Quotes of the day

posted at 10:10 pm on January 28, 2011 by Allahpundit

“The new man had risen by grace of his predecessor’s will. He had had no political past. The people of Egypt had not known of him. He was the antidote to two great and ambitious figures—Nasser and Sadat. His promise was modesty. He would tranquilize the realm after three decades of tumult and wars and heartbreaking bids to re-make the country.

“A deceased friend of mine, an army general of Mr. Mubarak’s class and generation, spoke of the man with familiarity: He was a civil servant with the rank of president, he said of his fellow officer. Mr. Mubarak put the word out that he would serve two six-year terms and be gone. But the appetite grew with the eating. The humble officer would undergo a transformation. A presidency-for-life announced itself. And in an astounding change, where Nasser and Sadat feared the will and the changing moods of their countrymen, Mr. Mubarak grew imperious and dismissive.

“Egypt bent to his will. A country with a vibrant parliamentary tradition in the 1920s and 1930s became a sterile tyranny. A land that had opened onto Europe in the course of the 19th century, that had given rise to professional syndicates and associations, to an independent judiciary, was brought low.”

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“If Mubarak agrees to loosen his grip on power, it is difficult to imagine a negotiated solution that does somehow bring the Muslim Brotherhood and other opposition groups a measure of power. And from then on the power will slip inexorably into the hands of the best prepared and organized opposition group. But to even gain such a negotiating position would require Mubarak to demonstrate clearly to the MB that it will be too expensive to give him the bum’s rush now. From a Machiavellian perspective the best way to maximize Mubarak’s chance of negotiating his way out is to crack down hard now — with all the risks that entails. But by signaling in advance that Washington will not countenance brutality, that option is closed and the opposition’s best chance may be to press on, knowing they will not face the full force of the Egyptian regime.

“The White House is caught in a cruel dilemma. If they give Mubarak the green light to crack down hard under the temporary cloak of the Internet blackout, they could create a tide of anger that will end up in Riyadh — not to mention a tut-tut or two from the New York Times. But if they force Mubarak to lift the Internet blackout and go softly, the MB will press forward knowing the Egyptian dictator’s prescribed limits. Can they come down the middle? Use just enough force to get Mubarak to the bargaining table without causing massive casualties?

“That is the greatest unknown.”

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“The army commands broad respect in Egypt. Demonstrators cheered on Friday as tanks deployed in front of government buildings like the Foreign Ministry and the main broadcast center. The demonstrators were partly inspired by the Tunisian example, analysts said, and some hoped that the military might play a similar role in Egypt…

“But deploying tanks is a sign of desperation, and raises the question of when the military might begin to doubt Mr. Mubarak’s viability. The tipping point could come, analysts believe, if the military is ordered to fire on demonstrators in any large numbers. It is one thing to protect government buildings from looters, but something else to tarnish the reputation of the army by killing citizens, they said.

“‘If the military fires on civilians after demonstrations that are clearly popular, that will imperil the standing of the military, its integrity,’ said Samer Shehata, a professor of Arab politics at Georgetown University. ‘This time the institution’s future is at risk.’”

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Via Verum Serum.


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Obama has been plotting to harvest the ripe, low hanging fruit, just for the practice, to see how it goes in case the lessons learned can be used elsewhere..

or

Obama is an incompetent, vacuous boob…it’s difficult to tell

Skandia Recluse on January 28, 2011 at 10:15 PM

Skandia Recluse on January 28, 2011 at 10:15 PM

I think it’s both options.

SouthernGent on January 28, 2011 at 10:19 PM

Obama’s Jimmy Carter Moment.
History is repeating itself.
Iran becomes Egypt incarnation.
A Islamic caliphate, Inevitable.

Kini on January 28, 2011 at 10:20 PM

However, Obama doesn’t lose the chance to make this about, himself.

Kini on January 28, 2011 at 10:22 PM

Obama and the Beltway elites are concentrating on calculating their way through the twists and turns of another Byzantine Middle Eastern maze. The object at risk for them is power, which can only be preserved by stability. There is no higher value in the Beltway world!
Freedom and the dignity and value of human lives, other than their own, is an airy abstraction that deserves no particular place in their scheming. Only power matters! Only power!

