White House distances itself from its own envoy to Egypt

posted at 4:00 pm on February 6, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Almost a week ago, the Obama administration decided to get off the fence on Egypt and start pushing for Hosni Mubarak to resign as president of Egypt.  On Tuesday night, Barack Obama told the US that Mubarak needed to transition to a new government that had support from the people, and he sent Frank Wisner to Egypt to send the message to Mubarak personally.  Wisner, however, sent an entirely different message back to the US:

The latest challenge came Saturday afternoon when the man sent last weekend by President Obama to persuade the 82-year-old leader to step out of the way, Frank G. Wisner, told a group of diplomats and security experts that “President Mubarak’s continued leadership is critical — it’s his opportunity to write his own legacy.”

Jake Tapper, David Kerley, and Kirit Radia report for ABC that the White House began distancing itself from its own special envoy:

The Obama administration on Saturday distanced itself from comments about Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak made by a man the president had used as an envoy to Mubarak just days before.

Saying he was speaking for himself, former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Frank Wisner said at a security conference in Munich, Germany, that “President Mubarak remains utterly critical in the days ahead as we sort our way toward the future.”

Wisner said that Mubarak “must stay in office in order to steer those changes through. … This is an ideal moment for him to show the way forward.”

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said, “We have great respect for Frank Wisner and we were deeply appreciative of his willingness to travel to Egypt last week. He has not continued in any official capacity following the trip. The views he expressed today are his own. He did not coordinate his comments with the U.S. government.”

But that sentiment wasn’t limited to Wisner within the administration, either:

Just hours before offering her correctives of Mr. Wisner, Mrs. Clinton made the case at a gathering in Munich that the entire process would take time, and must be carefully managed. “Revolutions have overthrown dictators in the name of democracy,” she reminded her audience, “only to see the process hijacked by new autocrats who use violence, deception and rigged elections to stay in power.”

Apparently, the Obama administration didn’t bother to brief Wisner on his objectives very well, or they chose their envoy very poorly.  Or maybe Wisner figured that he was supposed to be more than a messenger.  Wisner spent five years in Egypt as the American ambassador during the Reagan and Bush 41 administrations, as well as three years in Zambia for Carter and Reagan, a year in the Philippines for Bush 41, and three years in India for Clinton.  Wisner must have thought he was chosen to not just discuss the American position with Mubarak, but also to assess the situation for the White House and advise them on the best path forward.

Obviously, Obama isn’t interested in his advice, despite Wisner’s long experience in Egypt and in diplomacy.  The White House would rather stick to their own decisions in this crisis, which so far look like attempts to climb onto whatever bandwagon still has wheels at any given moment.  From this point forward, if Obama wants to just send messages, he should stick with Western Union.


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Lolz!

OmahaConservative on February 6, 2011 at 4:05 PM

“Obviously, Obama isn’t interested in his advice, despite Wisner’s long experience in Egypt and in diplomacy.”

The pure incompetence of Obowma is jaw dropping…

… I wonder how many decades it is going to take to clean up his mess?

Seven Percent Solution on February 6, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Barry’s going to clear this up….right after meeting with Jenny from the Block.

aquaviva on February 6, 2011 at 4:07 PM

HONK!!!! He didn’t even hear the horn.

darwin-t on February 6, 2011 at 4:07 PM

So pathetic!

mizflame98 on February 6, 2011 at 4:07 PM

1. Hire someone pompetent for the job.
2. Let them do their job.

DAT60A3 on February 6, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Amateurs.

SlaveDog on February 6, 2011 at 4:09 PM

1. Hire someone pompetent for the job.

That should be Competent.

DAT60A3 on February 6, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Scooter’s consulting with J-Lo about it this afternoon. He’ll get back to the envoy after he gets her opinion.

kingsjester on February 6, 2011 at 4:10 PM

kingsjester on February 6, 2011 at 4:10 PM

He’s hangin’ with the too-much-junk-in-the-trunk’ers today, eh?

