Obama Administration Has Clarified Its Position On Egypt (Mark Steyn February 2011)

President Mubarak is not a dictator and he should stay in office, according to Vice President Biden;

but he needs to step down immediately, according to Secretary Clinton;

and remain president to ensure stability, according to special envoy Frank Wisner;

and he should have resigned as president yesterday, according to press secretary Robert Gibbs,

paving the way for elections that should be held within three months, according to senior officials,

unless he waits until September, which is fine by us, according to the State Department.

But the official US position is that Mubarak needs to go immediately,

he needs to stay indefinitely,

he needs to stay for a bit then go,

needs to stay for a longer bit, then go sooner rather than later,

unless he decides to stay until September,

because he’s standing in the way of a full bloom of a new Egyptian democracy,

 unless he’s all that stands between us and a Muslim Brotherhood takeover,

because the Muslim Brotherhood is a radical theocratic tyranny in waiting,

unless of course it turns out they’re reasonable moderate types we should have been talking to all along.


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