Lew on January 28, 2011 at 10:28 PM

It’s a good thing that the Left will credit Ms. Rice on her wisdom and foresight…

… Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on January 28, 2011 at 10:28 PM

We can COUNT on Obama to screw this one up.

karenhasfreedom on January 28, 2011 at 10:28 PM

We can count on Obama to $crew this up.

karenhasfreedom on January 28, 2011 at 10:29 PM

Wow, Condoleeza Rice is awesome. She needs to be part of the next administration.

karenhasfreedom on January 28, 2011 at 10:33 PM

If Mubarak agrees to loosen his grip on power, it is difficult to imagine a negotiated solution that does somehow bring the Muslim Brotherhood and other opposition groups a measure of power. And from then on the power will slip inexorably into the hands of the best prepared and organized opposition group

We all know who that is, don’t we? The MB takeover will be a bit more lengthy and convoluted than that of the mullahs in Iran. It won’t come all at once, through, perhaps, several transition figures. But, it will come. The irony is that we will continue to pump billions of dollars into the country as it occurs, leaving a nice nest egg for the ultimate winners.

a capella on January 28, 2011 at 10:34 PM

Skandia Recluse on January 28, 2011 at 10:15 PM

There might be other factors involved.

Just say’n.

CPT. Charles on January 28, 2011 at 10:36 PM

There might be other factors involved.

Just say’n.

CPT. Charles on January 28, 2011 at 10:36 PM

Nice.

a capella on January 28, 2011 at 10:40 PM

Is it too soon to declares Obama’s response wrong?

Mojave Mark on January 28, 2011 at 10:40 PM

If MB takes over, surely that will be the nail in Obama’s administration, right? Please tell me that American’s are stupid enough to re-elect this moron after he has shown time and time again that he is in over his head.

ramrants on January 28, 2011 at 10:41 PM

Condoleeza vs Hillary…how embarrassing to even attempt to compare the two.
President Bush surrounded himself with qualified, intelligent, gifted people…Obama surrounds himself with nothing more then “bodyguards” to protect him from making a fool of himself…and they aren’t doing a very good job.

right2bright on January 28, 2011 at 10:45 PM

She needs to be part of the next administration.

karenhasfreedom on January 28, 2011 at 10:33 PM

Way to intelligent for this group…they would just sit and stare at her.

right2bright on January 28, 2011 at 10:46 PM

CPT. Charles on January 28, 2011 at 10:36 PM

From the way the US media covered, and covered for, Obama before and after his election, a suspicious person might conclude that the news media responds to current events as directed by leaks from deep within the Obama administration.

Skandia Recluse on January 28, 2011 at 10:47 PM

ramrants on January 28, 2011 at 10:41 PM

Most of his base wouldn’t know who MB are, and the rest wouldn’t care. Foreign policy is alien to moochers, caring only for their next cheque.

OldEnglish on January 28, 2011 at 10:51 PM

a capella on January 28, 2011 at 10:34 PM

Hello friend,

MB has been around since Farouk and is still second rate but dangerous. (Reminds me of D’rats!) Mubarak has already called out military and folks are pleased. It is the least corrupt of any institution in Egypt so is respected.

A gradual calming should occur but LSM will exaggerate the slightest incident. BHO has made a “voting present” statement and is too timid to do more. This incident will play on, quietly for a few more months. The end of a dictator in a mostly stable country.

How stable? Farouk — Nassar — Sadat — Mubarak
List of leaders since c. 1952

CS out but will return

Caststeel on January 28, 2011 at 10:52 PM

Carter airmailed the Shah out of Iran because he thought he could get on the right side of “history”.

The same tomfoolery is going on now. The end will be fascism in Egypt and a new war.

Folks; the epitaph of the Obama Administration is being written in Cairene Streets.

victor82 on January 28, 2011 at 10:52 PM

She needs to be part of the next administration.

karenhasfreedom on January 28, 2011 at 10:33 PM

Secretary of Defense. First woman to the post. She’d be perfect.

alwaysfiredup on January 28, 2011 at 10:54 PM

I wonder how Muslims felt taking a lecture on living life properly from a najis abd kafir female with no guardian?

