his own.

Hillary Clinton will always be a reminder that Obama is not ready for that 3:00 a.m. call. When the phone rang this January with the news from Egypt (confirming what Obama was told months ago even though he is desperately blaming others, again) Obama was not ready to answer.

Obama performed the ol’ eeny meeny miny mo to buy time and figure out what to do. Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden were forced to go out and try to buy some time with statements about “stability” while Obama consulted a Ouija board and Michelle Obama gutted some chickens to divine the path of destiny from entrails. Obama, after two years, still requires on-the-job training.

We are not alone in bringing up that 3:00 a.m. call or in noting that Obama is not ready still:

“The 3:00am call from Cairo?

During the 2008 Democratic primary campaign, Hillary Clinton asked voters who they would want to handle a phone call at 3:00am warning of a crisis – her or Barack Obama. Given recent and ongoing events in the Middle East, I believe the phone is ringing off the hook. How the Obama Administration handles that call will determine the future of much of American foreign policy in the region. Let’s hope they get it right. Judging from the formulation and execution of American foreign policy in the last two years, I am not sanguine about the outcome.

A look back at the President Obama’s foreign policy efforts in the region since he took office in January 2009 reveals a lackluster record (I am being kind).”

From the very beginning Obama tried to marginalize Hillary Clinton, appoint special envoys, force Obama cronies onto the State Department, and essentially run foreign policy. Obama displayed the same talent on foreign policy as in domestic policy – namely, both were driven into the ditch.

The moment Obama speaks things fall apart. In Iran and Syria Obama has proven a total boob. Iran continues its nuclear program and funding of “terrorist and insurgent groups”. Iran’s power in Iraq continues to grow via agents such as Muqtada al-Sadr.

Likewise, Syria is now the dominant force in Lebanon. Obama, contrary to the U.S. Senate, an Obama Dimocratic senate at that, proceeded with a “recess appointment” of an ambassador to Damascus – a post vacant since the 2005 Syrian ordered murder of Lebanese Prime Minister al-Hariri. According to Jim Hoagland and diplomatic sources this recess appointment was an absolute surprise to the State Department.

In now Syrian controlled Lebanaon, Al-Hariri’s 2005 death was supposed to be the spark for a revolution by the Lebanese against their Syrian overloads. Now the Syrians have won, the people of Lebanon defeated. An American ambassador in Syria is a reward for the tyrannical regime.

Instead of Hillary style “preconditions” and concessions from Syria in exchange for the return of the American ambassador, Barack Obama conceded the appointment with nothing to show for it.

Foreign policy has been run from the White House by now reassigned Rahm Emanuel, Jim Messina, David Axelrod, and still active in boobery Mark Lippert (chief of staff National Security council), Hillary nemesis Susan Rice (UN Ambassador), and Denis McDonough (Director National Security Council). It is also Denis McDonough who is the sewage pipe used to attack Hillary Clinton.

Sarah Palin remembers the 3:00 a.m. call Hillary Clinton warned the country about as well:

“It’s a difficult situation. This is that 3am White House phone call and it seems for many of us trying to get that information from our leader in the White House, it seems that that call went right to the answering machine. And nobody yet has explained to the American public what they know, and surely they know more than the rest of us know, who it is who will be taking the place of Mubarak.”

At Legal Insurrection the 3:00 a.m. phone call is updated to a grisly hypothetical, “What If Israel Calls At 3 a.m.?” which grows less hypothetical daily.



Last week, as Egypt exploded, Hillary Clinton hosted a much needed, first ever meeting of all 260 American ambassadors in more than 180 countries. The ambassadors were able to meet with their respective regional bureaus in Washington for two days and then hear the equivalent of a “State of the Union/State Department” address from Hillary Clinton. It is a very good idea for ambassadors to be able to talk with each other and with the Washington bureaucracy and get a singular chance to commune with each other.

Hillary Clinton had the foresight to organize that meeting of ambassadors on a week that such a meeting was needed. Hillary Clinton understands that a government leader must not only have a vision, a world-view, communication skills but also the ability to inspire and lead the bureaucracy of government. That meeting must have threatened many at the White House.

John Kerry, who along with Ted Kennedy worked secretly at first and then publicly to gift Obama the Democratic Party nomination, jumped at the chance to go after Hillary. Kerry, was used to attack Hillary and the very word she was asked by Obama to push – “stability”. Kerry wrote an op-ed in the New York Times in which he ostensibly advised Hosni Mubarak “must accept that the stability of his country hinges….” This was a crack to disparage Hillary for conveying the message she was told to convey.

John Kerry also arranged for his home town newspaper to praise him as the next obvious secretary of state. Wrote the Boston Globe of Kerry:

“AS EGYPT battles over its future, Senator John Kerry is negotiating his own.

The Bay State’s senior senator is running an unofficial campaign to become the next secretary of state. For once, he looks artful, as well as ambitious.[snip]

With Egypt as the backdrop, Kerry knows the truth of an often-cited maxim that is associated with Obama’s former chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel.

Out of crisis, comes opportunity.”

Kerry of course denied that he has ambition to be the next secretary of state. The Kerry denial of what is staring everyone in the face was mocked by ABC News:

“Got that? John Kerry is not auditioning to be Secretary of State. He is not lobbying for the job. He does not secretly covet the job. He is perfectly happy right where he is.”

Kerry’s moves are part of the long war Barack Obama is secretly waging against Hillary Clinton which we have outlined (See, Barack Obama At War With Hillary Clinton (And Thank You Andrew Breitbart), and Mark Halperin’s Book – Harry Reid’s Negro Macaca, Barack Obama’s War On Hillary Clinton, Part I, and Mark Halperin’s Book – Harry Reid’s Negro Macaca, Barack Obama’s War On Hillary Clinton, Part II, and Mark Halperin’s Book – Harry Reid’s Negro Macaca, Barack Obama’s War On Hillary Clinton, Part III, and Obama At War With Hillary Clinton And General McChrystal (The New Shinseki), and Going… Going… Gone).

John Kerry was doing the work of Obama while helping himself. Obama was confused about Egypt in the same way he was confused about the Russian invasion of Georgia during the general election of 2008. Obama’s foreign policy is no preconditions, no knowledge, no defense of America, no idea what to do other than bow and wow them with his “personality”, no idea of what, when, where, how, or who.

Hillary Clinton by contrast has known all the players in this crisis for years. She knows Hosni Mubarak very well. She knows how Mubarak thinks. She knows how to deal with Mubarak. In other words Hillary is a problem for Barack and his goons.

What exactly did the original 3:00 a.m. phone call warning from Hillary Clinton say?



“It’s 3:00 a.m. and your children are safe and asleep. But there’s a phone in the White House and it’s ringing. Something is happening in the world. Your vote will decide who answers that call – whether it’s someone who already knows the world’s leaders, knows the military, someone tested and ready to lead in a dangerous world. It’s 3:00 a.m. and your children are safe and asleep. Who do you want answering the phone?”

The person you want nowhere near the phone is inexperienced and unqualified Barack Obama. After setting up Hillary Clinton (and Joe Biden who denied Mubarak is a dictator) to claim “stability” in Egypt, Obama knew there was only one person who knew what she was doing. That however did not mean that Hillary Clinton would be allowed to operate without backstabbing knives in her back. If Hillary said “A” the White House said “B”:

“The actions of the Egyptian government amid protests there will determine whether the United States continues to give aid to the north African country, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday.

The White House will “make determinations” based on Egypt’s response to the protests, Gibbs told reporters. “We are … watching the actions of [the Egyptian] government,” he said.

Gibbs’s position appears to be different than that of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who said Sunday that “there’s no discussion at this time about cutting off aid” to Egypt.

“Right now, we are trying to convey a message that is very clear,” Clinton said on ABC’s “This Week.” “We want to ensure that there is no violence and no provocation that results in violence, and we want to see these reforms and process of national dialogue begin.”

The backstabbing against Hillary Clinton by Obama goons continues. But Barack Obama desperately needs Hillary. Politico described the headless chicken in the egg shaped office and the smart plucky blond lady:

“Confronted with the most acute foreign policy crisis of his administration, President Barack Obama is increasingly relying on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her advice and connections — including a 20-year friendship with the family of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak that has drawn fire from human rights advocates.”

Again, what did that 3:00 a.m. ad say? (“Your vote will decide who answers that call – whether it’s someone who already knows the world’s leaders, knows the military, someone tested and ready to lead in a dangerous world.”)

Inexperienced, unqualified, Barack Obama needs Hillary but he will still wage a secret war against her:

“It was Clinton who came up with the idea of sending Frank Wisner, U.S. ambassador to Egypt in the 1980’s, to Cairo to deliver Obama’s pointed request that Mubarak not seek a new term as the country’s leader, an administration official told POLITICO.

And it was Clinton who Obama dispatched to appear on five Sunday morning shows to send a not-so-subtle message to the tottering dictator that the time had come for a “peaceful transition to real democracy,” not Mubarak’s “faux democracy.”

We note that it is “an administration official” who says Hillary “came up with the idea of sending Frank Wisner.” Wisner of course did a good job of communicating the need for Mubarak to not attack the demonstrators. But Wisner also had business interests in Egypt which is the sly White House way of smearing Hillary.

We also note that the “faux democracy” remark by Hillary Clinton is in fact not an attack on Mubarak but instead the “faux democracy” if Islamic extremists such as the Muslim Brotherhood rule in Egypt. This is an example of Politico putting words in Hillary’s mouth that she never has uttered. Here is the direct quote along with Hillary Clinton reprimanding David Gregory for putting words in her mouth:

David, you cannot keep trying to put words in my mouth. I’ve never said that. I don’t intend to say that. I want the Egyptian people to have the chance to chart a new future. It needs to be an orderly, peaceful transition to real democracy, not faux democracy like the elections we saw in Iran two years ago, where you have one election 30 years ago and then the people just keep staying in power and become less and less responsive to their people. We want to see a real democracy that reflects the vibrancy of Egyptian society. And we believe that President Mubarak, his government, civil society, political activists, need to be part of a national dialogue to bring that about.”

Politico, like David Gregory, put words in Hillary’s mouth. We’re taking them out and throwing them back at Politico.

At least Politico has not forgotten the 3:00 a.m. ad:

“As a Democratic presidential candidate in 2008, Clinton aired the famous “3 a.m.” commercial, with its image of a White House phone ringing with news of an international crisis, to question Obama’s foreign policy experience. But in the past week, Clinton has been at the center of Obama’s frantic attempt to keep pace with spiraling events — including a critical meeting in the Oval Office last Saturday when Obama deputized Clinton to clarify the administration’s confused response to the crisis.

Politico is of course ignoring the facts they themselves reported that Hillary did try to “clarify the administration’s confused response to the crisis” but that after Hillary spoke Robert Gibbs stabbed her in the back and muddied the waters and the policy further. Obama needs Hillary but he also wants to remove her as a player – backstabbing and dirty politics are Obama’s Chicago Way. Obama does not like to be reminded that Hillary knows (as her ad stated) the players and the policy:

“Just as importantly, she also is providing valuable insights into Mubarak’s behavior, according to officials. Those insights are honed from years of contact with the 82-year-old Egyptian leader and his much younger wife, a relationship that deepened during Clinton’s 1999 trip to Egypt with her daughter Chelsea.

Hillary knows Mubarak is a dictator, and they aren’t close friends,” says a former top U.S. diplomat with ties to Obama. “But she knows him well enough — well enough to know this guy isn’t Saddam Hussein, and he’s probably the one who told the army not to fire into the crowd.”

Clinton is even closer to Suzanne Mubarak, supporting her human rights work, including initiatives geared at reducing youth unemployment and campaigns to stop human trafficking and the sexual mutilation of women.”

What is Hillary doing and why is she qualified to do it?

Mubarak needs to be shown a path out of this, and Hillary’s trying to find a way to do that,” added the official, who says Clinton also is sharing her experience with other Mideast leaders who may be facing similar upheaval. “She knows a lot of these people on a personal level.

Hillary Clinton’s experience and abilities are needed now more than ever:

“… the administration has never faced a foreign crisis of this magnitude that requires “all hands on deck,” according to a senior administration official.

But it’s also because the pragmatic Clinton is “one of the few remaining grown-ups,” in the words of one former State Department higher-up, who can speak authoritatively at a time of rapid staff turnover in the West Wing.

She’s the obvious choice to adopt this role,” says Daniel Kurtzer who served as ambassador to Egypt under Bill Clinton and as President George W. Bush’s ambassador to Israel.

You need someone out there who understands the complexity of this situation,” adds Kurtzer. “And she’s one of the only people who could step in. She knows all of these players very well, and that’s critical at a time when the administration is presented with so few good alternatives.”

Hillary Clinton indeed knows the complexities. At the Munich Security Conference Hillary Clinton led the way:



“In the Middle East, we have not yet seen security and democratic development converge in the same way. Let me offer a few observations about where we’ve come from and where we need to go. [snip]

For decades, though, most of these same governments have not pursued the kind of political and economic reforms that would make them more democratic, responsible, and accountable. In Doha last month, I urged the leaders of the region to address the needs and aspirations of their people and offer a positive vision for the future for their sake and for ours because the region is being battered by a perfect storm of powerful trends. A growing majority of its people are under the age of 30. Many of these young people, even the most educated among them, cannot find work.

At the same time, however, they are more connected with each other and with events occurring around them because of technology. And this generation is rightly demanding that their governments become more effective, more responsive, and more open. All of this is taking place against a backdrop of depleting resources. Water tables are dropping, and oil reserves are running out.

Leaders in the region may be able to hold back the tide for a little while, but not for long. That has been the story of the last weeks. It is what has driven demonstrators into the streets of Tunis, Cairo, and cities throughout the area. The status quo is simply not sustainable. So for all our friends, for all the friends in the region including governments and people, the challenge is to help our partners take systematic steps to usher in a better future where people’s voices are heard, their rights respected, and their aspirations met.”

Hillary Clinton has laid out the challenges and Hillary Clinton understands the threat:

“This is not simply a matter of idealism. It is a strategic necessity. Without genuine progress toward open and accountable political systems, the gap between people and their governments will only grow, and instability will only deepen. Across the region, there must be clear and real progress toward open, transparent, fair, and accountable systems. Now, in some countries, this transition is happening quickly; in others it will take more time. Different countries face different circumstances.

