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White House, State Department move to end Egypt confusion
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Posted on 02/09/2011 5:04:38 PM PST by Sub-Driver

White House, State Department move to end Egypt confusion

W.H., State move to end Egypt confusion By: Josh Gerstein February 9, 2011 07:28 PM EST

The White House is moving to stamp out reports that top officials — including Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — are sending conflicting signals about how best to resolve the crisis in Egypt.

On Wednesday, the White House and the State Department staged a 50-minute conference call for reporters Wednesday to insist that the administration’s messages on the standoff between embattled President Hosni Mubarak and demonstrators demanding his ouster have been consistent both in public — and private.

“We’ve been very closely aligned and coordinated as a national security team and will continue to do so in the future,” Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications, told reporters.

Talk of a rift in the administration over Egypt picked up in recent days after Clinton seemed to offer support for Vice President Omar Suleiman, Mubarak’s hand-picked lieutenant, as someone who could see Egypt through to elections in September. “It’s important to support the transition process announced by the Egyptian government actually headed by now-Vice President Omar Suleiman,” Clinton told a security conference in Germany Saturday.

On Tuesday, amidst reports that the administration was promoting the longtime Egyptian intelligence chief as a stabilizing figure, Biden spoke with Suleiman, but White House descriptions of the call didn’t include Suleiman’s specific role. “Vice President Biden urged that the transition produce immediate, irreversible progress that responds to the aspirations of the Egyptian people,” according to the so-called readout of the call.

Rhodes insisted to reporters Wednesday there was no disconnect, and that Clinton was not giving Suleiman the nod.

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KEYWORDS: egypt; mb; mubarak; obama; obamateur
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Major Fail................
1 posted on 02/09/2011 5:04:40 PM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

We are governed by rank amateurs. God help us.


2 posted on 02/09/2011 5:06:57 PM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: Sub-Driver

You mean this confusion:

Exact transcript from Mark Steyn’s opening first hour monologue on 2/7/11:
The administration has now clarified its position on Egypt:

(1) “President Mubarak is not a dictator and he should stay in office...” according to Vice President Biden

(2) “... but he needs to step down immediately...” according to Secretary Clinton

(3) “... and remain President to ensure stability ...” according to Special Envoy Frank Wisner

(4) “... and he should have resigned as President yesterday ...” according to Press Secretary Robert Gibbs

(5) “... paving the way to elections that must be held within three months ...” according to senior officials

(6) “... unless he waits till September, which is fine by us...” according to the State Department.

Got that? The official U.S. position is that Mubarak needs to go immediately, he needs to stay indefinitely, he needs to stay for a bit and then go, he needs to stay for a bit longer then go sooner rather than later, unless he decides to stay until September because he is standing in the way of the full bloom of a new Egyptian democracy, unless it turns out that he is all that stands between us and a Muslim Brotherhood takeover, because the Muslim Brotherhood are a radical theocratic tyranny in waiting, unless of course it turns out that they are reasonable moderate types we should have been talking to all along. So that’s the official Obama position verbatim from WhiteHouse.gov.

If you’re making that critical 3:00 AM call to the oval office and you get voicemail press buttons #1 through #6 for whichever Obama position on Egypt suits you best.


3 posted on 02/09/2011 5:07:04 PM PST by macquire
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To: Sub-Driver

>> The White House is moving to stamp out reports...

Note that they’re not moving to fix their incompetence...

they’re “moving to stamp out reports” that ILLUSTRATE their incompetence.


4 posted on 02/09/2011 5:07:30 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Probably the biggest foreign policy blunder of our time.


5 posted on 02/09/2011 5:08:50 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Sub-Driver

Buffoons At Work


6 posted on 02/09/2011 5:09:19 PM PST by samtheman
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7 posted on 02/09/2011 5:12:18 PM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: mylife

He did the same with Honduras in reverse.


8 posted on 02/09/2011 5:12:30 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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The list, ping

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9 posted on 02/09/2011 5:12:54 PM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Sub-Driver

“We’ve been very closely aligned and coordinated as a national security team and will continue to do so in the future,” Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications, told reporters.

Yeah right. Not so much. Again rather than spending time actually conveying a clear message they spent 50 minutes saying how the Obamanauts were right and everyone else in the world was wrong.
These people are not just liars they are idiotic liars.


10 posted on 02/09/2011 5:13:21 PM PST by rod1
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To: Sub-Driver

Speakiing of Egypt, that was doubly brilliant of Palin to use Hillary’s 3am line regarding Obama’s fumbling of the issue. It hopefully sows further friction between Hillary and Obama, heh heh.

And if anyone doesn’t think he fumbled why this 50 minute presser as described above? The media is so criminally negligent...they blame everyone but Obama! It’s disgusting and unprecedented, very damaging to our country.


11 posted on 02/09/2011 5:15:26 PM PST by toddausauras
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To: Sub-Driver

Tu veux, tu veux pas?