BL@KBIRD on January 28, 2011 at 11:02 PM

Folks; the epitaph of the Obama Administration is being written in Cairene Streets.

victor82 on January 28, 2011 at 10:52 PM

Yup, and the next Ayatollah, Ayman al Zawahiri

Kini on January 28, 2011 at 11:08 PM

Obama’s Jimmy Carter Moment.
History is repeating itself.
Iran becomes Egypt incarnation.
A Islamic caliphate, Inevitable.

Kini on January 28, 2011 at 10:20 PM

Yep. Time has folded back on itself my friend. Another Reagan is about to follow the current one-term Carter in Chief.

Hey CinC = Carter in Chief.

Geochelone on January 28, 2011 at 11:12 PM

Obama’s Jimmy Carter Moment.
History is repeating itself.
Iran becomes Egypt incarnation.
A Islamic caliphate, Inevitable.

Kini on January 28, 2011 at 10:20 PM

As it does over and over with the victims of Islam. No country with a majority of Muslims remains a civilized democracy; they all fall to repressive, regressive Islamic theocracy, as will Egypt.

Jaibones on January 28, 2011 at 11:15 PM

When we went into Iraq. I remember part of Bush’s goal was to make a democracy in the heart of the middle east.

The plan was some sort of domino theory.

If someone who shared this vision has been laying ground work in Egypt it might happen.

It is doubtful that Obama approved of this plan. So if something good happens… it began with Bush. But if not it might have gone badly anyway… or Obama stopped it.

I think we had the opportunity in Iran last year, and Obama dropped the ball.

Maybe Bush/Cheney laid a strong enough foundation in Egypt that the goal of democracy will withstand the opposition of the President of the United States.

OR maybe once again the US has made promises it can’t fulfill.

petunia on January 28, 2011 at 11:20 PM

Jaibones on January 28, 2011 at 11:15 PM

Ditto Iraq – shortly after America leaves.

OldEnglish on January 28, 2011 at 11:21 PM

I’m a neoconservative.

I’d rather have an honest enemy than a dishonest friend.

Bruno Strozek on January 28, 2011 at 11:25 PM

Sounds to my naive ear that M. must get control by any means necessary then gradually institute intelligent reforms. Good luck with that.

jeanie on January 28, 2011 at 11:33 PM

It’s a good thing that the Left will credit Ms. Rice on her wisdom and foresight…

… Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on January 28, 2011 at 10:28 PM

Condi’s Scrapbook

Condi’s Amoral World View

Murphy9 on January 28, 2011 at 11:34 PM

I’m a neoconservative.

I’d rather have an honest enemy than a dishonest friend.

Bruno Strozek on January 28, 2011 at 11:25 PM

How about a powerful ally (who is simply as corrupt as every other Muslim leader must be by reason of the inculcated spirit of banditry inspired by the Koran in all Muslim lands) instead of a powerful enemy.

We need not be “friends” with those who work alongside us against far more dangerous tyrannical theocratic crazies.

Just partners.

profitsbeard on January 28, 2011 at 11:37 PM

Understanding Condi

Baghdad, Gaza aren’t Birmingham

This would help explain her ahistorical habit of linking the civil rights movement to the Bush administration’s effort to bring democracy to Iraq and Afghanistan. Indeed, in a 2003 speech to the National Association of Black Journalists, she argued that blacks, more than others, should “reject” the “condescending” argument that some are not “ready” for freedom. “That view was wrong in 1963 in Birmingham and it’s wrong in 2003 in Baghdad,” she said. In 2006, she made a similar point. “When I look around the world and I hear people say, ‘Well, you know, they’re just not ready for democracy,’ it really does resonate,” Miss Rice told ABC’s Katie Couric. “It makes me so angry because I think there are those echoes of what people once thought about black Americans.”