And of course, there are risks. There are risks with the transition to democracy. It can be chaotic. It can cause short-term instability. Even worse – and we have seen it before – the transition can backslide into just another authoritarian regime. Revolutions have overthrown dictators in the name of democracy only to see the political process hijacked by new autocrats who use violence, deception, and rigged elections to stay in power or to advance an agenda of extremism.

So the transition to democracy will only work if it is deliberate, inclusive, and transparent. Those who want to participate in the political system must commit to basic principles such as renouncing violence as a tool of political coercion, respecting the rights of minorities – ethnic and religious minorities, participating in a spirit of tolerance and compromise. Those who refuse to make those commitments do not deserve a seat at the table. We will continue to champion free and fair elections as an essential part of building and maintaining a democracy.

But we know elections alone are not sufficient. They’re not even sufficient to secure lasting change. So we also must work together to support the institutions of good governance, the rule of law and an independent judiciary, transparency and a free press, strong political parties, protection for the rights of minorities and more, because those, indeed, are the building blocks of a true democracy.”

Those are words that must make the Muslim Brotherhood afraid. Hillary Clinton is demonstrating the type of experience, knowledge, and ability that Barack Obama fears.

The world is on the edge of a knife.

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321 thoughts on “Bros Before Hos, TraumPolitik And Obama Versus Hillary Clinton In Egypt, Part II

  1. The world is on the edge of a knife.
    *****************************
    Makes me shiver. If the middle east is running out of oil (I’ve seen the reports saying this), that will change everything.

  2. More about what we discuss today – The “monsters” in charge:

    http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-fg-obama-team-20110210,0,5922348.story

    Reporting from Washington —
    The Obama administration’s shifting response to the crisis in Egypt reflects a sharp debate over how and when Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak should leave office, a policy decision that could have long-term implications for America’s image in the Middle East.

    After sending mixed signals, the administration has appeared to settle on supporting a measured transition for easing Mubarak out of power. That strategy, which remains the subject of vigorous debate inside the administration, calls for a Mubarak crony, Vice President Omar Suleiman, to lead the reform process.

    According to experts who have interacted with the White House, the tactic is favored by a group of foreign policy advisors including Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, national security advisor Thomas Donilon and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who worry about regional stability and want to reassure other Middle East governments that the U.S. will not abandon an important and longtime ally. [snip]

    Suleiman’s behavior reinforced the arguments of another camp inside the Obama administration, including National Security Council members Ben Rhodes and Samantha Power, which contends that if President Obama appears to side with the remnants of Mubarak’s discredited regime, he risks being seen as complicit in stifling a pro-democracy movement. [snip]

    Aides acknowledge privately that the differing views among Obama’s advisors have produced a mixed message. Even Wednesday, as they continued to call for an orderly transition to democracy led by Suleiman, White House officials said the process wasn’t moving fast enough.

    There is a realist camp who above all would like to see order,” said Thomas Carothers, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, who has been in contact with the administration. “They acknowledge there has to be some kind of transition, but their emphasis is on an orderly transition, and they feel Suleiman can deliver order and is shrewd enough not to stonewall. On the other side, the idealists feel the time has come — that the old regime is finished … and that this is a true democratic outbreak.”

    The White House declined to elaborate on the positions staked out by Obama’s advisors, though they acknowledged a robust and ongoing debate. But aides have revealed some of the disagreements in group meetings and one-on-one discussions with experts, including former U.S. diplomats.

    The current situation reflects Obama’s decision-making process as president. On key issues, he has encouraged open-ended debate, preferring to ponder all sides of the argument before, sometimes slowly, choosing a position in the middle ground. In deciding whether to send more troops to Afghanistan, for example, his decision reflected a compromise between his military advisors and those like Vice President Joe Biden, who argued that a swift drawdown was needed. [snip]

    In a meeting this week with security council officials, Middle East experts warned the administration that they “hadn’t held the same position for many days at a time and stressed the importance of doing so,” according to one person who was present but asked for anonymity because the group was urged not to speak publicly about the meeting.

    “There was an acknowledgement that they had not been speaking with one voice and that they should be,” the person said. “They acknowledged that some of their remarks have been unhelpful.”

    Early on, the administration stressed its alliance with Mubarak and his stabilizing force in the region, but as the protests in Egypt grew, the White House began seeking change.

    In a weekend interview, Clinton said that countries evolve “at different paces” — a remark seen as an endorsement of methodical transition — and said her priority was to “protect the security and interests of the United States.”

    But on Tuesday, Biden spoke to Suleiman and told him that a state of emergency giving the regime broader powers must be repealed “immediately.” The same day, Gibbs refuted Suleiman’s contention that the street protests are not genuine, but rather driven by outside forces.

    In a conference call with reporters on Wednesday, security council member Rhodes, who was the lead writer of Obama’s 2009 speech to the Muslim world from Cairo, said the Mubarak government wasn’t moving quickly enough.

    “This has to be a period of political change in Egypt,” Rhodes said, adding that the “transition must begin without delay and produce immediate, irreversible progress that the people of Egypt can see and are demanding.

    “Thus far it’s clear that while the government has entered into a period of negotiation with the opposition and dialogue, what they put forward is not yet meeting that threshold of change in the eyes of the Egyptian people,” Rhodes said.

    Inside the White House, there is no disagreement over whether Mubarak must leave. Instead, the debate focuses on four questions: the speed at which the regime repeals its longstanding emergency law; the pace of the transition; the extent to which opposition groups such as the banned Muslim Brotherhood should be included in the negotiations; and whether Mubarak must step aside now or can take on a temporary role while Suleiman runs the reform process.

    The differing priorities reflect the background and interests of the various players, many of whom hold deep convictions rooted in their lives’ work.

    Rhodes was one of the writers of the 9/11 Commission report as well as the Cairo speech, meant to broadcast a new day in relations between the U.S. and the Muslim world. Charged with helping craft Obama’s message on foreign policy since the 2008 election campaign, his job is partly keeping the president’s message consistent.

    Power, a noted human rights scholar, first met Obama when he reached out to her after reading her Pulitzer Prize-winning book on genocide. During the presidential campaign, she resigned from Obama’s team after being quoted as calling Clinton “a monster.” She later apologized.

    The other camp includes Dennis Ross, a former Middle East peace negotiator for Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Ross, who has strong ties to Israel, is the author of a 2007 book that advised against treating the Muslim Brotherhood as a potential partner in Egypt’s political future, noting the group’s refusal to renounce violence “as a tool of other Islamists.” [snip]

    National Security Council member Daniel Shapiro has sought to reassure pro-Israel groups that the inclusion of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt’s political negotiations would not undermine the country’s peace treaty with Israel, according to people who have talked with him. Shapiro, who led outreach to Jewish voters in Obama’s presidential campaign, has tended to the president’s relations with Israel and other regional partners, as well as with Jewish leaders in the U.S.

  3. Mrs. Smith
    February 9th, 2011 at 6:31 pm
    Who does Obama call @ 3am?
    &&&&&&&

    Secret Service to either a) get him a pack of smokes on the down-low, or b) set up a tryst with some woman (or dude??).

    It’s never going to be about international security or an issue of domestic urgency; that gets forwarded onto the “correct individuals”. Obama doesn’t do diddly-squat, only: photo-ops, TV interviews, fund raisers, and celebrity fun events.

  4. Rep Adam Smith (D-WA) says the military taking over in Egypt instead of the MB is a very positive step but the situation is still fluid. (Fox tv)

  5. Mrs. Smith
    February 10th, 2011 at 12:38 am
    nomobama
    February 10th, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Is the NObama site your blog?
    ======================================

    No, that’s not my blog. I don’t have a blog. I don’t have the connections, abundant talent, writing skills, nor necessary aptitude for a good blog such as Hillaryis44. There’s so much that I don’t know, so writing a blog of any consequence would be futile. It would be nice to have those skills, and connections, though.

  6. Our country is being run by a bunch of inept radicals who fortunately are being balanced by the likes of Hillary Clinton, and others who have a real grasp of the complexities in the world. I have to wonder what things would be like if Hillary and some of the other grown-ups in this administration were not around to provide their insights.

  7. Bit Cat Lover, maybe CNN should read this from FoxNews and wonder why they (CNN) are so dumb:

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/02/10/egyptian-official-mubarak-step-transfer-authority-armed-forces/

    President Hosni Mubarak will step down shortly and transfer authority to the Egyptian Higher Council of the Armed Forces, a senior Egyptian official confirmed to Fox News on Thursday.

    The group is comprised of the minister of defense, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi — who stands atop the military hierarchy — along with the military’s chief of staff, the chief of operations, and commanders of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Air Defenses.

    The source pointed out that the transfer of power will occur “outside of the constitutional framework” because under the Egyptian constitution, Mubarak’s resignation ordinarily would mean that the speaker of the house would become president and elections would be held within 60 days. In this case, the military council will “not be governing under the constitution or any legislation,” the source noted. “So they will have to define the format under which they are taking power.”

    The source did not know how long the military would reign nor what mechanism or timetable would be put in place to end the military’s administration of power, but said that “when (the transfer of power from Mubarak) does happen, they will presumably indicate the direction of the country.”

    The source drew parallels with the Army coup of 1952, and the removal of King Faroukh, noting that it took six months before the monarchy was dissolved and the modern republic formed.

    The source said this marks “a moment of grave magnitude for the national security of Egypt.”

    The official said he doubted that Mubarak would be prosecuted after leaving office.

    “No specific allegations of wrongdoing have been made against him,” said the source, adding that if any allegations surface later on, it would be a judicial function to resolve them. The source predicted, without certainty, that Mubarak will retire to Sharm el-Sheikh and lead an “isolated” existence.

    The official also expressed criticism of the Obama administration and the American press for short-changing the reform process that Mubarak and Suleiman had begun to put in place, and which the official claimed had been moving along “fine” in “very rapid” fashion.

    As a case in point, the official cited the committee to amend the constitution that had been formed, including with opposition membership, and which he said had agreed swiftly on the six article of the constitution to be reformed.

    The official said the “constant requests for more measures, to be undertaken more quickly, more rapidly … the constant push” and “lack of recognition” for the reform measures being undertaken in good faith all conspired to create a “national consensus” in Egypt that forced Mubarak’s ouster.

    “They did not give too much room for the (reform) process to move forward,” the official said of the Obama administration.

  8. Nomobama,
    I agree there are no grown ups living in the WH. Just saw a pic of Obama in Michigan, he looked wired….I think he is doing some drugs!

  9. Chelsea Clinton & Marc Mezvinsky Stick Close in N.Y.C.

    By Jeffrey Slonim and Stephen M. Silverman
    Thursday February 10, 2011

    Further putting rumors of a rift to rest, visibly happy couple Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky – holding hands and swaying to music – had several reasons to be all smiles Wednesday night.

    First off, her father, former President Bill Clinton, was an honoree at an all-star evening to mark the 25th anniversary of the anthem to fight AIDS, “That’s What Friends Are For.”

    The amfAR gala, which helped kick off New York Fashion Week, also marked a sweet reunion for Chelsea and Marc, after he had been skiing in Wyoming. At the benefit, held at the Cipriani Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, the investment banker, 33, danced with his wife, 30, who is pursuing a Ph.D. at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service.

    Along with the entire crowd – who included Julianna Margulies, Richard Gere, Harry Belafonte, Iman and Rosie O’Donnell – Bill Clinton marveled at the still-pitch-perfect voice of Dionne Warwick, 70. Also on-hand to belt out solos from the stage: Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and Sir Elton John.

    As for the original recording of the 1986 song heard ’round the world, Warwick said at the mic, “Sitting in the control room of the recording studio was Elizabeth Taylor, who said, ‘That song belongs to all of us who are in the fight against a dreaded disease called AIDS.’ ”

    Taylor, 78, who established her own AIDS foundation in 1991, was to receive an award Wednesday night but could not attend because of health issues. John, 63, said of her, “She’ll forever be our guiding star. And we all carry a piece of her in our hearts.”

    http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20465107,00.html?xid=rss-topheadlines

  10. Confloyd, thank you for the Ulsterman article link. I like reading his articles. Who knows what is true within them, yet I get this feeling that much of it is true, and therefore very interesting to read. Oh, the intrigue!

  11. What is that over the podium in Obama’s briefing room….oh its “Winning the Future” in humungous letters…so obvious this is one of his slogans.

    I suppose they have not realises it spells out WTF………….a slogan we will use in much in rebuking it.

  12. Awaiting a statement and briefing from the State Dept. shortly. I think they are waiting for Obama to make his remarks first. (Fox tv)

  13. which is interesting because From Cairo to Dubai: The shortest nonstop flight time is 3 hours & 15 minutes.

    Must be pre-recorded and he’s shoved off already.

    Makes sense he would do it pre-recorded.

  14. House Foreign Affairs committee will be investigating how the Obama admin handled this Egyptian crisis according to the Fox State Dept reporter James Rosen.

  15. House Foreign Affairs committee will be investigating how the Obama admin handled this Egyptian crisis according to the Fox State Dept reporter James Rosen.

    ……………………………………………

    Well thats gonna be fun especially as Obama will undoubtedly send Hillary into the mire and blame her.

  16. Oh he just makes me vomit, he is just a bad salesman in a bad tv commercial.

    Egypt comments lasted 2 sentences.

  17. Obama pandering to the yound people in Mich saying it is the young people in Egypt who are leading the protests. He says they will address the Egyptian situation later. That folks, is our leadership.

  18. its a go mubarak, stay mubarak, go mubarak, stay mubarak, oh he’s going, how much pr can we squeeze out of this. Thats Obama in a nutshell.

  19. What an idiot. Hope and Change comes to Giza.

    Now the military will run things and the Muslim Brotherhood will protest and there will be further radicalization. But for Obama it’s all about Hope and Change – false hope, change for the worse.

  20. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says Muslin Brotherhoos is largely secular. I guess that means our admin is supporting them. Yikes.

  21. BCL,
    THis is the exact words of Soros…I can’t be sure but I think I read that was what he said about them just recently!

    Soros is the President!

  22. admin
    did you know Mubarak was stepping down. LOL.

    =====================

    Admin was probably over there making it happen. LOL.

  23. Fox reporter from Egypt is saying the Information Ministry is afraid their building will be rushed by the protestors if they think Mubarak is going, so they are issueing statements hoping to hold back the crowds until the speech is actually given by Mubarak.

