Congress gets bipartisan on Egypt

posted at 10:55 am on February 1, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

It’s good to see Republicans and Democrats coming together in a foreign-policy crisis.  It’s only diminished slightly by the lack of any real options to the course taken by President Obama in response to the unrest in Egypt.  But at least they’ve taken the opportunity to give their impotence a cool-sounding name:

Congress has taken an unusually bipartisan approach toward the mounting crisis in Egypt, with House and Senate leaders standing behind the Obama administration’s message that Egyptians should make an “orderly transition” to avoid a violent conclusion to the week-long standoff. …

On Monday and over the weekend, a collection of leaders from both parties followed a “one voice” approach of standing behind Sunday’s public remarks by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

“We’re watching a historic moment. . . . We need to have an orderly transition to democracy in Egypt,” Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters Monday, using the precise phrase that Clinton echoed during interviews with five major Sunday news talk shows. “I support the universally recognized rights of the Egyptian people to freedom of speech, assembly and association.”

House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who voiced support for the White House on Sunday, declined to expand upon those remarks on Monday.

“I don’t have any criticism of President Obama or Secretary Clinton at this point,” McConnell said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I mean, they know full well that we can’t give the Egyptians advice about who their leadership is. That’s beyond the reach of the United States. And I think we ought to speak as one voice during this crisis.”

Of course, to paraphrase Jacques Chirac, a few people missed a golden opportunity to keep quiet.  Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) demanded Mubarak’s resignation, as did Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY).  Today, John Kerry reminded everyone why he may have been the one man who could have lost to George W. Bush in 2004 by adding his call demanding the resignation of a West-leaning despot with no idea of what might follow in the vacuum left behind.

The Obama administration has played its cards more intelligently than Kerry and the remarkably few ankle-biters from his own party.  The US can’t afford to be seen overtly pitching Mubarak over the side, not after getting nearly 30 years of normalization with Israel from him, a policy which is deeply unpopular among the protesters and especially with the Muslim Brotherhood.  That kind of abandonment would have serious consequences for our relationship with Jordan, for one example, and with Israel itself.  The White House has sided with the right of political expression and urged Mubarak to reform, which would necessarily lead to the end of his regime, without calling for an end to it explicitly, and pledging to work with Mubarak on a legitimate transition.  That leaves our credibility with other allies in the region less damaged, while aligning ourselves with the values for which we stand.

Had Obama done any different, Congress would almost certainly split in reaction.  Since this is the only rational path we can tread, Congress can take the opportunity to declare a “one voice” policy during the crisis, which at least doesn’t undermine Obama’s very limited ability to influence events in Egypt.


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We really didn’t learn anything from Iran. Bad is better than worse is no way to determine who gets support and who doesn’t.

Red Cloud on February 1, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Obama has a unique idea of what democracy is, and has pretty much summed up the US policy with his shout out to the Islamic Brotherhood.

Hening on February 1, 2011 at 11:00 AM

“I don’t have any criticism of President Obama or Secretary Clinton at this point,” McConnell said

Yes, especially with Obama’s support of the Muslim Brotherhood. No problem there…

*sigh*

katy on February 1, 2011 at 11:01 AM

The majority of Egyptians want freedom, a representative government, at issue is the obvious potential for a Czarist Russia to USSR moment when timing ruined the chance for a democratic republic and 60 years of national slavery, oppression and its terrible warring expansion around the world.

The next time a journalist (sic) asks, THIS, is the Bush doctrine, looking now at the human wave of revolt for freedom in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Syria, Algeria and a potential wave of regional freedom fighting and its inescapable that George W. Bush staying the course through all those attacks, assassination chic movements, code pink, peace fools, are giving us this opportunity for a very different, beneficial and free middle east.

We can help, we can advise the freedom loving factions on how very important the timing and organization is, we can promote the majority desire for democratic freedom and it can happen, throughout the middle east and if its left to chance and the worst happens, THAT can end up being the Obama doctrine.

Speakup on February 1, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Pew researchers found that 84 percent of Egyptians favor the death penalty for people who leave the Muslim religion.

