by Scott Creighton
White House Propaganda Minister Robert Gibbs just gave a press conference on the situation in Egypt. Though he did his best to say next to nothing you can figure out the Obama administration’s position if you read between the lines and if you know what is happening in Egypt.
The first thing you need to know is that Israel has spoken… they want Mubarak to stay. In order to achieve that, they don’t want anyone to say anything bad about him.
“Senior Israeli officials, however, said that on Saturday night the Foreign Ministry issued a directive to around a dozen key embassies in the United States, Canada, China, Russia and several European countries. The ambassadors were told to stress to their host countries the importance of Egypt’s stability. In a special cable, they were told to get this word out as soon as possible.” Haartz
True to form, Robert Gibbs said nothing disparaging about Egypt’s dictator president for life, Hosni Mubarak, even after we know over 100 Egyptian citizens have already been killed during these difficult times. Remarkably, Gibbs said that they didn’t want to see this thing resolved by violence, as if those 100 dead citizens already in the morgue didn’t count.
The White House spokesman added: “We’re not picking between those who are in the streets and those who are in the government.” USA Today
More frightening, Gibbs put out a new talking point that seems to suggest that it’s not up to the White House to determine when a foreign state has lived up to its responsibilities to their people. The hypocrisy of that statement made more and more obvious as the Global War on Terror moves from Afghanistan to Iraq to Pakistan to Yemen and onward. In the end, after all the lies about Saddam Hussein were exposed, wasn’t the last justification for attacking that nation based on creating a regime change to “save” the Iraqi people and bring “democracy” to the region?
“It is not up to us to determine when the grievances of the Egyptian people have been met by the Egyptian government,” Gibbs said. USA Today
But most telling of all…
But Gibbs repeatedly declined to answer questions about what role Mubarak should play (if any).
“This is not about appointments,” Gibbs said. “This is about actions.”
At one point, Gibbs said the United States is not in a position to call for a change of leadership in Egypt — “we’re calling for a change in the way the country works.” USA Today
Well, the United States has been in a position to call for a change in leadership in pretty much every other country that has a phone, so why not now? And when you think about it, they really have had an effect on that potential new leadership. Remember, the new vice president, the one who would traditionally replace the president/dictator were he to step down, is the man who served as the go-between for Washington and the Mubarak regime in the past and has strong ties to the CIA.
So I guess it is about appointments and I guess Washington is in a position to determine the change of leadership in Egypt. The only problem is, this criminal regime and their “new” cabinet are exactly who Washington wants to see in power. A continuation of the established brutal regime in Egypt.
Perhaps looking back at a little history of the last few days will shed light on this…
(Hillary Clinton) “We do not want to send any message about backing forward or backing back“, she said. “What were trying to do is to help clear the air so that those who remain in power, starting with President Mubarak, with his new vice president, with the new prime minister, will begin a process of reaching out…” (unofficial Clinton blog)
(Israel says) “We must therefore curb public criticism against President Hosni Mubarak,” the message sent at the end of last week said, according to Haaretz. AFP
“NewsHour host Jim Lehrer asked Biden if the time has “come for President Mubarak of Egypt to go?” Biden answered: No.” … “the actions Egypt has taken relative to normalizing relationship with – with Israel. … I would not refer to him as a dictator.” CSM
Obama met today with neocons from the American Enterprise Institute (Elliot Abrams, Robert Kagan) about what to do about Egypt. Democratic Underground
By taking the position the Obama White House has taken, they are indeed taking a side and as Hillary and Joe pointed out, that side is not with the people of Egypt.
All those people in the streets want Mubarak gone. Period. And the Obama administration clearly knows that. But something else is motivating the regime of “CHANGE” in America and unfortunately, most “progressives”, who are supposed to be on the side of the oppressed, are keeping their mouths shut in hopes that this Bushesque move of their hero doesn’t tarnish his image any more than the last two years in the White House has already done.
Of course, it could be worse… they could just take the Mike Huckabee approach and bow down to the mighty Israeli lobby and condemn those poor Egyptians who want freedom and maybe a fucking job.
Mike Huckabee was in Jerusalem today on an important junket related to his likely presidential campaign. He used his speech before the Knesset to denounce the Egyptian uprising as a threat to all humankind, warning that “the situation could threaten the world and all those who seek peace and security. The real threat to Israelis is not the bomb but the people behind it, not weapons but the madmen behind them.” Max Blumenthal
Of course, were the Obama administration and Robert Gibbs to do that, though it might have that sickening sweet putrid aroma of rotting meat about it, at least it wouldn’t smell like bullshit.
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