  24. Interesting how Mubarak is reportedly going to Dubai, and not the more conservative Saudi Arabia. Could it be that even he understands the difference between life in a very conservative Islamic state, and one that is a bit more modernized? I don’t blame him.

  25. Well I keep waiting for his speech and its taking forever and I have to get dressed for work…its weird!

    Obama is out speechifying and no doubt Hillary is working her ass off while Issa is gathering information on the lack of leadership during this crisis and inadvertantly helps Obama snuff her (Hillary) out….its all just a travesty….but when you sleep with dogs you wake up with fleas!!!

  26. Interesting how Mubarak is reportedly going to Dubai, and not the more conservative Saudi Arabia.

    ====================

    Dubai is further away. 😉

  27. I have a feeling that whatever obama does or says in the next few days, his arab buddies are going to be disgusted with him.

  28. I hadn’t heard that Mubarak was headed for Dubai. Fox has been reporting that he will announce he’s going to Germany for his health (no pun intended).

  29. What a wonderful and detailed analysis Admin, your lens aways brings focus to the details among the media dog and pony show.

    Stepping back a few feet from all this, I don’t remember any person holding the Sec. of State job being pushed, shoved, knifed and reinterpreted as much as Hillary.

    I really don’t think this has anything to do with the job of Secretary of State, but it has everything to do with the administration and the media fighting against the thought that she is the real President of our country, even if she doesn’t have the title.

    I am sure this sounds nuts and can be chalked off to Hillary idolizing, but it seems to me that she is the one that leaders are listening to and trust, she is the one that the American public rely on to solve our foreign affairs problems, and she was the one that had the right plan for Universal Health Care and the Clinton’s always had the right plan to balance our budget and make us proud to live in this country.

    All Barry’s kingmakers and media whores can’t put Humpty back together again.

    Go Hillary, Go!!!

    Hillary 2012 and beyond…nothing less.

  30. Spot on as usual Admin….unfortunately, Bo’s incompetent handling of the crisis has resulted in Murbarak having to leave much sooner than necessary .

  31. Famous last words: “The People’s Liberation Army will never fire on the Chinese people!”

    Those who thought this would end well have a lot of ‘splaining to do. Those who thought the end result would be like “Turkey” or some other crazy dream can now see (once again) the danger of false hope, change for change’s sake.

  32. The crowd of protestors in Egypt has not quieted down and are chanting even stronger than they were if that’s possible. Unfortunately, I don’t speak Egyptian so I don’t know what they are saying. Fox is reporting they are chanting “We are almost free’ and ‘Civil rule not military rule”.

  33. Clinton pledges commitment to Israel’s security

    In meetings with senior US government officials, Defense Minister Ehud Barak discusses Egypt crisis, Iran, as US announces ‘continued support for Israel’s military’ and ‘unprecedented security cooperation’

    Yitzhak Benhorin
    02.10.11

    WASHINGTON – At the end of meetings held between Defense Minister Ehud Barak, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other senior US officials in Washington DC, the White House announced Wednesday that the US will continue its “unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security, including through our continued support for Israel’s military and the unprecedented security cooperation between our two governments”.

    In addition to Clinton, other officials who took part in the meeting included US Defense Secretary Robert Gates and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon. This is the first meeting between an Israeli official and senior US government officials since the beginning of the crisis in Egypt which caused concern in Israel over the status of existing peace agreements and the level of preparedness for the post-Mubarak era.

    A White House statement noted that Barak and the US officials discussed “the latest developments in Egypt, the need to move forward on Middle East peace, efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, and other regional and bilateral issues”. They also agreed that the US and Israel would “continue to consult closely on common challenges and issues across our shared agenda”.

    During his two-day visit to the US, Barak held a series of meetings with senior US officials. On Wednesday he met with CIA Chief Leon Panetta, as well as National Security Council senior official Dennis Ross. Ross has a decisive role on the council with regards to the Iran nuclear issue and is involved in efforts to revive the Israeli-Palestinian process.

    Barak also met with Eric Cantor who serves as Republican majority leader in the House of Representatives, and Stanley Hoyer who serves as Democrat minority leader in the House. On Thursday Barak will meet with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in New York. He will also be representing Israel at a special UN assembly marking the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4026501,00.html

  34. Fox is also reporting that the crowd is chanting ‘Mubarak leave, leave leave’ and ‘Suleiman leave, leave, leave’.

  35. Suleiman is now the key…if he has the confidence of the military he would be the best possible replacement as he is pro US and lets say not ovetrly hostile towards Israel.

  36. Hey, MS Magazine, THIS is what a feminist sounds like!

    Rick Santotum (father of seven children) said he could attend a meeting but Sarah Palin couldn’t because of her five children. So Sarah called him a “knuckle-dragging Neanderthal.”

    Well, she said worse, really:

    “I will not call him the knuckle-dragging Neanderthal,” Palin said. “I’ll let his wife call him that instead.”
    politico.com/news/stories/0211/49213.html

    Santotum had been quoted as saying:

    “I don’t live in Alaska and I’m not the mother to all these kids and I don’t have other responsibilities that [Palin] has,” he said.
    politico.com/news/stories/0211/49124.html

    Now Greta has Sanctotum on the run:

    “She is busy,” he said. “She has family obligations. It is halfway around the country. There’s nothing more to it than that. They took some things took some liberties. … They write this story, they never called and said ‘do you have a comment? Is this what you meant?’ They just ran the story and then did this.

    “We’ve watched every episode of ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska,’ he added. “We enjoy it. I know she has obligations to do other things outside of the work she does at Fox. I said I assume she has other things to do.”
    politico.com/news/stories/0211/49213.html

  37. Hey, MS Magazine, THIS is what a feminist sounds like!

    Rick Santotum (father of seven children) said he could attend a meeting but Sarah Palin couldn’t because of her five children. So Sarah called him a “knuckle-dragging Neanderthal.”

    Well, she said worse, really:

    “I will not call him the knuckle-dragging Neanderthal,” Palin said. “I’ll let his wife call him that instead.”
    politico.com/news/stories/0211/49213.html

    Santotum had been quoted as saying:

    “I don’t live in Alaska and I’m not the mother to all these kids and I don’t have other responsibilities that [Palin] has,” he said.
    politico.com/news/stories/0211/49124.html

    Now Greta has Sanctotum on the run:

    “She is busy,” he said. “She has family obligations. It is halfway around the country. There’s nothing more to it than that. They took some things took some liberties. … They write this story, they never called and said ‘do you have a comment? Is this what you meant?’ They just ran the story and then did this.

    “We’ve watched every episode of ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska,’ he added. “We enjoy it. I know she has obligations to do other things outside of the work she does at Fox. I said I assume she has other things to do.”
    politico.com/news/stories/0211/49213.html

  38. The crowd is singing the national anthem – I found a translation:

    My country, my country, my country.
    You have my love and my heart.
    My country, my country, my country,
    You have my love and my heart.

    Egypt! O mother of all lands,
    My hope and my ambition,
    And on all people
    Your Nile has countless graces

    My homeland, my homeland, my homeland,
    My love and my heart are for thee.
    My homeland, my homeland, my homeland,
    My love and my heart are for thee.

    Egypt! Most precious jewel,
    A pearl on the brow of eternity!
    O my homeland, be for ever free,
    Safe from every foe!

    My country, my country, my country,
    My love and my heart are for thee.
    My country, my country, my country,
    My love and my heart are for thee.

    Egypt, land of bounties
    You are filled with the ancient glory
    My purpose is to repel the enemy
    And on God I rely

    My homeland, my homeland, my homeland,
    My love and my heart are for thee.
    My homeland, my homeland, my homeland,
    My love and my heart are for thee.

    Egypt! Noble are thy children,
    Loyal, and guardians of the reins.
    Be we at war or peace
    We will sacrifice ourselves for you, my country.

    My homeland, my homeland, my homeland,
    My love and my heart are for thee.

  39. I guess Mubarak needed time to get his finacial assets out of the country first…..make sure it goes with him.

    I love reading the Insider posts. Any information as to how real the insider is?

  40. Wouldn’t it be great if the Egyptian crowds inspired insurrection in places like Syria and Iran (once again)? Unfortunately, this dream seems too far fetched and a false hope.

  41. There are going to be blue murder.

    Mubarak is not going anywhere by the sounds of this.

    The protestors are about to go nuts.

  42. HE IS NOT GOING ANYWHERE.

    There is going to absolute riots when this is over. He is signing his own death warrant.

  43. He says he will not give in to foreign demands. Obama must be chewing the nails on Michelle’s toes by now, having chewed all of his nails by now.

  44. I’ve seen this before, he is a stubborn old man holding on and will not go, he is going to have to be removed by force, there is no other way now for the people of Egypt.

    He has gone into Pharoah mode.

  45. As I understand it, Mubarak just told Obama “Yo, stop pretending like you had any role in this, kid.”

    Think this speech is going to go down like someone farting in a lift.

  46. Damn, he’s not going til September, and is doing nothing but making a long speech to justify himself. That crowd is going to freaking explode, I’m afraid. They already rejected that option a week ago.

    He’s also thumbing his nose at Obama. Someone in the military needs to just take this guy out, I’m afraid. It’s going to get ugly from here if he stays.

  47. Confloyd, thanks for the latest Insider story…

    ….Lastly but most important, flurry of activity coming out of Issa office very recently. Whispers now circulating something “concrete” has been found by Issa that is harmful to White House. Enough so that legal reps from White House most recently met directly with Issa office. Actually believe the Bill Daley appointment made in part to also help assist in heading that situation off in favor of the WH. I still don’t trust Issa to follow through. Fear he has gotten too cozy with WH but I could be wrong. I hope so. As to that something “concrete” is it related to the scandal I maintain is out there festering? Birther related? Not certain, but an important thing to realize the growing number of Dems who are hopeful that is the case. That is a huge shift from just this time last year. More and more of us are increasingly angry at this administration and the damage it has done to so many inside the party.

    Read more: http://newsflavor.com/politics/world-politics/white-house-insider-michelle-obama-is-flat-out-lying/#ixzz1DakhXcas

  48. The last words out of Obama were “Let’s wait and see what happens.”

    Got it now Obama, you messed it up and Mubarak just flipped you off again.

    Demonstrators are waving shoes at Mubarak, this is the most offensive gesture in Arab civility. This is not going to end well.

  49. confloyd
    February 10th, 2011 at 12:58 pm
    New article from Ulsterman!
    &&&&&

    Mee-chelle also claims that in addition to Obama, ahem, quitting smoking, he also DOES NOT DYE HIS HAIR.

    Yeah, right.

    If he doesn’t dye his hair for different occasions and different audiences, what is to account for it being different colors? Let me guess, “weather balloons”.

  50. Its a trick, Mubarak can transfer powers and then in 2 weeks transfer them back.

    Its bullshit.

    This is a highly insulting speech.

  51. LIAR, LIAR, HAIR ON FIRE

    nypost.com/p/news/local/prez_doesn_dye_his_do_michelle_ucTsn7GzcaeeIGiyb6ENRJ

    Prez doesn’t dye his ‘do: Michelle
    ============================

    By JENNIFER FERMINO

    Last Updated: 8:50 AM, February 10, 2011

    The leader of the free world might traipse around town in flip-flops, but he draws the line at dyeing his hair.

    First Lady Michelle Obama said yesterday her husband hasn’t stooped to coloring the gray, despite recent pictures that seem to show the president’s hair looking suspiciously darker as of late.

    “It’s lighting,” she said on the “Today” show.

    She described President Obama — who had recently been photographed lolling about in flip-flops — as “pretty gray.”

    “If he had known he would be president, he would have started dyeing his hair like 10 years ago,” she joked.

    Maybe he’s stressed over quitting smoking. His wife said he hasn’t touched a cancer stick in “almost a year.”

    The fashion-forward first lady, who wore an above-the-knee print dress, what appeared to be no hosiery, and bright yellow pumps, breezed into New York City yesterday for appearances on “Today” and “Live! With Regis and Kelly.”

  52. I said this last week, dictators rarely leave, Egypt will have to be prised out of his cold dead hands.

    Obama looking like a total fool about now, when did you last see such a defiance of will from an ALLY at an American President.

  53. Fox replaying part of Mubarak’s speech where he says he will never accept this from a foreign source, etc.

  54. moononpluto
    February 10th, 2011 at 4:02 pm
    Its a trick, Mubarak can transfer powers and then in 2 weeks transfer them back.

    Its bullshit.

    This is a highly insulting speech.

    —————-

    Yup. That’s why the people are unwilling to wait for September (which on first glance might seem a reasonable thing). They don’t trust this fucker. If they all go home, and stop the momentum, he’ll weasel a way to stay in in Sept then crack down once again.

  55. Please please don’t destroy the Cairo museum and the pyramids. If this keeps up all hell is going to break loose.

  56. By the way has Obama gagged Hillary, she is nowhere to be seen today? Maybe she has told Obama, sort it out yourself bucko if you think you’re being so smart.

  57. Interviewee on BBC news: “masses are moving on the presidential palace”

    Al Jazeera: Protesters are shouting “Let us march to Abdeen Palace in our millions”

    Mubarak has it seems lost the plot, refusing to go.

  58. Honestly, this is beyond surreal.

    It’s as if Mubarak is encased in a glass house and his personal advisors are only feeding him the news/information he wants to hear.

    His reality is completely at war with that of the Egyptian people. No good can come of this.

  59. ITs the take down of Baghdad all over again, with Comical Ali, going “no american tanks here” and Saddam holed up in a hole somewhere thinking he is still King.

  60. CNN reporting that about 500 protestors pealed off from the main crowd and headed toward the museum with the assumed destination of the Presidential Palace.

  61. admin
    February 10th, 2011 at 4:09 pm
    He doesn’t touch up his hair; he stopped smoking; Michelle is a fashion icon; and Mubarak is leaving.
    &&&&

    Allow me to add to the list:

    And Obama is one of the towering intellects of this generation.

    Oh yeah, and he was born in this country.

  62. NO ONE WANTS TO STAY IN THE SENATE

    politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2011/02/10/arizona-senator-jon-kyl-retire#

    Arizona Senator Jon Kyl to Retire
    =============================

    Three-term Sen. Jon Kyl announced Thursday he is retiring from Congress at the end of his term next year.