12 posted on 02/09/2011 5:15:28 PM PST by Mobties
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To: samtheman
OMG! This is Jimmy Carter and the Iranian fiasco all over again. WTH is wrong with the morons in DoS and WH? All we need now is an Egyptian hostage crisis for 444 days and a botched rescue in the Egyptian desert.

Looks like Biden’s foreign policy testing moment came two years into Zer0’s administration instead of six months.

13 posted on 02/09/2011 5:16:23 PM PST by MasterGunner01 (To err is human; to forgive is not our policy. -- SEAL Team SIX)
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To: Sub-Driver

If all else fails the White House plans to execute Plan 9 From Outer Space....Maximum Energy!


14 posted on 02/09/2011 5:16:54 PM PST by screaminsunshine (34 States)
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To: Sub-Driver

LOL I don’t want to laugh because it is so serious but they are like little kids. Did Jarrett and Obama forget their medication today and have hissy fits?

It is like a bunch of fourth graders. Will they make a FB page and whine about how the media are not reporting their club house meetings correctly?

The media cover and write fluff for them daily and they still freaking fail!


15 posted on 02/09/2011 5:17:05 PM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Obama:If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun (the REAL Arizona instigator))
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To: Sub-Driver

This is so funny!!! So why am I crying?


16 posted on 02/09/2011 5:17:50 PM PST by immadashell
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To: Sub-Driver

It is really had to be for and against all side all the time, while having you head up the brother hood as*.


17 posted on 02/09/2011 5:20:33 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: macquire

You just need to listen to him say all of that it is amazing.


18 posted on 02/09/2011 5:22:48 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: Sub-Driver

So, they’ve decided to be “consistent” by doing absolutely the wrong thing?

Well, not surprising from the Communist/Muslim Obama and the Communist/Muslim lover Clinton.


19 posted on 02/09/2011 5:23:47 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Sub-Driver

It like a ‘Chinese fire drill’ at State and the 1/2 White House.


20 posted on 02/09/2011 5:28:36 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Sub-Driver
The White House is moving to stamp out reports that top officials — including Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — are sending conflicting signals about how best to resolve the crisis in Egypt.

Notice the WH doesn't that deny top officials are sending out mixed messages. They just want the press to stop reporting it.

21 posted on 02/09/2011 5:30:13 PM PST by abbyg55
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To: Sub-Driver

s/b: Notice the WH doesn’t deny that top officials are sending out mixed messages. They just want the press to stop reporting it.


22 posted on 02/09/2011 5:31:09 PM PST by abbyg55
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To: Sub-Driver

moving to stamp out reports

They seem to do a lot of stamping out.


23 posted on 02/09/2011 5:40:47 PM PST by Freddd
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To: cripplecreek

True enough.

Kinda make you wonder if he isn’t doing these things with intent to undermine our allies.


24 posted on 02/09/2011 5:43:02 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Sub-Driver

staged a 50-minute conference call for reporters -——

Scary isn’t it..


25 posted on 02/09/2011 5:43:27 PM PST by Freddd
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To: Sub-Driver
They should ask Ambassador Wisner to remind them of why they picked him, and then listen to him.
26 posted on 02/09/2011 5:43:43 PM PST by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

Thanks Sub-Driver. The only real change is to admit there was confusion indirectly, by claiming there was not. :’)


27 posted on 02/09/2011 5:45:50 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: macquire; All

Sounds like the ole Jimmie Durante routine “They wanted me to go before they wanted me to stay”

There are suspicions that this was a cacophoney orchestrated with the help of the Obama regime. Obama and his band of syncophants demonstrate little understanding of how democracy can go awry begining with the ancient Greek state of Attica. They tried “free” elections in Gaza and the result is ?

Perhaps Obama should have read Churchill’s observations on the subject (demoracy) instead of chucking his bust out of the Oval Office because the father Obama never had, blamed the man (Churchill) for Kenyan’s problems.

I fear we not only lost Egypt but the entire middle east.


28 posted on 02/09/2011 5:50:16 PM PST by mosesdapoet ("To punish a province Let it be ruled by a professor " Frederick The Great paraphrased)
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To: mylife

Will the WH order all the overseas newspapers to delete all of ‘the WH was behind this in secret’ stories? Will they delete Obama’s Cairo speech in which his brotherhood of muslims were invited and addressed in the speech? Will they delete all of the calls of the WH and Clinton for Mubarak to step down?
It is obvious they are failures and were cought red handed.

Even the media (this very article) can see right through them and reported it.


29 posted on 02/09/2011 6:00:36 PM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Obama:If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun (the REAL Arizona instigator))
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To: Nervous Tick
 
 
EXACTLY
 
 
 

30 posted on 02/09/2011 6:14:15 PM PST by lapsus calami (What's that stink? Code Pink ! ! And their buddy Murtha, too!)
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To: lapsus calami

The Circus is running out of time.


