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US Senate Kills Bill to Stop Obama’s Transfer of Weapons to Egypt

Posted by FactReal on February 1, 2013

All Democrats and several RINO-Republicans in the U.S. Senate voted yesterday to block an amendment trying to stop Obama from sending $1 billion worth of F-16 fighter jets and Abrams tanks to the Islamic radicals now in power in Egypt. (Scroll down to see how each Senator voted.)

CNSNews.com reported:

The U.S. Senate Thursday defeated an amendment that aimed to prevent the Obama  administration from transferring F-16 fighter aircraft and Abrams tanks  to an Egypt in disarray.

A vote to block the measure proposed by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) – an amendment to the debt limit bill – passed by a 79–19 vote.

In a strong-worded floor statement Paul questioned the wisdom of  providing the sophisticated weaponry at a time when “many see Egypt  descending into chaos.”

He based his argument on the Egyptian government’s conduct, President  Mohammed Morsi’s expressed radical views, and the possibility that the  weapons could be used in a future conflict against Israel.

“I think this is particularly unwise since Egypt is currently  governed by a religious zealot, a religious zealot who said recently  that Jews were ‘bloodsuckers’ and ‘descendants of apes and pigs,’” he  said. “This doesn’t sound like the kind of stable personality that we  would be sending our most sophisticated weapons to.”

A ‘No’ vote here would have stopped Obama from transferring these advanced weapons to the Egyptian regime.

Roll call vote: YES = 79, NO=19, Not Voting=2 on the motion to table (to block) Senator Rand Paul’s Amendment No. 9 whose purpose was to “prohibit the sale, lease, transfer, retransfer, or delivery of F-16 aircraft, M1 tanks, or certain other defense articles or services to the Government of Egypt.”

YEAs —79

Alexander (R-TN)
Ayotte (R-NH)
Baldwin (D-WI)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Baucus (D-MT)
Begich (D-AK)
Bennet (D-CO)
Blumenthal (D-CT)
Blunt* (R-MO)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Burr (R-NC)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn* (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Coons (D-DE)
Corker (R-TN)
Donnelly (D-IN)
Durbin (D-IL)
Enzi (R-WY)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Flake (R-AZ)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Graham (R-SC)
Hagan (D-NC)
Harkin (D-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Heinrich (D-NM)
Heitkamp (D-ND)
Hirono (D-HI)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Inhofe* (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns* (R-NE)
Johnson (D-SD)
Johnson (R-WI)
Kaine (D-VA)
King (I-ME)
Kirk (R-IL)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Manchin (D-WV)
McCain (R-AZ)
McCaskill (D-MO)
McConnell (R-KY)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Murphy (D-CT)
Nelson (D-FL)
Portman (R-OH)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schatz (D-HI)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Toomey (R-PA)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Warner (D-VA)
Warren (D-MA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wicker (R-MS)
Wyden (D-OR)

NAYs —19

Boozman (R-AR)
Coats (R-IN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
Cruz (R-TX)
Fischer (R-NE)
Grassley (R-IA)
Heller (R-NV)
Lee (R-UT)
Moran (R-KS)
Paul (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rubio (R-FL)
Scott (R-SC)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)

Not Voting – 2

Kerry (D-MA) Murray (D-WA)
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) explained:

[M]any see Egypt descending into chaos. What is President Obama’s response to this? To send them some of the most sophisticated weapons we have: F-16 fighters and Abrams tanks. I think this is particularly unwise, and this legislation will stop it.

I think this is particularly unwise since Egypt is currently governed by a religious zealot, a religious zealot who said recently that ‘Jews were bloodsuckers and descendants of apes and pigs.’ This doesn’t sound like the kind of stable personality we would be sending our most sophisticated weapons to.

I think it is a grave mistake to send F-16s and tanks to a country that detained American citizens on trumped up political charges. On a country that currently is still detaining Egyptian citizens on trumped-up political charges.

I think it is a blunder of the first proportion to send sophisticated weapons to a country that allowed a mob to attack our embassy and to burn our flag. I find it objectionable to send weapons, F-16s and tanks, to a company that allowed a mob chanting “death to America” to threaten our American diplomats.