    The Arizona lawmaker, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, is the fifth senator scheduled for re-election next year to announce a departure from Congress when the 113th convenes in 2013.

    “This is the time to end my public service, in January 2013, and therefore, I will not seek reelection to the U.S. Senate,” said Kyl, who was speaking from Phoenix with his wife by his side.

    He added it has been a “tremendous honor” to represent the people of Arizona, but “there comes a time when you have to consider other things.”

    Kyl said he’s not going anywhere for the next 22 months, and will spend the remaining time in office focused on his job, and not a campaign, however, he would spend some of his time helping his allies and new Republicans get elected.

    Saying that he wouldn’t turn down an offer to run as a vice presidential candidate if a Republican presidential candidate thought he could be of service to the country, though he considered it a long shot, the senator nonetheless said it would be inappropriate to consider other job offers while still a member of Congress.

    “That is the only office I would consider,” he said later of the vice presidency, noting that he wouldn’t want to be a Supreme Court justice. “I would not be a Cabinet secretary taking orders from some young (employee) in the White House.”

    Kyl, 68, served four terms in the House before winning a Senate seat. In 2006, he was named one of the 10 best senators by Time Magazine.

    “He’s leaving now at the top of his game, he has money in the bank, and he’s one of the few long-term incumbents who doesn’t face a Tea Party challenge,” a senior Senate GOP aide with knowledge of Kyl’s decision said.

    South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham called the senator “one of the most dependable and solid leaders I have ever known.”

    “His decision to retire will be a great blow to the Republican Conference and Senate as a whole. Jon is one of the smartest members of the Senate and knows how to get things done. What he brings to the table will be very difficult to replace,” Graham said.

    Kyl has never lost an election, and would not have been expected to lose a vote for a fourth term. He will be 70 years old when he leaves. He joins Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, Jim Webb, D-Va., Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., and Kent Conrad, D-N.D., in the club of lawmakers who will find themselves less constrained in decision-making as a result of coming departure.

    Replacing the senator, who is a major force in finance and defense policy, could prove to be an interesting fight.

    Several officials, both GOP and Democratic, speculated Thursday that should Kyl resign, Rep. Gabby Giffords, rapidly recovering from a recent shot to the head at a constituent meeting, could be a contender. Other names mentioned are Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who is also a former Democratic governor of Arizona; and Republican Rep. Jeff Flake, a rising conservative star and budget hawk.

    Kyl said he hopes whoever runs to replace him would have the same conservative values as him and would “want to really fight for freedom for the American people from an oppressive government, which I say is a continuing challenge. I would hope that they believe strongly in national security issues, and could perhaps take up some of the issues I have led in national security, that they would work very, very hard, and always bear in mind that they work for the people of Arizona … and finally that they would put everything in perspective, apply common sense, be honest and ethical, put their families and faith first and then their constituents here in Arizona.”

    Responding to the news, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee said Arizona is now a “prime pick-up opportunity for Senate Democrats this cycle.”

    “Republicans now likely face a primary in Arizona, similar to impending free-for-alls in nearly every other state. Time after time, Republicans nominated unelectable candidates – and they look willing to do so again this cycle,” said DSCC Communications Director Eric Schultz.

  63. Fareed Zakaria is saying Mubarak is baiting the crowds hoping for violence and attacks on the Presidential Palace so he can crack down.

  64. EWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    admin, what a visual!

    “Obama must be chewing the nails on Michelle’s toes by now.”

  65. Al Jazeera: Egypt State TV: Vice President Omar Suleiman will address the nation shortly.

    They are determined to get themselves strung up tonight.

  66. Mubarak is the Lisa Murkowski of Egypt. 🙂

    ………………………..

    Totally pissing myself laughing.

  67. HECKUVA JOB, OBAMBI

    Way to manage that foreclosure problem…Hey, didn’t they try some fixes for this back in 2009???

    reuters.com/article/2011/02/10/us-usa-housing-foreclosures-idUSTRE7190XD20110210?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews

    U.S. home foreclosures rise in January
    ================================

    By Leah Schnurr

    NEW YORK | Thu Feb 10, 2011 9:58am EST

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. home foreclosures jumped 12 percent last month, but the sharp divide between states suggests the industry remains backlogged by investigations into the foreclosure process.

    According to a report from real estate data firm RealtyTrac, lenders foreclosed on 78,133 properties in January, up 12 percent from the month before, but down 11 percent from January a year ago.

    Bank seizures at states with non-judicial foreclosure processes jumped 23 percent, while states with a judicial process saw a decrease of 7 percent.

    “It suggests the system is still frozen up. We should have seen a much larger increase in both overall activity and bank repossession,” said Rick Sharga, senior vice president at RealtyTrac.

    “The numbers will inevitably go up, it’s just a question of will it be sooner or will it be later.”

    The number of foreclosure filings, which includes default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions, rose 1 percent to 261,333 in January. Compared to January last year, filings are down 17 percent.

    The report also showed 1 in every 497 houses received a foreclosure filing during the month. Five states — California, Florida, Michigan, Arizona and Illinois — continued to account for more than half of all foreclosure filings. California alone accounted for more than one quarter.

    Nevada, Arizona and California also had the highest foreclosure rates. Nevada had the country’s highest foreclosure rate for the forty-ninth month in a row. One in every 93 Nevada homes received a foreclosure filing in January, more than five times the national average, RealtyTrac said.

    Ongoing foreclosures are a major headwind for a market that is already struggling with a glut of unsold houses. Data from Zillow Inc earlier in the week showed the number of single-family homes where the mortgage is worth more than the home increased to 27 percent in the fourth quarter from 23.2 percent the previous quarter, suggesting more potential foreclosures to come.

  68. Obama is headed to Marine One helicopter without making a statement. Where is his next campaign stop, that’s what is important.

  69. AJ saying that a crowd in Alexandria is heading for the military base, in hopes of getting the army to take him out?

    ADMIN – LMAO!!! Yeh,he’s a Leeesa Mowkooskile

  70. Obama sounded like he was on something in that speech, overconfident, smug, self-satisfied and talking about how the “young people who wanted CHANGE”, just like he did for his own campaign.

    No one told Obama that you NEVER, EVER, EVER humiliate an Arab in public.

  71. Fareed Zakaria (I know, I know) saying that the military is backing Mubarak and Suleiman. Suleiman is speaking now.

  72. Huckabee on saying that Obama opening his fat mouth and demanding that Mubarek step down is likely the thing that has prevented him from doing so. Because you are issuing a challenge, and not giving him room to step down while saving face. You put him in the position of looking like he caved to US pressure if he does. I can’t stand Huck, but he’s right.

    Boobery by the boob.

  73. They are going to string these bastards up. Its so insulting what they are doing, they have NO intentions ever in handing power over. blah blah blah at a later stage.

  74. lol Suliman “Go back home”…yeah thats gonna work.

    “dont listen to satellite tv”, yeah this is comical Ali all over.

  75. They were lied too, tells you a lot.

    johnkingcnn reports senior US official told him of speech, not what were told would happen, not what we wanted to happen

  76. Oh, fuck, now telling the youth to not listen to TV or radio. That’s gonna go over like the “shut up and believe the govt propaganda” that it is. The VP is making it even worse than Mubarek did.

    And now groups like the MB are going to push for more drastic measures than peaceful protest, and they are the only ones equipped to do it. And the crowds will follow them because they’ve been backed into a corner and feel they have no other choice but to let SOMEONE lead if they want the regime gone. So the MB consolidates and expands power as the only viable opposition.

    I can see this coming.

  77. Anderson Cooper calling Suleiman a liar, telling the same lies he has been telling for awhile now. That’s real helpful Anderson.

  78. CNN (Wolf Blitzer) is going on and on about how Egypt is blaming foreigners and foreign tv and Zakaria jumps in and says probably blaming CNN too. It’s all about them and of course defending the WH.

  79. This has the potential to spill over to West Saudi where there is a huge sunni/shia split, qatar, Yemen, that whole area is going to explode, we said this a week ago.

    Obama really screwed the pooch.

  80. John King confirming that Mubarak’s speech was not what the WH was epecting him to say. They say Obama is back at the WH to meet with advisors.

  81. Al Jazeera: Thousands of protesters march towards the State TV & Radio building which is surrounded by Presidential Guards

  82. Mubarak and Suliman are like the funny little guy in Lord of the rings, “my precious” I want “my precious” “you will never have my precious”

  83. I could be wrong but I can’t believe this is just stubborness on Mubarak’s part. There’s something going on behind the scenes. Maybe if the army speaks we can get some insight.

  84. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/11/world/middleeast/11egypt.html?hp

    Mr. Mubarak said the process of political change initiated by his administration, including a dialogue with opposition groups, would not be reversed. But he signaled no imminent transfer of power and blamed foreigners for seeking to interfere in Egypt’s affairs.

    We will not accept or listen to any foreign interventions or dictations,” Mr. Mubarak said, implying that pressure to resign came from abroad as opposed to masses of people demanding his ouster through his country.

  85. Al Jazeera: Journalist Ahmed Abdel Jawad: Around 4,000 protesters are in front of the Egypt State TV building which is heavily protected

    That building may well go up in flames tonight.

  86. CNN still going on and on about the fact that someone got it wrong about Mubarak stepping down. How Leon Panetta said this morning that he was. On and on covering the fact that they once again apparently got the reporting wrong, instead of digging to try to uncover what is actually happening for their viewers.

  87. Al Jazeera: Obama holds urgent meeting with his National Security Adviser after listening to Mubarak’s speech

    No shit sherlock. Another slurpee or pillow Mr President.

  88. OMG, Glenn Beck crucifying Obama’s speech and the news media for getting caught flat footed today. He’s taking Obama’s speech apart bit by bit. Change, young people and transformation.

  89. If I were the successor to Mubarack, reflecting on the developments of the past several weeks, then I would be inclined to keep my options open. Erring always on the side of caution, stability and national pride I might reach out to China and say it is neither in our interests or yours to let us become the victim of another Soros inspired revolution or the officious intermeddling the arrogant fool who now runs the United States. The man lacks the gile of Confucious or the artistry of Sun Szu. He attacks without allowing is adversary a graceful path of retreat, and then is surprised when he looks into the cold glaring eyes of a cave man. If we side with you it will alter the balance of power within the Middle East. If we remain with the Americans after all they have done to dump one of their two most stable allies in the region then the best we can hope for is for them to overrun our institutions with absent minded Harvard Professors who do not understand our culture, and to watch them blackmail us with the threat of withdrawing the $2 billion per annum. For $2 billion you can have you own stable ally in the middle east, with the proviso that we will chart our own course just as Nasser did.

  90. Darn, I missed most of the drama on the blog and planet while working…what the Hell? 😉

    He’s in, he’s out, he’s definately in, he is out he is in.

    “Go home protesters, we need your hands…….”

    That should work.

    Tent city in the square, they are better organized and helped and are not going anywhere.

    It’s a protest on steroids.

    Some are now marching to the palace and they think the largest protest will be tomorrow.

  91. Mooobarack is going to show who’s boss pharaoh.

    There is probably a new pyramid being built for him on the downlo.

  92. Egyptian Ambassador telling CNN that they did not quite understand what Mubarak was saying in his speech. Says Mubarak transferred his authority under article 82 of the constitution to the VP. CNN asking him to repeat that several times. VP is now undertaking all authority in Egypt under the constitution. 3 powers are under the constitution and the VP and Mubarak cannot do them, but all others are under VP.

  93. A comment on Reuters. Says it all.

    “It’s now about 12:30 a.m. in Egypt. CNN is reporting that protesters have formed a human chain around the headquarters of state TV in Cairo.”

  94. Instability? Of course! But from 2008 forward that is what Obama, Soros and their minions have had on their agenda for Egypt. The record speaks for itself. So once again Obama is able to open Pandora’s box but clueless on how to close it. Why don’t you call in the UN Barack? They would not help you on Iran, but since this is a (former) ally perhaps they will see it differently. Or perhaps Russia and China will tell Egypt we will be your new partner. Well then call in NATO Barack. Old Europe is sick of war. Well then call in that island nation which is separated from America only by a common language. Oh Barack how foolish you were to return the Chuchill bust. But then national pride was never something you or your godfather Soros understood. Well goddamnit Barack call in Wisener. No use he has made his position on the matter clear and you chose to disregard it. Goddmanit Barack do I have to do all the thinking for both of us? Call in the National Guard! Oh, I see they are in Iraq and here you told us they are guarding the border. Then the best advise I can give you Oh Messiah of Mine, is when the Congressional subpoenas start to fly do a stonewall jackson. Big media will paint you in a heroic light, and at the end of the day that is all you are really interested in, is it not?

  95. Big Cat makes no difference to anyone, those two are paying games of good cop bad cop and doing it very very badly.

  96. Protestors are building a house in the square in Cairo, saying they are staying. they are showing it on CNN. It is a wooden house.

  97. moononpluto
    February 10th, 2011 at 5:43 pm
    Big Cat makes no difference to anyone, those two are paying games of good cop bad cop and doing it very very badly.
    ***********************
    Just reporting and chuckling that the Egyptian Ambassador felt the need to call CNN to correct their reporting.

  98. CNN Wolf Blizter question to Egyptian Ambassador “If Mubarak decides in a few months to take back all the power from Omar Sulieman can he?”

  99. It is all words. There is no way at the present time that we can guarantee ANYTHING in the Middle East right now. This is a human tidal wave and anyone who thinks it will stop in Egypt is a fool. A terrible beauty is born and the best part is Barack lit the fuse.

  100. How long before Obama blames it on Dubya, Sarah Palin or Hillary Clinton. place your bets now.
    ——————————
    He has already dispatched his media surrogates with that message.

  101. Protestors are building a house in the square in Cairo, saying they are staying. they are showing it on CNN. It is a wooden house.
    —————————————They have my permission to stay as long as they want to in that wooden house.

  102. No one told Obama that you NEVER, EVER, EVER humiliate an Arab in public
    —————————-
    Evidently, Messiahs play by a different set of rules. Huckabees insights here are instructive.

  103. BigCat

    Protestors are building a house in the square in Cairo, saying they are staying. they are showing it on CNN. It is a wooden house.

    —–
    Well that’s what the VP told them to do, “…use their hands, build..”

