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Posted at 2:33 PM ET, 02/ 8/2011

The Egypt warnings Obama ignored

By Jackson Diehl

Caught flat-footed and totally unprepared for Egypt's uprising, the Obama administration has been offering a series of excuses. It was, officials claim, quietly supporting reform all along. The CIA never warned that Egypt might blow up. No one could have anticipated what has happened in Cairo since Jan. 25.

The claim on reform is easily dismissed. Anyone who has been following Egypt for the last two years knows the administration's record of coddling President Hosni Mubarak, cutting funds for Egyptian democracy programs, and eschewing criticism of the regime's repression.

But another part of the record also needs clearing up: In fact, the White House was warned, publicly and repeatedly, that Egypt was approaching a turning point and that the status quo was untenable -- not by an intelligence agency, but by a bipartisan group of Washington-based experts who pleaded, in vain, for a change of policy.

The Working Group on Egypt was formed a year ago this month for the purpose of raising the alarm about Mubarak's crumbling regime and pressing the administration to adopt a different approach. The first sentence of its opening statement read: "Egypt is at a critical turning point." To this day it is issuing detailed proposals about how to handle the crisis. On Monday night, it warned that the administration "may acquiesce to an inadequate and possibly fraudulent transition process in Egypt." Sadly, the administration failed to take its warnings seriously -- and it is still not listening to its good advice.

The group draws on considerably more expertise on Egypt than exists within the White House, which until Jan. 25 had only one staffer dedicated to Egypt and North Africa. Its chairs are Michele Dunne, a former White House and State Department official now working at the Carnegie Endowment's Arab Reform Project, and Robert Kagan, a foreign policy expert now based at the Brookings Institution (and a monthly columnist for The Post). Members run the gamut of the political spectrum: Tom Malinowksi and Maria McFarland of Human Rights Watch; former Bush administration official Elliott Abrams; Brian Katulis of the Center for American Progress; Neil Hicks of Human Rights First; Ellen Bork of the Foreign Policy Initiative; Thomas Carothers of Carnegie; Scott Carpenter of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, among others.

The group followed its founding statement with a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, dated April 7, 2010. Noting that Egypt "faces substantial leadership changes in the near future without a fair and transparent political process," it said: "if the opportunity for reform is missed, prospects for stability and prosperity in Egypt will be in doubt."

The letter attacked the mindset that informed -- and still informs -- the administration's thinking on Egypt:

The choice is not between a stable and predictable but undemocratic Egypt on the one hand, and dangerous instability and extremism on the other. There is now an opportunity to support gradual, responsible democratic reform. But the longer the United States and the world wait to support democratic institutions and responsible political change in Egypt, the longer the public voice will be stifled and the harder it will be to reverse a dangerous trend.

This, mind you, was ten months ago. But the advice had no effect: When Mubarak renewed Egypt's hated emergency law in May, the White House and State Department reacted mildly. So the group sent a second letter to Clinton, dated May 11:

Madame Secretary, this is a bipartisan issue," it pleaded. "We strongly encourage you to act quickly and effectively. The renewal of the state of emergency heightens our concern that the administration's practice of quiet diplomacy is not bearing fruit. As a major aid contributor to and strategic partner of Egypt, the United States is uniquely positioned to engage the Egyptian government and civil society and encourage them along a path toward reform. The time to use that leverage is now.

No response. By June, Dunne and Kagan were frustrated enough to publish an op-ed in The Post with a stark and prescient warning:

The Obama administration, in pursuit of an illusory stability, stands mute and passive as the predictable train wreck draws nearer...it is repeating the mistake that Cold War-era administrations made when they supported right-wing dictatorships -- right up until the point when they were toppled by radical forces.

So whatever the CIA said, the warning that Egypt might face a popular uprising was delivered eight months ago -- where everyone in Washington could read it.

But the Working Group didn't make its arguments only in public statements and op-eds. It had meetings at the State Department; last November it met with a group of senior officials at the White House, including Dennis Ross, one of Obama's top advisers on the Middle East. One purpose of that meeting was to urge the administration to react vigorously if, as was expected, Mubarak staged a rigged election for parliament and refused to allow international monitoring.

The election took place; it was, indeed, a travesty from which international monitors were excluded. Ignoring the advice it had received, the administration reacted with mild statements by low-level officials while affirming its continued support for Mubarak. On background, administration briefers told journalists that it was "unrealistic" to expect Mubarak to hold a democratic election.

Since the current crisis erupted, the Working Group has issued a steady stream of statements. It has urged the administration to state explicitly that "Mubarak has no place in a process leading to meaningful political change." It has said the administration should "suspend all economic and military assistance to Egypt until the government accepts" genuine democratic reforms, including lifting the state of emergency, releasing political prisoners and inviting international monitors "to enter the country and monitor the process leading to elections."

For several days last week it looked like Obama might follow the group's advice: He said a transition to democracy "must begin now" and hinted that Mubarak should step down. But over the weekend the State Department's stability-at-all-costs doctrine was reasserted. Clinton endorsed "the transition process announced by the Egyptian government" and the general Mubarak installed as vice-president, Omar Suleiman.

