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February 9th, 2011

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12:33 am - Amazed and appalled
In many ways Obama is doing very well regarding events in Egypt - his promises to the Egyptian military of continued funding - if they avoid massacres - has likely prevented the military from getting involved in the thankfully fairly minor violence that has occurred so far and has also likely been one of the reasons the Egyptian military has helped stop some of the violence from happening. However, the fact that the US government's primary person to talk to in the Egyptian government is the newly appointed vice president Omar Suleiman does not impress me one bit. As this well done NYT piece states
The United States and the European Union may not have been able to wheedle or push President Hosni Mubarak from power. Still, they badly miscalculated when they endorsed Egypt’s vice president, Omar Suleiman, to lead the transition to democracy.
Suleiman used to be the head of the secret police and is essentially the modern day equivalent of Egypt's palace torturer, and the Egyptian people are very well aware of this fact. He should be one of the absolute last people that the US government should be willing to accept as a spokesperson for Mubarak's regime and is a ludicrous choice to help lead any sort of transition to democracy. OTOH, that's one big plus and one big minus for Obama wrt Egypt, and pretty much any administration since 1980 would have done worse, and gods only know what sort of idiocy either Bush would have pulled, but I'm betting the US military would have been involved.
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Date:February 9th, 2011 08:36 am (UTC)
I'm hoping it doesn't matter who leads the transition to democracy, so long as it arrives, because the people afterwards will sweep away whatever is left of the old regime.
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Date:February 9th, 2011 09:04 am (UTC)
I definitely agree. However, I worry that providing Suleiman with any shred of legitimacy will make him more likely to try to hold power.

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