    They are just ignoring the rest of the speech… 😉

  104. If I were convinced that this was a spontaneous pro democracy movement, I would feel very differently. What I see instead in a velvet revolution and that to me is pure evil. Unfortunately, people get caught up in this kind of thing without realizing who is manipulating them and why.

  105. Israel needs to be on full alert here, and I have no doubt that they are. Yesterday, there was an article which got tied up in the spam filter wherein Bibi speculated that what we will end up with in Egypt is another Iran.

  106. “We will not accept or listen to any foreign interventions or dictations,” Mr. Mubarak said, implying that pressure to resign came from abroad as opposed to masses of people demanding his ouster through his country.
    ———————————–
    2008 Columbia Law School Symposium 3 Obama campaign officials presided as panelists and discussed overthrowing the Egyptian Goverment in 2011/ Columbia is in the 90’s (Morningside Heights) and NYT is in the 40’s (Midtown Manhattan). 4 miles. But NYT did not know that the pressure to resign DID come from abroad specifically 4 miles to the north. Give me a break.

  107. Surprising.

    Egyptian troops have withdrawn from their positions around the Presidential palace. Huge marches planned for tomorrow. Uh oh.

  108. I’m at work so I am not hearing anything but what you all post…I wonder what kind of building they are building?

    If the Army has withdrawn from their positions around the Presidential Palace…does this mean they are going in to get him or what? Is Mubarak in there?

  109. CNN : Our International Desk reports 2000+ demonstrators have reached barbed wire blocking street leading to Egyptian presidential palace

  110. Joe Klein on CNN saying that everyone was on board in Egypt for him to step aside and give Suleiman the power so that the constitutional requirement that they must hold elections in 60 days was not triggered but they could hold elections in Sept., but Mubarak blew the speech announcing this or the translator blew it.

  111. I was hoping they could maintain some level of control in Egypt. But is now appears that things have deteriorated to the poing where that is no longer possible. This may lead to a Tiemanem Square showdown. Or just chaos. With sound diplomacy this could have been avoided, and a peaceful transition arranged. Mob rule.

  112. Joe Klein on CNN has had problems with the truth in the past, i.e. lying about primary colors and other sordid episodes. Not the kind of guy you would put forward as an unimpeachable source. He is also a Hillary hater.

  113. The Egyptian Ambassador is on Fox explaining the changes that Mubarak made today that he explained earlier to CNN. Fox doesn’t understand what he is saying and of course there are some questions the ambassador will not answer. This is a mess.

  114. Agreed about Joe Klein, but the searching for the meaning of these latest developments by all the pundits is pretty amazing.

  115. Gergen talking about being with Nixon when he was falling apart as his situation deteriorated. Gergen made the remark earlier that maybe Mubarak was drunk when he made his speech like Nixon.

  116. Crowds has gathered along the Egypt/Gaza border in anticipation of Mubarak’s speech. When he didn’t announce he would step down, some security guards were shot. (Fox)

  117. Maybe the nukes are why Mubarak will not leave. But, I assume they are under the direction of the military or now under Sulieman?

  118. BigCatLover,

    Thanks for slipping in and out of suspect reporting territory. Gergan is another blowhard. They’re all trying to cover their own butts as they see BO flailing around. Just wait until whatever BO’s tipping point really happens. Watch them all scramble for cover, justify their previous reporting, blame it all on something other than their own laziness, indolence, stupidity and idol-worshipping.

    The small print paper I work for issues corrections whenever facts are misquoted. I guarantee you that we peons are held more accountable for misspelling the name of a local student than these big media types are for their frequent misrepresentations of the truth. I honestly don’t know how they live with themselves. Either they’re so brainwashed they don’t see their own bias or they’re incompetent. Either way, it’s a scary thing to realize these are the idiots from which the vast majority of Americans get their news.

  119. Gergen talking about being with Nixon when he was falling apart as his situation deteriorated. Gergen made the remark earlier that maybe Mubarak was drunk when he made his speech like Nixon.
    ————————————————————
    Gerghen is a pink eyed quivereing white rat.

  120. Statement is long but says the Egyptian people continue to have a friend in the US. Is he ratcheting this up?

  121. Kennedy during the Cuban missile crisis did not issue a staement every 5 seconds contradicting what his last statement.

  122. basil9
    February 10th, 2011 at 7:56 pm
    Yep, that’s exactly what they are doing. Gergen talking about Nixon being drunk was pretty shocking and has what to do with the Egyptian situation?

  123. In written statement, Pres. Obama says “it is not yet clear” that the “transition” in Egypt “is immediate, meaningful or sufficient.”

    no shit sherlock.

  124. 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 that the government is serious about a genuine transition to democracy, and it is the responsibility of the government to speak clearly to the Egyptian people and the world. The Egyptian government must put forward a credible, concrete and unequivocal path toward genuine democracy, and they have not yet seized that opportunity.

    As we have said from the beginning of this unrest, the future of Egypt will be determined by the Egyptian people. But the United States has also been clear that we stand for a set of core principles. We believe that the universal rights of the Egyptian people must be respected, and their aspirations must be met. We believe that this transition must immediately demonstrate irreversible political change, and a negotiated path to democracy. To that end, we believe that the emergency law should be lifted. We believe that meaningful negotiations with the broad opposition and Egyptian civil society should address the key questions confronting Egypt’s future: protecting the fundamental rights of all citizens; revising the Constitution and other laws to demonstrate irreversible change; and jointly developing a clear roadmap to elections that are free and fair.

    We therefore urge the Egyptian government to move swiftly to explain the changes that have been made, and to spell out in clear and unambiguous language the step by step process that will lead to democracy and the representative government that the Egyptian people seek. Going forward, it will be essential that the universal rights of the Egyptian people be respected. There must be restraint by all parties. Violence must be forsaken. It is imperative that the government not respond to the aspirations of their people with repression or brutality. The voices of the Egyptian people must be heard.

    The Egyptian people have made it clear that there is no going back to the way things were: Egypt has changed, and its future is in the hands of the people. Those who have exercised their right to peaceful assembly represent the greatness of the Egyptian people, and are broadly representative of Egyptian society. We have seen young and old, rich and poor, Muslim and Christian join together, and earn the respect of the world through their non-violent calls for change. In that effort, young people have been at the forefront, and a new generation has emerged. They have made it clear that Egypt must reflect their hopes, fulfill their highest aspirations, and tap their boundless potential. In these difficult times, I know that the Egyptian people will persevere, and they must know that they will continue to have a friend in the United States of America.

  125. moononpluto
    February 10th, 2011 at 8:04 pm
    This statement by Obama is dumbass.

    Basically says they have no clue.
    **********************
    so what else is new?

  126. Obama must compromise meet each other half way and be good citizens of the world
    —————————-
    AP: the presidents brilliant statment seemed to have a freat calming sedative effect on the screaming mob and they kneeled on bended knee to the messiah and thanked him for appealing to their better angels. The Muslim Brotherhood thanked him as well.

    Prediction: tomorrow the mob will move in to kill Mubarack. Tomorrow the military will be forced to fire on them. The alternative will be anarchy. And Obama will deplore the needless loss of life, which never would have happened if both sides had heeded his wise words. He will close by looking plaintively into the camera and asking “Why can’t we all just get along?” Brian Williams has a wet dream.

  127. What Obama has done is create a mob. Suppose Kenedy had said during the Cuban Missile Crisis: I am making a secret deal with Kruschev and he had better accept it.

  128. n written statement, Pres. Obama says “it is not yet clear” that the “transition” in Egypt “is immediate, meaningful or sufficient.”
    ————————
    Idiot speak. Obama keeps making worse by issuing edicts which enflame the situation and the parties.

  129. CNN admits Obama taken by surprise by Mubarak’s speech but John King is saying Obama’s statement is a point by point rebuttal to Mubarak’s speech.
    Thud…

  130. I learned tonight that Soros initiated this revolution in Egypt in order to drive up the price of oil, so his oil holdings in Brazil would appreciate rapidly if middle east oil is shut down. What he failed to anticipate, however, was how prepared the radicals in that world were to set everything ablaze. Controlled revoultion are like fine little wars–they give you regime change. Uncontrolled wars give you a Hobbsian war of all againt all. But wait wait wait–just when we thought all was lost Obama has made a solemn pledge to do everything he can to help the Egyptian People. Matthew has a woodie six feet long and they are treating him like John Holmes. Holmes they call him. Tinkle bell no longer.

  131. Woolsley– a good CIA man says Obamas Man From Havannah Clapper retracted the statement he made before congress statement that the Muslim Brotherhood is an enemy of al Queada and a partner for peace in the middle east (I have met Mr, Hitler, he seems like a reasonable man, and I have in my hand an agreement which will ensure peace in our time—now who stole my fucking umbrella–easy Neville that aint all he stole). Jim says if you like the way Hamas runs the Gaza strip then you will love the way they will run Egypt/

    The only difference between today and 1938 is that we have Obama and Obama is most definitely a Muslim.

  132. CNN admits Obama taken by surprise by Mubarak’s speech but John King is saying Obama’s statement is a point by point rebuttal to Mubarak’s speech.
    ——————————
    John King is a lightweight. It is a known fact that he puts words in other peoples mouths. He is like Obama in the sense that he lives in the same faculty lounge setting as Obama. This isn’t about people about the be killed, a country in a state approaching chaos, a mortal threat to an old ally and our best friend in the world etc/ Those concerns are for non cerebreal types like the great unwashed. To celebrities like John and Barack who are dead from the neck down ( a fault normally ascribed to Microsoft software engineers at the Redmond campus, this is about intoxicating parry and thrust of a lively debate–you Mr Mubark have 2 minutes to state you proposition and then you Obama have two minutes to deliver your rebuttal–try not to use up your full 2 minutes clearing your throat, kissing everbodys ass Obama see if you can get to the point before hell freezes over or Egypt goes up in smoke–just read your script.

  133. They’re showing the barbed wire fence around the state tv building and presidential palace. It looks like it will hold no one out. Military standing in circle around building holding hands.

  134. and while all this is going on…

    Among Obama’s tough budget cuts: money to help needy pay for heat

    Reports suggest that President Obama’s federal budget, to be released next week, will propose cutting in half the budget for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. It’s one of many popular programs on the chopping block.

    By Ron Scherer, Staff writer
    posted February 10, 2011 at 6:19 pm EST

    New York —
    As the Obama administration gets ready to unveil its budget on Monday, it appears that the president – like Republicans – will be calling for cuts to programs that are popular.

    According to supporters of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), President Obama will propose cutting in half the budget for the program, which helps people pay their heating and cooling bills. This calendar year, some 8.9 million people are expected to ask for help with their utility bills, at a cost of $5.1 billion.

    Funding for LIHEAP is not likely to be the only discretionary spending pared by the administration. There are also reports that the Obama administration will propose sharp budgets cuts in community-action programs, which fund such things such as Head Start, as well as community block grants, which are federal monies that can be used for almost anything a locality needs.

    Home heating facts: six cold facts about staying warm

    Cutting in these areas is not surprising, says Stan Collender, a budget expert and partner at Qorvis Communications in Washington.

    “They really don’t have anyplace to go except to cut discretionary spending in lower-priority items like these,” Mr. Collender says. “In his heart, the president may not want to do this, but if you want to reduce the deficit, this is where the money is.”

    Some cuts may kick in before the next budget year, which starts in October. Newly elected House Republicans have talked about slicing as much as $100 billion from the current year’s budget.

    “People will be horrified at the scale of the cuts the House is considering, if they are implemented,” says Elizabeth Lower-Basch, senior policy analyst at the Center for Law and Social Policy, a Washington group that works to help the poor. “What we are hearing is that the cuts will be for the most vulnerable.”

    In the case of LIHEAP, any cuts for this fiscal year will be relatively minor since the bulk of the funding has already been shipped to the states, which administer the program, says Mark Wolfe of the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association, which lobbies for the funding.

    At risk for this year could be $349 million in emergency funds, which are used in the case of heat waves or unexpected cold snaps.

    “If worst comes to worst, we can live with it,” Mr. Wolfe says.

    Wolfe and others will be urging Congress to nix any cuts proposed by the president. According to the National Journal, which first reported the proposed cuts, the LIHEAP budget would be cut by $3 billion.

    On Wednesday, responding to the news, Sen. John Kerry (D) of Massachusetts said in a statement, “I’ve always supported serious efforts to restore fiscal sanity, but in the middle of a brutal, even historic, New England winter, home heating assistance is more critical than ever to the health and welfare of millions of Americans, especially senior citizens.”

    According to Wolfe, demand this winter for help in paying heating bills is up 64 percent in Vermont, 21.1 percent in Massachusetts and 20 percent in Wyoming. Even in Florida, which has seen stretches of below-freezing weather this winter, demand is up 49.7 percent.

    If the LIHEAP funding is cut to the 2008 level, it will mean dropping 3.1 million people from the program.

    Whether Congress actually slices spending for any of the social services is another matter.

    “Federal spending is unpopular. Federal services are not,” says Mr. Collender.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2011/0210/Among-Obama-s-tough-budget-cuts-money-to-help-needy-pay-for-heat

  135. US vows to oppose UN resolution on Israel

    (AFP) – 6 hours ago

    WASHINGTON — The United States, a veto-wielding permanent UN Security Council member, will use “the tools that we have” to block a resolution condemning Israeli settlements, a top US diplomat said Thursday.

    “We have made very clear that we do not think the Security Council is the right place to engage on these issues,” Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg told the House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee.

    “We have had some success, at least for the moment, in not having that arise there. And we will continue to employ the tools that we have to make sure that continues to not happen,” said Steinberg.

    The resolution condemns Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem — in line with the policy of world powers including the United States, though Washington has opposed the measure.

    “The only way that this is going to be resolved is through engagement through the parties, and that is our clear and consistent position,” said Steinberg.

    Palestinians have rejected US-brokered Middle East peace talks since Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to extend a settlement moratorium that expired on September 28.

    Steinberg also told the lawmakers that Washington was making a vigorous diplomatic campaign to stop countries from declaring their recognition of an independent Palestinian state, as several Latin American nations have done.