Given how often the Working Group has been right when the administration has been wrong, the open letters to Obama and Clinton it issued Monday night deserve attention:

"We are concerned by reports suggesting that the U.S. administration may acquiesce to an inadequate and possibly fraudulent transition process in Egypt," they read.

The process that is unfolding now has many of the attributes of a smokescreen. Without significant changes, it will lead to preservation of the current regime in all but name and ensure radicalization and instability in the future. Throwing the weight of the United States behind the proposals of President Mubarak and Vice President Suleiman, rather than the legitimate demands of the opposition, would be a serious error.

You have indicated that the transition must begin 'now' and that Egypt cannot 'go back' to where it was before the demonstrations began, says the letter to Obama. For those words to have meaning, your administration must commit itself to full democracy in Egypt. That can only be brought about with the participation of all of the democratic opposition and the unmistakable departure of Hosni Mubarak from the scene.



Will the administration listen this time? Given its record over the past year, the odds don't seem good. But perhaps Obama, who has appeared more sympathetic to the Egyptian uprising than Clinton and the State Department, will reflect on this fact: If he had heeded the advice the Working Group offered a year ago, the United States -- and maybe Egypt, too -- would be in a far better strategic position. At the least, he wouldn't have been surprised by what has happened the last two weeks.

By Jackson Diehl  | February 8, 2011; 2:33 PM ET
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Comments

I guess not getting the date right on the upheaval in Egypt is even more egregious than missing a warning about a terrorist attack on New York and DC. Why didn't the CIA tell anyone that the Tunisian fruit seller was going to light himself on fire?

Posted by: daweeni | February 8, 2011 3:05 PM | Report abuse

This is the latest "Flat Footed" response by an unqualified and inexperienced President. Remember the "3am call" Hilary talked about?

Posted by: hek211 | February 8, 2011 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Mr Diehl writes: "If he [the President] had heeded the advice the Working Group offered a year ago, the United States -- and maybe Egypt, too -- would be in a far better strategic position." Really? Stronger criticisms of Mubarak's usual shenanigans over the past year would have made a material difference in Egypt? How gullible do you think your readers are Mr. Diehl? If events in Egypt manage turn out for the better, will President Obama get the credit too? Or just the blame in the interim?

Posted by: Tom_from_AnnArbor | February 8, 2011 3:18 PM | Report abuse

So what would you have Obama do??? Nothing is cut and dry in Egypt, it is all a gray area. Should we go in guns blazing?? Why is it, that we are even evolved in Egypt? If the Egyptians want Democracy then what they are doing is what needs to be done. Protesting in the streets and demanding our so called Allie/Tyrant be removed...It is up to the people of Egypt to decide whom they want as a leader and not the United States. So again what would you have Obama do?

Posted by: nallcando2 | February 8, 2011 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Jackson, any administration that pays serious heed to an organization including Elliott Abrams would deserve all the grief it would surely receive as a result. Personally, I do not want this government to be significantly involved in the events transpiring in Egypt. This revolution belongs to the Egyptian people. They will decide the direction. For thirty years we spent our tax dollars to prop up Mubarak. It wasn't a good idea but it was the best that Republican and Democratic administrations could come up with. Let's see what the people want for a change.

Posted by: gposner | February 8, 2011 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Some blind pundits are explaining us when, how and if Egyptian people can or cannot move toward democracy, these very commentators and pseudo-analysts who nver leaved under the rule of a police-sate or a dictatorship will be the same in few months who will ask : Why they hate us?
It looks like Arabs don't have the same desires, dreams, needs and hpes that the rest of the Free World.
Are we US, Canada, Eu continue to overlook the hopes of hundreds of millions odf Arabs in order to obtain cheap oil and defend the Only Democracy of The Middle East and deny the right for other nations to rule themselves...
Imagine Arabs deciding or meddling in Presidential Elections in USA or in any Western country or imposing their preferences on Israle elections.
The way we are behaving and treating these Arab nations is like watering the seeds of rage and hatred.
The response of the Obama Administration is pathetic and years light far from the Spirit of The Founding Fathers of The LAnd of the Free and The Brave...
We are de-humanizing Arab people as if they were a bunch of apes with no brain (I know some think so...)and no memory!
Please never ask again: Why they hate us?

Posted by: eddy3 | February 8, 2011 3:21 PM | Report abuse

OMG! The President IGNORED WARNINGS! From... some guys! That... stuff might happen!

If only the president had HEEDED those warnings! And done... something I will not bother to be remotely specific about! Then, by gum! Then the situation would... I guess... be pretty much exactly what it is right now.

But still! HEED ME OBAMA!

Posted by: howlless | February 8, 2011 3:26 PM | Report abuse

So Obama was warned or not warned. Who cares. Egypt is none of our business. We should not have been supporting Mubarak anyways. It makes us look stupid and foolish.

Posted by: Maddogg | February 8, 2011 3:27 PM | Report abuse

A few weeks ago, Vice President Biden was interviewed by Jim Lehrer on the PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer. This was a day or so before the "Egypt upheaval hit the U.S. news." Of course, Biden played down any kind of "citizen uprising" and strongly supported Mubarak. When asked if Mubarak was a "dictator", Biden said "no".

Of course, we will never know what the various U.S. intelligence agencies were saying about Egypt; nor will we know what Israel was reporting to U.S. intell agents.