OmahaConservative on February 6, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Obama’s incompetence is astounding in its breadth and depth.

Kevin71 on February 6, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Ya know,thanks to wiki-leaks,and Egypt offering up their
Airspace to Israel,to Ka-Blewy Iranian targets,it looks
as if Egypt is going the way of Islamics,while Hopey was
busy KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE MIDDLE EASTERN ROADS,

the Goons have been plotting and planning!!!!!!!!!!!

Cairo Speech was a green-light!!

Good Lord,a Middle East Re-Alignment Jihady Revolution in
the making,just in time for Irans Nukes!!!!!!!!!!!!

What a Grand ClusterF**K!!

canopfor on February 6, 2011 at 4:18 PM

OmahaConservative on February 6, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Yep. The MB won’t return his calls.

kingsjester on February 6, 2011 at 4:20 PM

1. Hire someone pompetent for the job.

That should be Competent.

DAT60A3 on February 6, 2011 at 4:10 PM

That’s how obama got hired, “It said pompetent!”

the_nile on February 6, 2011 at 4:21 PM

The boobery of this administration is just…

Mind-blowing.

Obama would need specific directions to screw UP.

Otherwise, he’d probably continue to screw sideways to the amusement of the world at large.

heldmyw on February 6, 2011 at 4:21 PM

As another poster (I don’t recall) recited:

The Wheels on the bus Go

Round and round
Round and round
Round and round

The Wheels on the bus Go

Round and round
Round and round
Round and round

BowHuntingTexas on February 6, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Wisner was speaking from wisdom and experience. Even Hillary Clinton recognizes the dangers of not exercising caution.

At the Munich conference, Britain’s PM Cameron and Germany’s Chancellor Merkel concurred with Wisner.

ObaMao is playing a dangerous game of creating turmoil in Egypt and in fostering the desires of the Muslim Brotherhood. If he is just incompetent here, that is one issues, but I think that he is a dangerous ideologue not working on behalf of ME stability nor world peace.

onlineanalyst on February 6, 2011 at 4:23 PM

“The White House would rather stick to their own decisions in this crisis, which so far look like attempts to climb onto whatever bandwagon still has wheels at any given moment.”

Funny you should say that, Ed. Doesn’t the “ABC: White House back to “orderly transition” framework for Egypt” Headline look a lot like a Wisner wagon with new wheels?

Dusty on February 6, 2011 at 4:23 PM

This administration gives the word “amateur” a whole new meaning. Disgraceful.

BKeyser on February 6, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Interesting….MMM..MMM..MMM

ABC: Hey, how come Obama isn’t wearing armor at the Baghdad airport?
*********
posted at 6:52 pm on July 21, 2008 by Allahpundit

http://hotair.com/archives/2008/07/21/abc-hey-how-come-obama-isnt-wearing-armor-at-the-baghdad-airport/

canopfor on February 6, 2011 at 4:24 PM

If there is one thing I have learned, being a community organizer and a Nobel Peace Prize Weener doesn’t prepare you for being President.
Don’t call us, we’ll call you. Next!

Electrongod on February 6, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Interesting Part Deux
From a Lefty Site!
==========================

Power of Egypt’s Workers Moves To Center Stage

Egyptian Workers Hold Key to Uprising, New Union Association Issues Call for General Strike
——————————————-
End of Hated Anti-Union Law No. 100 Preceded Uprising

Barely reported in the West, among the crowds at Tahrir Square last Sunday, a new trade union confederation was announced, the Federation of Egyptian Trade Unions (FETU), which immediately issued a call for a general-strike. The call has been widely taken up, and many reports now link the uprising to unity with the workers, particularly in Suez, where the battle has been fought most intensely with state police. The new confederation has the support of the International Trades Union Confederation and the AFL-CIO.

The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that the general strike call initiated from workers in Suez. Whoever initiated it, the new trade union organizations are jumping on board.