31 posted on 02/09/2011 6:18:15 PM PST by Del Rapier
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To: Sub-Driver
Their move to end confusion leaves me more confused?

These people at the helm are IDIOTS!

32 posted on 02/09/2011 6:20:36 PM PST by DBeers (†)
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To: Sub-Driver

Apparently, the Saudis are now calling the shots.


33 posted on 02/09/2011 6:22:39 PM PST by edpc (It's Kräusened)
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To: Sub-Driver

The ‘confusion’ won’t end until 2012.


34 posted on 02/09/2011 6:24:56 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Nervous Tick

“Note that they’re not moving to fix their incompetence...”

And they never will. It’s not incompetence. It’s willful destruction.


35 posted on 02/09/2011 6:31:04 PM PST by ratsreek
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To: Sub-Driver
Rhodes insisted to reporters Wednesday there was no disconnect, and that Clinton was not giving Suleiman the nod.

Obama was certainly giving his muslim brotherhood 'the nod' in his Cairo speech.

36 posted on 02/09/2011 6:34:05 PM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Obama:If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun (the REAL Arizona instigator))
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Excellent!

The President resigns.

The VP resigns.

I'm OK with President Boehner

Other than that, confusion is one of our middle names, President Barak Hussein Confused Obama. Or is it Barak Confused Hussein Obama. I forget.

37 posted on 02/09/2011 6:41:07 PM PST by SJackson (In wine there is wisdom, In beer there is freedom, In water there is bacteria.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Cater ii


38 posted on 02/09/2011 6:45:35 PM PST by Deetes (God Bless the Troops)
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To: Sub-Driver

Our “WTF” team needed to demonstrate their position/message is FUBAR


39 posted on 02/09/2011 6:48:14 PM PST by Steven Tyler
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To: Deetes
White House, State Department move to end Egypt confusion

You mean, Obungles and Hilary are both resigning?

40 posted on 02/09/2011 6:48:41 PM PST by Know et al
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To: Sub-Driver

Obama strategy be on all sides of every issue.... and when things go south...

1. Blame Bush
2. Blame Republicans
3. Blame the people
4. Say it wasn’t you..........


41 posted on 02/09/2011 7:07:13 PM PST by Typical_Whitey ("It doesn't matter how smart you are, unless you stop and think".... Thomas Sowell)
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To: Sub-Driver

Who’s on first?

Abbott n Costello, circa 2011

Without the class, of course.


42 posted on 02/09/2011 7:18:19 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat (The Rodney King Riots: Courtesy of ABC, CBS, NBC & CNN)
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To: Del Rapier
The Circus is running out of time.

Bring on the clowns.

Oh wait, they are already here and the chief clown is in the white hut.

43 posted on 02/09/2011 7:29:49 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country. The thing is, Sarah loves mine.)
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To: ought-six

It sounds like the old “Who’s On First?” routine.


44 posted on 02/09/2011 7:40:56 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Sub-Driver

Fail after fail after fail, 800 billion in arms to Saudi’s who kill African’s, dissing Israel and going on Al Jazeera, dissing Nancy Reagan only second after winning the presidency, calling racism and having a beer summit, screwing the pooch on helping ally South Korea, screw pooch on the oath of office, lies through his teeth, blames everyone but himself after he said he takes responsibility from here on out, makes a mockery of congress with health care bill they’re not allowed to read, strong arming congress, letting Black Panthers slide when it was a slam dunk, don’t wanna dis their bruthah’s, parties every third day in WH, Egypt of course, forcing Israel to make sanctions and surrender land when Saudi’s( see above get freebies, dissing American people, never has anything to say about the terrorist murders by Major( “allahu Ackbarf”) Hasan, bailing out scum, too many czars with no over site, redistribution of wealth, ACORN scam...and much much more!!


45 posted on 02/09/2011 9:06:39 PM PST by Karliner (Now this is not the end. .... But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning, Churchill 1942)
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USA - by remote control

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46 posted on 02/10/2011 12:11:32 AM PST by FARS (Be healthy, happy and thrive)
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To: FARS

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2671367/posts


47 posted on 02/10/2011 12:35:06 AM PST by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: cripplecreek

The only reason he backed away from the Leftist takeover in Honduras is he was exposed for what he is.

The only reason, and he continued back room punishment of our brave friends in Honduras.

FUBO!

Viva Micheletti, Viva Honduras

The leftist targets must be illuminated, exposed, taken out. They are the enemy of all free men.....


48 posted on 02/10/2011 1:06:48 AM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: DBeers
These people at the helm are IDIOTS Traitors!
49 posted on 02/10/2011 1:10:20 AM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Sub-Driver

It also didn’t help that Gibbs spoke of a transition, but refused to say who Egypt should transition to. They are so awful in so many ways...


50 posted on 02/10/2011 2:20:50 AM PST by PghBaldy (Like the Ft Hood Killer, James Earl Ray was just stressed when he killed MLK Jr.)
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