Breaking: Mubarak to announce retirement after current term?

posted at 2:08 pm on February 1, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Fox News reports that Hosni Mubarak will address the Egyptian people on national television in a few minutes and will announce his retirement at the end of his term in office.  At the moment, Fox is just running this as a headline on their website, but Reuters reports that the speech is scheduled to take place without reporting on its content:

A million people, maybe more, rallied across Egypt on Tuesday, clamoring for President Hosni Mubarak to give up power, piling pressure on a leader who has towered over Middle East politics for 30 years to make way.

As Al Arabiya television reported that the 82-year-old former general was about to broadcast a speech, many believed the moment had come when he would announce his departure. It was not clear whether that might be immediate. Al Arabiya said it had a report he would not run in an election due in September.

The powerful, U.S.-supported army watched benignly over the biggest protests Egypt has ever seen and attention was quickly turning to what comes after Mubarak. More military rule, an Islamist surge or a reform-minded coalition for national unity all seem possible. So, too, do both order and chaos.

Why else would Mubarak speak today at the apex of the protests, with over a million people in the streets of Cairo?  It certainly sounds like some sort of concession, although Mubarak may still think he can hang onto power and survive the crisis.  The US apparently doesn’t think so, as it has ordered non-essential personnel out of the country.

Stacy McCain and Eric Dondero pick up on a French report that Mohammed ElBaradei might not end up at the head of the opposition, either:

The intellectual community of Egypt calls on Amr Moussa, secretary general of the Arab League, and Sami Enan, Chief of the Egyptian armed forces, to act as leaders of the opposition. We do not want El-Baradei. He spent too much time abroad, and knows nothing of the daily reality of the Egyptian people. He does not represent us,” declares on Facebook a professor of economics lecturer at the University Amércaine Cairo (AUC).

This might be good news. Dondero also believes the Muslim Brotherhood has vetoed ElBaradei, too.  Reuters reports on a favorable comment from the Muslim Brotherhood, calling Enan a “good, liberal man”:

Egypt’s armed forces chief of staff Sami Enan could be an acceptable successor to Hosni Mubarak because he is perceived as incorruptible, a member of the banned Muslim Brotherhood said on Tuesday.

Kamel El-Helbawy, a prominent overseas cleric from Egypt’s main opposition movement, told Reuters that Enan, who has good ties with Washington, was a liberal who could be seen as suitable by an opposition coalition taking shape on the streets of Egypt.

“He can be the future man of Egypt,” Helbawy said in a telephone interview.

“I think he will be acceptable … because he has enjoyed some good reputation. He is not involved in corruption. The people do not know him (as corrupt).”

Update: Fox News now has a report up on its site with this news, as well as this odd development:

Al-Jazeera reports that the Egyptian Embassy in Tel Aviv is making preparations to welcome him into exile.

He’s going into exile in Israel? I find that impossible to believe. It sounds as if Al Jazeera is drinking the kool-aid being served on the streets of Cairo. With that aside, the next elections are in September, seven months away. Will Egyptians abide Mubarak for that long? I find that almost as difficult to believe.

Update II: So far, the early reaction is decidedly negative on the seven-month farewell tour:

That will not satisfy many of those on the streets who want Mubarakand his ruling party to step aside immediately.

Cairo’s Tahrir (Liberation) Square was jammed with people ranging from lawyers and doctors to students and jobless poor, the crowd spilling into surrounding streets.

“He goes, we are not going,” chanted a crowd of men, women and children as a military helicopter hovered over the sea of people in the square, many waving Egyptian flags and banners.

They’re not chanting for liberation in seven or eight months on the streets of Cairo, Alexandria, and Suez today.


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I heard in September?!

canopfor on February 1, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Next up–MBs. Hope all the ladies have their burkas/hijabs.

andy85719 on February 1, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Al Quds just got green-lighted for special ops in Egypt.