    “We have made very clear to a lot of countries … that we think this is counterproductive. I’m disappointed, frankly, that we haven’t had more success, but it has been in our engagement at the highest levels,” he said.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hjqta4tv5BWhMKZ6sXN8MZlZOOwA?docId=CNG.72a0968e479299b2304a8b66d69f9e56.f11

  136. BigCatLover
    February 10th, 2011 at 8:19 pm
    CNN admits Obama taken by surprise by Mubarak’s speech
    ******************************************************************

    ya think! O could single handedly drive the country to elect Donald Trump

  137. wbboei
    February 10th, 2011 at 6:06 pm
    If I were convinced that this was a spontaneous pro democracy movement, I would feel very differently. What I see instead in a velvet revolution and that to me is pure evil. Unfortunately, people get caught up in this kind of thing without realizing who is manipulating them and why.
    ***********
    I feel the same way. I never thought Mubarack was going to resign today. The fraud mishandled this whole situation. So much for this most “brilliant” of all Presidents.

  138. Wake up America!
    ********

    Multiculturalism has failed, says French president

    AFP/POOL – France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy takes questions from some of nine ordinary people on jobs, security, …
    – Thu Feb 10, 6:10 pm ET
    PARIS (AFP) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy declared Thursday that multiculturalism had failed, joining a growing number of world leaders or ex-leaders who have condemned it.
    “My answer is clearly yes, it is a failure,” he said in a television interview when asked about the policy which advocates that host societies welcome and foster distinct cultural and religious immigrant groups.
    “Of course we must all respect differences, but we do not want… a society where communities coexist side by side.
    “If you come to France, you accept to melt into a single community, which is the national community, and if you do not want to accept that, you cannot be welcome in France,” the right-wing president said.
    “The French national community cannot accept a change in its lifestyle, equality between men and women… freedom for little girls to go to school,” he said.
    “We have been too concerned about the identity of the person who was arriving and not enough about the identity of the country that was receiving him,” Sarkozy said in the TFI channel show.
    British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Australia’s ex-prime minister John Howard and Spanish ex-premier Jose Maria Aznar have also recently said multicultural policies have not successfully integrated immigrants.
    Merkel in October said efforts towards multiculturalism in Germany had “failed, totally.”
    The comment followed weeks of anguished debate sparked by the huge popularity of a book by a central banker saying that immigrants, in particular Muslims, were making Germany “more stupid.”
    Britain’s Cameron last week pronounced his country’s long-standing policy of multiculturalism a failure, calling for better integration of young Muslims to combat home-grown extremism.
    He urged a “more active, muscular liberalism” where equal rights, the rule of law, freedom of speech and democracy are actively promoted to create a stronger national identity.
    The prime minister, who took power in May 2010, argued that “under the doctrine of state multiculturalism, we have encouraged different cultures to live separate lives, apart from each other and the mainstream”.
    He said this had resulted in a lack of national identity in Britain which had made some young Muslims turn to extremist ideology.
    Sarkozy said in his television interview Thursday that “our Muslim compatriots must be able to practise their religion, as any citizen can,” but he noted “we in France do not want people to pray in an ostentatious way in the street.”
    French far-right leader Marine Le Pen late last year came under fire for comparing Muslims praying in the streets outside overcrowded mosques in France to the Nazi occupation.
    Marine Le Pen said there were “ten to fifteen” places in France where Muslims worshipped in the streets outside mosques when these were full.

  139. TONIGHT I SPOKE TO THE SMARTEST PERSON I KNOW ABOUT EGYPT. SHE IS A SCHOLAR, A WRITER AND A STUDENT OF CHICAGO POLITICS. SHE IS ALSO A CLAIRVOYANT. SHE KNOWS OBAMA’S EVERY MOVE BEFORE HE MAKES IT. I SPOKE TO HER THIS MORNING ABOUT DOING THE RESEARCH TO PROVE THAT GEORGE SOROS IS MORE THAN A NAZI COLLABORATOR–BUT IS IN FACT AN UNINDICTED WAR CRIMINAL. SAYING IT WOULD NOT BE ENOUGH. THE BURDEN OF PROOF WOULD BE ON US AND THE ONLY REASON WOULD BE TO FEED IT TO BECK.

    BY TONIGHT SHE DECIDED THAT THIS PROJECT DID NOT INTEREST HER. SHE SAID WE HAVE TO FOCUS ON WHAT IS REALLY HAPPENED IN EGYPT–BECAUSE NOBODY GETS IT. IT BEFORE YOU CAN DO SO YOU MUST UNDERSTAND HOW CHIACAGO POLITICS WORKS, AND WHY UNTIL NOW IT WAS NEVER ALLOWED TO GO NATION WIDE. TED KENNEDY RELEASED THAT DIFIGURING DISEASE ON AMERICA IN 2008 . AND NOW IT IS TRANSMORGIFYING THIS COUNTRY LIKE IT HAS DAMAGED THE CITY OF CHICAGO–BUT ONCE AGAIN NOBODY GETS IN. LEAST OF ALL BIG MEDIA WHO WITH THE EXCEPTION OF FOX GET THEIR CONTENT DIRECTLY FROM THE WHITE HOUSE–WHICH IS WHY THEY ARE STATE MEDIA.

    MY FRIEND HASTENED TO ADD THAT CHICAGO POLITICOS ARE NOT BRILLIANT. THEY DO NOT OPERATE OFF ELABORATE PLAN. BUT THE STUDY AN OPPONENT CLOSELY, WHETHER IT IS THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, OUR FOREIGN POLICY , OR THE MUBARAK GOVERNMENT. THEY PUT THEIR PEOPLE IN PLACE, THEY POKE HERE, SEE WHAT POPS UP THERE AND PLAN TO HOLD POWER IN PERPETUITY BY KEEPING THEIR OPPONENT COMPLETELY OFF BALANCE, UNTIL THE TIME IS RIGHT TO STRIKE AND KILL THEM. THEREAFTER, CLAIM PLAUSIBLE DENIABILITY. PEOPLE TEND TO UNDERESTIMATE THEM UNTIL IT IS TOO LATE. THEY ARE ROAMING THUGS AND OBAMA IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE.

    THEN SHE ASKED ME TO THINK ABOUT WHERE OBAMA STOOD ONLY TWO WEEKS AGO. HIS STATE OF THE UNION PRODUCED ZERO BOUNCE. THE BENEFIT OF THE TUSCON SPEECH WAS FADING. THE REPUBLICANS WERE POISED TO BEGIN THE HEALTH CARE DEBATE AND TO SHOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HOW THEY HAD BEEN SOLD DOWN THE RIVER. THE TEA PARTIES WERE GETTING THEIR SECOND WIND. THEN CAME THE CRISIS IN TUNESIA AND IT WAS AT THAT POINT THAT OBAMA REALIZED THAT IF HE COULD TOUCH OFF A SIMILAR CRISIS IN EGYPT AND PUSH FORWARD THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD THEN HE COULD CREATE AN INTERNATIONAL CRISIS WHICH WOULD DRAW ATTENTION AWAY FROM HIS DOMESTIC FAILURE.

    HE MET MUBARACK BEFORE AT THE CAIRO SPEECH. HE KNEW HE WAS A PROUD AND BRITTLE MAN. HE KNEW THAT IF HE COULD EMBARRASS HIM THAT HE COULD CAUSE HIM TO OVERREACT. SOROS OPERATIVES LIT THE FUSE IN EGYPT. AND JUST AS HILLARY COMPLETED HER WORK ARRANGING FOR THE PEACEFUL TRANSITION TO REAL DEMOCRACY WHICH THE WORLD WANTED, HE CALLED UP MUBARACK AND INSULTED HIM NOT JUST ONCE BUT THREE TIMES OVER THE COURSE OF SEVERAL DAYS. EVEN THE ESTIMABLE CHARLES KRATUTHMAMMER MISSED WHAT THE GAME WAS HERE, AND IT HAS AXELROD’S FINGER PRINTS ALL OVER IT. IT CREATED THE CRISIS HE WANTED, NEEDED AND USED MOST EFFECTIVELY TO SHIFT PUBLIC ATTENTION AWAY FROM THE JOB LOSSES, RISING FOOD PRICES AT HOME, THE LOSS OF OUR SOUTHERN BORDER. NOW BIG MEDIA IS COVERING HIM WITH GARLANDS AND PROCLAIMING HIS LEADERSHIP AND RIGGING THE POLLS TO REFLECT IT. (NOTE: ZOGBY OF ALL PEOPLE–AN OBAMA MOLE WAS ON FOX TONIGHT TELLING US NOT TO BELIEVE ANY OF THE POLLING GOING ON NOW.)

    SHE CONCLUDED THAT OBAMA HAS HIT UPON THE PERFECT RELELECTION STRATEGY WHICH IS TO KEEP INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS IN SUCH A STATE OF TURMOIL. AS THIS VIRUS SPREADS TO OTHER VENUES IN THE EAST IT WILL CUT OFF OUR OIL SUPPLY AND THREATEN THE VERY EXISTENCE OF ISRAEL. OBAMAS HATRED OF THE UNITED STATES AND HIS CONTEMPT FOR ISRAEL ARE ALL IMPLICATED IN THE GRAND SCHEME. YET NO ONE IN THIS COUNTRY SEEMS TO CARE. THEY ARE TOO BUSY WITH THEIR DAILY LIVES, AND THAT IS WHAT OBAMA IS COUNTING ON. BIG MEDIA WILL NOT REPORT THIS BECAUSE THEY ARE TOTALLY RELIANT OF THE WHITE HOUSE FOR THEIR CONTENT.

  140. AN Egyptian worker at the US embassy in Cairo died amid the anti-government unrest that erupted on January 25, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.

    Khairy Ramadan Aly, a carpenter who worked in the embassy for 18 years, went missing on January 28 and was later confirmed dead, Ms Clinton said in a statement.

    A US diplomat in Cairo said that Khairy’s family found him in the morgue. “They believe he died of three gunshot wounds,” the diplomat said.

    Ms Clinton’s statement condemned violence against civilians and demanded an end to “abuses committed against those seeking to exercise basic freedoms.”

    “There is a clear responsibility by the Egyptian government, including the armed forces, to protect those threatened and to hold accountable those responsible for using violence and intimidation that threatens the aspirations of the Egyptian people,” it added.

    An estimated 300 people have been killed in more than three weeks of protests demanding the immediate resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. Most of the deaths occurred between January 25 and 28.

  141. Iran electronically jams the BBC’s Persian language TV broadcasts over coverage of Egypt unrest

    ………………………………………………………………………………………

    Something they dont want the people to see?

  142. Statement from Military No 2 :

    Basically they are backing Mubarak by the look of it. Certainly not helpful to the protestors.

    Egypt about to go up.

  143. After that staement, the only way Mubarak,Suliman or the military is going is by dragging them out by the scruff of the neck.

    This may get well violent folks.

  144. Egypt Supreme Military Council’s 2nd statement was read from the State TV building by a news anchor unlike the first statement which speaks volumes.

  145. Al Jazeera: Baltagiya (thugs) attack the increasing number of protesters around Al Orouba Presidential Palace in Cairo

  146. holdthemaccountable
    February 11th, 2011 at 5:52 am
    wbboei
    February 11th, 2011 at 2:00 am
    ——————–
    By jove, that’s it.
    _______________________

    Except, the smartest people I know are still Bill and Hillary Clinton! They are the only ones that can fix what is wrong with America.

    I thought a clairvoyant predicts the future?

    “a person claiming to have the power to foretell future events”

    What was stated is what IS is.

    IOW- the obvious and what we already know and what admin has been saying in the blog for the past 3 yrs..

    sorry-

  147. Egypt’s Army Backs Mubarak
    (Obama tries to throw Mubarak under the bus but Obama gets run over)

    wsj

    Friday, February 11, 2011

    Egypt’s powerful armed forces fell in behind President Hosni Mubarak’s plan to hand power over to his vice president but retain his title for the rest of his term, a half-measure from the president that confused observers and set up a day of potential conflict with protesters.

    In a statement read on state television by a TV presenter, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces acknowledged the president’s move and related reforms, saying it was committed to overseeing the transition to free elections.

    The council nodded to the demands of protesters, but urged them “to go back to work and go back to their daily routines.”

    “We stay committed to the people’s demands and to ensure that they are realized, and to the peaceful transition of power,” the military’s statement said.

    The army said it would end Egypt’s state of emergency after the current crisis.

    The statement was labeled “Communique No. 2.” In Communique No. 1, on Thursday, the military had signaled it was moving to take control of the country. The armed forces, the communique said, “have started taking necessary measures to protect the nation and support the legitimate demands.”

    That statement appeared to represent a break from the military’s previous posture as a neutral party providing security. A question mark hangs over what happened between those comments early Thursday evening, which contributed to widespread speculation the president would step down, and Mr. Mubarak’s speech at 10:50 p.m., when he made clear he wouldn’t resign.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703786804576137543866154926.html
    _______________

    Carter handed Iran over to radicals who will soon have intercontinental nuclear capability.

    The one intends to do the same for the Egyptians.

  148. Breaking Al Arabiya: Mubarak & his family left Egypt for a break….wtf?

    Now that probably means he is going to try and rule from probably Saudi so they cannot lynch him, i think he expects its about to go tits up.

  149. Maybe if we encircled the Whitehouse and held up our shoes? 🙂

    A great idea for the next ‘Tea Party’…

  150. moononpluto
    February 11th, 2011 at 7:20 am

    This move by Mubarak must have enraged Soros and his cabal to the point of over-reach. Perhaps Mubarak has gotten wind of an assassination attempt and if he removes himself from the palace, he removes the need for the MBs and the protesters to assault the palace destroying it and burning it to oblivion.

    It appears Mubarak has got Obama’s number and is running circles around him making him dizzy.

    Gee, maybe Mubarak is clairvoyant, who knows?

  151. Iran vows Mideast without US, Israel

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that a new Middle East will be created in the near future without the United States and Israel.

    “I assure you that despite all evil and complicated plans, and thanks to the resistance of nations, there will be a new Middle East but without the US and the Zionist regime [of Israel],” he told the Iranians gathering at Tehran’s Azadi Square to mark the 32nd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.

    The Iranian president also urged the arrogant powers not to interfere in the internal affairs of the region’s countries such as Egypt and Tunisia.

    “What are you doing in Afghanistan? What are these military bases in the region for? Are you compassionate or hypocrite?” Ahmadinejad asked.

    He also argued that the West is deceitful in claiming that with the two-state slogan it can pave the way for Israel to dominate the region.

