That isn't what's going on at all. Yes, Obama is walking a tightrope, which is better than bombing the pyramids, but if you read between the lines, HE IS ON THE SIDE OF MUBAREK. He is patronising the people, hedging his bets, and he is advising Mubarek - e.g., to put in National Security peeps into VP and Cabinet positions. Bill Press says he HOPES that Obama is secretly advising Mubarek to STEP DOWN ALREADY. No - Obama is secretly advising Mubarek to MANAGE the protests, coopt them, protect oil interests, etc. - and Hillary Clinton is right in there playing this hand, adhering to decades of Neoliberal "Realpolitiks" strategy. The U.S. strategy in the Middle East is vast and complex, but it wants to keep it's dependable oligarchs in power. It is astonishing to me that anyone who has been studying Obama's entire politics and methodology, could conclude otherwise. What fops they make Progressives appear, and what hypocrites they easily paint Liberals in far-right talkers' eyes.
Past decades of U.S. policy has assumed that either we have friendly oligarchs installed in the Middle East, or else dangerously radical Moslem tyrants will take over. But Egypt isn't black and white. The people there want to get out from under the thumbs of BOTH the West AND the Religious fundamentalists. Just like most americans, they want to be free from both church and state, both right and left, both East and West. AND THEY WANT NO MORE OF THE SAME DOUBLESPEAK EITHER FROM OBAMA OR THEIR LEADERS. They want the bully retards and BS-ers OUT of control, every which way! They just want to live a life which is not a sieve for the rich or powerful or militant. They want a hand in being helped to crawl out of the sieve and onto solid ground. THEY want to be the religious or secular authorities IN THEIR OWN LIVES. They want jobs and food and respect and hope and a future with meaning.
I, on the other hand, would be happy with a big bag of cheese puffs.
To yourself for just once in your life?
Because of something you said,
Teen soldiers are dead,
Because of money you saved,
Seniors are in their graves.
Who's going to play the next SUPERMAN? An Englishman, of course. Can you believe it?