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  • Key military, intelligence assets imperiled in Egypt

    02/03/2011 11:06:49 PM PST · by RC one · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Wshington Times ^ | January 31, 2011 | By Rowan Scarborough
    U.S. military and intelligence agencies would lose vital air, land and sea assets if Egypt falls into the hands of radical Islamists, as Iran did in 1979, foreign policy analysts say. The U.S. armed forces are entwined with Egypt's military more than with any other Arab country’s. But if Islamists seize Cairo, as the mullahs captured Tehran, this complex relationship unravels. “Let me count the ways,” said Ken Allard, a retired Army colonel and military analyst. “They are our biggest strategic partner in the Middle East. At that point, you’ve lost your biggest Arab partner. Geostrategically, the mind boggles.” The...
  • The Arab revolution and Western decline

    02/03/2011 9:25:14 PM PST · by Fitzy_888 · 13 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Feruary 03, 2011 | By Ari Shavit
    There are no excuses for the contradictions. How can it be that Bush's America understood the problem of repression in the Arab world, but Obama's America ignored it until last week? How can it be that in May 2009, Hosni Mubarak was an esteemed president whom Barack Obama respected, and in January 2011, Mubarak is a dictator whom even Obama is casting aside? How can it be that in June 2009, Obama didn't support the masses who came out against the zealot Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, while now he stands by the masses who are coming out against the moderate Mubarak? There...
  • CIA Official: Obama Was Briefed On Egypt Instability Late Last Year

    02/03/2011 2:12:37 PM PST · by sunmars · 71 replies
    TPM ^ | TPM
    The U.S. intelligence community warned President Obama about instability in Egypt late last year, according to a CIA official. Stephanie O'Sullivan, the President's nominee for principal deputy director of national intelligence who currently serves as associate deputy director of the CIA, told the Senate intelligence committee Thursday that the agency briefed Obama. She did not indicate how specific the information they provided was. "We warned of instability but not exactly where it would come from [and in what form]," she said. "That happened at the end of last year." The committee was considering O'Sullivan's nomination, and O'Sullivan was responding to...
  • Gangs Hunt Journalists and Rights Workers (Carnival of MSM's Cairo Related Injuries)

    02/03/2011 2:12:29 PM PST · by lbryce · 43 replies
    New York Times ^ | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and J. DAVID GOODMAN
    CAIRO — Security forces and gangs chanting in favor of the Egyptian government hunted down journalists at their offices and in the hotels where many had taken refuge on Thursday in a widespread and overt campaign of intimidation aimed at suppressing reports from the capital. By evening, it appeared that none of the major broadcasters were able to provide live footage of Tahrir Square, the epicenter of antigovernment protests. Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya television networks said their journalists had been hounded from the street and from the vantage points above the square where cameras had been placed, and both...
  • Fox Business Reporter’s Cairo Hotel Room Invaded by Security: 'They're Going to Kill Us!!'

    02/02/2011 10:11:44 AM PST · by Nachum · 44 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2/2/11 | Jeff Poor
    Covering the melee in Cairo as an American journalist has taken a turn for the worse in the last 24 hours. In addition to the dangers of reporting from an area where the government has failed to ensure basic safety, an alleged pro-Hosni Mubarak mob has infiltrated the protests and is turning violent on protesters and western journalists. Ashley Webster, the overseas market editor for the Fox Business Network, is the latest to face the threats from the pro-Mubarak demonstrators. On Monday, around 10 a.m. Eastern time, Webster tweeted the following:
  • Fox News’ Greg Palkot And Crew Severely Beaten, Hospitalized In Cairo

    The attacks on journalists covering the protests in Egypt have escalated, with reports Fox News correspondent Greg Palkot and his photographer Olaf Wiig have been severely beaten in an attack in Cairo. Fox News anchor John Roberts described the attack today, saying Palkot and Wiig were left with “fairly grave” injuries but have now been released from the hospital. Palkot, who’s been in the center of the protests in Cairo for days, became cornered by pro-government forces, according to Roberts: They were forced to leave their position when a Molotov cocktail was thrown at it, a large fire erupted. They...
  • ABC News Reporter Brian Hartman Threatened With Beheading

