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Posted at 2:45 PM ET, 02/ 3/2011

Mubarak: 'I care about Egypt'

By Jonathan Capehart

ABC News's Christiane Amanpour scored the journalistic coup of the Egyptian crisis: an interview with President Hosni Mubarak. And in a series of tweets from her colleague Jake Tapper, we're finding out that embattled leader is as defiant and he is seemingly delusional.

More Mubarak to @CAmanpour : "I don't care what people say about me. Right now I care about my country, I care about Egypt. "

Mubarak told @CAmanpour he's fed up, he's had enough, he wants to go. But if he resigns today there will be chaos.

As opposed to the chaos he ignited in Cairo and elsewhere yesterday through his armed band of thugs, some of whom beat pro-reform protesters from the backs of horses and camels?

@CAmanpour : I asked Mubarak if he was ready to leave office. He said: I am fed up. After 62 yrs in public service I have had enough. I want to go.

No one is stopping Mubarak but himself. The Egyptian people want him to go to -- now. To paraphrase White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, "now" means yesterday. If Mubarak truly cares about his country, if he truly cares about Egypt, he will listen to his once cowered people now defiantly protesting him on the streets of Cairo.

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 3, 2011; 2:45 PM ET
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"if he resigns today there will be chaos."

He'll make sure there is.

Posted by: thebobbob | February 3, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse

What exactly is to take his place in Egypt? Frankly, the very people that everyone seems to ready to push to power aren't acting rationally and probably can't control the chaos that's been unleased.

The transition needs to be orderly even it means that Mubarak remains in office until September.

Posted by: zzishate@yahoo.com | February 3, 2011 3:45 PM | Report abuse

The void would be filled with a muslim theocracy. Like Iran, only bigger and much, much stronger.

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | February 3, 2011 3:55 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the author 100%. The monster Mubarak is delusional and dangerous. If he has one ounce of decency he will leave immediately, and if he has one ounce of dignity, he will shoot himself in the head. What arrogance and what utter disregard to the suffering people of Egypt. It is a typical tactics of tyrants and dictators the world over to threaten that their people either live under his fist without freedom or food but "secure", or live in terror. He's making sure his thugs are butchering the inncocent protestors in the street to terrorize the people. He is a savage animal who is responsible for the massacre of his people. He must be prosecuted for crimes against humanity.

Posted by: genevieve2000 | February 3, 2011 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the author 100%. The monster Mubarak is delusional and dangerous. If he has one ounce of decency he will leave immediately, and if he has one ounce of dignity, he will shoot himself in the head. What arrogance and what utter disregard to the suffering people of Egypt. It is a typical tactics of tyrants and dictators the world over to threaten that their people either live under his fist without freedom or food but "secure", or live in terror. He's making sure his thugs are butchering the inncocent protestors in the street to terrorize the people. He is a savage animal who is responsible for the massacre of his people. He must be prosecuted for crimes against humanity.

Posted by: genevieve2000 | February 3, 2011 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Egypt, Tunisia, Sudan, Yemen, Jordon - Anyone see a pattern? Or will Obama be "taken by surprise" again?

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | February 3, 2011 4:37 PM | Report abuse

All those commentators here agreeing with the thug and spreading misinformation about the Islamists taking over, are nothing but paid agents and lobbyists of the monster himself. Shame.

Posted by: genevieve2000 | February 3, 2011 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Actually it is the other way around! It is the Egyptian people who are fed up with Mubarak! The Dictator admitted that his 30 years of rule were total failure by saying that if he "resigns today there will be chaos."!? I don't think the Egyptian dictator understands that!

Posted by: editor4tonio | February 3, 2011 5:36 PM | Report abuse

He is producing chaos right now by sending his thugs to kill the Egyptian people whom he claims caring for. He is a despot and bloody dictator and he will not leave office until he is sure that he is not held accountable for thirty years of murder,torture and steeling the money of the people.
Those who speak of Iran are either ignorant of the situation or think that freedom is only for them alone. There is no theocracy in Sunni Islam.There is Islamic party in power in Turkey and a Christian party in Germany and no one talks of theocracy in these countries.

Posted by: mansour112 | February 3, 2011 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Mubarak, if he could be believed, is like a cancer cell worried that the patient will die if it is surgically removed. He's got to go.

Posted by: klakey1 | February 3, 2011 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Didn't an arrogant French King centuries ago mutter, 'apres moi, le deluge!' (or was it 'la deluge'.....I never could keep their crazy definite articles straight).

Anyhow, it's always the same, power corrupts and the longer a dictator is in power the more corrupt and deluded he becomes. One can only wish 'Allah' would guide a heart attack or stroke to Mubarak about NOW. No such luck.