There’s something shockingly provincial at work here. In seeing so much of the world through an American prism of race, Miss Rice has effectively blinded herself to historical and cultural and religious differences between Islam and the West. To put it simply, neither Baghdad nor Gaza is Birmingham. And nothing in all of history quite compares to Philadelphia.

Murphy9 on January 28, 2011 at 11:39 PM

Condi … I sure do miss her :-(

Thanks for the video, AP.

Tony737 on January 28, 2011 at 11:40 PM

Rice closed the dossiers on the Obama and Clinton passport cases, which kept the media away from investigating the tail, er trail, of the current ignorant in the WH. Most assuredly she also voted for him.

Schadenfreude on January 28, 2011 at 11:42 PM

The pragmatic fantasy

Owing to that US aid, the Egyptian military today makes the military Israel barely defeated in 1973 look like a gang of cavemen. Egypt has nearly 300 F-16s. Its main battle tank is the M1A1 which it produces in Egypt. Its navy is largest in the region. Its army is twice the size of the IDF. Its air defense force constitutes a massive threat to the IAF.

And of course, the ballistic missiles and chemical weapons it has purchased from the likes of North Korea and China give it a significant stand-off mass destruction capability.

Murphy9 on January 28, 2011 at 11:43 PM

Rice closed the dossiers on the Obama and Clinton passport cases, which kept the media away from investigating the tail, er trail, of the current ignorant in the WH. Most assuredly she also voted for him.

Schadenfreude on January 28, 2011 at 11:42 PM

To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, “To Condi Rice race isn’t everything, it’s the only thing”.

Murphy9 on January 28, 2011 at 11:47 PM

Freedom&Democracy=Water

Islam=Oil

They don’t mix. The oil needs to be removed so the water can have a chance to flow freely. I don’t see the oil being removed anytime in the near future.

RedRobin145 on January 28, 2011 at 11:56 PM

Political posturing and lip service to Democracy….…..isn’t limited to just the Democrat party.

Fact: Mubarak is the devil we know.

Muslim Brotherhood is the devil we don’t ALSO know.

I say stick with Hosni, and hope we can get a gentler newer face on the Govt there……that’s pro-western.

PappyD61 on January 28, 2011 at 11:59 PM

To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, “To Condi Rice race isn’t everything, it’s the only thing”.

Murphy9 on January 28, 2011 at 11:47 PM

I had to take a trip down memory lane of 2008 via the WWW. Yep, you are right.

Electrongod on January 29, 2011 at 12:02 AM

Obama actually had the cojones to tell Mubarak he should “listen to the protesters” and bend to the will of the people.

Too bad he doesn’t listen to his own advice, huh.

Back home he tells his thugs to “hit back twice as hard.”

I didn’t thing it was possible to loathe someone as much as Obama, but every day he proves there’s a whole lot more room for loathing left.

Can’t we just make Palin president now, and start getting things right.

gary4205 on January 29, 2011 at 12:04 AM

Too bad he doesn’t listen to his own advice, huh.

Back home he tells his thugs to “hit back twice as hard.”

gary4205 on January 29, 2011 at 12:04 AM

I guess we know who Obama’s enemies are….and his friends.

Electrongod on January 29, 2011 at 12:07 AM

Egypt will fall into Sunni extremist hands.

Schadenfreude on January 29, 2011 at 12:11 AM

Egypt will fall into Sunni extremist hands.

Schadenfreude on January 29, 2011 at 12:11 AM

And with around 300 F-16s and other assorted American supplied deadly toys.

Murphy9 on January 29, 2011 at 12:24 AM

Egypt will fall into Sunni extremist hands.

Schadenfreude on January 29, 2011 at 12:11 AM

Doesn’t seem like much will stop that.

The push for Sharia Law reached our shores long ago.

Doesn’t take a dictator, it’s just a matter of time.