In another survey, Pew found that 90 percent of Egyptians say they believe in freedom of religion. Pew also found that a majority of Egyptians think democracy, with protections of free speech and assembly, is “preferable to any other kind of government.”

This is going to be a clusterflock of epic proportions; here come the car bombs.

Bishop on February 1, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Well, I’m sure that the Muslim Brotherhood want to spread more of the Religion of Peace. So that’s swell…more peace in the area!!! /sarc

search4truth on February 1, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Man, I read that idiotic Kerry’s posturings in a Politico report earlier this morning, and I have to say that he is an idiot of the first order.

onlineanalyst on February 1, 2011 at 11:04 AM

This article makes it sound as if Congress actually has some control over the situation. Ha ha ha ha ha ha!

jeanie on February 1, 2011 at 11:04 AM

You wouldn’t think Sen. Nelson would need any more publicity for the termination of his senate career but he seems to get smarter by the minute.

Cindy Munford on February 1, 2011 at 11:04 AM

The US can’t afford to be seen overtly pitching Mubarak over the side, not after getting nearly 30 years of normalization with Israel from him, a policy which is deeply unpopular among the protesters and especially with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Ya, let us just ignore all the things said that were not exactly helpful, like cutting off aid, and the left handed, back handed, uncomplimentary leaks out of the White House. As if world leaders with the political smarts to read between the lines couldn’t see what Obama was doing.

Skandia Recluse on February 1, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Today, John Kerry reminded everyone why he may have been the one man who could have lost to George W. Bush in 2004 by adding his call demanding the resignation of a West-leaning despot with no idea of what might follow in the vacuum left behind.

That other guy from Massachusetts said the same thing. Hmmm

CTSherman on February 1, 2011 at 11:07 AM

“I don’t have any criticism of President Obama or Secretary Clinton at this point,” McConnell said

Yep, no problem Mitch…

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

katy on February 1, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Rest assured that the worst course of action will be the most attractive one to this administration.

Akzed on February 1, 2011 at 11:08 AM

Wow…wonder how this will turn out… Get the peanut farmer

roflmao

donabernathy on February 1, 2011 at 11:08 AM

“one voice”
**************

Really,behold!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OneVoice
is an international grassroots movement

that amplifies the voice of mainstream Israelis and Palestinians, empowering them to propel their elected representatives toward a two-state solution.

http://www.onevoicemovement.org/

canopfor on February 1, 2011 at 11:09 AM

The next time a journalist (sic) asks, THIS, is the Bush doctrine, looking now at the human wave of revolt for freedom in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Syria, Algeria and a potential wave of regional freedom fighting and its inescapable that George W. Bush staying the course through all those attacks, assassination chic movements, code pink, peace fools, are giving us this opportunity for a very different, beneficial and free middle east.

Speakup on February 1, 2011 at 11:03 AM

If it works – historians will remember. In future centuries, your grandkids’ grandkids’ kids will learn about it. If it works, they’ll probably have pictures of Dubya on green pieces of paper in their wallets.

But don’t expect anybody to acknowledge it now. Bush will never get credit for anything in our lifetime. Not a chance.

In fact, if you pay close attention, you’ll probably discover that any good that arises is as a result of Obama’s brilliance.

But historians will get it right. Someday.

Professor Blather on February 1, 2011 at 11:10 AM

Sometimes life is a choice between a bad choice and another bad choice.

Women must often decide between a radical mastectomy or dying of cancer. Men face a similar choice with Prostate Cancer.

RadioFreeUSA on February 1, 2011 at 11:10 AM

I still find it ironic that these statements come from a group of politicians bent one taking away our own freedoms one law at a time. Of course, I know most don’t see it that way. They see themselves as making everything “fair.”

Mr_Magoo on February 1, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Yes, and lets just ignore the cowardice in refusing to make any public statement in support of demonstrations in a hostile country, but immediately undermine the government of a friendly country.

Skandia Recluse on February 1, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Smart.Power.

search4truth on February 1, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Has the Egyptian embassy fallen yet? Demonstrations?