Hey look, a balloon just went up over Cairo.

Bishop on February 1, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Maybe he’ll take his talents to South Beach.

El_Terrible on February 1, 2011 at 2:14 PM

And while we’re at it….can we make it a two-fer and have Obama retire as well?

search4truth on February 1, 2011 at 2:15 PM

He’s going into exile in Israel? I find that impossible to believe. It sounds as if Al Jazeera is drinking the kool-aid being served on the streets of Cairo

Or a pretext to invade israel if Mubarik disappears and no one knows where he is.

William Amos on February 1, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Will Egyptians abide Mubarak for that long? I find that almost as difficult to believe.

Agreed, that will not sit well with the street. Either special elections or have his VP take over until Sept.

WisRich on February 1, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Modern Egypt to return to the tone age in 3…2…1…

portlandon on February 1, 2011 at 2:18 PM

The balloon is going up

http://www.jpost.com/Headlines/Article.aspx?id=206130

A leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt told the Arabic-language Iranian news network Al-Alam on Monday that he would like to see the Egyptian people prepare for war against Israel, according to the Hebrew-language business newspaper Calcalist.

Muhammad Ghannem reportedly told Al- Alam that the Suez Canal should be closed immediately, and that the flow of gas from Egypt to Israel should cease “in order to bring about the downfall of the Mubarak regime.” He added that “the people should be prepared for war against Israel,” saying the world should understand that “the Egyptian people are prepared for anything to get rid of this regime.”

William Amos on February 1, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Interesting!
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Klein:

U.S. ‘held secret meeting with Muslim Brotherhood’.
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Discussed fall of key America ally with group seeking to spread Islam worldwide
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Aaron Klein, Jerusalem bureau chief for World Net Daily, reports:
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The Egyptian government has information a diplomat at the U.S. embassy in Cairo secretly met yesterday with a senior leader of the Islamist opposition group, the Muslim Brotherhood, WND has learned.

The topic of the meeting was the future of Egypt following the “fall” of President Hosni Mubarak, an Egyptian intelligence official told WND.

The claim comes amid charges from Cairo that the Obama administration has been encouraging the protests rocking Egypt and targeted the rule of Mubarak, a key U.S. ally in the Middle East.
——————–

http://therealbarackobama.wordpress.com/2011/02/01/klein-u-s-%e2%80%98held-secret-meeting-with-muslim-brotherhood-%e2%80%99-discussed-fall-of-key-america-ally-with-group-seeking-to-spread-islam-worldwide/

canopfor on February 1, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Breaking: Mubarak to announce retirement after current term.

Breaking Breaking: Mubarak to announce extension of his current term to the year 2042.

Breaking Breaking Breaking: PBHO goes golfing.

Bishop on February 1, 2011 at 2:20 PM

The straw that broke the camel’s back!

-sorry, just had to.

abobo on February 1, 2011 at 2:21 PM

He’s going into exile in Israel? I find that impossible to believe.

Well, Israel was supportive of him and it is the perfect thumb in your eye gesture to the rebels as he leaves. I like it, but with twenty five billion to play with, I doubt he stays long in Israel.

a capella on February 1, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Al-Jazeera reports that the Egyptian Embassy in Tel Aviv is making preparations to welcome him into exile.

Al-Jazeera just loves to stir the pot.

ProfessorMiao on February 1, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Can women vote in Egypt?

petunia on February 1, 2011 at 2:22 PM

He’s going into exile in Israel?

WTFO?

ted c on February 1, 2011 at 2:24 PM

“I am absolutely confident that we made the right decision. And not only that, I’m absolutely confident that the actions we took in Iraq are influencing reformers and freedom lovers in the greater Middle East. And I believe that you’re going to see the rise of democracy in many countries in the broader Middle East, which will lay the foundation for peace”

-George W. Bush.

cpaulus on February 1, 2011 at 2:25 PM

He’s going into exile in Israel? I find that impossible to believe.

