I was not necessarily surprised by the absence of a pro-Mubarak crackdown on this “Day of Departure” in Egypt, simply because of the masses of the crowd on hand. The thugs would have been outnumbered. I am surprised by the presence of government officials in Tahrir Square, in a supportive capacity. . . .
|By: David Dayen Friday February 4, 2011 3:45 pm|
|By: David Dayen Tuesday February 1, 2011 7:45 am|
As Siun reports, today hundreds of thousands if not millions have massed in Cairo’s Tahrir Square for the biggest demonstrations yet against the Mubarak regime. Let’s look at how the United States is reacting.
|By: David Dayen Monday January 31, 2011 7:15 am|
After a few hesitant days, which resulted in their being called out by Egyptian protesters and even the nascent leader of the revolution Mohammed ElBaradei, the United States government does look to be trying to slowly move Hosni Mubarak out the door and prepare for his successor. In the words of one former official privy to the thoughts of the White House, “They don’t want to push Mubarak over the cliff, but they understand that the Mubarak era is over and that the only way Mubarak could be saved now is by a ruthless suppression of the population, which would probably set the stage for a much more radical revolution down the road.”
|By: David Dayen Friday January 28, 2011 6:01 am|
Meanwhile the United States appears perplexed with how to address this issue. While President Obama said in a YouTube interview yesterday that activists should “have mechanisms in order to express legitimate grievances,” and that Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak, while an ally, should move forward on economic and political reform, Vice President Biden said that Mubarak was not a dictator and highlighted the strategic relationship between Egypt and the US. Meanwhile, the New York Times dug into its cache of Wikileaks cables and revealed how the Obama Administration took a non-confrontational approach to Egypt during the early days of the Presidency.
|By: David Dayen Thursday January 27, 2011 1:20 pm|
I have to agree with the WaPo editorial page that Egypt’s regime is unstable, and it’s a direct result of three decades of stifling dissent and repressing their people. Obviously, the United States has considered them an ally through that entire period. I actually do not believe that Egypt’s government will fall tomorrow or even soon, despite the presence of Mohammed ElBaradei urging Mubarak to retire. Unlike Tunisia, the military is well-paid and firmly under the control of the regime. Like Iran, these protests could fade out in the near-term. But over time, you can see how these feelings and emotions in the citizenry will never be extinguished.
|By: Siun Thursday January 27, 2011 6:45 am|
Dr Mohammed ElBaradei addresses the protests in Egypt as he prepares to return there. We can stand with the Egyptian people by calling on the White House to guarantee his – and their – protection.