Law No. 100 has regulated union internal activities since 1993, by setting quotas for attendance for elections to union offices, and putting judicial controls on unions that cannot meet the stringent requirements. The FETU leadership includes the head of the Real Estate Tax Authority Workers union, or RETA, the first independent union in Egypt in over 50 years. RETA itself is not recognized by the Egyptian state. The Center for Trade Union and Workers Services (CTUWS), also a part of the new FETU, had its headquarters closed by the government in 2007, and was only allowed to reopen in July 2008.

http://beavercountyblue.org/2011/02/01/power-of-egypts-workers-moves-to-center-stage/
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It started as a UNION Coniption fit,watch it get
hijacked,similar to Iran(the Jihady part)!

canopfor on February 6, 2011 at 4:29 PM

David Pryce-Jones comments at NRO:

The protesters and pro-Mubarak people have had a test of strength, but it has not thrown up a clear victor. Both sides are now obliged to see that to continue down that path is too costly and destructive, almost an embryo civil war. So there is nothing for it except for the small number of contenders for powers to start bartering in private about who is going to get what. This process is too personal and intimate for the outside world to be informed about it. It is a safe guess, though, that while the media are in Tahrir Square boosting “revolution,” and commenting that nothing will ever be the same again, the future is being settled over their heads by the half dozen power brokers who count. The media always manage to select protesters who say in good English that they are staying in the square until they are victorious and Mubarak has gone. These interviews are really promotions of the reporter’s own political prejudices. Remember the book by Ed Behr making a mockery of slanting the news in this sort of crisis with the title Anyone Here Been Raped and Speaks English?

Outsiders are in no position to judge the significance of the resignation of the executive committee of Mubarak’s single party, the National Democratic Party. It may be a sign that he is weakening, or on the contrary that he can do without them, or maybe it is some sort of sop to the power brokers he’s in touch with. Ambassador Frank Wisner has seen Mubarak, who refused to give him a second meeting. Again, the reason for this is unknown: Either he did not like what he was being told or he wanted to hide up that the two of them shared the same view of what to do and he now wanted to conceal that fact by appearing to defy the United States. Wisner has put on record his opinion that it is “crucial” that Mubarak stay in power until the September elections, in order to supervise the change of regime. A man combining intelligence and experience, he speaks Egyptian Arabic and knows the country inside out. It is reasonable to conclude at least for the time being that Mubarak will indeed survive until September as the central figure on the stage, whereupon the curtains behind him will part and someone pretty much like him will emerge to take a bow.

I want some adults to be determining our foreign policy. Wisner appears to be an adult; ObaMao, not so much. (Actually not at all.)

onlineanalyst on February 6, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Can’t wait for the orderly transition of power in 2013.

Don’t let the french doors hit you in the astericks, Barry.

President* of the United States.

[*uncertainty about his qualification to even be POTUS in the first place will linger]

profitsbeard on February 6, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Obviously, Obama isn’t interested in his advice, despite Wisner’s long experience in Egypt and in diplomacy. The White House would rather stick to their own decisions in this crisis, which so far look like attempts to climb onto whatever bandwagon still has wheels at any given moment.

Well put Mr. Morrissey!!

In a word: The WH is doing CYA.

Geochelone on February 6, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Apparently, the Obama administration didn’t bother to brief Wisner on his objectives very well, or they chose their envoy very poorly.

Did you hear about Obama’s ambassador to Luxembourg quitting last week? She left the place in shambles, bad enough that personal quit or were requesting transfers to less than ideal places like Iraq. The IG asked the State Dept to send medical personal to test employees for stress, for the “abusive” managment style she imposed.

But hey, Cynthia Stroum was a BIG donor to Obama’s 2008 campaign…….

Heck of a job, Barack…..