When the new regime in Cairo allows/enables hostility toward the US Embassy, will we find ourselves led by another Carter-like dweeb or maybe by a POTUS?

exdeadhead on February 1, 2011 at 11:14 AM

Has Pharaoh Hussein said, ‘So let it be written, let it be done’ yet?

Inanemergencydial on February 1, 2011 at 11:14 AM

I suppose they do realize that if democracy is installed in Egypt, they will get ONE chance to use it. Once the MB is in power, it goes out the window.

OldEnglish on February 1, 2011 at 11:16 AM

But historians will get it right. Someday.

Professor Blather on February 1, 2011 at 11:10 AM

Oh but we can badger the hell out of them now, just for this opportunity to change the middle east for the better and if this President doesn’t apply due diligence including a strong behind the scenes boost for the freedom fighters, he can get hell for that too.

Speakup on February 1, 2011 at 11:18 AM

I still find it ironic that these statements come from a group of politicians bent one taking away our own freedoms one law at a time. Of course, I know most don’t see it that way. They see themselves as making everything “fair.”

Mr_Magoo on February 1, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Them Damn Tea Party terrorists extremists ..

roflmao

donabernathy on February 1, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Yes, lets play cautious and not tell them to tear down that wall…. erm…. have Mubarak step down.

Sigh.

Aquateen Hungerforce on February 1, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Iowa TV ad: One Voice

BarackObamadotcom
Iowa for Obama, November 2007.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leZgnRGfD1w

canopfor on February 1, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Aquateen Hungerforce on February 1, 2011 at 11:18 AM

I don’t want him to step down, just cool it a little.

OldEnglish on February 1, 2011 at 11:23 AM

We really didn’t learn anything from Iran. Bad is better than worse is no way to determine who gets support and who doesn’t.

Red Cloud on February 1, 2011 at 10:58 AM

It is if you’re in Israel looking over the southern border.

stefanite on February 1, 2011 at 11:23 AM

I still must go back to an article that stated big Sis met with members from the Muslim Brotherhood in DC for private meetings not that long ago. Would love to know more about these meetings and why high ranking members of the Obama administration would be meeting with a sworn enemy of the USA…

Keemo on February 1, 2011 at 11:25 AM

I wonder….

When Kerry speaks, do bats shudder?

capejasmine on February 1, 2011 at 11:26 AM

U.S.-Egypt relations are a tad important and deserve something that doesn’t sound like a new cellular calling plan. But, hey, as long as they pave the way for the peaceful transfer of power to Zawahiri’s boys, it’s all good.

Christien on February 1, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Would love to know more about these meetings and why high ranking members of the Obama administration would be meeting with a sworn enemy of the USA…
Keemo on February 1, 2011 at 11:25 AM

PBHO was getting tips and advice on “how to get things done”.

Bishop on February 1, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Ta Dah,after enduring some brain damage,
after scrutenizing Hopeys Campaign video,

its a Obama Campaign slogan…from 2007 DUH!!
=================================================

ONE VOICE…fills the screen at exactly(3:52)minute
mark!!

Barack Obama Video – One Voice
*******************************

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoaoA5Qy8DQ&feature=related

canopfor on February 1, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Speakup on February 1, 2011 at 11:18 AM

I really hope you and President Bush are right–but I’m a cynic. Where you see freedom fighters, I see poor hungry people who have been manipulated by the Islamo-nazis.

flyfisher on February 1, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Of course, to paraphrase Jacques Chirac, a few people missed a golden opportunity to keep quiet. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) demanded Mubarak’s resignation, as did Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY). Today, John Kerry reminded everyone why he may have been the one man who could have lost to George W. Bush in 2004 by adding his call demanding the resignation of a West-leaning despot with no idea of what might follow in the vacuum left behind.

Ed, I think you left out Romney. It is my understanding that this morning he has called for Mubarak’s resignation as well.

