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Is this what Obama wanted for our U.S. ally? Mubarek defends himself in a cage at his death penalty trial
So this is what happens to you if you are a loyal ally of the United States when Barack Obama is President. The U.S. turns on you. You then end up in a kangaroo court show trial. You are then hanged by the neck until dead.
The 83-year-old Hosni Mubarak is now lying in a bed in a cage as his trial is being broadcast on national Egyptian TV. Either way, Mubarek looks like he’s on death’s doorstep.
Mubarek was far from being an ideal leader. But except for Israel, Mubarek was America’s best ally in the Middle East. Now he’s on trial for murdering the 800 anti-Mubarek protesters.
But that’s a big part of what governments do, including our own — kill people. Our government has certainly killed a lot of people (including innocent civilians) during the past decade in Iraq and Afghanistan. So should our Presidents be put on trial?
Mubarek’s trial in a cage and coming execution will certainly make it very tough to convince dictators and strongmen to exit power in the future — if this is what happens to them. Not that Mubarek was even a dictator by Middle East standards.
No wonder Muammar Gaddafi is fighting to the death to avoid this fate.
Obama’s foreign policy is so misguided, so incompetent that it borders on criminal. Who in their right mind would would to be an ally of the United States after this?
Another U.S. ally finds out what happens to you if you are a U.S. ally
BEN SAYS: This sure will make it tough to get dictators to step aside in the future. Mubarak (a U.S. ally who stepped aside after a few days of protests) will now be tried for capital murder, punishable by death. Look for Qaddafi now to fight to the finish. Where were all these charges against Mubarak before now? Before all this (though clearly no Jeffersonian Democrat), he was said to be a pretty decent U.S. ally and, if not a friend, at least not interested in erasing Israel.
Looks like a Kafkaesque Kangaroo court show trial coming up. Under this reasoning, should Obama be tried for killing innocent Afghan and Pakistani tribesmen in error via killer drone and other military assaults.
Come to think of it, aren’t all governments killing innocent people all the time, sometimes in error? It’s called collateral damage . . . or breaking a few eggs to make an omelette. Some U.N. Committee on torture wants to prosecute Donald Rumsfeld and George W. Bush for the same thing. idiotic.
REUTERS: Hosni Mubarak was ordered on Tuesday to stand trial for the killing of protesters and could face the death penalty, scotching speculation the former leader would be spared public humiliation by Egypt’s military rulers.
Mubarak, ousted on February 11 after mass demonstrations demanding he end his 30 years in power, has been questioned for his role in a crackdown that led to the killing of more than 800 demonstrators and has been probed over corruption.
The public prosecutor said Mubarak, who is detained in a hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, would be tried on charges including “pre-meditated killing,” which could be punished by the death penalty.
HOWARD KURTZ-DAILY BEAST: The hard-charging CBS News correspondent was attacked in Tahrir Square, sexually assaulted, and hospitalized.
Lara Logan had already been arrested in Egypt when she decided to go back for what turned out to be the closest call of a danger-filled career.
CBS News disclosed that Logan was surrounded in Tahrir Square and “suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers.” She was hospitalized upon her return to the United States.
CBS NEWS: On Friday, Feb. 11, the day Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, CBS chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for a “60 Minutes” story when she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration. It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy.
ASSOCIATED PRESS: President Barack Obama declared Friday the peaceful departure of Hosni Mubarak as Egypt’s president marked “a beginning” holding the promise of greater democracy for the world’s most populous Arab nation. But he added soberly, “There will be difficult days ahead.”
Indeed, while Obama and other U.S. officials voiced optimism, they were also concerned over who will end up in control of the Egypt and whether the United States will emerge with the kind of stable partner it badly needs in the volatile Middle East.
Also at issue: whether the unrest that brought down Mubarak will spread to other nations in the Middle East, including oil-rich autocratic neighbors, and whether the Egyptian military will make good on its pledge of promoting free and fair elections.
At the White House, Obama’s words were alternately celebratory and cautious after Mubarak ended three decades of iron rule and turned over his authority to the military.
How is a military takeover historic or democratic?
STRAFOR GLOBAL INTELLIGENCE: Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman delivered the following statement Feb. 11: “In the name of God the merciful, the compassionate, citizens, during these very difficult circumstances Egypt is going through, President Hosni Mubarak has decided to step down from the office of president of the republic and has charged the high council of the armed forces to administer the affairs of the country. May God help everybody.”
Suleiman’s statement is the clearest indication thus far that the military has carried out a coup led by Defense Minister Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi. It is not clear whether Suleiman will remain as the civilian head of the army-led government. Egypt is returning to the 1952 model of ruling the state via a council of army officers. The question now is to what extent the military elite will share power with its civilian counterparts.