    Hailing the revolution in Egypt, the Iranian president warned the Egyptian people to be vigilant, insisting that “It is your right to be free. It is your right to decide your government, and it is your right to freely express yourself about your country and global issues.”

    “Be united and do not fear corrupt governments, and victory is near,” he added.

    In Egypt, thousands of people gathered outside the presidential palace in Cairo on Friday after President Hosni Mubarak refused to step down amid repeated calls for his resignation.

    Tensions are expected to escalate further on the eighteenth day of pro-democracy protests as millions are to come together at mosques for Muslim communal prayers on Friday.

    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/164699.html

  152. Not being a TV watcher, I have no experience with Lara Logan, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for CBS News.
    I just stumbled upon a Feb 7 Charlie Rose 20 minute interview with her.

    http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/11457

    She conveys very well the experience on the streets, and for that alone I think any of us would be grateful for the interview. Her and the crew were detained for maybe 16 hours too. She also says here some things that wouldn’t get aired in her CBS reports. At about 13 minutes in, she describes Onero’s phone call to Mubarak as having completely severed our right hand in West Asia (her words are better.) The last 3-4 minutes, she talks about Afghanistan, where Obama has also failed in every sense.

  153. ohanson
    I saw that interview on Charlie Rose. I have always like Laura Logan, but I can’t help be suspicious of all reporters any more. She seems to be for real though.

  154. Yesterday Fareed Zakaria said the Egyptian army would back Mubarak. He said we think of the army as the main army which is aligned with the people on the street because their army is a conscriptive one, but the power in the army is with the generals and they will back Mubarak.

  155. She can go screw herself, I’m sorry but she deserves that response.

    Oprah wants ‘respect’ for Obama

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/0211/just_a_little_bit_868941d7-3826-4a53-9390-43550fabcd93.html

    prah called on President Obama’s critics on Friday to “show some level of respect.”

    “I feel that everybody has a learning curve, and I feel that the reason why I was willing to step out for him was because I believed in his integrity and I believed in his heart,” the influential TV host said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” in Chicago.

    Of the negative mood of the country, Oprah added, “I think everybody complaining ought to try it for once.”

    She said the presidency is a position that “holds a sense of authority and governance over us all,” and that “even if you’re not in support of his policies, there needs to be a certain level of respect.”

  156. Ok, we’ll believe you when you put it in practice, the nerve……

    Actual quote: “Ahmadinejad says Egyptians have the right to live in freedom and choose their own government”

  157. #
    BigCatLover
    February 11th, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Oprah, people earn respect, they don’t automatically get it.
    ________________

    Right, BCL. They gain respect by producing results solving people’s problems. So far, the only results Obama has to show over the last 3 years is how WELL he has taken care of Wall St, The Banks and Big Bidness.

  158. Our withit President should be allowed a learning curve, WHY. He claimed he did not need one. He also also has behaved in a very withit, I am or Friend, I go on the View out of the box person. By doing so, he has brought himself down to our level. Thus we can judge him based on our level, and he just is not hacking it. Oprah her self would have fired him over his performance. (You don’t speak before another head of state mades a major announcement, as they might change their minds a real rookie mistake).

    She says she supported him because she believed in his integrity (what integrity, he throws everyone under the bus), and she believes in his heart (so that qualifies his to deal with terroists and dictators, give me a break). She hires people all the time, and I bet you not one of them is hired for their integrity and heart.

    Yes, you get respect, not by frauding yourself through an election, you get it by doing the DAM JOB.

  159. Mrs. Smith
    February 11th, 2011 at 6:35 am
    —————————–
    Oops. I did not make clear that my comment above refers only to what has taken place to date. However, I worry that Obama can succeed in spite of his deficiencies. He has so damned much assistance, so many ploys particularly where young [and gullible] people are concerned, and I thought he appeared to be disturbingly confidant when giving his Bill O’Reilly interview SuperBowl Sunday.

    I will always believe in/hope for Bill/Hill.

  160. holdthemaccountable.

    I agree. You are allowing the young people to run this country. Remember when they threaten to have riots if O won the popular vote but not the Super Delegates?? That was like threatening a tantrum. Well Hillary won the popular vote, and the Super Delegates betrayed her.

    It is time for the Older people of this country, those with common sense and experience to throw a Tantrum, and tell the children to sit down and shut up.

  161. We heard that nonsense yesterday again from him. It the young people in Eqypt who are rioting, and we must listen to them.

    First of all, I think all the people are rioting. And second, just because the young people are rioting, they should have no stronger weight than the older people. Yet we are allowing them to have their way, and in this country, we are paying dearly for that mistake.

  162. A learning curve!!!!!!!!!!!

    My head is about to explode.
    This is the real world, not some affirmative action setting where everyone gets 10 points just for being there.
    Have any of you ever been given the luxury of being granted a learning curve in your job? NO. You jump in, sink or swim and face the consequences. Oprah, another affirmative action graduate should shut her trap.

  163. holdthemaccountable
    February 11th, 2011 at 9:50 am
    _______________

    What I see in Obama’s constant waffling on Mubarak is his minions (Soros and the elites) want a devastating Revolution where the power vacuum is filled with Muslim Brotherhood Extremists physically taking over the palace. The primary reason for Mubarak NOT stepping down.

    I must be clairvoyant then- and not a Scholar in possession of a PHD.

  164. Oh-oh! Retaliation on the menu coming from who? Mossad? 🙂
    Looks like Israel has finally mobilized… (you want problems? We can help you.) YAY!
    _________________________________

    Explosions hit 3 gas pipelines in Iran

    JerusalemPost ^ | February 11. 2011 | JerusalemPost/AP

    TEHERAN, Iran — Iran’s semiofficial Mehr News Agency on Friday said simultaneous blasts have struck three pipelines near the city of Qom, cutting the flow of gas.

    Mehr said the blasts, which occurred at 5:50 a.m. locat time (2:20 GMT) outside the town of Salafchegan, 130 kilometers south of Teheran, were felt kilometers away.

    Local official Majid Bojarzadeh said the blasts were not caused by technical failures, but did not elaborate if officials believed the explosions were acts of sabotage.

    He said operations were under way to repair the pipelines and restore the gas flow.

    Iran’s oil and gas sector has been hit by an increasing number of attacks in recent months, but authorities have provided no explanations for the blasts.

    Mehr did not say how much gas flows through the lines.

    http://www.jpost.com/Headlines/Article.aspx?id=207828

  165. Two international crisis at once? He cannot handle one. What ever made Oprah think a Rookie could handle this.

    The sad thing is, Oprah would have made a better President than O has. Yet she betrayed the one thing she is suppose to promote, women, and put an incompetent AA male in there with only Neighborhood Organizer experience and fabricated State and nation expereince. There of course is No International experience except at a youth.

    However, now she is making another fatal mistake, she does not want to admit the error. Her one good idea has been her show, which is closing. She made a bundle off of it. Everything else she has tried has been of mediocore success. I really wonder how the network will go. If not, that will be a very expensive error. Many people who have one good success have floundered trying to come up with another.

  166. Breaking News: Egyptian State TV “President Hosni Mubarak Will Make ‘Important’ Statement Soon”

    “This development comes a day after the embattled leader told protesters he planned to stay in office until the country’s upcoming elections in September. Mubarak will make an “important” statement later Friday, according to reports on state TV. U.S. State Department officials, however, expect Vice President Omar Suleiman to release a statement within hours.

    Many opponents have made it clear that they want Mubarak and his authoritarian regime to step down immediately.

    The statement by the Armed Forces Supreme Council — its second in two days — was a blow to many protesters who had called on the military to take action to push out Mubarak after his latest refusal to step down, reported the AP.

    But soldiers also took no action to stop demonstrators from massing outside the palace and the headquarters of state television, indicating they were trying to avoid another outbreak of violence.

    “We expected the army’s decision, we always knew that it was behind Mubarak. But we know it’s not going to harm us,” Safi Massoud said as she joined thousands of people packed into Cairo’s central Tahrir Square. “We wont leave until we choose a transition president. We don’t want Mubarak, we don’t want Suleiman.”

    Anti-government protesters said they were more determined than ever as the uprising entered its 18th day.

    The military statement endorsed Mubarak’s plan to transfer some powers to Suleiman and promised free and fair presidential elections later this year.

    It also promised that the hated emergency laws, in force since Egypt’s authoritarian ruler came to office in 1981, would be lifted and gave a somewhat more specific timeframe than Mubarak had offered in his Thursday night speech.”

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/02/11/fury-mubaraks-refusal-leave-deepens/#

  167. Suliman looked utterly defeated.

    Exact words: Omar Suleiman: Mubarak has resigned. He has delegated the responsibility of running the country to the Supreme Military Council. May God watch over us.

  168. NewMexicoFan
    February 11th, 2011 at 10:50 am

    If it were just Obama’s incompetence as the primary source of the chaos he’s caused in Egypt, it could be easily remedied. There are plenty of more knowledgeable people at his disposal in the State Dept capable of mapping out an orderly transfer of Mubarak’s presidency to an acceptable successor if his intentions were altruistically pure, They’re not.

    O’Bama’s allegiance is to a Shadow Government… not us or Egypt..

    First and foremost, Oprah is a racist. She felt having a black man in the WH was going to provide special treatment to AA’s here giving them a legup on prosperity for anyone of color. And most likely she was instrumental in promoting him to all the AA’s who support her show in a sign of solidarity. Well, apparently, they are as sick of waiting for the miraculous O’Bama to pay their mortgages, car payments, provide free food and clothing as we are.. for ostensibly other reasons. Such as saving consumer homes from foreclosure, creating jobs, stimulating the economy etc.

    Oprah is providing cover for O’Bama’s intentional missteps. You have to think she is receiving negative e-mails and phone calls from AA’s Egyptians and Americans based on the full backing Obama received from her telling everyone within earshot…”He’s the ONE.” Vote for him because he will catapult the black man into business, education and eventual wealth-

    If she was lied to (giving her the benefit of the doubt)then why won’t she come clean and call a spade a spade? Tell it like it is… he’s UN American

  169. #
    moononpluto
    February 11th, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Thank God, it was either going to be Military control or utter chaos.

    That was the best of two options.
    _______________

    I agree, moon. Good solid thinking coming from you!

    thanks-

  170. I dont want to scare the shit out of you…..

    but it was February 11th 1979 that the Shah’s royal regime collapsed when guerrillas and rebel troops overwhelmed troops loyal to the Shah in armed street fighting.

    Whats todays date?

  171. I hope I am misreading the situation . . .

    Nothing in life is certain. But after this, I think it is increasingly clear that Obama will another term–and more if he wants that. The odds I would give right now are 2 to 1. Just remember the Chicgo machine from which he hails retained power for eighty years. Whether it is Mubarak or whoever it is he always gets his defeated opponent to sing his praises right before he sinks the knife between their shoulder blades–“he is a fine man, etc”. By the end of his tenure our nation will be destroyed and China will be running the show. Oh no no no don’t count America out. we have been through other tough times, etc. We have and this is probably our darkest hour. Just look around at the tends and do a little thinking. Obama has got a system in place against which there are no has no natural defenses. He has his foot on its wind pipe. And even if a credible challenger did rise from the ashes big media will move in immediately to destroy them–17 investigaive reporters to Alaska to dig up dirt of Sarah to protect him proves my point. For the first time, I am worried that Israel wiil survive. My friend did not think so. That is not to say that he will not attack them. But he wlll sit by and let that happen. And at some point he will give Bibi the same treatment. Any commitment he would make now is nothing more than a campaign promise–quickly forgotten. Go back to the whole theory of Reverend Wright about destroying Christians and Jews and then tell me this was not his plan all along. In that case he is absolutely right–he did not need experience. He was well schooled in the ways of the Chicago Machime and that was all he needed to destroy the country. I asked someone how long he will hold power and the answer was as long as he wants. But there will come a point when he has destroyed the country and big media has blamed everyone but him that it will no longer be worth it. Obviously, the future is not certain. But this strikes me as one of those rare situations when the worst case scenario is also the most likely one. Don’t look to the Republicans to save us. It isn’t that they are corrupt. Rather it is that they are not very effective, and many people would prefer to shoot the messenger than listen to the merits of the argument. Another tell that things are going to hell and nobody feels they can do anything about it. The massive number of senators who refuse to run again.

  172. Wow! They did it! Hurray for the Egyptians and keeping my fingers crossed that they manage the tightrope walk to an open democracy now.

  173. He might run, but the outcome will be determined by the economy, and who the Repbulicans elect as their candidate.

    If the Hispanic in Florida, or the women governor of NM decide to run, I think they are in for real trouble. The NM Gov ran a really nasty campaign, and she is Os equal.

  174. US embassy worker dies in Egypt violence

    AFP February 11, 2011

    AN Egyptian worker at the US embassy in Cairo died amid the anti-government unrest that erupted on January 25, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.
    Khairy Ramadan Aly, a carpenter who worked in the embassy for 18 years, went missing on January 28 and was later confirmed dead, Ms Clinton said in a statement.

    A US diplomat in Cairo said that Khairy’s family found him in the morgue. “They believe he died of three gunshot wounds,” the diplomat said.

    Ms Clinton’s statement condemned violence against civilians and demanded an end to “abuses committed against those seeking to exercise basic freedoms.”

    “There is a clear responsibility by the Egyptian government, including the armed forces, to protect those threatened and to hold accountable those responsible for using violence and intimidation that threatens the aspirations of the Egyptian people,” it added.

    An estimated 300 people have been killed in more than three weeks of protests demanding the immediate resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. Most of the deaths occurred between January 25 and 28.

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/us-embassy-worker-dies-in-egypt-violence/story-e6frf7jx-1226004632024

  175. Obama’s success or failure over handling of Mubarak is yet to be determined. If chaos breaks out in Egypt, he will catch hell about the way he handled this.

    Anyone heard from Hillary?

  176. Fox is saying Obama has received phone calls from Saudi Arabia and Jordon saying he pulled the rug out from under Mubarak. No source was givien.

  177. 02/11/2011

    Obama ignored by Mubarak — again

    By Jennifer Rubin

    One can scarcely imagine how the U.S. in its handling of the Egyptian revolution could look more inept and less effective. If the stakes were not so high the last few weeks would be material for high farce. (And indeed, a recounting of events by a faux “Joe Biden” does just that.)