Kini on January 29, 2011 at 12:25 AM

I don’t think it’s any accident that almost simultaneously we see:

1. Tunisia toppled
2. Hezbollah taking Lebanon
3. Hamas taking Gaza
4. Rioting in Algeria
5. Rioting in Yemen
6. Rioting in Libya
7. Rioting in Jordan
8. Rioting in Egypt
9. U.S. Ambassador arrives in Syria for first time in 5 yrs.
(Bush removed our last when it was established that Syrian supported Hezbollah took out Hariri.) So immediately after Hezbollah takes over we reestablish diplomatic ties?
10. El Baradei under house arrest – the same guy who gave cover to Iran re nukes – who showed up in support of the rioters.
11. Reports of Obama’s involvement with the ‘dissident’ contact in Egypt.
12. Obama essentially throwing Mubarak under the bus.

I smell a very large, coordinated rat.

Meanwhile, Israel is now surrounded by even more fully unhinged Islamists.

If one were to suggest Barry’s in league with the MB and Soros to set off a tinderbox in the region, what might you say? And why are the media all lined up to take out Mubarak as well?

When Barry made his speech in Cairo, I knew he was telegraphing something vile to the ME. All this talk of ‘universal rights’ with respect to Egypt, when he essentially said boo regarding the Iranians’ effort to get out from under a(nother) tyrannical shiite regime.

Who will control the Suez? What will the rise in oil prices do to our floundering economy?

I smell rats and a Caliphate on the march.

Opinionator on January 29, 2011 at 12:27 AM

As long as Islam remains a credible belief system, there will be no peace in the Middle East. Discredit the false “religion” of Islam first, & then there’ll be a chance. Not before.

OhioCoastie on January 29, 2011 at 12:29 AM

And yet, Egypt needs billions from the US for what

when the radical monkeys take over you might want to cancel that trip to the pyramids

let it die on it’s own and refuse Muslim refugees (sleeper cells)

Sonosam on January 29, 2011 at 12:29 AM

Muzzies can only control the suez canal if we let them

though a major nuisance, muzzies forces can be obliterated overnight with proper use if western tech

eff the pirates

Sonosam on January 29, 2011 at 12:32 AM

Muzzies can only control the suez canal if we let them

Sonosam on January 29, 2011 at 12:32 AM

True. But which side are Barry and his bud, Soros, on?

Opinionator on January 29, 2011 at 12:35 AM

Back in 2004 Bush Admin began trying to get Mubarak to step down due his senility.

Tunisia was not a muzzie thing, it was secular and NOT something spontaneous as the media would lead us to believe.

Kermit on January 29, 2011 at 12:36 AM

Mubarak has telegraphed his intentions with family sent to UK. He is what 80? HOPE for dynasty.

These riots are small stuff; South LA is still here despite two riots of four nights or longer. By thousands of … fill in the blanks. BTW thank you Korean shopkeepers.

Internet etc. is still off only satphones. Who can afford satphone? Yes it is Mubarak’s end but there are too many different paths. Remember Farouk appearing in LIFE for ten years after he was deposed? Riviera life was good then. And a Swiss account can still buy a good life.

Egypt made pretensions of “Arab” leadership under Nasser. that really worked well. Not. Too rich for Egypt’s purse. And only Jordan was interested. But Muslim Brotherhood is ideologically oriented toward a “pure” Islam.

Egyptian regime change still has a ways to go. Somehow most of the world does not do elections but continues with SOS. This is the more graphic way.

Okay that’s too much time spent on a sad subject.

Caststeel on January 29, 2011 at 12:55 AM

Reading through the comments is making me on sad freedom -loving panda.

Seriously, people bagging on Rice about seeing everything through the prism of race, and then viewing everything through their own prisms of American exposure.

Why do you all think the Muslim Brotherhood is the big winner in all this? Because that is your bogeyman, and you want to see this as a bad development. Better the devil you know, right? EXCEPT THAT IT’S THE F’ING DEVIL… So as long as evil wins and doesn’t upset you or yours, evil is okay? Mubarak is evil. A police system that brutally represses and tortures is evil.

What you are failing to see is that if we intercede on behalf of the majority of Muslims that simply want a better life, we (the US) would be viewed in a much better light, or at least it would mitigate some of the fucking propaganda that spews out in “the Muslim world” daily.

flashoverride on January 29, 2011 at 1:22 AM

Opinionator on January 29, 2011 at 12:27 AM

What an informative, well written, knowledgable analysis!

