"The other countries are mad as hell, and they're mad as hell at us"

But a senior Republican member of Congress who has access to intelligence reports said U.S. spy agencies have seen recent indications that other Middle East leaders were dismayed by the United States’ treatment of Mubarak.

“The other countries are mad as hell, and they’re mad as hell at us,” said the lawmaker, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the matter candidly…

“Obama’s insistence that this was about how Egypt is governed, not who governs Egypt, which was awkward for him, is actually the right thing to be insisting on now that Mubarak is gone,” said Tom Malinowski, the Washington director of Human Rights Watch and one of several outside advisers the White House assembled in recent weeks to consult on Egypt. “It will be inspiring for opposition movements, but also potentially something that causes governments to crack down harder.”…

“We do have mending to do with the Saudis and others, who seem to have concluded we threw Mubarak over the side,” said Elliott Abrams, a former deputy national security adviser for the Middle East under George W. Bush. “It will take a little tending to the relationship with the king and possibly with others.”