* UPDATE: Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) introduced a bill to “suspend military sales to Egypt” with conditions. His bill (PDF) was co-sponsored by Republican Senators Blunt, Coburn, Johanns, and Lee. The bill was referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

Obama sending F-16s and tanks to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood regime
Transcript of Senator Rand Paul’s speech


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Fickle Obama: “Egypt not an Ally…er, Egypt is an Ally” (Video)

Posted by FactReal on September 13, 2012

Obama yesterday: Egypt not an Ally
Telemundo, a lefty Spanish-language network, asked yesterday to Obama about Egypt giving the current turmoil in the Middle East. Obama said: “I don’t think that we would consider them an ally, but we don’t consider them an enemy.”
Obama State Dept. today: Egypt IS an Ally Despite what Obama Says
Obama’s own State Department reaffirmed today that Egypt is an ally even though Obama said quite the opposite yesterday.

REPORTER: So, forget about the President’s words. You’re saying that the Administration and the State Department still regard Egypt as a major non-NATO ally, and it is still a recipient of all the privileges that that entails?


CNSNews gives us the facts:

Fourteen countries around the world have been designated “major non-NATO allies” by U.S. administrations since 1989.

They include longstanding defense treaty partners, such as Japan, South Korea and Australia, and countries with whom the U.S. does not have such arrangements, like Egypt and Pakistan.

The full list:

1989 (President H.W. Bush): Egypt, Israel, Australia, Japan, South Korea

1996-1998 (President Bill Clinton): Jordan, New Zealand, Argentina

2003-2004 (President George W. Bush): Philippines, Bahrain, Thailand, Kuwait, Morocco, Pakistan

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Obama Skipped Intel Briefings Week before Embassy Attacks

Posted by FactReal on September 12, 2012

Via Breitbart:

 According to the White House calendar, there is no public record of President Barack Obama attending his daily intelligence briefing–known as the Presidential Daily Brief (PDB)–in the week leading up to the attacks on the U.S. embassy in Cairo and the murder of U.S. Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens and three American members of his staff…According to a recent study by the Government Accountability Institute, Mr. Obama has only attended 43.8 percent of his Presidential Daily Briefs in the first 1,225 days of his Administration.

Embassy attacks 9/11/2012

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Obama is Managing America’s Decline and the Rise of Islam

Posted by FactReal on October 26, 2011

Via Washington Times:
President Obama is empowering radical Islam across the Arab world. He is presiding over both the American decline and the rapid advance of our mortal jihadist enemies. From the Middle East to North Africa, the Arab Spring has turned into an Islamist winter. Contrary to the administration’s claims, the popular uprisings have not led to a “rebirth of freedom” – the emergence of liberal democracies in distant Arab lands. Rather, Muslim fundamentalists have used street protests against corrupt, autocratic regimes as a Trojan horse to expand Islamic militancy.

In Tunisia, an Islamist party with ideological ties to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is poised to win national elections. Its goal is to … erect a Muslim theocracy. […]

Next month, it will be Egypt’s turn to hold elections. The Muslim Brotherhood is expected to gain the largest number of parliamentary seats. Its aim is to restore the global caliphate and return Cairo to the rule of fundamentalist clerics…Since the overthrow of strongman Hosni Mubarak, rampaging Muslim mobs have murdered numerous Coptic Egyptians and destroyed Christian churches. More than 100,000 Christian Copts have been expelled – an act of deliberate religious cleansing. […]

In Libya, Mr. Obama supported the rebel movement…[W]hat comes after Gadhafi? Because of Mr. Obama’s policies, NATO has armed, trained and financed the creation of an Islamist Libya. Jihadists fill the ranks of the rebels…Tripoli’s interim government, the one the administration keeps telling us is “moderate” and “pro-democracy,” has just announced that Libya will be governed strictly by Shariah law.

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EGYPT: CBS News Reporter Lara Logan Raped and Beaten

Posted by FactReal on February 16, 2011

Updated by FactReal on Feb. 19, 2011
HotAirPundit has the statement from CBS News:

On Friday, Feb. 11, the day Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, CBS chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for a “60 Minutes” story when she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration. It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy.

In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew. She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers. She reconnected with the CBS team, returned to her hotel and returned to the United States on the first flight the next morning. She is currently in the hospital recovering.

According to the NY Post, “Lara Logan was repeatedly sexually assaulted by thugs yelling, “Jew! Jew!” as she covered the chaotic fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo’s main square Friday… The TV crew with Logan, who is also the network’s chief foreign correspondent, had its cameras rolling moments before she was dragged off — and caught her on tape looking tense and trying to head away from a crowd of men behind her in Tahrir Square…she was separated from her colleagues and attacked for between 20 to 30 minutes, The Wall Street Journal said…Her injuries were described to The Post as “serious.””