Posted by: mosthind | February 3, 2011 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Posted at 2:45 PM ET, 02/ 3/2011
Mubarak: 'I care about Egypt'
By Jonathan Capehart

"...No one is stopping Mubarak but himself. The Egyptian people want him to go to -- now. To paraphrase White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, "now" means yesterday..."

Leave it to Capehart to get a paraphrase wrong what we heard Gibbs say was, "...uhm...gee...also...oh...'n...o...w'...ah...means...yes...ummm...ter...gee...daaay..."

...so while we are at it, what qualifies you to tell any President of any Country (including ours) to go, and what people in Egypt are you paraphrasing?

...can you see and hear Egypt from your front porch?

Why are any of you worried about who ordered who to do what in Egypt? These sons of, anti-authoritarian, desert jackals (the very same ilk we saw dancing in the streets when the towers went down) were trained with OUR money in a (US Congressionally funded) cultural exchange seminar headed by Bill (days of rage) Ayers and Burn-a-Flag Dorn (lately of Cooode Pink Palestinian re-armament flotilla fame), and you want a federal investigation to find out who, in that horrible situation, goes out and tries to get back their country from street thugs, being encouraged by (not surprisingly) a ol' boy from (ex-days-of-rage) Chitcago and his good ol' boy in the House?

...now that offends US to the core, so while we are about it, why do you people always play the same worn out fiddle when the devil starts calling the tune? Why is one dude's (me) being offended at the serial mischaracterization, and revisionist rewriting (yours) of history, any less important than several (maybe hundreds of) thousand(s) of screaming, rampaging, protesting citizens(?) of a third-rate, underdeveloped, disrespecting of all Western Civilization, *ell *ole in the middle of North Africa? By what rod do you measure the appropriate level of rage I should unleash against you, abrogater of your responsibility to me, a potential receptor of your daily blog-cestous blizzard of misinformational malarkey?

Posted by: RichNomore | February 3, 2011 10:15 PM | Report abuse

The thugs are the radicals trying to overthrow a legitimate government. If Mubarak goes, there goes a friend of the U.S. In the region.

Posted by: stscottst | February 3, 2011 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Posted at 2:45 PM ET, 02/ 3/2011
Mubarak: 'I care about Egypt'
By Jonathan Capehart

"...No one is stopping Mubarak but himself. The Egyptian people want him to go to -- now. To paraphrase White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, "now" means yesterday..."

Leave it to Capehart to get a paraphrase wrong what we heard Gibbs say was, "...uhm...gee...also...oh...'n...o...w'...ah...means...yes...ummm...ter...gee...daaay..."

...so while we are at it, what qualifies you to tell any President of any Country (including ours) to go, and what people in Egypt are you paraphrasing?

...can you see and hear Egypt from your front porch?

Why are any of you worried about who ordered who to do what in Egypt? These sons of, anti-authoritarian, desert jackals (the very same ilk we saw dancing in the streets when the towers went down) were trained with OUR money in a (US Congressionally funded) cultural exchange seminar headed by Bill (days of rage) Ayers and Burn-a-Flag Dorn (lately of Cooode Pink Palestinian re-armament flotilla fame), and you want a federal investigation to find out who, in that horrible situation, goes out and tries to get back their country from street thugs, being encouraged by (not surprisingly) a ol' boy from (ex-days-of-rage) Chitcago and his good ol' boy in the House?

...now that offends US to the core, so while we are about it, why do you people always play the same worn out fiddle when the devil starts calling the tune? Why is one dude's (me) being offended at the serial mischaracterization, and revisionist rewriting (yours) of history, any less important than several (maybe hundreds of) thousand(s) of screaming, rampaging, protesting citizens(?) of a third-rate, underdeveloped, disrespecting of all Western Civilization, *ell *ole in the middle of North Africa? By what rod do you measure the appropriate level of rage I should unleash against you, abrogater of your responsibility to me, a potential receptor of your daily blog-cestous blizzard of misinformational malarkey?

Posted by: RichNomore | February 3, 2011 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Although Mubarak isn't fully right, he's not fully wrong.
There's really nothing in place to deal with an Egyptian president resigning; who would take charge and under what authority?
The best thing is for him to work out an orderly transition over the next week (what he should have done over the last 7 days) to ensure that whomever becomes president does so within the country's laws and constitution.
Otherwise, those who back him might not (won't) support the decision and cause additional issues and chaos, believing (rightfully so) that whomever says they are in charge has no standing.

But Mubarak must go within the laws of the country and go now. Egypt cannot wait until September for this; the people on the street won't, his backers won't and the world can't deal with the uncertainty and unrest for 8 more months. Otherwise, the chaos of today will look small in comparison by September.

Posted by: MadiganT | February 4, 2011 12:06 PM | Report abuse

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