All we have is the public pronouncements of Vice President Biden, speaking about the situation in Egypt, and his friend Mubarak.

Posted by: rmorris391 | February 8, 2011 3:30 PM | Report abuse

The longer he is in office, the better Obama makes George W look.

Posted by: shel_zahav | February 8, 2011 3:31 PM | Report abuse

The chutzpah of Jackson Diehl and his fellow neocons is breathtaking. They dreamed up the Iraq fiasco and drove our country into the ditch. They have never been held accountable.

Posted by: David77 | February 8, 2011 3:32 PM | Report abuse

If a presidential administration were to scramble every time it was informed that 'a turning point is being reached somewhere,' basically nothing would get done.

Moreover, I fail to see what negative consequences the US is facing from its failure to anticipate this crisis. Egypt is on the path to liberalised government that is capable of representing the interests of its people. We aren't risking someone like Hamas taking over. As far as we can tell, the folks on the rise to power will be putting Egypt on the path to legitimate representative government. The US seems to have very little influence over the anyone in this situation.

Posted by: j762 | February 8, 2011 3:33 PM | Report abuse

The author of the article should give us all a break. Last I checked, Egypt is a friend, not something for the US to manipulate, if it could. Egypt must solve its own problems, not the United States or Obama. Our roll is not to get in the way, so long as our peoples can and do live in peace and at peace with each other.

Posted by: akd4dn | February 8, 2011 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Obozzo doesn't need no stinking warnings!!! Obozzo is the Messiah, omnipotent, and all powerful.

The fact that the moron has a list of failures longer than the list of lies Clinton spewed in regards to Lewinsky is beside the point.

At some juncture you have to admit after repeated failures that what you are doing and/or how you are going about doing it is cataclysmically incorrect.

Unfortunately for America and many parts of the world, that basic level of reasoning escapes Obozzo's capacity and intellectual capabilities.

Posted by: Bcamp55 | February 8, 2011 3:35 PM | Report abuse

What ya mean. Obama had 100 airborne divisions ready to land in Egypt on a moments notice. The Republican cut funding to divert the money to tax cuts.

Posted by: Maddogg | February 8, 2011 3:36 PM | Report abuse

So what did you expect from a community organizer in the Chicago ghetto?

Posted by: ravitchn | February 8, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I always laugh when I read about so-called "experts." These guys don't know any more than anyone else about what will happen--they're all just guessing.

Posted by: nuzuw | February 8, 2011 3:38 PM | Report abuse

It is easy with the knowledge of hindsight to suggest what could of been done. I am sure the administration have had advice concerning a number of issues. I am sure they were people prompting for the opposite of what the working group of Egypt were suggesting.

I am not an avid supporter of America's foreign policy but it really does seem to be a case of 'damned if they do, damned if they don't'.

I wish the Egyptian people well in whatever way the political tide turns.

Posted by: leftandrightnevergetitright | February 8, 2011 3:39 PM | Report abuse

At this point I am beginning to think Pres. Obama and his whole administration should be placed under house arrest and not allowed out until after the next election. Just about everything he has tackled is "a day late and a dollar short". Just when I think he may be waking up to the realities of his job, another challenge apears and he proves he just is not up the job. The only claim to accomplishments he has were under previous administrations or managed by somebody else.

Posted by: fcrucian | February 8, 2011 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, why not let Egyptians decide for themselves how they want to govern themselves? The Obama administration knows that foreign intervention is often unwelcomed. Stick to domestic policy. Get the economy back on track.

Posted by: joejoseph00 | February 8, 2011 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Everyone, everyone was cuaght by surprise. So, stop the bashing. What should we do? This is not our fight, it's the Eqyptians to win or lose. There is nothing we can do, nothing we should do. Every administration for the past 50 years is at fault. Iknow it's easy to find fault when you learned about the up-rising from your morning paper. Did you see it coming, Diehl?

Posted by: jckdoors | February 8, 2011 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Caught flat-footed? Coudl that describle 9/11?

Let's invade Egypt says NeoCon Dehl.

Posted by: chucky-el | February 8, 2011 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Not being, in general, one of his great fans, I find it ackward defending Mr. Obama. Still, it seems no matter what the crisis, there always follows at some point a great whine and snivel that the White House should have had a better crystal ball. The challenge for the press really just seems to be switching from dramatizing the crisis to pointing fingers just at the right moment. That moment likens to the time when the outcome of a contest is obvious, but not all the suckers have quit placing bets. Yawn... Yes, of course, EVERYBODY should have "seen" EVERYTHING coming just a little bit earlier to suit us... The fall of the Soviet Union, Mao's victory in 1949, Hitler's aggression in 1939, the Norman Conquest in 1066, etc., etc. Trouble is, when you're the one in the White House, RESPONDING to events INFLUENCES events and INVOLVES us in events. As soon as we respond then we have, by default, taken a side in the fight. To take such a side prematurely can be disasterous. I disagree that we should have responded earlier.

