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Mubarak's out, who's in? (UPDATED)

For now, it looks like the military

U.S. intelligence indicates "a strong likelihood" that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is on his way out and may step down as early as Thursday night, CIA Director Leon Panetta told Congress.

Panetta said he didn't know specifics, but said it seemed likely that Mubarak would turn over powers to his vice president, Omar Suleiman. Panetta made the comments in testimony before the House Intelligence Committee as Egyptian state TV said the embattled president would speak to the nation Thursday night from his palace in Cairo.

Committee Chairman Mike Rogers of Michigan asked Panetta about news reports that Mubarak was poised to relinquish power.

"I got the same information you did, that there is a strong likelihood that Mubarak will step down this evening, which will be significant in terms of where the hopefully orderly transition in Egypt will take place," the CIA director said. Panetta did not say how the CIA reached that conclusion.

State TV said Mubarak will speak to the nation Thursday night from his palace in Cairo.

Egypt's military announced on national television that it had stepped in to "safeguard the country" and assured protesters that Mubarak will meet their demands. That was the strongest indication yet that the longtime leader had lost power.

Panetta said the CIA was following the developments "very closely."

He said if there is an orderly transition in Egypt that leads to free and fair elections, and includes elements of the opposition, "it could have a positive effect with regards to that area."

On the other hand, he said, it would not be good news "if this turns in another direction."

Ya think?

The other direction might be this one:

Some Americans fear that Egypt in 2011 could repeat Iran in 1979, when a small group of religious fanatics hijacked a revolution. They see another popular uprising overtaking a much-hated, U.S.-backed dictator. They know that the strongest opposition group is the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist movement that is unfriendly to the United States (In my years of interviewing Brotherhood leaders, I've almost never heard one say anything friendly about the U.S., which they regard with open and conspiratorial hostility.) And they worry that the dictator's impending fall will invite another Islamist takeover, which could undermine U.S. interests in the Middle East for decades to come.

Ironically, nobody understands these fears better than the Muslim Brotherhood itself. The Egyptian Islamist organization knows that if it does anything that even remotely appears as though it is trying to take charge of the opposition, it will become the global face of Egypt's popular revolt - subjecting both the revolt generally and the group specifically to the scrutiny of an international community that doesn't want to see a Brotherhood-ruled Egypt. So for the moment, its leaders say that they will neither run a presidential candidate nor participate in any transitional government. Their coyness is likely to continue until a political transition is consolidated.

For those wanting to know more about The Muslim Brotherhood, you might start over at the Jerusalem Post (which is sure to get teeth a'gnashing simply by the reference):

Pundits have portrayed the Brotherhood as uncompromising zealots or beneficent providers of social services that long-deprived Egyptians desperately need.

But a translation released Tuesday of a 1995 book by the movement's fifth official leader sheds light on just how Egypt's Brotherhood views itself and its mission. Jihad is the Way is the last of a five-volume work, The Laws of Da'wa by Mustafa Mashhur, who headed the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt from 1996-2002.

The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday saw excerpts of the text, compiled by Palestinian Media Watch founder Itamar Marcus and analyst Nan Jacques Zilberdik.

They detail the Brotherhood's objectives of advancing the global conquest of Islam and reestablishing the Islamic Caliphate, the public and private duties of jihad and the struggle Muslims must wage against Israel.

The full text, translated by PMW, will be posted Wednesday on the organization's website, Palwatch.org.

"The Islamic ummah," it says, referring to the supranational community of Muslims, "can regain its power and be liberated and assume its rightful position which was intended by Allah, as the most exalted nation among men, as the leaders of humanity."

Elsewhere, it exhorts Muslims, "Know your status, and believe firmly that you are the masters of the world, even if your enemies desire your degradation."

Stand by folks but relax.  We have the smartest administration evah in power here in the good ole U.S. of A. and so there's no real cause for concern.

Sigh.

UPDATE: Mubarak's in, Obama's out.


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Comments (59)

How many times will Barry b... (Below threshold)
914:

How many times will Barry bow to the emerging leader before the cock crows thrice?

Watch out, the boogieman Mu... (Below threshold)
galoob:

Watch out, the boogieman Muzzie Bros are going to get you, Rick. They're under your bed.


Stand by folks but... (Below threshold)
Brett :
Stand by folks but relax. We have the smartest administration evah in power here in the good ole U.S. of A. and so there's no real cause for concern.

Clearly they are economic geniuses - you mean they are foreign policy experts, too?! Is there anything Obama can't do?

I'll take Islami... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:

I'll take Islamic Theocracy for $800, Alex.

Is there anything Obama ... (Below threshold)
Clay:

Is there anything Obama can't do?