The Post also reports “the day before, Logan had told Esquire.com that Egyptian soldiers hassling her and her crew had accused them of “being Israeli spies.” Logan is not Jewish.”

Era of Civility? Nir Rosen, journalist and fellow at the NYU Center, uses the occassion to attack Logan
Nir Rosen called Logan a “war-monger” and lamented that she’d likely become a “martyr” for being sexually assaulted
CBS sat on the story to protect the president

CNN altered photo of Lara Logan just before she was attacked

Lara Logan just before the assault

Photo altered by CNN

The story behind Lara Logan’s attack

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Posted by FactReal on February 15, 2011

Obama administration to Egypt: Mubarak is an ally…Mubarak has to transfer power now… Egyptians are determining their future…Mubarak must stay…include opposition groups like the radical Muslim Brotherhood…Mubarak must go yesterday…The Egyptian youth did it!

January 25, 2011, Tuesday:
Protests begin in Egypt.
Obama doesn’t mention Egypt in his 2011 State of the Union address (Video).
(Transcript: h ttp://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/01/25/remarks-president-state-union-address)
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: “The Egyptian government is stable and is looking for ways to respond to the legitimate needs and interests of the Egyptian people.”
January 26, 2011, Wednesday:
Egyptian protesters confront police in Egypt (Video).
Obama fails to mention Egypt during his visit to Orion Energy Systems, in Manitowoc, Wisconsin (Video).
(Transcript: h ttp://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/01/26/remarks-president-economy-manitowoc-wisconsin)
Obama’s Press Secretary Robert Gibbs: “Egypt Is A Strong Ally.”
Clinton to Egyptian government: Time for reform. Don’t block peaceful protests or communications:

CLINTON: “We believe strongly that the Egyptian government has an important opportunity at this moment in time to implement political, economic and social reforms to respond to the legitimate needs and interests of the Egyptian people.

We urge the Egyptian authorities not to prevent peaceful protests or block communications including on social media sites.”

January 27, 2011, Thursday:
Man shot in Egypt protest (Video).
Obama: “Egypt’s been an ally of ours on a lot of critical issues”

OBAMA: “Let me say, first of all, that Egypt has been an ally of ours on a lot of critical issues. They made peace with Israel. President Mubarak has been very helpful on a range of tough issues in the Middle East.”
Vice President Joe Biden: Mubarak an ally, not a dictator:

BIDEN: Mubarak has been an ally of ours in a number of things…I would not refer to him as a dictator.”

Biden didn’t “see any direct relationship” between the protests in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen, but he said “it might be argued.”
[Video mark 3:10] (Transcript)

January 28, 2011, Friday:
Gibbs on US aid to Egypt: “We will be reviewing our assistance posture based on events that take place in the coming days.” (Transcript) Officials later say no such review is planned (see February 3, 2011).
Mubarak offers reforms and fires his cabinet (Video).
Obama to Mubarak: Take concrete steps and actions that deliver on that promise

OBAMA: “When President Mubarak addressed the Egyptian people tonight, he pledged a better democracy and greater economic opportunity.

I just spoke to him after his speech. And I told him he has a responsibility to give meaning to those words, to take concrete steps and actions that deliver on that promise.”

January 29, 2011, Saturday:
Mubarak names new vice president, Omar Suleiman
● Despite Mubarak’s concessions, State Dept. spokesman PJ Crowley via Twitter: “The Egyptian government can’t reshuffle the deck and then stand pat.”

Saudi King tells Obama not to humiliate Mubarak. (Full article)

January 30, 2011, Sunday:
Clinton: “It’s not a question of who retains power. That should not be the issue.”
Clinton: “We want to see an ORDERLY TRANSITION so that no one fills a void.” So “that there be a well thought-out plan that will bring about a democratic, participatory government.” “It is in the interest of the partnership that the United States has with Egypt so that is what we are attempting to promote and support.”
January 31, 2011, Monday:
Obama sends Frank Wisner as envoy to urge Mubarak not to run for re-election & to start an “orderly transition” of power.
Obama admin. open to a role for Muslim Brotherhood in new Egypt government. [Video below, mark 8:20]
But Gibbs says: US will stay out of Egyptian politics:

GIBBS: “It is not up to us to determine when the grievances of the Egyptian people have been met by the Egyptian government [Video mark 0:28]
…We’re not picking between those on the street and those in the government.”
…The United States government does not determine who’s on the ballot [2:58]
…That is not for our country or our government to determine [11:39]
…So I have not weighed in on anything other than — as we have throughout this process — on the side of the people of Egypt to determine what Egypt looks like in their future. [15:03]
February 1, 2011, Tuesday:
Obama to Mubarak: Transition must begin NOW.
But Obama also says: “It is not the role of any other country to determine Egypt’s future leaders. Only the Egyptian people can do that.”