Posted by: Sbignewski | February 8, 2011 3:57 PM | Report abuse

"Egypt in Crisis," was the topic of conversation on internet radio show "Center Stage" recently. Americans discussed how they viewed the situation in Egypt and warned the US not to intervene. Some questioned had Mohamed Elbaradei been sent in by the US to be Hosni Mubarak's successor. Take a listen to this must hear podcast.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/centerstage/2011/02/03/egypt-in-crisis

Posted by: ChurchFolk | February 8, 2011 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Seems to me that if we drop all the Bush-bad Obama-good ideas, we might come to see that today things move and grow in a different way than they have pre Twitter-facebook-internet world.
Again looking at this with no Hero(Bush/Obama) it should be easy to see that the way Governments evaluate situations and react to them has to change to keep up with the events as they are and will be.
I don't pretent to be able to see if the new situation is good or bad as to how these kind of events may turn out, but we have to keep up with them in the new world.

Posted by: macira | February 8, 2011 4:02 PM | Report abuse

"Al Qaeda determined to fly planes into buildings." Be careful about selectively choosing warnings to pretend that leaders ought to have known in advance that something was going to happen. It is an absurd game to play. By the way, Diehl, can you tell us which of half a dozen countries at risk of blowing up will do so in the next year? Can you say so with confidence?

Posted by: bertram2 | February 8, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

So Diehl's argument is that the Obama administration should let a private group of Republican neo-cons set American foreign policy? And just like all the neo-con voices of crticism emerging in the last three weeks, NOT ONE points out what they would have done if in charge. As Rummie might say, "All we have is "NO"...not "KNOW"!

Posted by: BBear1 | February 8, 2011 4:07 PM | Report abuse

I could/should have also said to drop the Bush-good/Obama-bad ideas as well.
Who is good or bad matters not as only one of them is in charge now and he is however he is!

Posted by: macira | February 8, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Any of you fools (like Diehl) who think the US controls what happens in Egypt are utterly and completely brain-dead.

Posted by: ExConservative | February 8, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Pres. Obama is president of the United States.

This is another asinine column that tries to be intellectual but ends up showing the write is just out to critize but without any facts.

Posted by: rlj1 | February 8, 2011 4:13 PM | Report abuse

While I'm all for criticizing Obama's many mistakes his general incompetence as the leader of the free world, this reactionary 'you should have known' analysis helps nobody and, for the most part, is crap. If the US were to devote time and effort to EVERY turning point or potential threat, we'd be even more overleveraged than we already are.

So thanks a lot Captain Hindsight, people like you are the reason Trey Parker and Matt Stone wrote that episode...stop criticizing the administration through the lens past predictions, and help figure out what we can do NOW to help stabilize Egypt (something that Obama actually HAS proven his ineptitude with).

Posted by: DrLove82 | February 8, 2011 4:13 PM | Report abuse

This article is just a crock.

What, we are going to "manage" events in Egypt? By what process, and to what effect?

We are spectators to what is going in Egypt, all of us, including the moron that wrote this article. Period. End of story.

"We are concerned by reports suggesting that the U.S. administration may acquiesce to an inadequate and possibly fraudulent transition process in Egypt ..."

Acquiesce? As if we are involved and have standing to do anything else? Don't you have editors at this paper, who can toss deadline-beater articles like this where they belong ... in the trash?

Posted by: thymezone | February 8, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Usually I'd go with Obama over Deihl, but I think here he's on to something. True, we can't force Mubarak's hand without paying a huge cost, but letting the military regime continue is going to be even costlier down the road.

I've got to laugh about that "3am wake-up call" comment, however. This is a crisis but not an emergency, and the candidate who issued that warning is the SecState who is now failing to respond herself!

Diehl stops short, however, of asking why Obama might be going too slow. It's not hard to guess - Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and especially Israel - which is like why Diehl won't go there. It's safe to criticize Obama, but let's not question Israel!

Posted by: j3hess | February 8, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse


Diehl,

You have no idea what the asministration, the CIA or anyone else was doing. NONE.

If you have any sources they are the "administration officials said" kind, in your case, the usual
Israel agents from the alphavet soup "mid east agency for peace, etc...

You got nothing else, you got nothing, now and always.

Posted by: whistling | February 8, 2011 4:15 PM | Report abuse

It seems that even our brilliant and infallible journalist are giving multiple sides to the story about whether the white house and our leaders were ready for this. One article states they had been in contact with Egypt since the Bush days and by Obama's administration. Another one says that our national security agencies were caught off guard and another states that only the White House seemed to be caught off guard. I really don't know the answer to that but I am convinced that neither do you.

Posted by: jrussell1 | February 8, 2011 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Diehl, I am new to this site and missed any articles you may have written previous to the Egyptian revolt on this matter, specifically any pieces you wrote regarding the Working Group on Egypt warning the White House about the Egypt uprising, before the uprising took place. Can you provide a link? Thanks.

Posted by: uncleebbie | February 8, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

The longer he is in office, the better Obama makes George W look.

Posted by: shel_zahav
========================

REALLY?

You want another 9/11, two wars and a Busted economy..

Who is beat you until your attitude changed?

Did you fall in love with your tormentor??

Posted by: pdq5 | February 8, 2011 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a Kenyan Muslim, of course he wanted/wants the Muslim Brotherhood to seize power..

Posted by: wewintheylose1 | February 8, 2011 4:21 PM | Report abuse

This article is pathetic. Monday morning quarterbacking from neo-cons about how to "manage" Egypt? How, by the tried and true neo-con method of an unjustified invasion and war?

