Quotes of the day

posted at 9:00 pm on January 30, 2011 by Allahpundit

“In the streets of Cairo, many protesters are now openly denouncing the United States for supporting President Hosni Mubarak, saying the price has been their freedom. They say the Obama administration has offered only tepid criticism of a regime that has received billions of dollars in U.S. aid…

“‘We believe America is against us,’ said Emad Abdel Halim, 31. ‘Until now, Obama didn’t talk to the Egyptian people. He didn’t support the Egyptian people.’

“‘Tell Obama to forget about Mubarak,’ said Islam Rashid, 26. ‘He is done.’”

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“‘The USA does not support democracy, they’re supporting Israel, which is like their baby,’ said Ahmed, a 26-year-old Cairo resident. ‘They think Egypt is functional because it’s in favor of their considerations.’…

“Demonstrators are relying on the foreign press to get their message to Obama. ‘Isn’t this democracy?’ they asked me over and over when I said I was a journalist from America, incredulous that the country held as the pinnacle of world democracy could ignore such widespread popular sentiment.

“‘Obama has to be on our side, where is your democracy?’ asked Osam L, who works at a foreign bank in Cairo.”

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“Now, a final word about America’s power in this situation. We haven’t got any power to shape events. But that does not mean we are without influence. We have influence by virtue of the billions in aid we provide annually, by dint of years of positive contacts with the Egyptian government and business people, and the like. This means something. If the Obama administration leans to the protesters, that would embolden the protesters and demoralize Mubarak supporters. And mind you, those Americans screaming to support ‘the people’ should understand that no matter how much President Obama sides with ‘the people,’ few of them will thank him or America for it. And our soothsayers should also understand that when our other Arab friends watch us help remove Mubarak from power by not backing him, they’ll believe that they’ll be next on the list if they run into trouble. U.S. power would crumble in the region.”

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Pew, June 17, 2010:

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“One former senior administration advisor said he had spoken to his old colleagues inside the Obama administration in recent days about the unrest in Egypt. As early as last Wednesday, the Obama administration recognized that they would not be able to prop up the Mubarak regime and keep it in power at all costs, the former official said.

“‘They don’t want to push Mubarak over the cliff, but they understand that the Mubarak era is over and that the only way Mubarak could be saved now is by a ruthless suppression of the population, which would probably set the stage for a much more radical revolution down the road.’”

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“While President Obama is publicly shying away from specifics, the Obama administration is behind-the-scenes conveying to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak some specific steps President Obama feels he needs to take, administration officials tells ABC News…

“a. Dialogue between the government and opposition groups as well as ‘Civil Society’ (democratic reform groups, human rights organizations and so on) needs to begin immediately.

“b. Freedom of information needs to be fully respected — cell phone service is back but access to the internet is still sporadic, and satellite access for Al Jazeera has been blocked.

“c. The emergency law, in place since 1967 — which gives the government far-reaching powers at the expense of judicial review and civil liberties — needs to be lifted.”

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“By far, the Brotherhood represents the most powerful force, but Mr. Beltagui and another Brotherhood official, Mohamed el-Katatni, said the group understood the implications of seeking leadership in a country still deeply divided over its religious program.

“‘We’re supporting ElBaradei to lead the path to change,’ Mr. Beltagui said as he joined Mr. ElBaradei in Liberation Square. ‘The Brotherhood realizes the sensitivities, especially in the West, towards the Islamists, and we’re not keen to be at the forefront.’…

“‘We’re trying to build a democratic arena before we start playing in it,’ he said.”

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“‘We’re not advocating any specific outcome,’ she said…

“We have been very clear that we want to see a transition to democracy, and we want to see the kind of steps taken that will bring that about. But we also want to see an orderly transition,’ she said [on Fox News Sunday]. ‘There are many, many steps along the journey that has been started by the Egyptian people themselves.’”



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the Rathke brothers. After they embezzled millions from ACORN, one of them left to form International ACORN.

slickwillie2001 on January 30, 2011 at 10:28 PM
Wow, it just keeps going from bad to worse. If only the conservative right was as organized. I feel very threatened by what the future may hold.

