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Mubarak Plans His (Eventual) Exit

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Posted on Feb 1, 2011
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He’s out ... sort of, eventually: Mubarak, shown here in 2003, made noises Tuesday about leaving office.

Claiming he “did not intend to seek re-election” this September, Egypt’s embattled President Hosni Mubarak made the vague announcement on state television Tuesday night that he planned to stay put “for the next few months” before leaving office.  —KA

Los Angeles Times:

Mubarak was not clear if he would stay in power until the September presidential election.

He blamed unnamed “political forces with private agendas” for exploiting what he deemed “legitimate demands” of the people for democratic reforms. He said the forces bent on creating chaos “threw oil on the fire.”

The president’s statement, coming hours after more than 200,000 protesters streamed into Cairo’s Tahrir Square, was the latest dramatic development as he maneuvered to stay in power amid demonstrations, international pressure to resign and an economy that has slid into turmoil. The decision may ease a bit of the public fury against him, but it was unlikely to stop calls for him to immediately step aside.

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By omop, February 3, 2011 at 5:37 pm Link to this comment

As the world turns its still WE are pure and the rest of the world well they are all
animals, the chinese, the north koreans, the syrians, the iranians,, the axis of evil
guys….

  Madelein Allbright who is on record as stating that a). she did not know that she
was originally jewish until she became of age… thinking all the while that she was
episcopalian and b) telling Leslie Stahl on CBS 60 minutes that..“yes its worth
killing 500,000 Iraqi children to get rid of Saddam Hussein.

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By Blackspeare, February 2, 2011 at 9:12 pm Link to this comment

My how things have changed in the Arab world.  Decades ago ???? ??????(??fi? al-Asad) of Syria stamped out anti-government protests in the city of Homa by killing approximately 20,000 demonstrators in a little over a week.  He then paved over the city and not a whisper of insurrection since then——Damn the Internet!!!

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By drkissinger, February 2, 2011 at 8:05 pm Link to this comment

Mr Mubarak and are trying desperately to have him hang along till we get a chosen replacement while the evil islamist/leftist/terrorists want to hang him. 
shalom dr.k.

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By reynolds, February 2, 2011 at 4:43 pm Link to this comment

“the most ardent critics of President Bush are in the
unenviable position of having to hope Bush was right. 
That he will go down in history as an [sic] steadfast
genius.”

“These types of unhinged fantasies will never move
people.  These fantasies are too easily discredited.”
[sick]

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By robert puglia, February 2, 2011 at 4:42 pm Link to this comment
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“the most ardent critics of President Bush are in the
unenviable position of having to hope Bush was right. 
That he will go down in history as an [sic] steadfast
genius.”

“These types of unhinged fantasies will never move
people.  These fantasies are too easily discredited.”
(sick)

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By NABNYC, February 2, 2011 at 4:09 pm Link to this comment

He’s negotiating with the U.S. for the amount of his golden parachute.  There’s no question he’s going to step aside, and he will be replaced by another Egyptian that the U.S. has already paid several million dollars.  The fix is in.  This is the final negotiation period.  Mubarak escalates the violence today, telling his thugs to specifically attack Anderson Cooper and gets lots of press in the U.S.  He’s probably demanded $100 Million, been offered $5.0, and the only thing left is to finalize the exact amount of the golden parachute this dictator will be paid, with my money, raised by cutting food stamps and firing teachers.  It’s pretty obvious what’s going on.  He has no intention of trying to hold on to power:  he’s just negotiating the final terms.  I expect they’ll have something signed by the end of this week at the latest, and Mubarak will be gone, the next CIA asset will be firmly entrenched in office promising the people Change.

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By Robert, February 2, 2011 at 3:00 pm Link to this comment

Israel shocked by Obama’s “betrayal” of Mubarak

 
By Douglas Hamilton

Jan 31, 2011

“JERUSALEM (Reuters) - If Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak is toppled, Israel will lose one of its very few friends in a hostile neighborhood and President Barack Obama will bear a large share of the blame, Israeli pundits said on Monday.

Political commentators expressed shock at how the United States as well as its major European allies appeared to be ready to dump a staunch strategic ally of three decades, simply to conform to the current ideology of political correctness.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told ministers of the Jewish state to make no comment on the political cliffhanger in Cairo, to avoid inflaming an already explosive situation. But Israel’s President Shimon Peres is not a minister.

“We always have had and still have great respect for President Mubarak,” he said on Monday. He then switched to the past tense. “I don’t say everything that he did was right, but he did one thing which all of us are thankful to him for: he kept the peace in the Middle East.”

Newspaper columnists were far more blunt.

One comment by Aviad Pohoryles in the daily Maariv was entitled “A Bullet in the Back from Uncle Sam.” It accused Obama and his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of pursuing a naive, smug, and insular diplomacy heedless of the risks.