TN Mom on February 6, 2011 at 4:40 PM

[*uncertainty about his qualification to even be POTUS in the first place will linger]

profitsbeard on February 6, 2011 at 4:35 PM

profitsbeard:The MSM propped Obama up on his,ahem,Foreign
Policy experience,which reminds me,of the idiot
Couric,on I can see Russia from my house Ambush
Hit job on Sarah Palin!!:)

canopfor on February 6, 2011 at 4:42 PM

canopfor on February 6, 2011 at 4:29 PM

There is the link between the Islamists and the communists. The “workers of the world, unite” Left has been in bed with the Islamists in more ways than one. They share sympathies that belittle capitalism and respect for the individual. Muslim “social justice” and charity are collectivist in nature.

onlineanalyst on February 6, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Wisner spent five years in Egypt as the American ambassador during the Reagan and Bush 41 administrations, as well as three years in Zambia for Carter and Reagan, a year in the Philippines for Bush 41, and three years in India for Clinton.

But was he a Community Organizer?

Buy Danish on February 6, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Let me reiterate that the Obama administration is lost in a thick fog without a compass. If they weren’t so dangerous they’d be knee slapping laughable.

rplat on February 6, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Did ObaMao do his foreign policy apprenticeship in Zimbabwe?

onlineanalyst on February 6, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Wisner spent five years in Egypt as the American ambassador during the Reagan and Bush 41 administrations, as well as three years in Zambia for Carter and Reagan, a year in the Philippines for Bush 41, and three years in India for Clinton.

But was he a Community Organizer?

Buy Danish on February 6, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Zing. Barry has very big ears but they merely serve as an anatomical weather vane to sense the prevailing wind direction.
That’s why he is always 90 degrees off.

He certainly doesn’t use them to listen.

Geochelone on February 6, 2011 at 4:57 PM

canopfor on February 6, 2011 at 4:29 PM
=========
There is the link between the Islamists and the communists. The “workers of the world, unite” Left has been in bed with the Islamists in more ways than one. They share sympathies that belittle capitalism and respect for the individual. Muslim “social justice” and charity are collectivist in nature.

onlineanalyst on February 6, 2011 at 4:45 PM

onlineanalyst:Heres a few links,your right!:)
==================================================

Humanist Workers for Revolutionary Socialism

http://www.humanistsforrevolutionarysocialism.org/
==========================
red rave is the loud mouth of members of the Communist Workers’ Group of Aotearoa/New Zealand, committed to building a new communist international to lead workers to the revolutionary overthrow of global capitalism.

The forces arrayed against the Tunisian working class far outweigh its own isolated power necessitating an internationalist perspective in order to advance the revolution and drive out imperialism.

http://redrave.blogspot.com/
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Somewhere along the line,Obama and his Progressive
Union Goons have their fingerprints on this Egypt
Deliberate Take-Over!:)

canopfor on February 6, 2011 at 4:58 PM

The White House would rather stick to their own decisions in this crisis, which so far look like attempts to climb onto whatever bandwagon still has wheels at any given moment.

Or, the best boat with legs.

unclesmrgol on February 6, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Egypt crisis: Not against Sharia law, says Muslim Brotherhood

http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/egypt-crisis-not-against-sharia-law-says-muslim-brotherhood-83659?cp

William Amos on February 6, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Ahhhh… remember how the leftist trolls were telling us, just two years ago: ‘The adults are in charge!!!!!’

The adult lunatics, it appears. Or the adult dipsticks.

Doesn’t say much about the left if Obama is an example of an ‘adult’.

ajacksonian on February 6, 2011 at 5:03 PM

BOR/Bammy interview sucked big time. The Bamster lied and Baxter said nothing.

NoNails on February 6, 2011 at 5:06 PM

White House distances itself from its own envoy to Egypt
==========================================================
Meanwhile……………………………

Klein:

U.S. ‘held secret meeting with Muslim Brotherhood’.
**************************************************
Aaron Klein, Jerusalem bureau chief for World Net Daily, reports:
——–

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

canopfor on February 6, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Smart Power

dentalque on February 6, 2011 at 5:14 PM

U.S. ‘held secret meeting with Muslim Brotherhood’.

canopfor on February 6, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Color me shocked. :)

The Muslim Brotherhood seeks to spread Islam around the world, in large part using nonviolent means. Hamas and al-Qaida are violent Brotherhood offshoots.