With the same breath, Obama tells how he commanded Mubarak: “What I indicated tonight to President Mubarak is my belief that an orderly transition must be meaningful, it must be peaceful, and it must begin now.”

Then Obama sides with the protestors and tells them they’ll choose their destinies: “To the people of Egypt, particularly the young people of Egypt. I want to be clear: We hear your voices. I have an unyielding belief that you’ll determine your own destiny.”

White House to Mubarak: Stay Put…Wait, We Don’t Take Sides…Uh, Hit the Road.
Democrat Senator John Kerry urges Mubarak to step down.
Obama’s envoy (Frank Wisner) tells Mubarak his tenure coming to a close.
Mubarak announces he will not seek re-election after Obama admin. asks him to step aside.
The State Department issues a mandatory evacuation order for non-emergency government staff.
(Transcript: h ttp://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2011/02/155762.htm)

February 2, 2011, Wednesday:
Egyptian gov’t official says Obama’s calls for an “orderly transition” are at odds with his call for an immediate one.
The Egyptian government pushes back on “vague” statements from the Obama administration.
P.J. Crowley says the U.S. isn’t dictating Egypt’s shift from Mubarak’s three decades in power.
RINO John McCain: It’s Time for Egypt’s Mubarak to Step Down (Fox News Video: Part 1 | Part 2)
Biden and Clinton made no specific call for Mubarak to resign immediately.
But Gibbs on the transition says: “Now means yesterday – because when we said now we meant yesterday.”

Gibbs also danced around – he would not comment on:
–> Whether the U.S. States would rescind aid to Egypt if Mubarak does not follow through.
–> Whether the Egyptian government had instigated Wednesday’s violence.
–> Whether the administration regards Mubarak as a dictator.
[Video mark 14:55]
Crowley on the Muslim Brotherhood being part of the political process: They are a fact of life in Egypt:

REPORTER: Specifically on the Muslim Brotherhood…should they be part of a political process? They obviously have a following in the country.

CROWLEY: Well, again, that is up to them. They are a fact of life in Egypt. They are highly organized. And if they choose, and if they choose to participate and respect the democratic process, that is a – those are decisions to be made inside Egypt. The army obviously will play a role in this transition.
[Video mark 28:03]
(Transcript: h ttp://m.state.gov/md155821.htm)

London-Based Egyptian Islamist calls to block the Suez Canal and to halt the flow of oil. (Transcript)

February 3, 2011, Thursday:
Leftist billionaire George Soros on Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood good, Israel bad; here is my money to reform Egypt.
Crowley on reviewing U.S. aid to Egypt: “There’s no review ongoing at this time.”
(Transcript: h ttp://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2011/02/155950.htm)
Clinton condemns attacks on reporters; wants immediate negotiation on “orderly transition”:

CLINTON: “We condemn in the strongest terms attacks on reporters…

I urge the government…to begin immediately serious negotiations on a peaceful and orderly transition.”
[Video mark 2:09] (Transcript: h ttp://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2011/02/155958.htm)

Democrat Senator Kerry to Mubarak: Start transition immediately…in coordination with opposition leaders. Democrat Senators John Kerry, Klobuchar, Cardin, Nelson (D-FL), Durbin, Levin and RINOs McCain and Graham sponsor Resolution 44 (S.RES.44), agreed to by voice vote, urging Mubarak to transfer power to an inclusive caretaker gov’t.
Obama team in talks for Mubarak’s immediate resignation…and to invite opposition, including the Muslim Brotherhood
Mubarak to ABC: If I Resign Today There Will Be Chaos; Obama doesn’t understand the Egyptian culture.
Marxist Left allies with Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Middle East.
Spy services warned Obama administration about unfolding crisis in Egypt in late 2010…Did nothing: Legislators wanted to know “when did the intelligence community first alert the president?” CIA top official, Stephanie O’Sullivan, replied, “We have warned of instability…end of the last year.”
[Video] (Transcript: h ttp://www.dni.gov/testimonies/20110203_testimony_osullivan.pdf)
US response to Egypt draws criticism.

February 4, 2011, Friday:
Report: “U.S. and Egyptian officials discussed Mubarak’s immediate resignation in favor of VP Suleiman.”
Obama contradictions: Egyptians will determine their future…but transition process must begin NOW.”