You can bet if by this time next year Egypt has enjoyed free and fair elections that Mr. Diehl will have moved onto another topic upon which to criticize the President.

Posted by: Observer001 | February 8, 2011 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Obama haters are the biggest idiots in this country. You people really need to stop gnashing your teeth and soiling yourselves. The guys is as midle of the road as they come. The best part is that why would any normal, thoughtful patriot care one bit about your judgment? You guys put Bush in office twice and you have the audacity to act as though you know a good rpesident when you see one? Sorry, your flag got in your eyes

Posted by: lomby | February 8, 2011 4:24 PM | Report abuse


You get a "working group" with Kagan and Elliott and the rest of the well known Isarael firsters

asking that Egypt be taken down, no money, etc.,

If you can keep from laughing out loud you're beter than most knowledagle Americans.

And speaking off laghable, does Diehl find democracy 'sweet' for Palestians.

When this is over more and more Americans will know more and more about what these
'working group' types are.

Posted by: whistling | February 8, 2011 4:28 PM | Report abuse

If we just keep repeating the same thing over and over, no matter how ridiculous it is, people will eventually believe it is true. We have people predicting things all the time. In fact, I would say that everything that has happened, especially lately, has been predicted, if we believe everything we read and I say, why not. So, what's the point? Everyone who did not predict the event is lame? It is expected that the President, no matter who he may be, should predict every thing all the time? The CIA is a mutton head, since it never seems to predict anything? No offense, but the CIA is on an ofer whatever streak in this regard and I am kind of starting to feel sorry for them, but considering the fact that the Google search engine is better than what they've got, I would say they deserve some understanding. The premise that the President should have predicted the "revolution" in Egypt sounds like something Mr. Gingrich would say. That's my prediction. Of course, I'm cheating because I think he said that already, so how about news for a change?

Posted by: rryder1 | February 8, 2011 4:31 PM | Report abuse

LOL. Damned if you do, damned if you don't?

What if we back the wrong democratic group? How do we KNOW which political power will actually establish itself in the next 5-10 years? Do we want to pick sides before the fight, or do we want to keep our options open? Do we want to be on record unknowingly helping the Muslim Brotherhood take over, utilizing OUR money, OUR weapons and OUR shipping lane protections?

Or do we put all of our eggs in one basket with a preemptive stab in the dark, and then try and redefine what our involvement was/is/will be after-the-fact?

NO. We wait and see how it turns out so we can select the most prudent way to interact with a currently unknown geopolitical power.

Stand down, cowboy. Lets figure out who our enemies are before we start shooting.

Posted by: trident420 | February 8, 2011 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Yeah I guess you were not flat-footed and can anticipate every flash mob in the Middle East. You saw this coming right? You predicted exactly how the Iranian protests would turn out last year too, right? For how many years have people been saying that Iran has been reaching a turning point. This is what this was, a flash mob created through facebook and twitter. While we are on the subject, why don't you come out today and tell us when all the other Middle East and African flash mobs will occur and when each will reach a "turning point." Tell us about the other "turning points" that have yet to occur that the Administration is ignoring right now.

Posted by: Tokugawa1 | February 8, 2011 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me, but wasn't the President handed a war in Iraq to wind down and a war in Afghanistan to manage, together with an Al Qaeda stronghold in Pakistan that somehow continued to exist 10 years after 9/11? Perhaps if the neo-con geniuses hadn't so thoroughly screwed up the rest of the middle east, then the President might have had more resources to put towards Egypt.

Posted by: bertram2 | February 8, 2011 4:38 PM | Report abuse

WOW! We blew a chance to invade EGYPT! What else could we have done, really? Let's see, we helped put this Dictator in place what?, 30 years ago. That's how many Republican Presidents? Seven? 28 Years of Republican rule. The leopard hasn't changed his spots. We've been giving their military 2 billion a year in aid forever. These arguments are so juvenile. Mubarak is the same man today as he was 30 or more years ago.

Posted by: minco_007 | February 8, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

The President of Harvard Law Review and the Smartest Woman in the world blew it? Naw, couldn't be. List excuses here: ________, _____, _______.

Posted by: palainausa | February 8, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

From Diehl's bio:

As an editor and columnist, Diehl advocated the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and the Post's early tenor of approval for the war has been attributed to his influence.
...

Translation: he's just another failed neocon dirtball who had a hand in getting over 4,000 of our troops killed for nothing in Iraq, and getting over 30,000 wounded for nothing.

Fred Hiatt sure loves his fellow Iraq war cheerleaders, doesn't he? Can we get Krauthammer in on this, too?

One wonders why the Post's little cadre of Iraq war cheerleaders don't go down to the nearest VA hospital and apologize to the Iraq war wounded for helping lie them into a needless war.

But then, you'd have to have a conscience for that.

Posted by: losthorizon10 | February 8, 2011 4:49 PM | Report abuse

It's just plain silly to contend that a white paper from one of the billions of institutes and think tanks around Washington should be taken seriously as a warning. Papers like this exist for every country in the world (and so do papers arguing the exact opposite). It's only after the fact that they are dredged up as an opportunity missed. Hindsight is always 20/20.