“in large part”?

And when that doesn’t work they just chop off your head.

Geochelone on February 6, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Somewhere along the line,Obama and his Progressive
Union Goons have their fingerprints on this Egypt
Deliberate Take-Over!:)

canopfor on February 6, 2011 at 4:58 PM

You betcha.

I commented over at a Rich Lowry “The Corner” piece yesterday where he empathized with the Kristol column that criticized Glenn Beck’s seeing the same nexus that we see. My comment wasn’t posted because I used the term “class warfare” or “class envy (I forget which I used now, but it was considered inflammatory). The communists and the Islamists are preying on the poorer citizens of Egypt in order to topple the ruling regime. Food supplies are short and very expensive there. Chaos is exacerbating the problem. The attacks on the middle class and shopkeepers and banks are not going to improve the poverty, however much the agitators want to press the issue.

Lowry and Kristol are arbitrarily critical of Beck without ever having seen or heard a whole program of his directly. Their opinions are received “wisdom” based on no first-hand experience. Squishes.

onlineanalyst on February 6, 2011 at 5:14 PM

I’ve never seen anything like this in my 57 years of life. The incompetence of this administration has reached a level never before seen in the history of our country.

This is not Jimmy Carter by any stretch of the imagination. This is Unchartered Territory…

Keemo on February 6, 2011 at 5:16 PM

I dare call it treason.

onlineanalyst on February 6, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Tom Shipley not available for comment.
Now you know things have become embarrassing when even Shipley won’t come and defend the behavior of his chosen one.

Keemo on February 6, 2011 at 5:18 PM

From,Stratfor Global Intelligence,
A Breakdown of Egyptian Opposition Groups
==========================================

A Breakdown of Egyptian Opposition Groups

http://www.scribd.com/doc/48130759/A-Breakdown-of-Egyptian-Opposition-Groups

canopfor on February 6, 2011 at 5:22 PM

I dare call it treason.

onlineanalyst on February 6, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Second that motion…
Dr. Savage stopped short of this, and called it a fancy name for extreme incompetence… I don’t agree simply because of the people Obama has surrounded himself with both now, and in the past. Rev Wright, Bill Ayers, Van Jones.. Incompetence is something easily recognizable, these people are doing exactly what they have planned with the results they wanted..

Keemo on February 6, 2011 at 5:23 PM

This is not Jimmy Carter by any stretch of the imagination. This is Unchartered Territory…

Keemo on February 6, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Totally agree.

fourdeucer on February 6, 2011 at 5:23 PM

This is not Jimmy Carter by any stretch of the imagination. This is Unchartered Territory…

Keemo on February 6, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Keemo:Right into Jihady Land!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

canopfor on February 6, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Lowry and Kristol are arbitrarily critical of Beck without ever having seen or heard a whole program of his directly. Their opinions are received “wisdom” based on no first-hand experience. Squishes.

onlineanalyst on February 6, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Politically Correctness rules these two… I gave up on them a year ago when I realized they would not call it the way they see it out of fear. This is not a time in our history for squishes who have been tamed by fear. Leaders must step up and with Beck, Limbaugh, Palin, Malkin, Bachmann; we have leaders who are under the threat of death on a daily basis. I will stand with these leaders while I pray for more to rise to the top.