Well, Israel was supportive of him and it is the perfect thumb in your eye gesture to the rebels as he leaves. I like it, but with twenty five billion to play with, I doubt he stays long in Israel.

a capella on February 1, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Please. There are many places Mubarak could go.

To a Muslim, saying he’s going to Israel, is pretty much calling him the equivalent of the anti-Christ.

AlJazeera is still AlJazeera they’ve done a good job covering this, but they are in no way unbiased.

petunia on February 1, 2011 at 2:26 PM

BREAKING NEWS!

Mubarak to run for Mayor of Chicago; Illinois Supreme Court affirms residency requirements met.

percysunshine on February 1, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Can women vote in Egypt?

petunia on February 1, 2011 at 2:22 PM

petunia:So far it appears!:)
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Egyptian women and the right to vote
Egypt, Culture, 3/5/2001

On March 3rd, 1956, Egyptian women were given the right to vote in parliamentary elections for the first time in the history of Egypt. A bill also allowed women to nominate themselves for membership of the National Assembly.

The constitution of 1956, which was amended by a contemporary constitution two years later, said: “Citizens are equal in front of the law. They are equal in their rights and duties. There is no discrimination because of sex, origin, language or religion.”
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http://www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/010305/2001030525.html

canopfor on February 1, 2011 at 2:28 PM

“I am absolutely confident that we made the right decision. And not only that, I’m absolutely confident that the actions we took in Iraq are influencing reformers and freedom lovers in the greater Middle East. And I believe that you’re going to see the rise of democracy in many countries in the broader Middle East, which will lay the foundation for peace”

-George W. Bush.

cpaulus on February 1, 2011 at 2:25 PM

I hope he laid a good enough foundation that Obama’s lack of interest and ability won’t ruin everything.

petunia on February 1, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Blm to credit dear leader in 5….4…3

cmsinaz on February 1, 2011 at 2:31 PM

That would make the over/under to be June/May.

Bet the under.

Bruno Strozek on February 1, 2011 at 2:31 PM

U.S. ‘held secret meeting with Muslim Brotherhood’
Discussed fall of Egypt with group dedicated to Islam’s global spread

The claim comes amid charges from Cairo that the Obama administration has been encouraging the protests rocking Egypt and targeting the rule of Mubarak, a key U.S. ally in the Middle East.

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=258405

WOW!! Go figure….

sicoit on February 1, 2011 at 2:31 PM

BREAKING NEWS!

Mubarak to run for Mayor of Chicago; Illinois Supreme Court affirms residency requirements met.

percysunshine on February 1, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Breaking, breaking news! Mosley Braun accuses him of being a hash addict. Feeling disgraced, he withdraws!

Ozprey on February 1, 2011 at 2:32 PM

canopfor on February 1, 2011 at 2:28 PM

I wonder how many of them think Sharia Law is okay.

The Muslim Brotherhood has been really smart in doing humanitarian work. That might be enough to get women to vote themselves out of equal rights.

petunia on February 1, 2011 at 2:32 PM

BREAKING NEWS!

Mubarak to run for Mayor of Chicago; Illinois Supreme Court affirms residency requirements met.

percysunshine on February 1, 2011 at 2:28 PM

+20 for funny.

Geochelone on February 1, 2011 at 2:33 PM

canopfor on February 1, 2011 at 2:28 PM
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I wonder how many of them think Sharia Law is okay.

petunia on February 1, 2011 at 2:32 PM

petunia:If Egypt falls,alot(will be forced)to like it,
ahem!!:)

canopfor on February 1, 2011 at 2:35 PM

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=258405

WOW!! Go figure….

sicoit on February 1, 2011 at 2:31 PM

sicoit:Looks like we were on the same wave lenth,I posted
too,above!!:)

canopfor on February 1, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Hosni Mubarak’s family is already in London. They have an 8.5 million-Pound townhome there. His wife is a British citizen. If he goes into exile he can go there, or Switzerland.