KickandSwimMom on February 1, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Keemo on February 1, 2011 at 11:25 AM

I’m with you. What has Big Sis been up to? And what were Obama’s rabble-rousing Weather Underground friends doing in Egypt last year? I don’t believe it’s coincidence.

flyfisher on February 1, 2011 at 11:37 AM

he US can’t afford to be seen overtly pitching Mubarak over the side, not after getting nearly 30 years of normalization with Israel from him, a policy which is deeply unpopular among the protesters and especially with the Muslim Brotherhood

I am sure it is unpopular with the Muslim Brotherhood, but I am not so sure that the majority of the protesters want a war with Israel. I have not seen a lot of indications of that. It seems to me that most of the people in the streets are more concerned with domestic policy.

The truth is Murbarak is not a popular man in Egypt and it is too bad that there are not some viable opposition leaders with ties to the west in that country. But Mubarak made sure he was a one man show.

Terrye on February 1, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Had to share this you you:

Quote Of The Week: from the LA Times

“Frankly, I don’t know what it is about California , but
We seem to have a strange urge to elect really obnoxious
Women to high office. I’m not bragging, you understand,
But no other state, including Maine , even comes close.
When it comes to sending left-wing dingbats to
Washington ,

We’re number one. There’s no getting around the fact
That the last time anyone saw the likes of Barbara Boxer,
Dianne Feinstein, and Nancy Pelosi, they were stirring a
Cauldron when the curtain went up on ‘Macbeth’. The three
Of them are like jackasses who happen to possess the gift
Of blab. You don’t know if you should condemn them for
Their stupidity or simply marvel at their ability to form
Words.”

Burt Prelutsky – Columnist, Los Angeles Times

Keemo on February 1, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Fine and dandy, but they all better start figuring out what the stance on Israel is gonna be once this Islamic snowball crashes into the West Bank.

Limerick on February 1, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Ed, I think you left out Romney. It is my understanding that this morning he has called for Mubarak’s resignation as well.

KickandSwimMom on February 1, 2011 at 11:35 AM

I watched the panel on Special Report last night and Bill Kristol made the point that one of the reasons things went so badly in Iran was that the US waited so long to distance itself from the Shah. He said the protests in that country went on for 15 months and by the time they were over, whatever viable opposition to the Shah there had been was either run from the country or done away with by the Islamists.

I think this is the problem, when it becomes apparent that the Egyptians do not want this guy, there has to be an alternative to fill the vacuum…but at the same time if Mubarak can not survive he needs to get the message and go as soon as it is possible for him to do so without chaos.

Hell if I know, but none of the people who are acting like experts on Egypt today seemed to have any idea that this was going to happen 2 weeks ago..so obviously there is a lot we don’t know.

Terrye on February 1, 2011 at 11:50 AM

I’m just glad not to hear what pelosi has to say about this.

tinkerthinker on February 1, 2011 at 11:53 AM

That leaves our credibility with other allies in the region less damaged, while aligning ourselves with the values for which we stand

heh, Ed.. You’ve got to be kidding. I’m one of those allies in the region and I am going tone deaf from all the alarm bells sounding here, not just in Israel either. The USA has become a fairweather ally in the Mid East, and this situation has sealed the deal.

It was particualrly obnoxious how the US administration sided with Ahmadinejad and the Mullah’s over the populace because they wanted to cut a grand bargain with Islamofascist regime.. But when it comes to America’s actual allies we get left flapping in the wind.

Like him or not, America has invested 3 decades, billions and billions and endless non tangible capital in Egypt, and moderate states and since this President was elected the concept has gone to the crapper, now you lick Islam’s boots whenever they pick up their feet for you. Smart power indeed, no one but the Islamists can rely on America now. Last time I checked, the Arabs and Muslims in the region still hate you too. Nice job!

saus on February 1, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Here is an excerpt from the Kerry Politico piece:

Kerry added, Mubarak “must guarantee that the election will be honest and open to all legitimate candidates and conducted without interference from the military or security apparatus and under the oversight of international monitors.”

Egyptians want “wholesale transformation, not window dressing” and, in the meantime, Mubarak should work with the military and civic leaders to introduce an interim government. “President Mubarak has contributed significantly to Middle East peace,” Kerry said. “Now it is imperative that he contribute to peace in his own country by convincing Egyptians that their concerns and aspirations are being addressed.”