Impersonate Reagan.

"Is there anything Obama... (Below threshold)
PBunyan:

"Is there anything Obama can't do?"

Anything that will not hasten the destruction of America.

I would think, with their ... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

I would think, with their mesmerizing preoccupation with Islam fanatics, wizbang commenters, including ex-seminarian Rick, whould be delighted with Obama´s pick, Omar Suleman, chief of ´the Mukhabarat´, or General Intelligence Directorate, as the next president of Egypt. The protesters and the Arab street in Cairo, slightly less delirious.

Ron Suskind, author of the book The One Percent Doctrine, called Suleiman the "hit man" for the Mubarak regime. He told ABC News that when the CIA asked Suleiman for a DNA sample from a relative of Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri, Suleiman offered the man's whole arm instead.

"He's a charitable man, friendly," said Suskind. "He tortures only people that he doesn't know."

Suskind said Suleiman "was our point man in Egypt for many years. Everything went through Omar. We never had to talk to anyone else. When we wanted someone to be tortured, we'd send him to Egypt to have them tortured. We wanted to get intelligence and we didn't need it to be stuff that could be doublechecked."


"Is there anything Obama ca... (Below threshold)
914:

"Is there anything Obama can't do?"


Too easy. Create jobs!!

Panetta said the CIA was fo... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Panetta said the CIA was following the developments "very closely."

TRANSLATION: We're watching CNN.

Mubarak's out, who's in?... (Below threshold)

Mubarak's out, who's in?

Seems to me that, since things are running smoothly here now, Obey-Won can split his next time between here and there for the next two years and get them all set up, too. Couple tril in government spending, take over a few companies and industries, shut down their oil production - piece of cake. And if they have any silly residency requirements, well, Rahm's got a guy that can take care of that, after all, didn't he just give a speech there? If that's not intent to be a resident of Egypt, then I don't know what is.

This crisis underlines once... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

This crisis underlines once again - as if we needed reminding by now - of the complete and utter unfitness of Barack Hussein Obama for the office he holds (and any other requiring any skill set other than using a teleprompter and throwing lavish parties on someone else's dime).

Obviously galoob and Crickmore are big fans of the Muslim Brotherhood - or is it just that they hate America as much, and find themselves at common cause?

"I'll take Military Dictato... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

"I'll take Military Dictatorship for $2,000 Alex.

Crickmore

Is there ANYTHING you can't cut n paste?
Do you not have the cognitive ability to clearly formulate your own thoughts and ideas on a subject without splashing copy from someone else?

Sorry, I answered my own question...you can't.

"Obviously galoob and Crick... (Below threshold)
914:

"Obviously galoob and Crickmore are big fans of the Muslim Brotherhood"


Yes, not a surprise though as they voted for a Muslim brother in the last election or cheered from afar.

At what point will the dumb... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

At what point will the dumbest motherfuckers on the face of this planet quit it with the "Obama is a Muslim!" line? They are convincing nobody of anything save their own cognitive deficiencies.

I guess some people just really like the taste of lead paint, eh 914?

Also, Mubarak is staying in... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Also, Mubarak is staying in power until September.

http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2011/02/10/egypt-mubarak-future.html

Good post though, factual inaccuracy notwithstanding.

My guess is that the Egypti... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

My guess is that the Egyptian government may no longer be as forthcoming with this administration as it has been with previous administrations.

Oh, what a shame, your Pres... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Oh, what a shame, your President might not be as cozy with this autocratic tyrant as his predecessors were. Boo hoo.

MUBARAKBARACKMUBARACKBARACK... (Below threshold)
914:

MUBARAKBARACKMUBARACKBARACK


I guess you are right. I see no similarities at all.

I reiterate: dumbest mother... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

I reiterate: dumbest motherfuckers on the planet.

For the love of God Hype, s... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

For the love of God Hype, stay away from mirrors.

Gmac: Is there ... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Gmac:

Is there ANYTHING you can't cut n paste?
Do you not have the cognitive ability to clearly formulate your own thoughts and ideas on a subject without splashing copy from someone else?

Sorry, I answered my own question...you can't.

If you don´t like pasting and copying so much, don´t you complain to the poster Rick?

Oh good one!But re... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Oh good one!

But really, 913.5 hears a phonetic similarity in Barack Obama's first name, and Hosni Mubarak's last name, and that's enough to get him to pay attention to Glenn Beck's chalkboard lunacy? Do you disagree that he's a seriously stupid person?

19.Don't be... (Below threshold)
914:

19.


Don't be so hard on yourself. Lot's of other fools believed in the 'WON' too.