The Israel story is an obvious slander against Mubarak.

slickwillie2001 on February 1, 2011 at 2:37 PM

canopfor on February 1, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Oopsie…sorry canopfor, didn’t see your post. My bad :(

sicoit on February 1, 2011 at 2:38 PM

So Barry tells Wizner to tell Mubarak to beat it, thus looking like he’s the big hero.
What a leader!
Oh, and that whole ” Egypt becomes a Islamic theocracy that vows the destruction of Israel and fund terrorists that kill Americans?
Hey, winning 2 Noble Peace prizes ain’t easy, pal!.

jjshaka on February 1, 2011 at 2:39 PM

canopfor on February 1, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Great minds and all that. I keep reading other sites while blogging here and miss some of the posts! I R Smart! :)

sicoit on February 1, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Zionist conspiracy in 3…2…1

MeatHeadinCA on February 1, 2011 at 2:43 PM

I discount anything from WND.

katy the mean old lady on February 1, 2011 at 2:44 PM

Once in exile, Hosni should break off a cool billion for Barry’s Republican opponent in 2012. That would be so bada$$.

Christien on February 1, 2011 at 2:45 PM

So Barry tells Wizner to tell Mubarak to beat it, thus looking like he’s the big hero.
What a leader!
Oh, and that whole ” Egypt becomes a Islamic theocracy that vows the destruction of Israel and fund terrorists that kill Americans?
Hey, winning 2 Noble Peace prizes ain’t easy, pal!.

jjshaka on February 1, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Yes there is something just a bit too convenient in that report… like an after the fact attempt to redeem Obama’s image.

However, if the audience is the protesters then good. If Obama looks good that is better than if he looks bad.

But I remain sceptical of Obama.

And Wizner is a former diplomat… under? Bush?

I’m more likely to believe that, as Bush actually spoke the words “democracy and Egypt” in the same speech.

petunia on February 1, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Mubarak has a bright future ahead of him. He could always join Jimmeh Carter in the Mosques for Humanity program.

MeatHeadinCA on February 1, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Once in exile, Hosni should break off a cool billion for Barry’s Republican opponent in 2012. That would be so bada$$.

Christien on February 1, 2011 at 2:45 PM

I want no money from the Mubarak. That is blood money.

petunia on February 1, 2011 at 2:47 PM

I wonder how many of them think Sharia Law is okay.

petunia on February 1, 2011 at 2:32 PM

petunia:If Egypt falls,alot(will be forced)to like it,
ahem!!:)

canopfor on February 1, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Ahem!

gh on February 1, 2011 at 2:49 PM

petunia on February 1, 2011 at 2:47 PM

No worries, it’ll be cleaned first. ;p

Christien on February 1, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Well when the Obama administration gets done waiting to see how the Egyptian situation plays out so they can figure how to play this to their political benefit….
……it would be nice to see Obama,Powers,Rice and all the other super smart liberals explain how dam# wrong they were that the Israeli/Palestinian conflict was the root of all the unrest in the Middle East.

Through all of these “rebellions” being carried out through Islamic countries….zero……nada….
none of them have been yelling and screaming about “Iraq” or “free the Palestinians”..

They have been screaming about “freedom”,”democracy”,
“human rights”,and unfortunately…..living by a stricter muslim doctrine.

Pretty much exactly what Bush stated for all the years while the liberals were ranting about “imperialism” and “no blood for oil”.

Maybe if our Foreign policy was more centered on supporting “more independent,democratic” groups with money,radio,Internet,arms,and other reform measures like Bush had started, we would be getting better results from places like Iran and Egypt.

Instead…Obama pulled funding of these groups…..focused on the Palestinian problem (idiotically centering on halting settlements),and went straight into appeasement mode with the ahmadinejad’s of the world.