The United States, meanwhile, must choose to “accompany our rhetoric with real assistance to the Egyptian people,” he said. Funding the Egyptian military has been a priority in U.S. aid to Mubarak’s government, but “Congress and the Obama administration need to consider providing civilian assistance that would generate jobs and improve social conditions in Egypt, as well as guarantee that American military assistance is accomplishing its goals.”

Not just in Egypt but throughout the Arab world, Kerry said, U.S. strategy must shift from supporting allied governments to providing support for the people of those countries.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0211/48572.html#ixzz1Cj36oByD

First, Kerry says that Mubarak must “guarantee” that there be “no interference from the military or security apparatus” for any “legitimate candidates.” Who is to determine which candidates are legitimate and what are the criteria for determining their legitimacy? Kerry also wants oversight by international monitors. Which ones? The ones at the UN more aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood?

Later Kerry contradicts himself by saying that Mubarak “should work with the military and civic leaders to introduce an interim government.” How is Mubarak to work with the military and yet not interfere? This is diplo-double speak.

Kerry wants to reinforce American support to Egypt with “real assistance” in the form of aid that “generates jobs and improves social conditions.”

onlineanalyst on February 1, 2011 at 11:59 AM

saus on February 1, 2011 at 11:54 AM

I have family living in Israel… This most certainly is a dynamic that they share also. Our country doesn’t seem to be capable of dealing with the fact that this is war; a winner and a loser will eventually emerge. Millions could die before such a reality is realized; ala Hilter…. There is no negotiating with this enemy, as they have used billions of our dollars to further this war against the west. Head stuck in sand despite the writing on the wall.

Keemo on February 1, 2011 at 12:03 PM

The three
Of them are like jackasses who happen to possess the gift
Of blab. You don’t know if you should condemn them for
Their stupidity or simply marvel at their ability to form
Words.”

Burt Prelutsky – Columnist, Los Angeles Times

Keemo on February 1, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Keemo:Lmao,haha!:)

canopfor on February 1, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Muslim Brotherhood website!

The enemies den!
——————-

http://www.ikhwanweb.com/

canopfor on February 1, 2011 at 12:05 PM

I’m afraid to go to their website for fear that just going there will add me to some SS list, or worse.. Seriously, my trust level is at an all time low…

Keemo on February 1, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Do any of those two-bit politicians have any idea what is going on around them?

rplat on February 1, 2011 at 12:12 PM

heh, Ed.. You’ve got to be kidding. I’m one of those allies in the region and I am going tone deaf from all the alarm bells sounding here, not just in Israel either. The USA has become a fairweather ally in the Mid East, and this situation has sealed the deal.

Last time I checked, the Arabs and Muslims in the region still hate you too. Nice job!

saus on February 1, 2011 at 11:54 AM

saus:

America hears you,and you know,on this site,after the
American Presidential election,where this all was going
to go,the Liberals allowing the Midddle East to go to hell
in a hand basket!!

Obama,has besmirched,debaucherized,dissed,snubbed,
Netanyaou,as well as Israel herself,since he was in
office,going forward from day 1!!

And,Muslim Brotherhood,is running a ruse of “Freedom”!

Good to hear from you again!:)

canopfor on February 1, 2011 at 12:15 PM

I’m afraid to go to their website for fear that just going there will add me to some SS list, or worse.. Seriously, my trust level is at an all time low…

Keemo on February 1, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Keemo:Oh boy,ahem,I have been on the Iranian Revolutionary
Guards website!!:)

canopfor on February 1, 2011 at 12:17 PM

I wonder….

When Kerry speaks, do bats shudder?

capejasmine on February 1, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Do you mean Tuh-ray-suh?

onlineanalyst on February 1, 2011 at 12:25 PM

“Bishop on February 1, 2011 at 11:04 AM,” quotes some results from a Pew survey of Egyptian opinion. He may have gotten his quotes from the Examiner.

http://washingtonexaminer.com/politics/2011/01/egypts-conflicting-views-democracy-and-religion

Most of the results seem to be outrageous to a westerner. As an example, while a majority favor democracy, only 32% believe in civilian control of the military.