Keemo on February 6, 2011 at 5:30 PM

To the convent portals came
All the blind and halt and lame
All the beggars of the street
For their daily dole of food
Dealt them by the brotherhood
And their almoner was he
Who upon his bended knee
Rapt in silent ecstasy
Of divinest self surrender
Saw the Vision and the Splendor
Deep distress and hesitation
Mingled with his adoration
Should he go or should he stay
Should he leave the poor to wait
Hungry at the convent gate
Till the Vision passed away
Should he slight his radiant guest
Slight this visitant celestial
For a crowd of ragged bestial
Beggars at the convent gate
Would the Vision there remain
Would the Vision come again
Then a voice within his breast
Whispered audible and clear
As if to the outward ear
Do thy duty that is best
Leave unto thy Lord the rest
The Legend Beautiful
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Skandia Recluse on February 6, 2011 at 5:42 PM

The Muslim Brotherhood seeks to spread Islam around the world, in large part using nonviolent means. Hamas and al-Qaida are violent Brotherhood offshoots.
“in large part”?

And when that doesn’t work they just chop off your head.

Geochelone on February 6, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Geochelone:Yup,and on a side note,the LIBERAL PARTY IS DOA!
============================================================
There were a wide array of speakers and workshops. Rev Jesse Jackson spoke at the Summit’s Awards Dinner.

“The engine of change in our country,” he said, “rides on two rails. One rail is the Democratic Party; the other is the Republican. But the train draws its power of movement from the third rail. That’s what we progressives are, the third rail, carrying the energy of change. We can’t just join the Democratic Party;

we must change the direction of the party. We are not liberals. We are liberators.”

http://peoplesworld.org/video-pa-progressive-summit-a-good-idea

canopfor on February 6, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Frank Wisner spent the same amount of time just in Egypt alone (1986–1991) as Obama has spent in the Federal government in total.

Big John on February 6, 2011 at 5:49 PM

The only obvious way forward for Egypt, and dare I say the entire middle eastern region will be to enact a massive and co-operative project constructing high speed rail commuter trains. Once built all problems in the region should take care of themselves.
Its quite clear that Wisner didnt “get” the SOTU speech and is not on board with the current WTF policy from the White House.

Koa on February 6, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Sometimes Larry Johnson gets it right:

Obama’s Egypt Debacle

My favorite line: “He is the anti-Roosevelt–He talks loudly and carries a toothpick.”

flyfisher on February 6, 2011 at 5:58 PM

It would appear America’s chickens have come home to roost. A Jimmy Carter moment is repeating itself in history.

paulsur on February 6, 2011 at 6:26 PM

When John Kerry has to measure the ‘distance’ you know that waffling and wussitude are in full swing.

Egypt, from the Obama perspective, has swung from wall to wall, and back again,…and it’s not over, by far.

Schadenfreude on February 6, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Teh-heh, bs from John Kerry.

Schadenfreude on February 6, 2011 at 6:35 PM

From this point forward, if Obama wants to just send messages, he should stick with Western Union.

Just more of that “Smart Diplomacy”.

We are soooooooooo screwed!

GarandFan on February 6, 2011 at 6:48 PM

“Revolutions have overthrown dictators in the name of democracy,” she reminded her audience, “only to see the process hijacked by new autocrats who use violence, deception and rigged elections to stay in power.”

– Sec’y Clinton

She can at least recite history well.

ericdijon on February 6, 2011 at 7:18 PM

The failure. . . it’s so. . . sweet.

RedNewEnglander on February 6, 2011 at 7:51 PM

The largest problem I have with how this administration has handled this crisis is in their messaging. It has frankly been all over the place.

Whether we liked the message or not, by the end of Friday night it seemed like the Obama White House had settled on a message that Mubarak has to go very very soon. Whether we liked the message or not, at least they FINALLY had a message, which is important for our allies to see as they are looking for consistency just as much as they are a particular policy. It is vital that they know where we stand. Whether they agree with our decision or not, at least they can have a handle on our psyche without having to second guess our motives or wander aimlessly in the abyss seeking to find an answer to their question of “where the hell do the Americans stand?”

