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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
    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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...

    01/29/2011 5:26:54 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 64 replies
    Dick Morris .com ^ | January 29,2011 | Dick Morris
    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...
  • How Obama Got Egypt Wrong

    01/29/2011 7:59:14 PM PST · by Suvroc10 · 22 replies
    Brookings Institution ^ | Jan. 28, 2011 | Shadi Hamid
    The Obama administration's initial response to the ongoing Egyptian revolt was disappointing, but not surprising. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, perhaps unwittingly, conveyed the essential thrust of U.S. policy Tuesday when she called the Egyptian regime "stable." For decades, the United States has prioritized a now clearly illusory stability over American ideals. It appears the administration, slowly, is realizing its mistake -- and that of its predecessors. President Obama's remarks earlier today -- in which he spoke of the universal rights of the Egyptian people - suggested a possible shift in tone. This, however, may prove a perfect example of...
  • Joint UK-France-Germany statement on Egypt (Obama snubbed, does NOT ask Mubarak to step down)

    01/29/2011 7:09:09 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 36 replies ^ | 1/29/11 | Prime Minister David Cameron, President Nicolas Sarkozy and Chancellor Angela Merkel
    A joint statement by Prime Minister David Cameron, President Nicolas Sarkozy and Chancellor Angela Merkel on the situation in Egypt. Read the statement “We are deeply concerned about the events that we are witnessing in Egypt. We recognise the moderating role President Mubarak has played over many years in the Middle East. We now urge him to show the same moderation in addressing the current situation in Egypt. “We call on President Mubarak to avoid at all costs the use of violence against unarmed civilians, and on the demonstrators to exercise their rights peacefully. “It is essential that the further...
  • Inside the White House's Egypt Scramble

    01/29/2011 4:42:33 PM PST · by EBH · 57 replies
    the daily beast ^ | 1/29/11 | John Barry
    But as the Egyptian president spoke—a couple of the Arabic speakers in the room providing translation—the optimism died. Mubarak announced he was dismissing his government; he talked of reforms. But he also made clear his determination to stay on. There were groans, shaking of heads. This wasn’t going to be enough to halt the tumult in half of Egypt’s cities, and, more disconcertingly, Mubarak’s assertion that the demonstrations were “part of a bigger plot to shake the stability” of Egypt sounded ominous. The Egyptian president had called out the Army on Friday; now his speech sounded as if he was...
  • Will Obama Lose Egypt? (really "must read" -- context)

    01/28/2011 5:19:52 PM PST · by Innovative · 34 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Jan 28, 2011 | IBD Editorial
    An Ally Imperiled: What Egyptians are demonstrating against, whether they know it or not, is socialism. What they - and we - could end up with is another Iran. Is President Obama repeating Carter's Shah betrayal? Three decades ago, Iran - after being saved from Soviet dominance by the U.S. in 1953 - traded in the flawed autocratic rule of the Shah for the bloodthirsty Islamist fanaticism of the Ayatollah Khomeini. At the time, Jimmy Carter's presidency was, in the name of "human rights," on the side of the Islamists. Does the Obama administration realize the difference between freedom-based revolutions...
  • Just Briefed By VERY Senior Retired CIA Officer. "Egypt Is Possible/Probable Disaster For US"

    01/28/2011 3:01:22 PM PST · by MindBender26 · 263 replies
    Old proven source | Friends and Fiends
    As many of you know, am old network TV newsie. Just tapped former proven source, retired VERY senior CIA officer. No Hq paper-pusher type, he is the real deal, a highly successful very senior ME field operator. Retired as ES-4. From an intel assesment stanspoint, he is a proven source, with access to information, extensive field work in the area, no reason to lie and has always given good data in past. His assessment (in shorthand:) 1. If Egypt falls, disaster for US. Put succinctly; "the horse we bet all our life savings on may be about to drop dead...
  • Axelrod: Obama Has “On Several Occasions Directly Confronted” Mubarak the Past 2 Years

    01/28/2011 3:07:32 PM PST · by Las Vegas Ron · 36 replies
    SeeBS ^ | January 28, 2011 5:17 PM | Unknown
    In a network exclusive interview to air on Nightline tonight, we sat down this afternoon with White House senior adviser David Axelrod, the president’s closest aide, whose last day at the White House is today. We talked about a number of issues in this exit interview, but perhaps most news-worthy were his comments on Egypt in which Axelrod suggested President Obama has for two years “directly confronted” the Egyptian president over human rights issues in order to get ahead of growing discontent among his people – a stronger characterization of President Obama’s discussions with Mubarak than we’ve so far heard...
  • Egypt: Important Announcement To Be Made Soon - Parliament Speaker

