Sponsored Content

Intermarkets' Privacy Policy

Donate to Ace of Spades HQ!

Recent Entries
Absent Friends
westminsterdogshow 2023
Ann Wilson(Empire1) 2022
Dave In Texas 2022
Jesse in D.C. 2022
OregonMuse 2022
redc1c4 2021
Tami 2021
Chavez the Hugo 2020
Ibguy 2020
Rickl 2019
Joffen 2014
AoSHQ Writers Group
A site for members of the Horde to post their stories seeking beta readers, editing help, brainstorming, and story ideas. Also to share links to potential publishing outlets, writing help sites, and videos posting tips to get published. Contact OrangeEnt for info
Cutting The Cord And Email Security
Moron Meet-Ups

ę Obama: I Will Veto Any Bill Which Limits the EPA's Nonexistent Power to Regulate Greenhouse Gases
Me: I Think I Just Found A New Amdment For the Debt-Ceiling Bill
| Main | Health Care Reform Repeal Vote UPDATE: Vote Fails 47-51 Ľ
February 02, 2011

Clashes Breaking Out in Tahrir Square In Cairo

It's a little after 11 in Egypt and clashes are breaking out in Cairo. No camels yet but shots being fired into the air, Molitov Cocktails being thrown back and forth.

I understand that Obama was trying to engineer a soft landing here and I actually supported that. But...with regime backed violence breaking out against pro-reform/freedom forces, the US simply can not sit back and pretend to be even handed.

$3 Billion a year for 30 years should have bought us some influence here, especially within the military. It's time to play what cards we have and do what we can to get Mubarak out and get some sort of interim government (probably featuring an Army leader at its head) set up. One without Mubarak playing any part in it.

Along those lines, John McCain says time's up.

Regrettably the time has come 4 Pres. Mubarak 2 step down & relinquish power. Itís in the best interest of Egypt, its people & its military.

I have more than a few problems with McCain but I'd rather him in charge at times like this than Obama.

On the upside, Obama has a history of following McCain's lead on things like this.

MORE: Robert Gibbs gave his daily briefing today and it was a disaster. He was equivocal and vacillating throughout. I get that this is a complex situation and the administration was trying to walk a fine line on policy and between public and private action. If you're going to do that, your communication strategy has to be spot on and in this case it's been anything but.

Gibbs was asked what the President thought of the images of the clashes this morning. The answer was he found them "outrageous and deplorable". He left it at that. If the President of the United States finds the actions of one of it's main allies "outrageous and deplorable" then something, some action has to follow. It hasn't. That's simply a failure of leadership.

Also, note the sequence of events. Mubarak gave his "I'm staying until September" speech, he and Obama spoke for 30 minutes, Obama gives a statement saying the transition has to start now and the next day...the regime in Egypt unleashes violence on its people. What an amazing rebuke by Mubarak to the President of the United States of America.

The ability of the US to influence, let alone control events like these are far more limited than we'd like to admit. There are no guarantees about how this is going to turn out but every crisis has a turning point, a moment when you simply have to pick a side, even though all available options are bad and fraught with peril. That moment is here for the US. We have to make a move and manage the consequences as best we can as they arise. It seems to me as dangerous as it will be to deal with what comes next in Egypt, it's simply untenable for the US to go on backing Mubarak after this. What's Obama going to do?

digg this
posted by DrewM. at 04:13 PM

| Access Comments

Recent Comments
Skip : "G'Day everyone ..."

Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere [/i] [/b]: "Altera? Wasn't that Anne Francis's role in [i]For ..."

13times: "The reasoning behind the Finns joining the Germans ..."

Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere [/i] [/b]: "Well, whaddaya know! Evening and morning to all y ..."

Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere [/i] [/b]: "First? ..."

Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere [/i] [/b]: "Morning, all! Waiting for Tech Thread before I po ..."

Farmer: " Time to rock and or roll Posted by: Skip at Octo ..."

Miklos owes alimony in the form of cash, the Ancestral Earldom, and two (2) chickens to the Bishop p: "The name of our incredibly hot queen. Posted by: ..."

JT: " Time to rock and or roll Posted by: Skip at Octo ..."

Catch Thirty-Thr33: "386 Time to rock and or roll Posted by: Skip at O ..."

Spaniards: "382 Posted by: Queen Letizia What kinda name is ..."

Skip : "Time to rock and or roll ..."

Recent Entries

Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64