That said, any idiot could have judged that Egypt was unstable. (By the way, so are Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Morocco and possibly Jordan). The real question is what alternative we had, and what effect our actions might have had. Foment revolution ourselves? Add to the velocity of destabilization? Nonsense. Our policies in the region have been the same for decades, with bipartisan support; changing course a few months ago would have had zero effect.

Posted by: threeoaksgone | February 8, 2011 4:51 PM | Report abuse

You're a 20/20 hindsight jerk, Diehl. You seem to have forgotten to reference your column of _____________ (please fill in the blank) calling attention to the Working Group on Egypt and asking Obama to take a more active role. WHAT! You don't remember writing that column?

Imagine that.

Posted by: st50taw | February 8, 2011 4:55 PM | Report abuse

"turning point"?

from a two-bit US backed dictator-on-a-leash to pro-democracy?

Diehl proves again he is nothing but an Israel first, AIPAC hack.

Posted by: areyousaying | February 8, 2011 5:06 PM | Report abuse

And what exactly were we supposed to do based on these warnings? Were we supposed to start pushing Mubarek to step down and stand accused of meddling in internal Egyptian affairs? Or were we supposed to start cosying up to the Brotherhood and thus appear to be working to undermine this "stable" administration? Perhaps we should have quietly organized some demonstrations and got things rolling so our hand-picked successor could have eased his way in. Right! It's very easy to say "we should have done" whatever. It's not easy to determine what it should have been that would have best furthered our interests.

Posted by: wp318676 | February 8, 2011 5:07 PM | Report abuse

dear Uncleebbie, please check out this page: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/linkset/2011/02/08/LI2011020802792.html

Posted by: diehlj | February 8, 2011 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I seriously doubt that our leader could find Egypt on a map even though it is part of Africa. He pays no attention to advisors unless the issue gets in the press.
Then it is an all out effort to save his skin.

Posted by: gone2dabeachgmailcom | February 8, 2011 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Obozzo doesn't need no stinking warnings!!! Obozzo is the Messiah, omnipotent, and all powerful
AWK!
So what did you expect from a community organizer in the Chicago ghetto?
AWK!
Obama is a Kenyan Muslim, of course he wanted/wants the Muslim Brotherhood to seize power..
AWK!
PALIN WANT A CRACKER?

Posted by: areyousaying | February 8, 2011 5:13 PM | Report abuse

What a great example of
Sunday Morning Quarterbacking...!!

Crystal Ball Management!!

Posted by: pdq5 | February 8, 2011 5:13 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter what the US gov. say or do now.
The change was invertible, you were to dumb to realize it. It's too late.
You lost the Egyptian people, you will always be remembered as Mubarak's ally who continuously provided him with political and financial support and looked the other way on horrific basic human right violations.

Your speeches don't sell, maybe to the American people, but not to us, Egyptians.

Even when the Jan. 25 revolution started, you stated that the regime is stable and
it took you a week to shift sides (just officially, ofcourse).

Now I hope that Americans finally realize that the people don't hate their freedoms. It's just that your gov. don't like their freedoms.


~Egyptian

Posted by: Heist_R | February 8, 2011 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Dear ST50taw, please follow this link:http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/08/AR2010040805085.html

Posted by: diehlj | February 8, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse

This is the latest "Flat Footed" response by an unqualified and inexperienced President. Remember the "3am call" Hilary talked about?

Posted by: hek211 | February 8, 2011 3:15 PM

This situation is not like that in anyway. Perhaps you would be happy if we embarked on another nation building exercise in another Muslim county. Only 20 or so to go....

You guys are something. Damned if you do and damned if you don't. Give it a rest.

Posted by: ModerateVoter | February 8, 2011 5:23 PM | Report abuse

diehlj, you ever going to have the courage to give us that promised debate about your railroading of Charles Freeman?
I didn't think so. Coward.

Posted by: veritasinmedium | February 8, 2011 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Where is the Post coverage for the Obama/FEMA total "hardware" takeover of the broadcast and internet media in the name of national security, in defiance of the First Amendment? Radio & TV stations, and internet sites will be blocked for Obama to deliver "emergency" messages. Neither Dems nor GOP should have this power. Broadcasters are fined for not installing the chips or failing to regularly respond to the Fed "tests" of the system. This is real. This is tyranny. The Post needs to protect freedom of speech while it still can. Wake Up readers, before it's too late.

Posted by: N4mYourself | February 8, 2011 5:35 PM | Report abuse

How could the author establish that the warning signs were given by the working Committe with vagure language like this in the report, "... The choice is not between a stable and predictable but undemocratic Egypt on the one hand, and dangerous instability and extremism on the other ..."

In fact the Working Committee was telling the same stuff as the Mubarak regime wanted the West to believe.

Posted by: dadagir | February 8, 2011 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Obozzo doesn't need no stinking warnings!!! Obozzo is the Messiah, omnipotent, and all powerful
AWK!
So what did you expect from a community organizer in the Chicago ghetto?
AWK!
Obama is a Kenyan Muslim, of course he wanted/wants the Muslim Brotherhood to seize power..
AWK!
PALIN WANT A CRACKER?


Posted by: areyousaying | February 8, 2011 5:13 PM | Report abuse
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Interesting post. Evidently, even patients in the "nervous hospital" have internet access. What a country!