    01/28/2011 1:44:19 PM PST · by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity · 71 replies
    Egyptian parliament Speaker Fathi Sorour said an important announcement would be made soon, Al Arabiya reported Jan. 28.
  • Kerry to Egyptians: Protest like Gandhi

    01/28/2011 11:26:47 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | Jan. 28, 2011 | Bridget Johnson
    Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) urged Egyptian protesters to follow the examples of Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. in demonstrating against the Cairo regime. Noting that Hosni Mubarak, who has ruled the country for nearly 30 years, became president in the turmoil after the assassination of Anwar Sadat, Kerry said he "faces a different kind of challenge." "I call on the Egyptian government and security forces to exercise restraint in dealing with protesters and to respect the human rights of its citizens to seek greater participation in their own government. The Egyptian government also should immediately...
  • Egypt protests: America's secret backing for rebel leaders behind uprising

    01/28/2011 1:55:41 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 108 replies
    Egypt protests: America's secret backing for rebel leaders behind uprising The American government secretly backed leading figures behind the Egyptian uprising who have been planning “regime change” for the past three years, The Daily Telegraph has learned. By Tim Ross, Matthew Moore and Steven Swinford 9:23PM GMT 28 Jan 2011 The American Embassy in Cairo helped a young dissident attend a US-sponsored summit for activists in New York, while working to keep his identity secret from Egyptian state police. On his return to Cairo in December 2008, the activist told US diplomats that an alliance of opposition groups had drawn...
  • Why You Should Care About Egypt Protests

    01/28/2011 7:17:35 AM PST · by Lazamataz · 79 replies ^ | Published January 27, 2011 | By Claire Berlinski
    [Excerpted from middle]....The fact that we are supporting the Mubarak regime may not be immediately obvious to most Americans, but it is the central fact about America to every Egyptian alive--to 83 million people in the heart of the Middle East. The Mubarak government is basically friendly to the United States, but it is right now crushing its own people. If it succeeds, we will not be identified with the man who is protesting. We will be identified with the men who are acting on behalf of the government. In fact, we already are. If it doesn't succeed, God knows...
  • Breaking News & LIVE THREAD- Egypt and Middle East

    01/28/2011 9:14:48 AM PST · by SE Mom · 3,237 replies · 1+ views
    Various on the internet | 28 January 2011
    From FOX: DEVELOPING: Loud explosions and gunfire were heard in the Egyptian capital of Cairo Friday, as protesters demanding the removal of President Hosni Mubarak defied a curfew, Al Jazeera reported. Egyptian television reports the ruling party headquarters in Cairo are on fire. From TWITTER: WashingtonPost: Clinton: We urge #Egypt authorities to allow peaceful protest, reverse unprecedented steps it has taken to cut off communications less than 20 seconds ago
  • Events in the Middle East are moving too fast for the Obama administration...

    01/28/2011 11:19:51 AM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 28 replies
    Drudge Headline ^ | 29 January 2011 | Drudge Report
    Events in the Middle East are moving too fast for the Obama administration to think it can get away with Plan A and Plan B reaction strategies according to the regimes or leaders it wants to keep in and out of power. Consider the response of the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, to Hezbollah tightening its grip on power in Lebanon this week - Washington might have to pull its funding worth hundreds of millions for Lebanon, her office warned. Advertisement: Story continues below But as democracy demonstrators were confronted by thousands of baton-wielding policemen in the streets in...
  • Breaking News: Ruling Party Headquarters of President Mubarak Is Reportedly on Fire in Cairo

    01/28/2011 8:44:27 AM PST · by nuconvert · 69 replies
    Headline only - breaking on Fox
  • AMB. JOHN BOLTON: Is Democracy Coming to Egypt at Last?

    01/28/2011 11:48:36 AM PST · by The Pack Knight · 60 replies
    Fox News ^ | 28 January 2011 | John Bolton (Interview)
    As seen on Fox News Channel's "Happening Now with Jon Scott and Jenna Lee" on January 28. FORMER U.N. AMBASSADOR JOHN BOLTON: I think what's clearly happened today [in Egypt] is that the Muslim Brotherhood, the radical Islamist party in Egypt has called it's supporters into the street. I don't think it was present on the first two or three days. I think after the Friday prayers the Brotherhood brought its people out. That's why the protests are even more extensive today. That constitutes no doubt about it a direct threat to the military government, and I think the failure...
  • The White House publicly responds to Egyptian riots.... on Twitter

    01/28/2011 11:27:00 AM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Twitter ^ | 1/28/11 | Robert Gibbs
    Very concerned about violence in Egypt - government must respect the rights of the Egyptian people & turn on social networking and internet