KickandSwimMom on January 30, 2011 at 10:33 PM

And what would any government collapse be without a George Soros connection.
http://thegraph.com/2011/01/the-socialist-roots-of-the-egyptian-protests/#

redridinghood on January 31, 2011 at 12:06 AM

Impeach obama now.

tigerlily on January 30, 2011 at 11:26 PM

I like this program. I think I’ll add that to my email’s signature.

Mirimichi on January 30, 2011 at 11:53 PM

It would be excellent if it went viral.

I cannot stand one more minute of watching President WTF be treated with crediblity, as though he was even remotely a legitimate holder of the Office.

He is neither legitimate through Constitutional eligibilty nor through the intention to uphold or even give credence to his Oath to protect and defend our Constitution.

He is the most malicious, fraudulent, treasonous, marxist, global puppeteer’s freak that our nation has ever had the misfortune to become acquainted with.

When CK et al., take him seriously, let alone fall all over themselves complimenting a sociopathic cipher, it’s time for the charade to end. We the People need to speak.

Impeach obama now.

tigerlily on January 31, 2011 at 12:08 AM

Geochelone on January 30, 2011 at 11:46 PM

There were lots of women on the streets during the Iranian and Tunsian affairs. Tunisia, I can understand, Iran not so much, although the spontaneous nature of it may have played some role. I’ve noticed several comments on other blogs confirming our own atp’s observations regarding this one.

a capella on January 30, 2011 at 11:54 PM

Thanks for that factoid.

Well it takes a keen eye to discern what is missing from an image. Gender dominance, when all reasonable expectations hold for some kind of parity, may be an early warning sign, like a bad omen for this uprising to run afoul.

I hope the more moderate factions outnumber the Muslim Brotherhood thugs.

Geochelone on January 31, 2011 at 12:09 AM

redridinghood on January 31, 2011 at 12:06 AM

Hmm. A link from that article. Side observation: I doubt Ms Ibraham will be wearing that dress in public much longer.
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/jan2011/pers-j29.shtml

a capella on January 31, 2011 at 12:23 AM

Americans standing up to their government: Domestic terrorists, Nazis, astroturfers…

Muslims usurping Egyptian government: Good, pure as the driven snow…

SouthernGent on January 30, 2011 at 11:09 PM

uhhh….not so fast there.
You mean “Conservative Americans” are nazi’s for standing up against their government….

…but when leftist…

MARXISTS & LEFTISTS RALLY to Overthrow Tunisian, Egyptian & American Regimes (Video)
Posted by Jim Hoft on Sunday, January 30, 2011, 2:13 PM

http://gatewaypundit.rightnetwork.com/2011/01/marxists-rally-to-overthrow-tunisian-egyptian-american-regimes-video/
…..call for the assassination of a President or the overthrow of our government…
they are called “citizens expressing their patriotic dissent”…..

Baxter Greene on January 30, 2011 at 11:50 PM

And is if on cue, leftists including Van Jones & Robert Reich protest the Koch brothers at their conservative stratgey session. The AP conveniently failed to report that 25 arrests were made. More at gateway pundit:

http://gatewaypundit.rightnetwork.com/

tigerlily on January 31, 2011 at 12:25 AM

Banned Islamist leader returns to Tunisia with followers. Claims he is moderate.
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20110131/D9L33KA80.html

a capella on January 31, 2011 at 12:54 AM

tigerlily on January 31, 2011 at 12:25 AM


“Greenpeace is here to let the Koch Brothers know that we want them to get their dirty money out of “our” democracy”…

Got to love this leftist Pretzel logic.

A democracy includes the rights of free speech and the right to advance one’s self economically for “all” the citizens.

So according to the liberals of Greenpeace…if you don’t support their agenda….then you are corrupt and need to be shut down….

How progressive!!!!!

..Greenpeace apparently thinks Americans are not aware that “Green” energy corps. and liberal activists look to make billions of dollars off of “Cap’n’Trade” legislation.

Greenpeace and Van Jones need to take their greedy,selective outrage down to the Gulf and talk to the thousands of families losing their jobs because of environmental activism based on junk science.

Baxter Greene on January 31, 2011 at 1:01 AM

Another African domino?
http://www.afrol.com/articles/37175

a capella on January 31, 2011 at 1:08 AM

Obama: PRESENT!

Mojave Mark on January 31, 2011 at 1:10 AM

If Mubarak regains power he will have to kill thousands.