As barry S., first flunkie to one of the head rats, one Georgie Soros, grimly and gleefully carries out the orders of his soros/nwo puppetmasters, wreaking mayhem and madness in every possible way in every corner of earth, many conservatives still think that we can wait until 2012, and gamble that he won’t fraud the vote or cause riots or polling place violence and threats of violence (those terrorists who never get blamed by barry can come in handy to blame for that) to cancel elections and stay in office.
Who believes that he won’t create a crisis? Who believes that he ever planned to leave once he was installed? Communists never give up power. Never.

At the rate his destruction is going, the U.S. doesn’t have another 24 months to allow this madman to control all levers of power. I read recently that along with his plan to end-run the House and continue his destruction of the nation by writing endless Executive Orders, he has ordered his czars and regulators to issue what are called “Secretarial Orders”, extra-constitutionally of course.

I don’t see anyone with the courage in the gop House putting a stop to this or to put him in the dock as per his lack of Natural Born Citizen status and/or his complete lack of identity. In the most literal sense of the word, no one knows who he is; he has had his orginal identity source documentation sealed. Unprecedented and unquestioned. Those who fear his nwo power, which is growing daily, feed it through their fear. The cycle is deadly to the common man.

We are in freefall, we are de facto bankrupt, and thanks to his msm accomplices, the band will play on until obama lets loose his SEIU/minority thug/urban rioting dogs of war.

Having the option to declare Martial law and to flip the internet kill switch is way to much power and fun for any wannabe tyrant pass up. barry’s counting the days until he can do both, much like a child counts the days until Christmas. Because everything that is happening is planned, and has been for years among the highest level of international, nwo, banksta/gangstas. They probably still can’t believe they found someone as viscious as they to put in the Oval Office to carry out America’s destruction, step by step, following their blueprint to a tee. We are in soooo much trouble.

tigerlily on January 29, 2011 at 1:43 AM

tigerlily on January 29, 2011 at 1:43 AM

Thank you, tiger.

You are absolutely right. This Barry guy – and his cohorts, which include Soros and his nwo ilk, along with his Islamofascist buddies, are here to bring us down, now! His coordinated media ‘response’ is equally involved.

And we hear crickets from those in a position to put a halt to it – except for a few. Those few are fighting their damndest, but I don’t know if it will be enough to quell the coordinated campaign (long planned, I agree) to bankrupt us and destroy this country.

I agree we don’t have until 2012. It is dire. My prayers that we will survive it.

However, on a more optimistic note, I do believe that the light will prevail.

Opinionator on January 29, 2011 at 3:11 AM

Condi! Condi! Condi!

imshocked on January 29, 2011 at 3:40 AM

Hey Ed and AllahPundit, here is a story that you guys have to post:

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/01/28/unexpected-text-message-reportedly-blows-bomber-soon/?test=latestnews#

SoulGlo on January 29, 2011 at 5:29 AM

For those of us who need a reason to laugh, and a bit of a distraction this morning…here you go.

CPT. Charles on January 29, 2011 at 5:52 AM

W saw it coming, democracy sooner or civil war and fundie dictatorship later.

rob verdi on January 29, 2011 at 6:53 AM

If one were to suggest Barry’s in league with the MB and Soros to set off a tinderbox in the region, what might you say?

Opinionator on January 29, 2011 at 12:27 AM

that you’re a raving lunatic.

sesquipedalian on January 29, 2011 at 7:30 AM

It’s Jimmy Carter deja vu all over again!

albill on January 29, 2011 at 7:37 AM

re: 2005 Condi Rice speech @ the American University in Cairo,

this speech will ultimately be viewed as much more historically significant than Obama’s own turgid 2009 Cairo speech. The spinmeisters in the White House are already shamelessly attempting to re-write history, but for all practical purposes the Administration abandoned the campaign to promote freedom and democracy in the Middle East upon entering office. Ultimately if America does not stand proudly and assertively on the side of freedom…then who will?