The future of Egypt will be determined by its people. It’s also clear that there needs to be a transition process that begins NOW.
[Video mark 5:11]

“And my hope is, is that he [Mubarak] will end up making the right decision.” [19:53]

Iranian leader Ali Khamenei calls upon Egyptian Army to join masses in ousting Mubarak (Video) .
Ayatollah Khamenei calls for islamic regime in Egypt.
“Day of Departure” protests fail…Mubarak says he will stay on.

February 5, 2011, Saturday:
Obama’s mixed messages on Egypt get worse.
Obama’s envoy Frank Wisner: Mubarak must stay for now:

WISNER, OBAMA’S ENVOY: “The President [Mubarak] must stay in office in order to steer those changes through. I, therefore, believe that President Mubarak’s continued leadership is critical.”
Clinton backs gradual transition in Egypt::

CLINTON on transition process led by Suleiman:
[T]hat takes some time. I mean there are certain things that have to be done in order to prepare…And at this point, where President Mubarak has announced he will not stand for reelection, nor will his son, where he has given a clear message to his government to lead and support this process of transition, where there is a beginning discussion…about constitutional reform, about setting up and legitimizing these peaceful political parties that do not intend to exercise coercion or use violence to achieve their end, that is what the government has said it is trying to do. That is what we are supporting, and hope to see it move as orderly but as expeditiously as possible… [Video]
(Transcript: h ttp://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2011/02/156045.htm)

Obama administration distances itself from Frank Wisner saying Wisner spoke in a private capacity, although he is Obama’s own envoy to Egypt.

February 6, 2011, Sunday:
Clinton walks Wisner out onto the plank, but agrees that an “orderly transition” will take some time.
Clinton: “We respect the many years of service that Frank Wisner has given to our country but he does not speak for the American government. He does not reflect our policies.” (Transcript: h ttp://m.state.gov/md156051.htm)
Clinton refutes Obama – says Mubarak may need to stay on.
Clinton on Mubarak’s latest concessions: “Those are significant actions…I think they have to be viewed as a very important set of steps being taken to keep the movement going in the direction that we seek.”
Obama continues contradicting himself and his team::

–>“The U.S. can’t forcefully dictate, but what we can do is say the time is NOW for you to start making a change in your country.”

->”Egypt is not going to go back to what it was.”

->“Only he [Mubarak] knows what he’s going to do.”

-> Amazingly, Obama downplayed the prospects that the Muslim Brotherhood would take a major role in a new government: “I think that the Muslim Brotherhood is one faction in Egypt…They don’t have majority support…There are strains of their ideology that are anti-U.S.”

Clinton on the Muslim Brotherhood: “I am not going to be pre-judging who should participate in their political process…What we want is to see an inclusive process.” (Transcript: h ttp://m.state.gov/md156051.htm)
The Muslim Brotherhood promotes jihad as the personal duty of every Muslim man and woman:


Allah commanded us to wage Jihad. Jihad is a personal duty incumbent upon every Muslim man and woman…”

The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s largest opposition group, supports “Islamist groups such as the Palestinian Hamas movement, which is on the U.S. terrorist list.”
Peaceful? Pro-Egypt rallies in NY and Canada turn into pro-Hamas, Jew-hate fests.
Muslim Brotherhood says it started talks with new Egyptian VP Omar Suleiman to press their demands.

February 7, 2011, Monday:
A confident Obama says: “Egypt has to negotiate a path and they’re making progress”.
Gibbs agrees with Mubarak now: More time and deliberate approach are needed for a transition.
Crowley doubtful: Egyptians have doubts about the process; the negotiations are not broad-based enough.
(Transcript: h ttp://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2011/02/156137.htm)
Gibbs dithers on the Muslim Brotherhood:

REPORTER: [W]ould the White House be comfortable with the Muslim Brotherhood playing a significant role in Egypt?
GIBBS: Again, obviously, we — as I said, we have significant disagreements with — with — we have not been in contact with the Muslim Brotherhood.
But, again, we don’t — the United States doesn’t pick leaders of other countries.