Why did you apostrophize "L... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Why did you apostrophize "Lots"?

Oh, right: you're a moron.

"Oh, what a shame, your Pre... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

"Oh, what a shame, your President might not be as cozy with this autocratic tyrant as his predecessors were. Boo hoo."

Hyper, seriously, it was just a guess. I don't think it is lost on any leader in the world right now (elected legitimately or otherwise) that our president is peevish, unpredictable, intellectually lazy, condescending..... must I go on?

Peevish? Intellectually laz... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Peevish? Intellectually lazy?

You do know that there was an election in November 2008, right?

Are you from Quebec?... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

Are you from Quebec?

I was born in Montreal but ... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

I was born in Montreal but have lived in English Canada since I was two. Thank you for asking...?

If the situation weren't so... (Below threshold)
Pile of Pooh:

If the situation weren't so serious, I'd think it amusing. When finally faced with a realpolitik situation, the Obama administration finds themselves wholly inadequate to meet the challenge.

It's like watching a replay of the Carter years, but I suppose if we get a repeat of 04 NOV 1980 come 2012, having to endure all of the cringe-inducing incompetence will be worth it. Mostly.

In the meantime, I comfort myself with the fact that all of the competent world leaders (meaning most when compared to Barry) are snickering behind their palms at Obama's chronic bumbling. Except maybe Putin; he probably feels robbed. All those years struggling up through the Soviet political abattoir, anticipating the day when he would finally get to confront the leader of the Evil Imperialists, and he ends up looking across the table at an overgrown college student. It's like making it to the Superbowl and discovering your opponent is the Hoboken Community College girl's intramural swim team.

I lived in Saskatchewan for... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

I lived in Saskatchewan for a year and the western Canadians were pretty mellow. Some of the eastern Canadians (not maritimers) were wound kind of tight so I was just checking.

Yeah, les Québecois are con... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Yeah, les Québecois are condescending assholes. :)

But the province is chock-full of hot women so I'm anti-separatist.

The info used on t... (Below threshold)
gnossoss papadopoulis:

The info used on the Muslim Brotherhood is 20 years old. But it sure is scary isn't it. It doesn't take much to scare the pants off the Wizbang crowd. I am trying to figure out which boogie man sends the conservative out for a fresh box of Depends?? Marxist, socialist,communist, Islamist?, liberal, Mexican,Afro American????

Oh wait I forgot those super scary 2 guys in the New Black Panther Party. They had Wizbangers whimpering for weeks.

This whole thread has helpe... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

This whole thread has helped me better understand your priorities.

Still no correction to this... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Still no correction to this post since Mubarak pulled down his pants and shook his sad, flaccid dick at democracy.

Journamalism!

Well the man did not step d... (Below threshold)
hcddbz:

Well the man did not step down and told BHO to but out.

Let the Games begin

Looks as though the CIA has... (Below threshold)
Tsar Nicholas II:

Looks as though the CIA has been spending too much time watching CNN and reading the Washington Post, as opposed to actually having a clue about the facts on the ground.

It appears that mubarak wil... (Below threshold)
Jim m:

It appears that mubarak will only leave when he's done humiliating obama. That could be a long time as obama keeps providing new opportunities.

Time for a beer summit Barr... (Below threshold)
914:

Time for a beer summit Barry!


Mubarak will keep hanging a... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Mubarak will keep hanging around until he is finished embarrassing obama. Since obama seems bent on furnishing Mubarak with plenty of opportunities it looks like Mubarak will be around for some time.

Judging by the White House ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Judging by the White House statement this evening, I can come up with only one translation for the Foggy Bottom rhetoric:

"We ain't got a clue."

Looks as though the CIA ... (Below threshold)
galoob:

Looks as though the CIA has been spending too much time watching CNN and reading the Washington Post, as opposed to actually having a clue about the facts on the ground.

I'm sure you know so much about the CIA and what they're doing and knowing in Egypt, Tsar, even though you've never had a security clearance. Do you have access to JWICS? Or are you getting things from Wikileaks?

galoob,When someon... (Below threshold)
jim m:

galoob,

When someone says that something "Looks as though" it is not a statement of fact that follows, it is a statement of opinion. In this case it is rather obvious that the following statement was one of sarcasm. That you take such a comment as serious says a great deal about your ability to think rationally.

At what point will the d... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

At what point will the dumbest motherfuckers on the face of this planet quit it with the "Obama is a Muslim!" line?

About the same point as the other dumbest motherfuckers on the face of the planet quit with the "Bush=Hitler" line...8 years, maybe? Sauce, goose, gander, I say...

Also, Mubarak is staying... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

Also, Mubarak is staying in power until September.

