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  • Egypt and the US

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    12 posts, 8 voices, 958 views, started Feb 11, 2011

    Posted on Friday, February 11, 2011

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      If you would have asked me at the beginning of the latest turmoil in Egypt how our administration is handling things, I would probably have said they are doing a good job. It is a fine line to tread as Egypt (Mubarak) has been allied to the US for years and at the same time we support democracy and the will of the people.  

      Now my answer is quite different. Today, our President was practically taking credit for Mubarak’s resignation until Mubarak showed Mr. Obama that he has been totally out of line. Who does our President think he is to publically tell another leader (and ally) how to run his own country...or better yet, to stop running his country?  

      Yes, although Egypt has been a good friend to our country, Mubarak has clearly not made many of his countrymen happy - and a change there is surely needed. But to publically tell the Egyptian leader to go, really? Doesn’t he understand anything about that culture?? Where are his advisors? Even if Mubarak had planned to resign, he is NOT going to do it because another leader made a speech asking for it! A man like Mubarak who thrives on power is never ever going to listen to the dictates of another leader - in fact, he would do the opposite just to demonstrate his power.

      Mubarak’s line “We will not accept or listen to any foreign interventions or dictations” was a direct slap in the face to Obama. And now the Saudis are angry at Obama too. Great.

      Obama’s track record for foreign policy has been dismal at best: Russia, China, Iran, and now Egypt and Saudia Arabia.  

      I can’t even think of a good way to end this blog so I’ll just say that my thoughts and prayers are with the Egyptian people and I hope whatever change they get is what they want.

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