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After the Celebration, a Word of Caution From the White House

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Posted on Feb 11, 2011
White House / Samantha Appleton

Earlier in the day, President Barack Obama—even in the estimation of mainstream media outlets—had reveled in the historic moment that unfolded when the Egyptian “uprising” became a full-fledged revolution. Later Friday, the White House made more-cautious noises about the new Egypt and its relationship with the West—and with Israel.  —KA

The New York Times:

In Israel and Saudi Arabia, both of which depended heavily on Mr. Mubarak, officials were blistering in their criticism of Washington, arguing that the United States abandoned a long-time ally without first building in guarantees that Egypt’s revolution could not be hijacked by religious extremists.

In his final press briefing at the White House on Friday, Robert Gibbs, Mr. Obama’s press secretary, told reporters, “I think it’s important that the next government of Egypt, as we’ve said in here many times, recognize the accords that have been signed with the government of Israel.” But other officials have acknowledged privately that if Egypt turns into a noisy democracy that includes the Muslim Brotherhood, there will undoubtedly be political debate in Egypt about whether the 1979 peace accord with Israel should remain in force.

“We don’t think that there is any real chance the Egyptian military would have any interest in seeing the peace accord walked back,” one of Mr. Obama’s senior aides said this week. “But it’s a warning we must issue.”

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By gerard, February 13, 2011 at 2:10 pm Link to this comment

Rhonda:  Nothing again to hear that whiny little impotent expression “we can only hope ...”  It so represents hopelessness!

There are thouosands of things to do:  Write a letter to editors of papers, call in on call-in shows, give contributions large or small to organizatios working on human rights, make a date and sit down with your local politicians and talk over any one of our serious problems here.  Work for workers’ rights (fair wages and working conditions), support unions, don’t buy sweatshop made prodoucts, avoid Frankenfoods and fatty hamburghers, eat more veggies, plant a tree, ... well, on and on. Every little bit helps.  Talk to your neighbors and get them to help you.  It adds up.
  Apparently one of the reasons the Egyiptians succeeded so far is that they know and care for each other, and know how to work together.

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By RHONDA, February 12, 2011 at 7:10 pm Link to this comment
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Now that the Egyptians are in the moment of purist democracy, as they plan their new civil society, I cannot imagine they will continue to be complicit to the oppression of the Palestinians.

    If they decide the “peace” treaty should be null and void, IT WOULD SERVE THE US AND ISRAEL RIGHT (in the truest meaning of that expression.  One can only

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By samosamo, February 12, 2011 at 10:30 am Link to this comment


All depending on kowtowing to izrael and saudi arabia( now
there is an oxymoron or contradiction). That could indeed be as
bad as sending in the imf, world bank, wto and all those
insidious underling economic wreckers.

What is seems that gibby gibby gab gibbs is doing speaking for
izrael would be that if the ‘muslim brotherhood’ is allowed to
exist, then izrael will have take action. After all, worst case
scenarios are better to act upon than watching to see how the
new arena in Egypt plays out. Certainly where w and dick picked
up ‘preemptive attacks’ on sovereign nations.

A curse and a plague on the thick necks of izraeli leaders and
fundamentalists for the rest of time.

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By rollzone, February 12, 2011 at 9:26 am Link to this comment

hello. yes, i agree the schizophrenia of our national
identity obscures true democracy. our false Diebold
leader in brief, walks softly about, not safeguarding
our own liberty, as the IMF tries to implement a
replacement for the dollar. he was supposed to
protect the value of our currency while in office. he
has had his own uprising, his own peaceful
demonstrations over health care; and he is tiptoeing
the edge of a complete revolution in our own
country:) blinded by the same disconnect as Mubarak,
praying democracy will complacently swallow all his
sound bytes. should Americans revolt and throw the
bum out, or wait out the next fake election cycle?
regime change would include the pirate Blyden, and
that temporarily puts cry baby Boner at the helm.
sure we are schizo- but until we flush all the incumbents- this is too much to swallow. democracy at
home was sold down the sludge river, and capitalism
has no place in our politics. the White House heeds
no caution, can not see the writing on the wall, and
may spend itself into collapse:( with no evidence of

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By gerard, February 12, 2011 at 12:39 am Link to this comment

Chaw, chaw! Blah, blah!  After such a world-renewing event, naturally people of all stripes are going to air their apprehensions about the future.
  But the more officials in the U.S. sound off, whether politicians or media people, the more muddle-headed they sound.  Yes, we want democracy, but no, we don’t want any old democracy, just a special kind of democracy. No, we don’t want to interfere, but yes, if there is “anything we can do” .... It is a step forwrad, but it could be a step backward, if ... and yes, they have the right to establish their own government, but no, what if the military ... Yes, everybody fears the military. They have the guns.  But let us not address that point; it’s too controversial.  The people must be free—but not too free. 
  All this equivocating and hairsplitting just proves that we ourselves have no real convictions about our own democracy, or what we are doing in the world.  Just whatever seems expedient at the moment.  It’s hard to respect two-faced policy.  Who are we, anyway?  Perhaps of all the people in the world, Americans have the least sense of who they are, much less of who they want to be, what they can do, what they can’t do, what they ought to do.

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