Who is advising them, he asked, “to fuel the mob raging in the streets of Egypt and to demand the head of the person who five minutes ago was the bold ally of the president ... an almost lone voice of sanity in a Middle East?”

“The politically correct diplomacy of American presidents throughout the generations ... is painfully naive.”  “

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/01/31/us-egypt-israel-usa-idUSTRE70U53720110131

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By omop, February 2, 2011 at 2:04 pm Link to this comment

According to media reports in Europe, Hosni and his CIA VP have called on
Israel to provide them with Israeli sharpshooters since the Egyptian police and
Army refuses to kill protesters. The suggestion is that Israel will provide the
sharpshooters.

If true things are going to get real ugly. But then any half sensible individual
would not have “created” a homeland for the Jews in an area that is mostly
inhabited by millions from a different religion. Unless of course that was the
prime reason for establishing a precedent for the English and Americans to
continue their divide and rule concept.

But then is it not that ” texas tea or was it black gold” rules?

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By Go Right Young Man, February 2, 2011 at 1:25 pm Link to this comment

Robert, - “The US government invaded Iraq and Afghanistan, laid waste to much of the countries including entire villages and towns, and massacred untold numbers of civilians…”

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These types of unhinged fantasies will never move people.  These fantasies are too easily discredited.

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By rollzone, February 2, 2011 at 12:56 pm Link to this comment

hello. invisible political forces control government. invisible political forces pay mercenary violent thugs to inflame peaceful protests so authoritarian power can visibly be used to squash dissent. it was the formula for Iran, it was the formula for Thailand- violent thugs are now attacking in Egypt. is this invisible political force the globalists, or simply a wealthy local egomaniac using human slaughter to satisfy his personal power objective? pull down the curtain concealing the power behind the politics, or the people will never have a true choice. identify these mysterious invisible power brokers, because knowing is abetting, and being silent empowers the maniac. if a leader does not lead but only follows others, he is not fit to lead.

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By Robert, February 2, 2011 at 12:19 pm Link to this comment

February 1, 2011

Things Have to Change in Order to Remain the Same

American Hypocrisy in the Middle East

By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS


“The hypocrisy of the US government is yet again demonstrated in full bore force. The US government invaded Iraq and Afghanistan, laid waste to much of the countries including entire villages and towns, and massacred untold numbers of civilians in order “to bring democracy” to Iraq and Afghanistan. Now after days of Egyptians in the streets demanding “Mubarak must go,” the US government remains aligned with its puppet Egyptian ruler, even suggesting that Mubarak, after running a police state for three decades, is the appropriate person to implement democracy in Egypt.

On January 30, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared that “freedom and democracy” America neither seeks nor supports the ouster of the Egyptian dictator. Israeli prime minister Netanyahu told the US and Europe that criticism of Mubarak must be curbed in order “to preserve stability in the region.”

By “stability” Netanyahu means the unimpeded ability of Israel to continue oppressing the Palestinians and stealing their country. Mubarak has been for three decades the well-paid enforcer for the US and Israel, sealing off Gaza from the outside world and preventing aid flows across the Egyptian border. Mubarak and his family have become multi-billionaires, thanks to the American taxpayer, and the US government, both Republicans and Democrats, do not want to lose their heavy investment in Mubarak.

The US government has long corrupted Arab governments by paying rulers installed by the US to represent US/Israeli interests rather than the interest of Arab peoples. Arabs put up with American-financed oppression for many years, but now are showing signs of rebellion.

The murderous American-installed dictator in Tunis was overthrown by people taking to the streets. Rebellion has spread to Egypt and there are also street protests against the US-supported rulers in Yemen and Jordan.

These uprisings might succeed in ousting puppet rulers, but will the result be anything more than the exchange of a new American puppet ruler for the old? Mubarak might go, but whoever takes his place is likely to find himself wearing the same American harness.”

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Click on link for the rest:

http://www.counterpunch.org/roberts02012011.html

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By Go Right Young Man, February 2, 2011 at 12:12 pm Link to this comment

Blackspeare, - “Risings/revolutions are initiated by the young and only two things cause them to take action and they are anger and hunger”.

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I believe you’re right regarding the anger, however, not always hunger.  The recent Orange Revolution, Ceder Revolution and, to some extent, the U.S. Tea Party were not born of hunger.

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By Blackspeare, February 2, 2011 at 11:51 am Link to this comment

Risings/revolutions are initiated by the young and only two things cause them to take action and they are “anger” and “hunger”.  And what causes those two situations——like they say it’s the economy stupid!  When you have an unemployment rate of 25%, then anger and hunger are not far behind.