    02/03/2011 11:52:03 AM PST · by Jolla · 145 replies
    Drudge ABC News ^ | 2/3/11 | Mark Mooney
    A group of angry Egyptian men carjacked an ABC News crew and threatened to behead them today in the latest and most menacing attack on foreign reporters trying to cover the anti-government uprising.
  • Avoiding a Jimmy Carter Moment (Oliver North)

    02/03/2011 8:41:31 PM PST · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 3, 2011 | Oliver North
      WASHINGTON — When Barack Obama went to Cairo in June 2009, he was lauded for seeking "a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world." His speech was spiked with apologies for what he believes are past American errors and omissions and peppered with Utopian calls for "peace in the Middle East," a "world in which no nations hold nuclear weapons" and upholding "the richness of religious diversity." The president also boldly proclaimed himself to be "a student of history." But two years on, it appears he has not learned some of history's lessons very...
  • Pro-Mubarak demonstrators are targeting the press'

    02/02/2011 1:10:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Jpost.com ^ | 2/2/11 | Staff
    Swedish reporters are held by Egyptian Army, accused of being Mossad spies; 4 Israelis arrested; Anderson Cooper is beaten up. Pro-government protesters and Egyptian military have attacked reporters from numerous media sources around the world during Wednesday's riots in Cairo's Tahrir Square. Two Swedish reporters were held for hours on Wednesday by Egyptian soldiers accusing them of being Mossad spies, the reporters' employer, daily newspaper Aftonbladet, reported. The soldiers reportedly attacked the reporters, spitting in their faces and threatening to kill them. Four Israeli journalists were arrested by Egyptian military police in Cairo on Wednesday. Three of those arrested work...
  • Krauthammer on Obama: 'Why does he pop up on television after the president of Egypt speaks?'

    02/01/2011 9:04:32 PM PST · by Rufus2007 · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 1, 2011 | Jeff Poor
    Some in the media have credited President Barack Obama for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s decision not to seek reelection and to eventually step aside. And with Obama’s speech on Tuesday evening from the White House, is that the message he was trying to send? On the Tuesday broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” network contributor Charles Krauthammer noted the importance of the president being intentionally vague in his response, but also said nothing new was learned from the president’s speech. “There was a lot of studied ambiguity in that,” Krauthammer said. “All kinds of phrases, which can be interpreted...
  • Clueless in Washington

    02/01/2011 2:55:42 PM PST · by ventanax5 · 9 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Caroline Glick
    The Egyptian multitudes on the streets of Cairo are a stunning sight. With their banners calling for freedom and an end to the reign of President Hosni Mubarak the story these images tell is a simple one as old as time. On the one hand we have the young, dispossessed and weak protesters. And on the other we have the old, corrupt and tyrannical Mubarak. Hans Christian Andersen taught us who to support when we were wee tots. But does his wisdom apply in this case? Certainly it is true that the regime is populated by old men. Mubarak is...
  • Cui Bono ? Who Benefits From The Chaos In The Middle East ?

    02/01/2011 4:31:10 PM PST · by Absolutely Nobama · 14 replies
    www.absolutelynobama.com ^ | 2/01/11 | Alan Levy
    Originally, when I heard about the Egyptian protests, I was relatively happy. After all, Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak is a dictator, and I'm all about freedom. That feeling lasted about ten seconds when I heard that the Muslim Brotherhood was playing an active role in the demonstrations. The Muslim Brotherhood has many associates who became members of al-Qaeda, such as Ayman al-Zawahiri. (He's the Tom Hagen to Osama bin Laden's Vito Corleone.) Regardless of what the Egyptian Resistance front man Mohammed El Baradei says, these are some bad hombres who need to be taken very, very seriously. ( El Baradei...
  • (Vanity) Muslim Brotherhood now has all American secrets

    01/31/2011 8:50:11 PM PST · by The Comedian · 159 replies
    The mind of The Comedian | Jan 31, 2011 | The Comedian
    The Muslim Brotherhood, partner of the Nazis and enemy of infidel freedom, is now in possession of all American embassy communications to Egypt. There is no longer any American supremacy in the war for freedom based on intelligence. This is an Alinsky/Mohammad Red Alert. Prepare.
  • Egypt's Kerensky

    01/31/2011 5:59:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 31, 2011 | Staff
    Succession: As talk of deposing Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak grows, one name keeps popping up: Mohamed ElBaradei. If he takes over, it'll be a disaster not just for Egypt, but also for the U.S. and the West. ElBaradei built a long, and lucrative, career as an international diplomat with the U.N., posing as a moderate technocrat. He's anything but, which has become apparent as talk of a "unity" government featuring the Muslim Brotherhood and former U.N. nuclear watchdog ElBaradei has increased. ElBaradei hasn't lived in Egypt in years. Yet after the uprising began, he immediately flew to Cairo. Over the...
  • WHO LOST EGYPT? (Obama... And It Is Being Lost To Iran And The Muslim Brotherhood!)