    Initial caution was followed by insistence that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak “transition now.” That, in turn, morphed into agreement to a very gradual transition. But Mubarak has let it be known he’s taking no direction from anyone and going nowhere, at least not now.

    Early in the day Obama seemed optimistic that all was on track, and comments from CIA director Leon Panetta seemed to indicate Mubarak was on his way out. But, once again, the administration was blindsided by Mubarak.

    The Post reports:

    Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak ceded some authority to his vice president Thursday but refused to quit, insisting that he would stay in office to oversee a drawn-out transfer of power. His defiance stunned and angered hundreds of thousands of protesters in the capital, who responded with chants of “revolution, revolution.”

    Enormous crowds, which had gathered in anticipation that Mubarak would announce his resignation in a televised address, expressed disappointment and fury as the message sunk in that the president had no intention of leaving. Some masses moved tentatively toward the heavily guarded state television tower, while others vowed to march on the presidential palace.

    Mubarak has transferred some authority to his vice president, but he’s not heeding the administration’s call to move off stage, and he certainly isn’t leaving promptly as the protesters demand.

    After Mubarak’s defiant speech, Chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) issued a statement that read, in part:

    “The U.S. should be focused on strengthening responsible independent actors who will continue to enforce Egypt’s international obligations, and will serve as credible alternatives to the Muslim Brotherhood. At the same time, the U.S. must be clear that we will not engage the Muslim Brotherhood, nor will we give support to a government that includes them.

    I am concerned that Mubarak’s insistence in continuing to control all political activity in Egypt, rather than providing for stability, may enable the Muslim Brotherhood to manipulate Egyptian frustration to gain greater influence. I hope the Egyptian people will not allow themselves to become pawns of extremists.”

    She’s gotten to the nub of the matter: it’s not a call for democracy or Mubarak’s speedy transition that risks empowering the Muslim Brotherhood; it is, rather, Mubarak’s prolonged tenure that carries the threat of an Islamist resurgence. Elliott Abrams, who testified before her committee, writes today:

    For thirty years he ruled under an emergency law that he used to crush all moderate and centrist parties. Not a single significant step toward democracy was taken during all those years of quiet. He will leave behind a Muslim Brotherhood stronger now than when he came to power. Under him, Egypt’s prestige and influence in the Arab League and throughout the region have declined to an historic low. To hang on these extra months he has thrust the country into chaos. The longer it continues the harder it will be for Egypt to find a path to real democracy. And the easier it will be for extremists to seize the opportunities that chaos always presents.

    As for the administration, all Obama — who has been rebuffed at every turn by Mubarak and now stands aligned with a government that has enraged the population — could do was issue oft-repeated admonitions. He concluded:

    The Egyptian people have made it clear that there is no going back to the way things were: Egypt has changed, and its future is in the hands of the people. Those who have exercised their right to peaceful assembly represent the greatness of the Egyptian people, and are broadly representative of Egyptian society. We have seen young and old, rich and poor, Muslim and Christian join together, and earn the respect of the world through their non-violent calls for change. In that effort, young people have been at the forefront, and a new generation has emerged. They have made it clear that Egypt must reflect their hopes, fulfill their highest aspirations, and tap their boundless potential. In these difficult times, I know that the Egyptian people will persevere, and they must know that they will continue to have a friend in the United States of America.

    It is, however, hardly a friendship worth having for those on the streets. Obama has, if anything, emboldened Mubarak and confirmed that the U.S. lacks an understanding of, let alone the ability to, influence events.

    More important, what does the administration do now? We’ve wagged fingers and stamped feet but to no avail. There is no sign Obama has a back-up plan. And now the danger mounts. Former State Department official Christian Whiton writes:

    So far, President Obama has failed the test of presidential leadership during the revolution. He seems unable or unwilling to articulate U.S. interests, much less how to use the tools of government to advance them. It is not too late for him to change course. But until he does this, his actions are making the worst-case scenario of an Islamist Egypt more likely.

    The major challenges that confront Obama — job creation, Middle East unrest, fiscal discipline — all appear to be above his pay grade. His words are of limited and diminishing utility. And the distinguishing characteristic of this administration is now confusion. As Iran did to Jimmy Carter, Egypt’s crisis now threatens to subsume the rest of the agenda. And even worse (as the gulf oil spill did), it may come to symbolize a presidency that lacks the skill and insight needed to manage a crisis and shape events.

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-turn/2011/02/one_can_scarcely_imagine_how.html

  178. I have a feeling that Saudi arabia and the other arab states won’t forget this about what Obama did.

    There will be payback I think.

  179. Here comes the bullshit, he needs to be called on this quick.

    TOP DEM. OFFICIAL: “Great news for the admin/president…his statement last night was potentially decisive in brining this issue to a close, situation remains…delicate…but..this is a huge affirmation of the President’s leadership on the international stage”

    What a crock of bullshit.

  180. now lets see how Obama can make this speech into about him….he’ll mention “hope and change” and “you’re winning the future”, “my speech in Cairo”.

    you watch, he’ll make it all about him, i’d be surprised if he didnt.

  181. Heres a tweet just now from the main group of protestors in Tahrir :

    Dear Western Governments, You’ve been silent for 30 years supporting the regime that was oppressing us. Please don’t bother to get involved now.

  182. From my research this morning, it would appear that the “journolists” are already pointing the fingers at Hillary.

    Over and over I see comments i.e. The State Department and the White House have been at odds. The State Department wanted a so transition for Egypt and the White House wanted it to start immediately.

  183. One thing Obama better beware, he is not going to be welcome in Cairo, they will not want him there nor in the middle east, i hope he realises this.

  184. You can say that again :

    jaketapper: cant find any1 in Oadmin who thinks whatever comes next will be better for US interests than Mubarak was.

    Told you, what ever happened there will be consequences for the US.

  185. I don’t see any good news for women in any of this news. In fact, I believe women’ rights, such as they are in Egypt, will erode quickly. Anyone, especially women, who backs the MB should be shipped over there to live among them.

    For the US to back MB shows just how inconsequential they view women in this country. As admin said, bros before hos, the eternal cry of oppression against women.

  186. oh by the way today is Sarah Palin’s 47th Birthday, what a wonderful birthday present.

    Happy Birthday Gov Palin.

  187. Cripes, Biden lobbying students to use their youth as an opportunity to SHAPE the future. Well, we are looking at their misguided producing of their “shaping” right here in the US and it SUX!

  188. except, O’Bama’s hair is once again gray at the temples compared to last weeks back to black… those damned roots! 😆

  189. Nic Robertson was reporting from Cairo for CNN and the crowd noise was so loud it was hard to hear him, but he seemed to be saying that Mubarak called Saudi Arabia before he stepped down to let them know because Saudi Arabia had been encouraging Mubarak to hang on. So Obama and Saudi Arabia were not on the same page.

  190. Amazing they can call this a success, when the countries involved tell him to sit down and shut up. I love the US Press. Maybe he is in store for another peace prize.

  191. Gates called the Egyptian Minister of Defense last night and Fox is reporting the Minister is now in the square with the protestors.

  192. Mrs. Smith
    February 11th, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Shadow-

    Did Mooobarack resign?
    ____________

    uh,huh- Protesters full of JOY- All is Calm…

    ———–
    I know everyone is worried about Israel and if this country will actually have a democracy in the end or will be over taken by some radical crackpots, but……..

    I can’t help but be so damn proud of these protesters in Egypt doing their own Egyptian Revolution just like our county did more than 200 years ago. We were damn lucky to have such wise leaders that drew up our constitution that still works for us today.
    Congratulations to all those people that shed their blood to break away from a dictator and try to get their freedom.
    The only thing that didn’t happen was to see women rip off their IRON MASKs and toss them into a big bra-burning fire!

    May the good guys take the reins and may the public continue to fight against anyone that tries to take their freedom away again!

    I am really jealous, I wish we could run Barry out of town in less than three weeks.

  193. WH aides are moving O’s speechifying location. Don’t know why but it sounds like they are in a little disarray about how to handle this.

  194. Military commanders in Egypt will be making remarks soon. Hopefull, they will time theirs to drown out Obama’s.

  195. Did anyone hear that guy from Google that was released from the Egyptian police after being held for a couple of days?

    He was really something, peaceful, helped organize the revolution and willing to be killed for the freedom of Egypt. It was heart breaking. He passed all of his assets over to his wife and child/children in case he was killed, he was almost in tears talking yesterday.

  196. shadowfax,

    I just don’t see anything triumphant about any of this. Those who are protesting, those who are going to be in the power are enemies of western civilization and especially of women. There’s nothing to celebrate here. The military is assuming power, for now. The only good thing about that is it might help prevent the bros from taking over. I don’t see any women in the streets. I see hundreds of men. Until a counterinsurgency gives rights to women I could care less for any of them. The one thing that has me worried is what is going to happen to Israel.

    Between BO flipping them off and the bros saying they want to get rid of Israel it’s a scary time.

  197. From Doug Schoen.

    Egyptians also support a more expansive role for Islam in Egyptian life. In Pew polling conducted last year, almost half (48 percent) say that Islam plays a large role in politics in Egypt, and an overwhelming majority – 85 percent – say Islam’s influence in politics is positive. Only 2 percent say its influence is negative. Not surprisingly, almost two-thirds of Egyptians told Zogby that Egyptian life would improve when clerics play a more central role in the political life of the country.

    Egyptians also support the central elements of Shariah Law. For example, 84 percent say that apostates, or those who forsake Islam, should face the death penalty and 77 percent say thieves should have their hands cut off. A majority (54 percent) says men and women should be segregated in the workplace.

    Further, the Egyptian people clearly support a political agenda that can only be described as radical. More than 7 in 10 said they were positive toward Iran getting nuclear weapons in a July 2010 Zogby Poll and close to 80 percent favor abrogating the Camp David accords with Israel.

    A significant number of Egyptians are favorable to terrorist organizations, with close to half favorable to Hamas and one in five favorable to Al Qaeda.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/02/10/muslim-brotherhood-win/#ixzz1Dfx4nTRM

  198. Fpx reporter is saying that the coup was peobably set up by the Defense Minister (that Gates called last night) and the next step is to see if the military will share power with civilians like Suleiman.

  199. Fox reporter that I referenced in previous post is actually a former CIA guy. He also said that Fox better deploy reporters to the other regions in the Mid East because there will likely be unrest following this.

  200. Big Cat Lover
    *Gates called the Egyptian Minister of Defense last night *
    I was wondering if you have a link to that about Gates calling Defense Minister Tantawi?

  201. Military statement saying they may try to move elections up and the Egyptian military council will now run the affairs for the country.

  202. votermom
    At this point I’m getting all my info from the tv, so I don’t have a link. Nic Robertson of CNN reported this and I trust him.

  203. Oh, thanks! I was just curious for more details. If it’s true, then I think it was likely a Gates/Hillary decision to say ok to Tantawi’s , let’s face it, coup. I know Hillary didn’t want long-term military rule so I hope Tantawi et al are serious about elections.

  204. votermom – I got this comment for you about Tantawi but it does not confirm the phone call from Gates last night.

    ProudMilitaryMom, on February 11, 2011 at 12:08 PM said:
    From the BBC live link
    “#
    “1703: Some more details on Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, reported to be heading the Higher Military Council. Born in 1931; Promoted to general and made minister of defence and head of the armed forces in 1991; Appointed deputy-prime minister on 29 January, 2011, amid efforts to appease the protesters.”

  205. Because of the close relationship between Gates and Hillary is why I posted about the phone call. You know he let her know he was calling Tantawi.

  206. This whole thing right down to the TV coverage seems orchestrated and it fits into Obama getting the nod over Hillary and the rethugs rolling over for Odumbo….welcome to the NEW WORLD ORDER and on such a historic day for ME politics….scary!

  207. basil9
    February 11th, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    shadowfax,

    I just don’t see anything triumphant about any of this.
    ———
    I did see lots more women come out after the violence was pulled back.

    I don’t like any religion/country that takes away women’s rights and although no one knows how this will turn out in the end, I do think breaking away from a dictator that held an iron fist against them is something I find wonderful.

    Maybe if this country actually becomes democratic in the future, women will be moved forward towards more freedom.

    One thing for sure, in 30 years under this dictator, women have not gotten more freedom.

  208. Female Egyptian journalist just finished on Al Jazeera, she’s for it. And she’s not wearing anything strange.

  209. BigCatLover
    *You know he let her know he was calling Tantawi.*

    Absolutely!
    OBumbles probably said “just fix it already so I can take credit!”

  210. There was just an author and columnist on Fox (sorry I didn’t get a name, but he has a British accent). He claims 9 out of 10 Egyptian women have had female mutilation surgery and talked about the decrease in women in university graduating classes. I don’t know if I buy the number of genital mutilations claim.

  211. BCL,
    I betcha she was in the room when he called…she has been in on this! IF this turns out good…she did lots of the work!

  212. BigCatLover.

    I have read several books about that barbaric practice and it’s widespread in Egypt.

    It is a disgusting and excruciating procedure which leads to lifetime medical problems. Unfortunately, as is often the case, women are largely responsible for perpetuating this monstrosity on their dauaghters.

    Too often, women are their own worse enemies.

  213. There’s supposed to be a State Dept briefing soon. So are they going to talk before Obama decides what he will say? Obama was supposed to speak at 1:30 pm eastern.

  214. This whole thing right down to the TV coverage seems orchestrated

    =================

    Not very well! The Obama admin would have at least got their stories straight from the first if they were orchestrating it.

  215. Confloyd, He aint ever gonna let her take credit, its all about him you know.

    The only credit she will get is if it goes to shit, then Obama will make it all hers.

  216. Moon, We know he isn’t smart enough to have helped much….he has no connections like she does and the NWO needed her to do what she is doing…cause they wanted a Muslim in office to help with the ME.

  217. Jamie Rubin on MSNBC and CNN keeps cautioning the O admin not to try to take credit for what is happening…keeps saying it would be a ‘mistake’ to try to take any credit

    msnbc trying to use the ‘yes we can’ of O as the motivation for democracy protest…

    Rubin again saying ‘I know I am on MSNBC, but O should not try to take credit for this’

    good luck with that…(drinking game begins…how many “my admin” “I”, etc when O sweeps on to speak…

  218. Another Egyptian female AJ journalist happy with the result, wearing western-style clothes.

    How did AJ get all these fake female tokens in place so quick? /sarcasm

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