If we are on the side of the guy who kills thousands, who are we?

This isn’t about Obama. This isn’t about how the “Arab Street” interprets what we do.

It is about who we are. T

he America I know is not going to be a part of killing thousands of protesters.

Would Michelle finally be proud if we killed thousands? Millions? As long as her husband looked good, probably.

I say it is time. We have to make a stand. And it can not be to kill all those hopeful people. We have to stand for righteousness.

We have to trust to God to make this right in the end. We have to choose the will of the people of Egypt. Even if that means it leads to losing Israel.

I am always on the side of Israel. But the time for slaughter is not now. And the instrument of slaughter is not me.

I hear no command from Heaven telling me to kill Egyptians in the streets when they are begging for freedom.

We have to do the right thing, and trust in God.

petunia on January 31, 2011 at 1:37 AM

This is way O/T but remember the LIE Andy Barr at Politico printed about Sarah Palin “Retreating and NOT reloading”?

I’ve been on a Twitter jihad of my own, and RAM verified Barr was lying.

Anyhow, Barr SCRUBBED the story from Politico, with no retraction, no apology, nothin’.

Please help put pressure on that corrupt liar and tweet this until he publiclly apologizes.

Thanks:

Hey @AndyBarr34 I see you scrubbed your BS about @SarahPalinUSA http://bit.ly/hYG85Y How about a PUBLIC Apology to Mrs Palin?

gary4205 on January 31, 2011 at 1:45 AM

You will like this one.

http://hillbuzz.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/cartbam.gif

Obama morphs into Carter. :)

Geochelone on January 31, 2011 at 1:45 AM

The Egyptians just can’t see the forest for the … uh … sand dunes. Barack Hussein Obama as POTUS is the best case scenario they could have right now. They just don’t realize it yet. But they will.

Barack ‘Milktoast’ Obama is perfect for the coming pre and post government transition escapades. Between Tunisia, Libya’s changing attitudes, the inevitably of a Mubarak ouster, and Algeria’s heating up too, Israel is gonna get screwed much harder than usual.

FlatFoot on January 31, 2011 at 1:46 AM

….and right on cue….the “adults” go straight to the “Blame Bush” theme…..you know….more than 2 years after he has been out of office:


Chris Matthews’s Obsession

January 29, 2011 Posted by John at 9:16 PM
http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2011/01/028243.php


Sometimes you get the feeling that liberal pundits are all going around the bend together, in a grand carnival of craziness. Take Chris Matthews, who began his report on the riots in Egypt with this rant:


Good evening. I`m Chris Matthews in Washington.

Leading off tonight: Unrest in Egypt. Proving the Iraq war wasn`t needed, these protests in Egypt, as well as in Yemen and Tunisia, are all aimed at dictators supported by the U.S. The demonstrations have not yet turned anti-American, but they could. These are the events the Bush administration hoped to encourage by lying about weapons of mass destruction and invading Iraq.

…get it….
Everything that happened on Bush’s watch was his fault..
….Everything that happens on Obama’s watch (that is negative) ….well…that’s Bush’s fault also.

The article does a good job of laying out just how idiotic Matthews position here is.

Oh..and to add insult to injury….

Chris Matthews has made it clear that Egyptians can see the Panama Canal from their house:

Comedy Gold! Chris Matthews, who derides Palin as stupid, says Panama Canal is in… EGYPT!
http://theblogprof.blogspot.com/2011/01/comedy-gold-chris-matthews-who-derides.html

You just can’t fix stupid…..

Baxter Greene on January 31, 2011 at 2:06 AM

There are people that are dead that were alive a week ago because they just wanted freedom for themselves and their families…

… And there will be more in the coming weeks because the most regulated, media controlled, and ideological failed student in history is in charge of the current Super Power of the World as he spends us into becoming a Tijuana whore house toilet, and has no idea other than making a speech, on how to handle an international crisis.

Seven Percent Solution on January 31, 2011 at 2:23 AM

Who is Obama to tell Egypt or Mubarik what to do?

Obama is an amateur, inet experienced, lacking executive experience, skill less in national and international affairs, and not qualified to serve as president of the USA in regard to abilities and skill sets. His only qualification is that he was received more votes than his foolish and poor quality opponents, John McCain.