There is not a much better way to accelerate war between Israel and it’s hostile neighbors than to watch Hezzbollah take over in Lebanon and hard line Islamist like the Muslim Brotherhood taking over in Egypt.With Iran on the other side and close to a nuclear weapon…..this region could be up in flames in a very short time.

Thanks for the “Hope and Change” liberals…and being 100% as usual.

Baxter Greene on February 1, 2011 at 2:56 PM

He’s going into exile in Israel? I find that impossible to believe. It sounds as if Al Jazeera is drinking the kool-aid being served on the streets of Cairo. With that aside, the next elections are in September, seven months away. Will Egyptians abide Mubarak for that long? I find that almost as difficult to believe.

Sounds like propaganda.

the_nile on February 1, 2011 at 2:56 PM

petunia on February 1, 2011 at 2:47 PM

No worries, it’ll be cleaned first. ;p

Christien on February 1, 2011 at 2:54 PM

lol, and it’s mostly ours anyways so why not? ;-P

Ozprey on February 1, 2011 at 2:59 PM

I wonder how many of them think Sharia Law is okay.

The Muslim Brotherhood has been really smart in doing humanitarian work. That might be enough to get women to vote themselves out of equal rights.

petunia on February 1, 2011 at 2:32 PM

islam is never going to be capable of Democracy. Ever.
Not just islam, but the culture of people living in the middle east itself is poisonous.
Plural marriages, deceit is hailed if you’re good at it, this whole bunch is just basically nothing but a backward bunch of backbiters.
Look at how long this part of the world has had people living it it & look how long they’ve been this backward.
I feel bad for those trying to advance their people bcs when that starts to happen islam rears its ugly head & you have Iran etc.
Pathetic.
I know we need to have a hand in some of this stuff over there bcs if we don’t, our ‘allies’ like Russia & France & China etc. would be right in there, anxious to make a deal with them, & therefore gain a leg up on us. And it would not be a good thing for our security.
Which is why we fought Vietnam, Korea, got involved in Central & S. America etc.
We’re trying to keep this insanity from reaching American shores.
I’m still tempted to argue on building a real/imaginary wall of containment (i.e. through isolating them economically) around this middle eastern cesspool of garbage in the world & let the ‘best’ man win.
Then we take care of that one.

Badger40 on February 1, 2011 at 3:00 PM

I wonder how many of them think Sharia Law is okay.

petunia on February 1, 2011 at 2:32 PM

petunia:If Egypt falls,alot(will be forced)to like it,
ahem!!:)

canopfor on February 1, 2011 at 2:35 PM

http://pajamasmedia.com/michaeltotten/2011/01/29/egyptian-public-opinion/

The chances for democracy and liberalism are different in every country. Tunisia has a good chance because there is a strong middle class and a weak Islamist movement. But in Egypt look at the numbers in the latest Pew poll.

In Egypt, 30 percent like Hizballah (66 percent don’t). 49 percent are favorable toward Hamas (48 percent are negative); and 20 percent smile (72 percent frown) at al-Qaida. Roughly speaking, one-fifth of Egyptians applaud the most extreme Islamist terrorist group, while around one-third back revolutionary Islamists abroad. This doesn’t tell us what proportion of Egyptians want an Islamist government at home, but it is an indicator.

In Egypt, 82 percent want stoning for those who commit adultery; 77 percent would like to see whippings and hands cut off for robbery; and 84 percent favor the death penalty for any Muslim who changes his religion.

Asked if they supported “modernizers” or “Islamists” only 27 percent said modernizers while 59 percent said Islamists:

…According to the “adults”…..if Israel had capitulated to the Palestinians and the EEEEEEEEEvil Bush had not taken down Saddam…then none of this would be going on.

As usual…the reality of the situation and the facts on the ground expose liberal foreign policy for the farce that it is.