At a certain point, the opposition’s euphoria will subside and demands for elections will be voiced. The United States, while supportive of the military containing the unrest, also has a strategic need to see Egypt move toward a more pluralistic system.
ASSOCIATED PRESS: Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak resigned as president and handed control to the military on Friday after 29 years in power, bowing to a historic 18-day wave of pro-democracy demonstrations by hundreds of thousands. “The people ousted the president,” chanted a crowd of tens of thousands outside his presidential palace in Cairo.
Several hundred thousand protesters massed in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square exploded into joy, cheering and waving Egyptian flags. Fireworks, car horns and celebratory shots in the air were heard around the city of 18 million in joy after Vice President Omar Suleiman made the announcement on national TV just after nightfall.
LEO RENNERT-AMERICAN THINKER: Barack Obama is turning himself into a case study of how a U.S. president should not conduct foreign policy. With his propensity to constantly seek the spotlight, Obama has morphed into commentator-in-chief when it comes to the still unfolding crisis in Egypt.
Instead of keeping a low profile, weighing developments and not sticking his neck out amid fast-changing events on the ground, Obama feels it necessary to issue a spate of public pronouncements that are quickly overtaken by what’s really happening in Cairo and other Egyptian cities.
The self-made hubris that afflicts Obama was dramatically illustrated on Feb. 10 when, in anticipation of a public address by Hosni Mubarak that the media touted beforehand as a formal farewell, Obama didn’t even wait to hear what the Egyptian leader would say and, during a trip to Michigan, began exulting that Mubarak was about to follow the script Obama had devised for him. So Obama told the world that we were about to see history unfold before our eyes and witness a historically transformational moment.
BEN SAYS: Why are we paying for a CIA that get’s its intelligence from U.S. media reports? I mean, your humble blogger here can read the U.S. media too, and I don’t cost anything close to what the CIA costs taxpayers.
BUSINESS INSIDER: Want to know why Obama was completely blindsided by Mubarak’sannouncement that he wasn’t resigning?
Turns out CIA director Leon Panetta, who told lawmakers on Capitol Hill yesterday that there was “a strong likelihood that Mubarak may step down this evening” was taking many of his cues from what the American media was broadcasting.
Look at these reports from both the WSJ and the NYT.
ASSOCIATED PRESS: CIA Director Leon Panetta incorrectly predicted Thursday that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak could step down by day’s end, even as he and other top U.S. intelligence officials defended their work interpreting swift-moving political upheaval in the Middle East.
In other words, this loyal and important U.S. friend now hates us, thanks to incompetent Obama.
BARRY RUBIN-NY DAILY NEWS: President Hosni Mubarak’s speech is the equivalent of Gary Cooper, Charles Bronson or Clint Eastwood sneering, “You want power? Come and get it!”
He may be a dictator but he is one tough dude.
Or maybe he is a dictator because he is one tough dude. The most important thing spoken during this whole crisis was when Mubarak told President Obama that he didn’t understand Egyptian (Arab) culture.
Mubarak meant that in Arab culture you don’t give an inch unless you are prepared to have your enemy take a mile. If you back down, you’re kicked down. Once that process starts the result is not a slippery slope, it’s an avalanche. Unlike the American leadership, Mubarak and his colleagues know that the Muslim Brotherhood is not a group of social welfare advocates or moderate reformers.
They have watched as one place after another – Iran, the Gaza Strip, and then Lebanon – has fallen to revolutionary Islamists. And they saw how in nearby Algeria when the gates of power were opened the result was a civil war in which tens of thousands of people died.
I could not have said this better myself. Bravo Chris Matthews for telling the truth on this. Tingle gone from leg.
The result of Obama’s treachery here will almost certainly be the replacement of Mubarak by an anti-American, hardline Muslim regime. There are no democratic institutions or traditions in Egypt. The radical Muslim Brotherhood is the only organized alternative, and it is poised to pounce on this opportunity to seize power.
REUTERS: If Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak is toppled, Israel will lose one of its very few friends in a hostile neighborhood and President Barack Obama will bear a large share of the blame, Israeli pundits said on Monday.
Political commentators expressed shock at how the United States as well as its major European allies appeared to be ready to dump a staunch strategic ally of three decades, simply to conform to the current ideology of political correctness.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told ministers of the Jewish state to make no comment on the political cliffhanger in Cairo, to avoid inflaming an already explosive situation. But Israel’s President Shimon Peres is not a minister.
“We always have had and still have great respect for President Mubarak,” he said on Monday. He then switched to the past tense. “I don’t say everything that he did was right, but he did one thing which all of us are thankful to him for: he kept the peace in the Middle East.”