Obama spoke in Egypt and sold us, the US, out, demonizing us, mocking us, and painting us in a bad light. He does not stand for the US people. He stands for leftist, sociliast, anti-life, anti-liberty agendas.

The US, and the world, would be better off without Obama as President.

2012 cannot come quickly enough.

Obama should resign, and so should Biden, the loud mouthed fool.

William2006 on January 31, 2011 at 4:42 AM

I remember not so long ago when we needed a leader to handle a very serious crisis facing the United States and eventually the world…

… his sophomoric response was: “Call me when you need me…”

And he was elected President of the United States…

… Why are any of you surprised?

Seven Percent Solution on January 31, 2011 at 4:53 AM

… Why are any of you surprised?

Seven Percent Solution on January 31, 2011 at 4:53 AM

I don’t think ‘surprise’ is an accurate description…

OmahaConservative on January 31, 2011 at 5:14 AM

Dear Egypt, looking for a new president? Well this is your lucky day! We have just the man for you! He will heal your planet! He will pay your mortgage! He will make you healthy, and that’s not all! If you respond in the next 10 minutes, we will throw in a vice president and a cabinet at no extra charge! But wait, there’s more! Call right now and you will receive a lifetime supply of czars absolutely free! Don’t wait, act now! Yours truly, The U.S.A.

Murphy9 on January 31, 2011 at 6:02 AM

It must be petrifying for Israel to know that we have sent a community organizer to deal with this mess. From leaks coming out it looks like he knew this was coming… and when it hit he ate popcorn and watched football.

Key West Reader on January 31, 2011 at 6:12 AM

Obama: PRESENT!

Mojave Mark on January 31, 2011 at 1:10 AM

this

cmsinaz on January 31, 2011 at 6:18 AM

some specific steps President Obama feels he needs to take

do as i say…..

cmsinaz on January 31, 2011 at 6:20 AM

just another day at the wh

cmsinaz on January 31, 2011 at 6:24 AM

even wapo thinks WTF is DOA

cmsinaz on January 31, 2011 at 6:37 AM

So far, if trends continue, Obama has lost the western leaning governments of Lebanon, Tunesia and Egypt.

Why was not Obama supporting western-leaning alternatives in these countries?
What did he do to support western-leaning alternatives in these countries?

One must seriously consider that Obama’s allegiance is more to what is good for the anti-western Muslims than to the west.
Or the guy is totally incompetent.
(Or all of the above.)

albill on January 31, 2011 at 7:32 AM

ouch

cmsinaz on January 31, 2011 at 7:52 AM

While dear leader was in Cairo making his speech, he assigned a lot of universal rights to people worldwide. Now he and Hil are doing it again. I’m not sure, but I don’t think that people worldwide have all those universal rights guaranteed to them as we do under a constitution. What we should also wonder about is how come the ordinary people on the street in Egypt hate America. Who has told them that we are their big problem? Seems as if the MB has been busy organizing the community.

Kissmygrits on January 31, 2011 at 9:40 AM

What is America supposed to do? When we object to the dictators they have we are bashed for meddling as with Saddam. When we ignore them and break ties as with Castro we are wrong. They have a leader and we must deal with the existing leader. Its their job to oust them.

Dennis D on January 31, 2011 at 9:49 AM

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The facts are this: We’re largely responsible for what’s happening over there. We have, through our abuse of our status as the world’s reserve currency and the pegs maintained by other nations, forced inflation into other countries instead of taking the hit ourselves. Our Central Bank and Treasury continue to claim that there’s “no inflationary pressure” but that’s a lie. There has been enormous inflation but we have shifted it onto the backs of other people and literally forced them to eat it, both in China and through other nations with currency pegs, such as Egypt.

America “loves” these pegs, especially in the oil-producing nations in the Middle East. Through them we get to enjoy oil that doesn’t cost $300/bbl as a consequence of our money printing. We get to force others to swallow the ever-increasing loads of monetary inflation that our government and Federal Reserve emit upon the world. This is our definition of “stability”: We print, you starve, we enjoy it.”

Rae on January 31, 2011 at 10:14 AM

It’s not our job to supply the middle east with democracy. If they want it, they’ll have to fight for it, like everybody else. And note: you’re unlikely to get any from the head-thumping Islamists.

mojo on January 31, 2011 at 11:45 AM

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