The Obama Administration abandoned the campaign to promote freedom and democracy in the Middle East upon entering office — you can say that again.

Freedom without stability, how so?

The Saudi King is asserting alliance with Mubarak. What has Obama to say to the Saudis?

maverick muse on January 29, 2011 at 8:13 AM

I was watching the Today show and they pretty much summed up the Obama admin by describing it as an “admin that prided itself on doing the opposite of the Bush admin” and having convinced itself that a pro-freedom agenda is somehow a tool for american interests.

rob verdi on January 29, 2011 at 8:34 AM

Obama and the Beltway elites are concentrating on calculating their way through the twists and turns of another Byzantine Middle Eastern maze. The object at risk for them is power, which can only be preserved by stability. There is no higher value in the Beltway world!
Freedom and the dignity and value of human lives, other than their own, is an airy abstraction that deserves no particular place in their scheming. Only power matters! Only power!

Lew on January 28, 2011 at 10:28 PM

A real pleasure to see such wisdom in the comment section of any blog.

Don L on January 29, 2011 at 8:43 AM

Call me cynical, but this all seems part of a plan to me.

Iran is allowed to get nukes.
Lebanon falls to Hezbollah.
Egypt falls to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Just like that….Israel is surrounded by hostile Islamist regimes, all controlled by Iran, with nuclear weapons to back up their threats.

And Israel becomes “too much trouble” to defend anymore. The United States “must respond to world opinion and the millions of people in Iran, Egypt, and Lebanon who have just spoken” demanding its withdrawal to its 1967 borders. The UN passes its resolution. The U.S. votes Yes.

Israel is toast.

rockmom on January 29, 2011 at 8:54 AM

WTF?! Is this “Winning the Future” or what?

DrStock on January 29, 2011 at 8:56 AM

Who will control the Suez? What will the rise in oil prices do to our floundering economy?

I smell rats and a Caliphate on the march.

Opinionator on January 29, 2011 at 12:27 AM

I think it is even more cynical than you do.

This is all being orchestrated so Barry can wash his hands of Isreal without appearing to do anything proactive that will piss off American Jews. He and his regime hate Isreal and especially Netanyahu, so they have arranged from him to be surrounded by hostile regimes until we have no choice but to abandon our 50-year commitment to defend Israel.

Pretty slick, actually. Obama never has to meet the dirty Israeli again face to face, never has to ask or wheedle any more “concessions” out of him, never has to trust the incompetent and scheming Hillary Clinton to hammer out a “peace agreement.”

And he gets a bonus of skyrocketing energy prices due to all the turmoil, which we know he has wanted all along.

Yahtzee!

rockmom on January 29, 2011 at 9:01 AM

rockmom on January 29, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Sha’a'lu Shalom Yerushalayam.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on January 29, 2011 at 9:03 AM

To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, “To Condi Rice race isn’t everything, it’s the only thing”.

Murphy9 on January 28, 2011 at 11:47 PM

There’s simply no evidence to back that up. She’s certainly said things that indicate she has a tinge of a race frame-of-reference in her views, but “the only thing”, like so many other black ‘leaders’ (especially those on the left) have? That’s just a ridiculous statement, sorry.

Midas on January 29, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Could Jordan be next?

Disturb the Universe on January 29, 2011 at 10:06 AM

The Obama administration has known this would be happening since 2008. Here are a few links for your reading pleasure that talks to an individual who attended the Alliance Youth Movements Summit in 2008 whereby the Obama Campaigns New Media Team was involved. In 2009 SOS Clinton was the keynote speaker. It only took me 5 minutes to connect the dots.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/8289698/Egypt-protests-secret-US-document-discloses-support-for-protesters.html

When Obama was talking during his campaign about “youth movements” you’ll understand a bit more clearly what he meant.

The “Field Manual” is most interesting.

http://info.howcast.com/youthmovements/summit

lyfsatrip on January 29, 2011 at 10:18 AM

Announce fair honest elections in which you will not a candidate Mr. Mubarak, one year from now.

That’s enough time to find a candidate that will beat the Muslim brotherhood.

