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February 11, 2011

The U.S. Response Throughout the Egypt Crisis

Topics: Egypt, Political News and commentaries

Abe Greenwald writes at Contentions (emphasis mine):

As we await President Obama's reaction to Hosni Mubarak's stepping down, it's worth checking out this Reuters timeline on the changing U.S. reactions to the situation in Egypt. It begins with the January 25 entry, "[Hillary] Clinton gives the first high-level U.S. response, saying, 'Our assessment is that the Egyptian government is stable and is looking for ways to respond to the legitimate needs and interests of the Egyptian people'" and ends with this from today: "Vice President Joe Biden gives the first official U.S. reaction to the announcement that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is stepping down. He calls the change of power a 'pivotal' moment in Egypt's history and says the transition must be one of irreversible change." In between there is much confusion, incoherence, and contradiction.

For now, all eyes are on the world-historic events in Egypt, as they should be. But the time will soon come for an honest analysis of the three-ring circus that was the Obama administration's crisis management throughout this revolution.

Do check out the Reuters timeline on the Obama administration's reaction to the situation in Egypt ... then compare it to President Bush's Prescience. As Peter Wehner suggests at the link, Bush's words and one of the central commitments of his presidency are indeed worth recalling.

Needless to say, the difference is beyond striking.

Posted by Richard at February 11, 2011 3:23 PM

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