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By Go Right Young Man, February 2, 2011 at 11:42 am Link to this comment

Mubarak is a Strongman in an neighborhood of dictators and authoritarians.  For all his personal faults, along with the centuries old traditions in Egypt, Mubarak has been a reasonable regional and global voice tirelessly aiding in keeping the peace over the last three decades.  His departure is a dichotomous irony.

The events we are all witnessing throughout the region is precisely what every authoritarian government dreaded, and the Bush administration hoped for, when toppling the brutal dictator, Saddam Hussein.

Syria, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Iran, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon and Libya.  Human beings all across the region are increasingly calling for representative forms of government.

In another twist of irony; the most ardent critics of President Bush are in the unenviable position of having to hope Bush was right.  That he will go down in history as an steadfast genius.

Time will tell.

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By Go Right Young Man, February 2, 2011 at 11:14 am Link to this comment

Big B,

Your call for extreme violence in this situation, while characteristic in much of your writing, is, once again, the absolute wrong way.

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By Social Media expert DC, February 2, 2011 at 9:13 am Link to this comment
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Need to be wise to protect Egypt’s interests and children. Government has been changed. Need to restore security. Political forces have rejected offers, no concerns for Egypt’s concerns and have no gone to invitations of Dialogues.i just hope all of these has an action plan…for the better…

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By st. joe fishing, February 2, 2011 at 5:58 am Link to this comment
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Egypt needs to think hard and long about where to go
after Mubarak. I can see wanting that thug out, however
replacing a thug with a theocracy won’t lead to
prosperity. Iran is still suffering from that decision.

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By Robert, February 2, 2011 at 2:43 am Link to this comment

Israel Doing Its Bit To Keep Mubarak In Power

Desertpeace   2/1/2011


It didn’t take long….. but it happened! Israel has sent crowd dispersal weapons to Egypt. If the Egyptian Army won’t attack the people, it looks like Israel might have to do it for them….

Rights NGO claims that Israeli planes carrying crowd dispersal weapons have arrived in Egypt

The International Network for Rights and Development has claimed that Israeli logistical support has been sent to Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak to help his regime confront demonstrations demanding that he steps down as head of state. According to reports by the non-governmental organisation, three Israeli planes landed at Cairo’s Mina International Airport on Saturday carrying hazardous equipment for use in dispersing and suppressing large crowds.

In the statement circulated by the International Network, it was disclosed that Egyptian security forces received the complete cargoes on three Israeli planes which were, it is claimed, carrying an abundant supply of internationally proscribed gas to disperse unwanted crowds. If the reports are accurate, this suggests that the Egyptian regime is preparing for the worse in defence of its position, despite the country sinking into chaos.

On Sunday 30 January, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Israeli government ministers in a public statement saying: “Our efforts aim at the continued maintenance of stability and security in the region… and I remind you that peace between the Israeli establishment and Egypt has endured for over three decades… we currently strive to guarantee the continuity of these relations.” Netanyahu added, “We are following the events unfolding in Egypt and the region with vigilance… and it is incumbent at this time that we show responsibility, self-restraint and maximum consideration for the situation… in the hope that the peaceful relations between the Israeli establishment and Egypt continue…”

The Israeli prime minister urged Israeli government ministers to refrain from making any additional statements to the media.

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Click on link for the rest:
http://desertpeace.wordpress.com/2011/02/01/israel-doing-its-bit-to-keep-mubarak-in-power/

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By SteveL, February 2, 2011 at 12:57 am Link to this comment

Does this guy ever get the message?

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By NadePaulKuciGravMcKi, February 1, 2011 at 10:04 pm Link to this comment
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Hosni Mubarak, who engineered 9/11 to sell hatred of Islam for 10 years?

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By Big B, February 1, 2011 at 9:41 pm Link to this comment

Its time for the Egyptian people to take the next step. Burn down the presidential palace (your not going to hurt anybody, this prick and his family ran for the border weeks ago)The people need a symbol. And a flaming palace may be the perfect effigy.

And if Mubarak does return to Egypt, He should be fired….out of a cannon.

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By reynolds, February 1, 2011 at 8:59 pm Link to this comment

everyone exits eventually. i get the idea the people
are thinking maybe wednesday. here’s your hat.

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By Paul Luckhart, February 1, 2011 at 8:06 pm Link to this comment
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Egypt wont rest until he’s out. He will not last to September.

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By PatrickHenry, February 1, 2011 at 7:51 pm Link to this comment

Mubarack - someone stick a fork in this guy, he’s done.

The longer he holds out in defiance of the peoples will the uglier this will become.

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By samosamo, February 1, 2011 at 6:45 pm Link to this comment

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What a whine. Just giving himself a little extra time to salt away
and extra billion or 2 or 3 for is ‘retirement plan’ ala ferdinand
marcos.

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