Sadly, by midday yesterday the message of Friday evening had been watered down and reversed by the comments of both Wisner and Clinton. What is worse are the comments that came to the NY Times from a senior White House official yesterday where they gave a very blurred and mixed message stating they want Mubarak out quickly, and very quickly, but not too quickly. The problem is that they did not define “too quickly.” It seems as if they are self divided by not wanting Mubarak out very quickly, but are both publicly and privately pushing for that very thing to either push him out ASAP or snatch his governing powers from him before we can blink an eye.

What all of this does is make us look as though we do not have a particular position and are simply making it up as we go along. THAT is dangerous.

Indy82 on February 6, 2011 at 8:11 PM

onlineanalyst on February 6, 2011 at 5:14 PM

The ruling class GOP is in thrall of neoconservatism which is basically not to see anything wrong with progressive/Islamist ideology as long as they are “democratic”.

promachus on February 6, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Barry enjoys a bike ride through the Land of Skittles and Unicorns.

http://iowntheworld.com/blog/?p=59518

Geochelone on February 6, 2011 at 8:18 PM

Oh, that ElBaradei is a weasel, and he has a weasel partner in the WH who is ready to coopt the Mubarak regime on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood and the “Palestinians.”

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,743825,00.html

onlineanalyst on February 6, 2011 at 8:22 PM

Typical white person?

Django on February 6, 2011 at 9:13 PM

Hay ObaMao. How many people have to show up in Washington DC for you to resign?
//s

Slowburn on February 6, 2011 at 9:41 PM

I’m really glad that the President and Mrs. Obama are moving to the middle:

Michelle is having “private talks” with the restaurant association about those large serving they give to you fat pigs:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/07/us/politics/07michelle.html?hp

Greens are telling O to shaft Canada…we’ll see what happens, but I can guess that they are an important part of that Billion Dollars he has planned

http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/02/big-green-groups-tell-obama-tell-canada-drop-dead

Oh, yes, and you know Corporations have many obligations to the country…mainly to do what O tells them to:

http://www.professorbainbridge.com/professorbainbridgecom/2011/02/obama-preaches-the-false-religion-of-corporate-social-responsibility.html

and I haven’t mentioned anything about guns, off shore oil drilling….oh, and i just remembered the Issa stuff.

but, don’t worry, the press will be on the case any minute now.

/sarc

r keller on February 6, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Obviously, Obama isn’t interested in his advice, despite Wisner’s long experience in Egypt and in diplomacy. The White House would rather stick to their own decisions in this crisis, which so far look like attempts to climb onto whatever bandwagon still has wheels at any given moment.

Hey! Are there any asses to kick on this bandwagon? Cuz I’m lookin’ for some~

ted c on February 6, 2011 at 9:54 PM

Yes, but what do John and Meghan McCain think?

mobydutch on February 6, 2011 at 10:39 PM

Look, it’s time we faced up to the fact that we elected the President the liberals and the media wanted. He had little experience, he had little resume, he really had no plan, and he wasn’t the smartest guy on the planet. So, what I ask, is when you have a situation like this, what can you expect? He hasn’t picked a group of people with a lot of experience. He hasn’t picked a group of people who’ve been around government a long time. Hey, he’s a community organizer, that’s what he knows best. He’s governing like a community organizer so deal with it. You all elected him and you elected a community organizer. Not an experienced state Governor. Not an experienced Senator. Not an experienced legislator or any kind, but a community organizer. Please, don’t expect too much from him.

bflat879 on February 6, 2011 at 11:16 PM

Please, don’t expect too much from him.

bflat879 on February 6, 2011 at 11:16 PM

Yep. We must treat him with kid gloves. No bad grades…certainly no red ink. We have to say that he is doing good when in the back of our minds we think he is a failure. He is special and must be pampered. Kudos to Barrack Obama. Let name an aircraft carrier after him; WTF Barrack Obama.

Electrongod on February 6, 2011 at 11:25 PM

Let name an aircraft carrier after him; WTF Barrack Obama.
Electrongod on February 6, 2011 at 11:25 PM

There are some nice existing ones we can choose from. Ok they are on the seabed near Midway Island and used to belong to the Japanese navy, but would make the perfect choice. Rusted, bombed, torn, and full of fish crap.