    01/30/2011 7:38:32 PM PST · by MindBender26 · 49 replies
    In the 1950s, the accusation “who lost China” resonated throughout American politics and led to the defeat of the Democratic Party in the presidential elections of 1952. Unless President Obama reverses field and strongly opposes letting the Muslim Brotherhood take over Egypt, he will be hit with the modern equivalent of the 1952 question: Who Lost Egypt? The Iranian government is waiting for Egypt to fall into its lap. The Muslim Brotherhood, dominated by Iranian Islamic fundamentalism, will doubtless emerge as the winner should the government of Egypt fall. The Obama Administration, in failing to throw its weight against an...
  • O Muslim Brotherhood, Where Art Thou?

    01/30/2011 2:53:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Yes, But, However! ^ | January 30, 2011 | Danny Fitz-Hume
    In my social media universe this morning, there waiting for my perusal were numerous status updates and tweets from my liberal friends, complimenting the protestors in Egypt for taking back their country from a ruthless dictator. “Egypt has a right to elect its own leaders.” “So excited and hopeful for Egypt! Happy and thankful for Tunisia!” These are just a couple of the many NPR-inspired, vestigial Bush-bashing comments from proxy protestors, wielding – once again – a reckless naďveté toward the region. There are three outcomes to this uprising: (1) Mubarak narrowly maintains power through an iron fist; (2) Mubarak...
  • U.S. Set to Evacuate Americans From Egypt

    01/30/2011 3:08:52 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 7 replies
    cbs ^ | Jan. 30, 2011
    <p>Assistant Secretary of State Janice Jacobs told reporters Sunday that she expects it will take several flights over the coming days to handle the number of Americans who want to leave Egypt.</p> <p>Jacobs acknowledged that Internet interruptions in Egypt are making it difficult for Americans there to get information about the evacuations. But she said they have been able to get information from people in the United States who do have access to State Department and embassy websites.</p>
  • Carter says 'people have decided' in Egypt: report

    01/30/2011 4:41:07 PM PST · by Suvroc10 · 40 replies
    AFP ^ | January 30, 2011 | AFP
    WASHINGTON — Former US president Jimmy Carter, who brokered the existing peace agreement between Israel and Egypt, predicted Sunday that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will have to resign because "the people have decided," a report said. "This is the most profound situation in the Middle East since I left office," Carter said during the Sunday religion class he teaches at a Baptist church in his hometown of Plains, in the southern state of Georgia. Carter's comments were reported by the Ledger-Enquirer newspaper of Columbus, Georgia. A spokeswoman for the former president did not immediately respond to AFP to confirm them.
  • Prince warns S. Arabia of apocalypse

    01/29/2011 1:45:18 PM PST · by FromLori · 114 replies
    Press TV ^ | 1/30/2011 | Staff
    Saudi Prince Turki bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud has warned the country's royal family to step down and flee before a military coup or a popular uprising overthrows the kingdom. In a letter published by Wagze news agency on Tuesday, the Cairo-based prince warned Saudi Arabia's ruling family of a fate similar to that of Iraq's executed dictator Saddam Hussein and the ousted Iranian Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, calling on them to escape before people "cut off our heads in streets." He warned that the Saudi royal family is no longer able to "impose" itself on people, arguing that deviations...
  • Carter Redux?

    01/29/2011 11:52:29 PM PST · by Rashputin · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 29, 2011
    Carter Redux?Steve McCann For those who lived through the 1979 Iran revolution and the abandonment of the Shah of Iran by the Carter administration, there is a tangible sense of foreboding as to what form the outcome of the current upheaval in Egypt will take. Like Carter, Obama has made overtures to the Islamists. 1n 1978 Jimmy Carter was on the side of "human rights" and eagerly embraced Ayatollah Khomeini. Carter's UN Ambassador Andrew Young went so far as to call him "some kind of saint". It now turns out that in 2009, the Egyptian daily Almasry Alyoum reported that...