Posted by: sonny2 | February 8, 2011 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Dear ST50taw, please follow this link:http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/08/AR2010040805085.html

Posted by: diehlj | February 8, 2011 5:22 PM
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Nice try, Diehl. I didn't ask when the Post had an editorial on the subject, I asked where YOUR column could be found.

I can wait.

Posted by: st50taw | February 8, 2011 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Monday-morning quarterback Jackson Diehl scores a touchdown. Hooray for you.

It's so easy to write this kind of article, but it makes you less of a journalist.

Posted by: staff1 | February 8, 2011 5:49 PM | Report abuse

I personally think that Barack Obama is totatally overwhelemed with being President. Further, I don't think he's really cut out for making hard decisions. And,finally, even if they did take this report seriously, what could they have done about it? The report could have been wrong and Mubarak as we have all seen is incredibly stubborn and not really open to change or accepting reforms in his government.

It's just like the situation withe the airlines prior to 9/11. There was a need for more airline security, but up until the point of when the World Trade Center was attacked no one would do anything about it. "The public won't stand for more inconvenience when they fly. The airlines can't afford the expense of more security." And, on and on the exuses went until that fateful attack and we were forced to do something about it.
Now, basically, the US is forced to deal with this issue as is Mubarak. He's basically forced to deal with the issue of change and reform whether he likes it or not.

It's just like now, Barack Obama has to deal with the issue of jobs like it or not. He has approximately one year to turn the economy around before the start of the next election cycle. He's wasted valuable time on creating jobs and now he has to deal with that.

Quite frankly, I personally am beginning to believe that the office of President is too much for anyone person to handle at this point. It's impossible to deal with the economy, foreign policy, trade agreements, health care and so on, and do a good job with each issue.

Only a veteran business leader such as Alan Mulally who singlehandedly turned Ford Motor Company around with out a government bailout would be up to the task of being President. The President needs to have excellent leadership skills, the ability to make quick, strong, and lasting command decisions, and to think ahead.
That's a tall order for even the most experienced leaders.

And, we don't choose our leaders based on experience, we base our choice on how popular they are or how popular they sound and if they can give a good speech or not. No one ever asks a Presidential candidate what kind of leadership skills they have. They only want to know about the issues, from a theoretical point of view, but not an actually practical point of view. It's a whole lot different giving a speech about something and then actually doing something about it.

This mess with Egypt might have played out differently if we had paid attention to the fact that there was some concerns about it. But, then again, the events might have just played out and there was no stopping them, no matter what.

Posted by: Ciolajr | February 8, 2011 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Diehl has a quite a pair! This is the guy who championed the biggest Middle Eastern foreign policy disaster in U.S. history! And here he is offering criticism of this administration's handling of the Egypt crisis?

Hmmm, wonder how many articles he wrote about the Bush administration's failure to heed the warning signs of a domestic terrorist attack in the months running up to September 2001? Crickets...

Posted by: Observer001 | February 8, 2011 5:59 PM | Report abuse

How many times was he warned? The political structure of most Middle Eastern countries is unstable. I could warn the President about problems for each country once a month. Sooner or later I would probably be right about each one of them. Of course, so far, calling the events in Egypt an uprising is stretching the point. To date, what we have seen is a large incoherent demonstration that has not been tested by much in the way of serious resistance. Of course, the other reality is that our capacity for dealing with Egypt is limited by the drain from our other ideological adventures in the region. Every time the imperialist wannabes emerge from their holes attracted by the smell of another potential recipient of their fantasized virtue, they manage to forget the reality of the morass we are still in from their last two adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan. The best thing the United States can do is to try to help the different parties in Egypt make progress in resolving their difference without killing each other. So far we are succeeding at that goal.

Posted by: dnjake | February 8, 2011 5:59 PM | Report abuse

I laughed out loud reading this guy's column. This is some sort of joke, right? Must the Neo-Cons be so absurd 24/7 or do they ever get to take a break from their attacks on Obama? What happened in Egypt may or may not have been predictable, but so what? This screeching from the same folks that brought us Dubya, Dick Cheney and Rummy, is nauseatingly disingenuous.

Where was Bush when the CIA and FBI were running around with their "hair on fire", trying to get the message through that Bin Laden was going to attack the US, and that foreign Arabs were taking flying lessons in Arizona in which they did not want to learn to land the planes? Bush ignored them. How about totally lying about Iraqi WMD? How about Rumsfeld dissing every 4-Star General's advice and going into Iraq with too few troops?

What has happened in Egypt is a dream scenario, not something to wring our hands over. No US involvement. It was organic. Hurray!

Posted by: bruce19 | February 8, 2011 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Nice job of collecting statements. Your article does not suggest a better course of action, it just berates the administration for receiving information on Egypt. The President is briefed on Egypt and many other countries all the time. This is not news. How many times was Reagan briefed on Egypt? Bush? Clinton? Bush? But Obama HE should have done...
Seriously, what are you suggesting he should have done? Invade? You don't have any ideas.

Posted by: ZeroHero0 | February 8, 2011 6:26 PM | Report abuse

What would you have Obama do? Send money and troops....our previous administration's answer for everything! I support Obama's decision to let Egypt settle her own problems within her own borders without the INTERFERENCE of us! We do not own nor are we a dictator to the world. We have enough problems at home that must be dealt with. NO U.S. INVOLVEMENT REQUIRED....PERIOD! Smart move by Obama!