Speakup on January 29, 2011 at 10:22 AM

From what I understand the Muslim Brotherhood was not involved in the first days of these demonstrations.

I am no fan of Obama, by any means. But I don’t think he is deliberately letting the Muslim Brotherhood take over in Egypt. It is not that simple and it is not all up to us anyway. Whatever Obama says, Mubarak can and will do what he thinks he can to stay in power, if that is possible.

But to back Mubarak knowing who and what he is will not necessarily help him stay in power nor will it help Israel and the US..if the people of that country have decided they want him gone..In fact if we fear the Muslim Brotherhood the idea that the US is backing Mubarak might actually help them.

I think that is one of those times when we will have to wait and see what happens.

We should have backed the Iranian people, after all Iran is not an ally…but the mullahs weathered that crisis for the time being. Obama failed there. I don’t see the Israelis jumping into this either.

Terrye on January 29, 2011 at 10:44 AM

To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, “To Condi Rice race isn’t everything, it’s the only thing”.

Murphy9 on January 28, 2011 at 11:47 PM

That is a lie.

Terrye on January 29, 2011 at 10:46 AM

It’s a good thing that the Left will credit Ms. Rice on her wisdom and foresight…

… Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on January 28, 2011 at 10:28 PM

winner

cmsinaz on January 29, 2011 at 10:55 AM

Because everything that is happening is planned, and has been for years among the highest level of international, nwo, banksta/gangstas. They probably still can’t believe they found someone as viscious as they to put in the Oval Office to carry out America’s destruction, step by step, following their blueprint to a tee. We are in soooo much trouble.

tigerlily

great rant. you’re one big piece of sh1tass crazy with that.
some jell-o, couple of enemas, maybe even some ECT, a loooong treatment program, and no heavy machinery for you.

audiculous on January 29, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Perhaps we will now find out what Rep. Steny Hoyer talked about with the MB on his 2007 trip. Wouldn’t you?

ajacksonian on January 29, 2011 at 11:46 AM

ajac,

what do you think it was?

did they exchange souls?

pledge eternal fealty to their common Satanic overlord?

was there kissing and more?

or was it just the usual sort of meeting that US Ambassadors arrange for visiting Congressional reps?

audiculous on January 29, 2011 at 11:55 AM

sesquipedalian on January 29, 2011 at 7:30 AM

My, my. That wasn’t very civil of you now was it? lol ‘You know you’re over the enemy when you start receiving flak.’ Thanks for slithering out from under your rock to self identify!

So, nothing to see here either, eh?


Obama Administration Lifts US Ban on Muslim Brotherhood Leader

The Barack Obama administration has decided to lift a ban preventing Muslim Scholar Professor Tariq Ramadan from entering the United States. Ramadan, an Egyptian currently living in Switzerland, is a leading member of Europe’s Muslim Brotherhood branch and the grandson of the movement’s founder Hassan al-Banna. The Muslim Brotherhood is the parent organization for Hamas and some of the groups that recently merged into al-Qaeda, including Ayman al Zawahiri’s Egyptian Islamic Jihad.

To rockmom at 9:01 a.m.

Precisely.

Opinionator on January 29, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Wow, Condoleeza Rice is awesome. She needs to be part of the next administration.

karenhasfreedom on January 28, 2011 at 10:33 PM

When the real adults were in charge:

We are moving beyond 60 years of policy in the broader Middle East during the Cold – which, during the Cold War, led successive administrations to support stability at the price of liberty, ultimately achieving neither

Condoleezza Rice
Address at the German Marshall Fund on U.S. – Russian Relations
delivered 18 September 2008, Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, Washington, D.C.

In the Middle East, President Bush has broken with six decades of excusing and accommodating the lack of freedom in the hope of purchasing stability at the price of liberty. The stakes could not be higher. As long as the broader Middle East remains a region of tyranny and despair and anger, it will produce extremists and movements that threaten the safety of Americans and our friends.

Opening Statement by Dr. Condoleezza Rice Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Washington, D.C.
January 18, 2005

TheBigOldDog on January 29, 2011 at 10:47 PM