Or until his compound is overrun and he is shot or chased out, whichever comes first.

I'm sure Anwar Sadat was pl... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

I'm sure Anwar Sadat was planning to stick around too...

It's like making it to t... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

It's like making it to the Superbowl and discovering your opponent is the Hoboken Community College girl's intramural swim team.

Who'd probably STILL be able to kick the Steeler's butts.

Is there anything Obama ... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

Is there anything Obama can't do?

Impersonate Reagan.

Impersonate an American.

Is there anything Obama ... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

Is there anything Obama can't do?

Shoot 4 under par?

Panetta said the CIA was... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

Panetta said the CIA was following the developments "very closely."

TRANSLATION: We're watching CNN.

Great news. The CIA has HDTV.

Still no correction to this post since Mubarak pulled down his pants and shook his sad, flaccid dick at ... Obama.

FTFY.

"About the same point as th... (Below threshold)
ryan a:

"About the same point as the other dumbest motherfuckers on the face of the planet quit with the "Bush=Hitler" line...8 years, maybe?"

James: good point. So we can look forward to the lame "Obama is a Muslim" stuff until around 2016. How thrilling.

More evidence against extreme polemic politics.

FWIW: Mubarak is all over t... (Below threshold)
ryan a:

FWIW: Mubarak is all over the place. This isn't looking good. He's scrambling, looking for a hail mary, or whatever dictators look for down field.

All up in the air. Who knows?

Looks like Bush wasn't the ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Looks like Bush wasn't the only president to suffer from "intelligence failures".

Oh, wait! The left didn't accept that excuse, did they?

So we can safely assume, as with Bush, IT'S ALL BARRY'S FAULT.

Right?

.......liberal crickets chirping.........

"So we can safely assume, a... (Below threshold)
ryan a:

"So we can safely assume, as with Bush, IT'S ALL BARRY'S FAULT."

Anyone who blamed Bush for everything under the sun had a seriously myopic understanding of politics. Blaming Bush for everything completely ignored not only the people who surrounded him, but also the folks on the other side of the aisle (Dems) who were also part of the problem.

The same applies to Obama. Pretending that everything boils down to any single individual is pretty ridiculous. As I see it, ODS is just as strong as BDS ever was. Just mirror reflections of the same oversimplified political worldview, if you ask me. Not that you did, of course.

"Is there anything Obama ca... (Below threshold)
914:

"Is there anything Obama can't do?"


Give up power half as gracefully as brother Mubarak.

As I see it, ODS is just... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

As I see it, ODS is just as strong as BDS ever was. Just mirror reflections of the same oversimplified political worldview, if you ask me. Not that you did, of course.

Now don't demean yourself, ryan. Your opinions, much like those of Jimmy Carter, serve a valuable function; if we ever find ourselves thinking along similar lines, we know we need to rethink the issue.

Jay G:"Now don't d... (Below threshold)
ryan a:

Jay G:

"Now don't demean yourself, ryan. Your opinions, much like those of Jimmy Carter, serve a valuable function; if we ever find ourselves thinking along similar lines, we know we need to rethink the issue."

Right! Because actually agreeing with someone from the "other" side is unthinkable, isn't it?

The funny thing is that I a... (Below threshold)
ryan a:

The funny thing is that I agree with what Garandfan said, at least in part. And I think it's a good point about the rabid anti-Bush crowd, who would have blamed him for the Plague, if given the chance. Pretty lame, I'll agree.

The irony, however, is that the road cuts both ways, and there are plenty of people who are just as rabidly anti-Obama today as there were (and probably still are) anti-Bush folks. But I'm sure many of you "disagree" with me on that point, for some reason or another.

ames: good point. So we ... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

ames: good point. So we can look forward to the lame "Obama is a Muslim" stuff until around 2016. How thrilling.

I'm thinking late 2012, actually, so you might get some relief sooner than you think.

Somehow I just can't get th... (Below threshold)
Stan:

Somehow I just can't get the thought of Barry following the orders of George Soros in this latest debacle. You know the one where Obama must support all anti-American thugs that pop up. Look at his track record.

• Plays kissy face with Hugo Chavez

• Supported a constitutionally removed would-be dictator in Honduras.

• Does everything in his power to make sure that Daniel Ortega is elected on El Salvador.

• Gives the brain dead dictator of North Korea a blow job.

• Gives the keys to the White House to the Chinese dictator.

• Signed a treaty that we did not need or want with the Russians, making sure that we reduce our nukes and leaving the Russian stockpile intact.

• Now he wants to play patty fingers with the largest terrorist group the world — The Muslim Brotherhood.

There are other examples but I would be here all day typing them out.




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