Baxter Greene on February 1, 2011 at 3:03 PM

The Mulim Brotherhood doesn’t want Elbaradei? That makes me like him better. They say he’s spent too much time over seas… hmmm, the brain washing is not as dependable with him?

Plus, he doesn’t have a beard… that’s a real draw back.

petunia on February 1, 2011 at 3:03 PM

I want no money from the Mubarak. That is blood money.

petunia on February 1, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Heck, most of it is U.S. taxpayers money. Why not just a small piece of that twenty five billion to do good works here in the states? At least cover the RNC indebtedness someone*cough* left.

a capella on February 1, 2011 at 3:07 PM

So Barry tells Wizner to tell Mubarak to beat it, thus looking like he’s the big hero.
What a leader!

jjshaka on February 1, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Yes there is something just a bit too convenient in that report… like an after the fact attempt to redeem Obama’s image.
petunia on February 1, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Only the huffpo/Chris Matthews crowd would buy into “Obama sent Mubarak packing thus saving the day” line.

Obama was a deer frozen in the headlights and voted “present” here just like he did on the Iranian revolt.
Mubarak was well on his way out before Wizner got there.

But if Obama wants to stand up and take credit for helping establish the Muslim Brotherhood and other muslim radicals in a country that was not perfect…but the west could at least work with it….then fine.
Stand up Obama….and take a bow for helping usher in Iran 2.

Baxter Greene on February 1, 2011 at 3:14 PM

I’m going nuts waiting for Mubarak! This could potentially be the end of the world… but then again it might now be.

:b

I did say I was going nuts.

petunia on February 1, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Ben Wizner of the ACLU’s National Security Project, who is representing the 5 plaintiffs.

He’s the guy representing the Gitmo guys… how does this qualify as a former diplomat?

There is something seriously wrong with the WND story.

petunia on February 1, 2011 at 3:24 PM

So far, the early reaction is decidedly negative on the seven-month farewell tour:

heh. better move on to plan B hosni….

ted c on February 1, 2011 at 3:27 PM

I did say I was going nuts.

petunia on February 1, 2011 at 3:18 PM

1, Rim tall glass with salt.
2. 2 jiggers good quality tequila
3. Juice of one or two limes
4. Ice.
Add last three components to cocktail mixer and shake well.
Strain into glass.
Bottoms up!

a capella on February 1, 2011 at 3:28 PM

There is not a much better way to accelerate war between Israel and it’s hostile neighbors than to watch Hezzbollah take over in Lebanon and hard line Islamist like the Muslim Brotherhood taking over in Egypt.With Iran on the other side and close to a nuclear weapon…..this region could be up in flames in a very short time.

Thanks for the “Hope and Change” liberals…and being 100% as usual.

Baxter Greene on February 1, 2011 at 2:56 PM

This is the Soros plan as implemented by 0. (that’s a zero not an O).

shmendrick on February 1, 2011 at 3:29 PM

With that hair dye Mubarak looks a bit like Berlusconi. Maybe he should just head for Italia and take over when Silvio is done…

Urban Infidel on February 1, 2011 at 3:30 PM

What he needs to do is to appoint a cabinet that will be acceptable to the street and essentially let them run the country until he retires. It should start with Army officars the ‘streets’ respect- and, unfortunately, will need to include at least a FEW members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

michaelo on February 1, 2011 at 3:31 PM

canopfor on February 1, 2011 at 2:20 PM
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Oopsie…sorry canopfor, didn’t see your post. My bad :(

sicoit on February 1, 2011 at 2:38 PM

sicoit:Hehe,tell me about,I sometimes get caught up,on
google search missions,and the thread pages st
art to flip,while I was still on page 1,busy look`
ing for links on said topic!:)

canopfor on February 1, 2011 at 3:41 PM

In Egypt, 82 percent want stoning for those who commit adultery; 77 percent would like to see whippings and hands cut off for robbery; and 84 percent favor the death penalty for any Muslim who changes his religion.
Baxter Greene on February 1, 2011 at 3:03 PM

That’s why these people suck.