Bishop on February 6, 2011 at 11:30 PM

Ok they are on the seabed near Midway Island and used to belong to the Japanese navy, but would make the perfect choice. Rusted, bombed, torn, and full of fish crap.

Bishop on February 6, 2011 at 11:30 PM

I hear ya but I think Obama would just bow to these ships. He is not worthy.
I wonder if Obama bows to the reflection in the mirror? Hmmm.

Electrongod on February 6, 2011 at 11:35 PM

I wonder if Obama bows to the reflection in the mirror? Hmmm.
Electrongod on February 6, 2011 at 11:35 PM

Of course he does, and why, because the guy in the mirror bows back to him.

Bishop on February 6, 2011 at 11:40 PM

The White House would rather stick to their own decisions in this crisis, which so far look like attempts to climb onto whatever bandwagon still has wheels at any given moment.

That is Obama’s entire foreign policy. It’s not exclusive to Egypt.

And it doesn’t necessarily have to be an American bandwagon. He’s going to go the direction of less resistance from the media.

ButterflyDragon on February 6, 2011 at 11:42 PM

Bishop on February 6, 2011 at 11:40 PM

:)

Electrongod on February 6, 2011 at 11:49 PM

Major disconnect between the White House and State, possibly the Obama Doctrine clashing with the Clinton Doctrine?

Christien on February 7, 2011 at 12:39 AM

Where are QOTD???

steebo77 on February 7, 2011 at 1:22 AM

Obama take the advice of someone with experience vs. going with his Bill Ayers-endorsed Marxist indoctrination?

Marxism, Marxism, Marxism, every time.

Experience? That’s for chumps, suckers and Republicans.

Hyunchback on February 7, 2011 at 1:58 AM

Where are QOTD???

steebo77 on February 7, 2011 at 1:22 AM

HA is grooming it’s commenters to brush their teeth and go nighty-night at midnight.
No overnighters for you.

OmahaConservative on February 7, 2011 at 4:48 AM

From this point forward, if Obama wants to just send messages, he should stick with Western Union.

heh

cmsinaz on February 7, 2011 at 6:29 AM

ButterflyDragon on February 6, 2011 at 11:42 PM

+1

cmsinaz on February 7, 2011 at 6:29 AM

OT:

Where’s the obligatory O’Reilly-fastens-on-knee-pads-for-interview post?

Where’s the obligatory Christina-Aguilerra-can’t-sing-the-National-Anthem post?

BuckeyeSam on February 7, 2011 at 7:18 AM

BuckeyeSam on February 7, 2011 at 7:18 AM

good one…heard BOR was awful, could not watch that spectacle….

cmsinaz on February 7, 2011 at 7:38 AM

Yes, but what do John and Meghan McCain think?

mobydutch on February 6, 2011 at 10:39 PM

John was too busy caning his insolent servants and Chubbs spilled whipped cream on her map and now can’t find Egypt.

SKYFOX on February 7, 2011 at 8:47 AM

where’s the song? “Should I Stay or Should I Go” You gotta let me know!

katablog.com on February 7, 2011 at 9:24 AM

“Obviously, Obama isn’t interested in his advice, despite Wisner’s long experience in Egypt and in diplomacy.”
The pure incompetence of Obowma is jaw dropping…

… I wonder how many decades it is going to take to clean up his mess?

Seven Percent Solution on February 6, 2011 at 4:07 PM

The real work begins in January 2013 after he goes back to Chicago…

Khun Joe on February 7, 2011 at 10:26 AM

The real work begins in January 2013 after he goes back to Chicago…Khun Joe on February 7, 2011 at 10:26 AM

We don’t want him back

Herb on February 7, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Ed, get with it. Western Union dropped the telegram service years ago.

Vatican Watcher on February 7, 2011 at 10:53 AM