REPORTER: Right. I’m not talking about picking them, but would you be comfortable if they became — took on a leadership role?
GIBBS: Look, we have said in other countries in the world that becoming part of — you have responsibilities if you become part of the government to adhere to the agreements that that government has laid out, to adhere to the rule of law and to the constitution and to adhere to non-violence. So, obviously, we have — we have many disagreements with the rhetoric of some of the leaders in that — in that organization. [Video mark 18:40]
February 8, 2011, Tuesday:
Obama’s White House scrambles to regain message on Egypt
GIBBS: “Less important is what we think and more important is what the people of Egypt think.” but then he calls for “immediate” and “irreversible” transfer of power.
(Transcript: h ttp://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/02/08/press-briefing-press-secretary-robert-gibbs-282011)
Gibbs also labels as “particularly unhelpful” Suleiman’s comments to ABC that Egypt lacks the necessary “culture of democracy” for the changes demanded by protesters.
Biden presses VP Suleiman for an orderly transition of power that is “prompt, meaningful, peaceful and legitimate.”
(Transcript: h ttp://www.america.gov/st/texttrans-english/2011/February/20110208154756su0.6855433.html)
Biden prods Egypt to bring in the opposition during the transition and to immediately end emergency law.
Biden’s push for “meaningful negotiations” contradicts the demands of protesters who say no real progress can happen unless Mubarak resigns.
Egyptian military oppressing journalists.
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates praises the conduct of Egypt’s military and “they have done everything that we have indicated we would hope that they would do.”
(Transcript: h ttp://www.defense.gov/transcripts/transcript.aspx?transcriptid=4766)
The praise for the military by Obama administration…appeared designed to buttress U.S. ties with a power broker whose role is expected to be key to whatever political order emerges in Egypt.
February 9, 2011, Wednesday:
Egyptian Foreign Minister: U.S. Is Trying to Impose Its Own Will:

EGYPTIAN FOREIGN MINISTER Ahmed Aboul Gheit: “Because when you speak about prompt, immediate, now, as if you are imposing on — on a great country like Egypt, a great friend that have always maintained the best of relationship with the United States, you are imposing your will on him.

Egypt and the president of Egypt, the government of Egypt have already started. And the Egyptian president laid down a road map and allowed or asked the vice president to engage in discussions on the road map with the different opposition groups.”
(Transcript: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/world/jan-june11/egypt1_02-09.html)

Obama administration abandons support for VP Suleiman’s transition process and escalates demands for “real, concrete” moves to speed the transition. Gibbs added: “I think if Vice President Suleiman continues to pepper his statements with — as he had two days…that we’re not ready to move toward democracy, not going to see anything change — it is clear, as the President has said, that Egypt is not going back to where it was. Nobody believes that. And unless or until the government broadens the negotiations with those in the opposition, unless or until that happens, the pressure for them to do so is only going to get greater.”
(Transcript: h ttp://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/02/09/press-briefing-press-secretary-robert-gibbs-292011)
Irritated White House: Minimum threshold of reforms unmet by Egypt.
Saudi Arabia also irritated with the “inconsistent messages from American politicians since the crisis in Egypt.”
Obama regime claims they haven’t been sending out mixed signals on Egypt.

February 10, 2011, Thursday:
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper: Muslim Brotherhood “largely secular… has eschewed violence”:

CLAPPER: “The term ‘Muslim Brotherhood’…is an umbrella term for a variety of movements, in the case of Egypt, a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has decried Al Qaeda as a perversion of Islam.

But former Muslim Brotherhood leader: Jihad is the way. Their national goal: Islamic world domination.
Entire MSM covers up for Clapper (and Obama), doesn’t report Muslim Brotherhood “secular” comments .

Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg says US will ensure Israel security:

STEINBERG: “One constant in a changing region is our unwavering support for Israel’s security.”
[Video mark 2:20] (Testimony at hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee)
CIA director Leon Panetta fuels a news frenzy: Strong likelihood Mubarak will step down this evening
Later Panetta says he had no CIA intelligence that Mubarak was stepping downPanetta was echoing press reports.
Obama contradictions: Obama demands more from Egypt leaders, but says Egyptian people determining their future.
(Transcript: h ttp://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/02/10/statement-president-barack-obama-egypt)
Obama unsure: “We’re going to have to wait and see what’s going on.”
Gibbs surprised: “We’re watching a very fluid situation…What we are looking for remains unchanged.” The president and his staff are watching developments from a conference room aboard Air Force One while en route to Michigan.
Mubarak announces he will not step down
February 11, 2011, Friday:
Egyptian VP Suleiman announces Mubarak steps down.
VP Joe Biden reacts in self-delusion: U.S. spoke with “one voice” about Egypt’s transition.
Biden: “We have said from the beginning…that the future of Egypt will be determined by the Egyptian people.”
He calls the change of power a “pivotal” moment in Egypt’s history and says the transition must be one of irreversible change.

Change? Change for the better or for the worst?

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