Badger40 on February 1, 2011 at 3:44 PM

a capella on February 1, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Thanks, but I’m a Mormon… so those virgin drinks just don’t do much… placebo maybe?

And I was wrong about Wizner… it was a Frank Wizner from the Reagan/Bush era state department. Sigh of relief…

petunia on February 1, 2011 at 3:46 PM

canopfor on February 1, 2011 at 2:35 PM
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Ahem!

gh on February 1, 2011 at 2:49 PM

gh:

Sweet Lord,thats Jan 31 2011 date,peace is alive and well in the ME.!:)

canopfor on February 1, 2011 at 3:47 PM

petunia:If Egypt falls,alot(will be forced)to like it,
ahem!!:)

canopfor on February 1, 2011 at 2:35 PM
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As usual…the reality of the situation and the facts on the ground expose liberal foreign policy for the farce that it is.

Baxter Greene on February 1, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Baxter Greene:This whole ordeal,is painted as Freedom,
and `Human Rights`,as the Muslim Brotherhood
Goons,get ready to cease Egypt!!

Obama needs to be impeached!!:)

canopfor on February 1, 2011 at 3:53 PM

So all this waiting has got me wondering…

Would Franklin Roosevelt have turned into Mubarak if he had not died?

Were we on our way?

petunia on February 1, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Well, the media is running with the “Obama told him it was time to go, and he agreed” meme. Surprised? If I were Barry I wouldn’t take credit too quickly, unless he wants to take credit for the muslim brotherhood taking over and the annihilation of Israel?

sandee on February 1, 2011 at 4:09 PM

It’s not enough.

They are calling for more protests already.

Mubarak had better get on a plane and finish his term in absentia if he insists he is still President.

I was outraged too. He had no humility at all. He really needs to go to England or somewhere, because he is no longer President, whether he believes it or not.

petunia on February 1, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Al-Jazeera reports that the Egyptian Embassy in Tel Aviv is making preparations to welcome him into exile.

Israel is returning the favor for when Egypt welcomed the carpenter’s son into exile a little over 2000 years ago.
/wishful thinking off

Egypt’s armed forces chief of staff Sami Enan could be an acceptable successor to Hosni Mubarak because he is perceived as incorruptible, a member of the banned Muslim Brotherhood said on Tuesday.
Kamel El-Helbawy, a prominent overseas cleric from Egypt’s main opposition movement, told Reuters that Enan, who has good ties with Washington, was a liberal who could be seen as suitable by an opposition coalition taking shape on the streets of Egypt.

Wait a minute…a member of the Muslim Brotherhood says Enan is incorruptible, and Kamel El-Helbawy says Enan is a liberal? Since “liberal” in Egypt probably means Enan won’t stone women without burqas or cut hands off thieves, that might be a GOOD thing, but “incorruptible” to the Muslim Brotherhood probably means an honor-killer for 72 virgins.

To be taken with more salt than in the Dead Sea. Which is telling the truth–the whole Middle East might depend on it!

Steve Z on February 1, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Geez, what is it about a strategic, organized political change, constitutional amendments and a proper way to leave paperwork as is, then go through it with proper changes?

>airheads<

Now the lesser of ALL evils can take over, and they are still whining? Wow. Well, too bad it didn’t work for the Green Party (where Mousavi was watching the whole thing but did nothing.) I bet Dinnerjacket has that country in a major Master padlock.

ProudPalinFan on February 1, 2011 at 4:41 PM

I liked the idea that Mubarak should make a major donation to the GOP primary winner as payback to what 0 did to him.

Sarah are you listening? Unfortunately he’s probably too cheap. I wonder if 0 is expecting his Hamas buddies to set up phone banks supporting him and soliciting donors for him like they did last time?

shmendrick on February 1, 2011 at 4:57 PM