Anyone who thinks the electrat has well thought out ideas about government and religeon is in for a big surpise if he looks the the poll results.

burt on February 1, 2011 at 12:29 PM

From Biden to Hillary to Obama, the message has been confusing and amateurish. Both Sec of State Rice and President Bush had, late in his Presidency, urged Egypt to become a democracy and give freedom to its people.

The Obama administration was caught flat footed and still seems to have no coherent policy. Why weren’t non-essential government employees and families flown out of Egypt immediately? Why did Dept of State wait so long before warning Americans to leave Egypt? Why hasn’t the Obama administration worked to find a neutral 3rd party that can help negotiate a peaceful transfer of government?

I think most people realized that Biden and Obama would not be up to a crisis of this scope. What gets me is that Hillary is getting a free pass for her absolutely incompetent response.

huckleberryfriend on February 1, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Speakup on February 1, 2011 at 11:18 AM

I really hope you and President Bush are right–but I’m a cynic. Where you see freedom fighters, I see poor hungry people who have been manipulated by the Islamo-nazis.

flyfisher on February 1, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose, Nothing don’t mean nothing honey if it ain’t free
Janis Joplin

Who do you think freedom fighters are?

Speakup on February 1, 2011 at 12:39 PM

The US can’t afford to be seen overtly pitching Mubarak over the side, not after getting nearly 30 years of normalization with Israel from him, a policy which is deeply unpopular among the protesters and especially with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Unfortunately there is no freedom loving Lech Walesa rallying people in Egypt, not even a Boris Yeltsin standing on a tank with a bullhorn. Just Al Baradhi – a duplicitous Islamist himself, and probably worse than Mubarak.

Obama doesn’t have any good choices here, but that’s where real leadership comes from. Reagan didn’t have good choices at Reykavik either but he stood his ground. And Bush I had only bad choices when Saddam invaded Kuwait – go to war or let the butcher run wild.

Do we imagine Obama has that sort of leadership or will he vote present again?

JonPrichard on February 1, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Today, John Kerry reminded everyone why he may have been the one man who could have lost to George W. Bush in 2004 by adding his call demanding the resignation of a West-leaning despot with no idea of what might follow in the vacuum left behind.

Kerry failed the global test.

If he had been President, what we see now in Egypt would have occurred in Iraq in 2006.

Of course, to paraphrase Jacques Chirac, a few people missed a golden opportunity to keep quiet.

One man who has taken this golden opportunity (so far) is a certain Plains peanut farmer. Maybe these are his first words of wisdom, not wanting to remind everyone of deja vu.

Steve Z on February 1, 2011 at 1:24 PM

I blame Bush.

(and this time, I really do)

John the Libertarian on February 1, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Congress can take the opportunity to declare a “one voice” policy during the crisis, which at least doesn’t undermine Obama’s very limited ability to influence events in Egypt.

Come on Ed. Pay attention. Obama IS influencing the events in Egypt and the Middle East but not in a way that makes sense to most normal people. He has been in bed with the MB for some time, Hamas as well. All this talk about the MB renouncing violence is just phony lying propaganda spewed out for the gullible who desparately want to believe it’s true. But it isn’t.

The MB, like 0 speak out of both sides of their mouths. The Jersuleum Post has a quote of one of the leaders of the MB speaking in Arabic to an Iranian news service saying that they are preparing for war with Isreal and that they plan to shut down the Suez Canal. They just say one thing for the western press and tell the truth in Arabic for local consumption. These Islamists have been caught doing this numerous times. They think we don’t understand or pay attention to what they say in Arabic.

There is plenty of evidence that indicates that 0 has been working on behalf of the MB since he came into office.

And don’t blame Bush, he tried to covertly foster democratic groups in Egypt but as soon as he took office 0 killed that program to instead help foster the MB. Need any more evidence? Ed, wake up. This is the Soros plan.

shmendrick on February 1, 2011 at 2:13 PM