Posted by: home4rent | February 8, 2011 6:29 PM | Report abuse

What would you have Obama do? Send money and troops....our previous administration's answer for everything! I support Obama's decision to let Egypt settle her own problems within her own borders without the INTERFERENCE of us! We do not own nor are we a dictator to the world. We have enough problems at home that must be dealt with. NO U.S. INVOLVEMENT REQUIRED....PERIOD! Smart move by Obama!

Posted by: home4rent | February 8, 2011 6:30 PM | Report abuse

So, looks like the first few words of this
article "Caught flat footed" actually can be applied to everything that our two total
clueless incompetent glorius leaders President Barack Hussein Obama and Sec of
State Hillary Clinton stick their two big
noses into as well as run their two big mouths about here. And, all of which goes
to prove neither Barack Hussein Obama nor Hillary Clinton were prepared to answer that famous "3am Call To The White House"!

It is time both Obama & Clinton Resign!!!

Posted by: TammyLong1985 | February 8, 2011 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Hey Jackson:

Why would Obama pay any heed to an Egypt Working Group which boasts Elliott Abrams as a member? Your kidding right. This guy played a key role in Bush's Iraq fiasco and other NEA policy blunders, is a convicted felon for Congresional perjury, and believes Bush deserves the credit for Tunisia and Egypt's popular uprisings. And along with your other discreditred neocon friends, was the point man on the USG's Iran/Contra scandal. Too funny!

Posted by: DCsandiego | February 8, 2011 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Totally worth copying and pasting -- Thanks, Howlless!
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OMG! The President IGNORED WARNINGS! From... some guys! That... stuff might happen!

If only the president had HEEDED those warnings! And done... something I will not bother to be remotely specific about! Then, by gum! Then the situation would... I guess... be pretty much exactly what it is right now.

But still! HEED ME OBAMA!

Posted by: howlless | February 8, 2011 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: va2009 | February 8, 2011 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Diehl, would you suggest such an iconoclastic approach to our disagreement with Israel regarding settlements? Call me old-fashioned, but I think it wise to avoid throwing out the baby with the bath water.

Posted by: DELewes | February 8, 2011 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Totally worth copying and pasting -- Thanks, Howlless!
___

OMG! The President IGNORED WARNINGS! From... some guys! That... stuff might happen!

If only the president had HEEDED those warnings! And done... something I will not bother to be remotely specific about! Then, by gum! Then the situation would... I guess... be pretty much exactly what it is right now.

But still! HEED ME OBAMA!

Posted by: howlless | February 8, 2011 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: va2009 | February 8, 2011 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Diehl and Fred Hiatt were both BIG cheerleaders for the Iraq war- one of the biggest foreign policy disasters in history.

This week, both of these jackals, who helped lie us into a needless, useless war, are out here telling Obama what to do.

What a joke. Why don't they go down to the nearest VA hospital and apologize to the wounded? Too proud?

Neocons: the worst right wing dead-enders of them all.

Posted by: losthorizon10 | February 8, 2011 6:48 PM | Report abuse

It must be understood clearly that without a doubt, the neocons led by Republicorp, and all that they represent, are the tip of the spear when it comes to corrupting the very DNA of our republic, and the pathologizing of capitalism. And the only way that this pathology is to be brought under control, is for the American people to put aside their differences by first understanding that NO ideology is higher than truth. That means that Republicorp cannot say that they want to deal with the deficit (on the backs of the middle class & poor) and at the same time, give deficit busting tax breaks to the rich! That means that they can't talk about being "pro life", and at the same time, be for a preemptive-hegemonic-war that killied hundreds of thousands of people-WHO SHARE THE SAME UNIVERSAL SOUL! And the fact that some of their members would like to destroy the department of education is really all one needs to know about the level of contempt and cynicism that these people have for the young, and even mankind itself! The list of hypocrisies are numerous. However, the neocons have obviously made the calculation that their thirty years of political sophistry has worked in duping a large segment of the country that is just not sophisticated enough to understand why "vasoline is in their underwear", no matter the amount of discomfort they may bear. This is why we get hit pieces like this one, where misinformation is the most relevant part of the story. Because it is the story- a story for the forever gullible!

Posted by: D-0f-G | February 8, 2011 6:50 PM | Report abuse

I love 20/20 BS. America has supported DICTATORS for generations. We did it for the banana companies, hence the Banana Republics in Central America. We did it for Cuba, Iran, Iraq (we helped Saddam before we hated Saddam, various African despots (White and Black, and several iterations of dictatorships in South America and the Middle East. Mr. Diehl needs to just shut up and find a job that requires moral and intellectual honesty.

Posted by: Freethotlib | February 8, 2011 6:51 PM | Report abuse

the administration "may acquiesce to an inadequate and possibly fraudulent transition process
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I don't think the administration can "acquiesce" to what the Egyptians do or don't do unless it affects another nation directly. We meddle too much in the world and historically not in a good way.

Posted by: MNUSA | February 8, 2011 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Pox Americana -- ever the opportunistic wh-re.

Posted by: DJ_Spanky | February 8, 2011 7:03 PM | Report abuse

The President is doing just fine. The main thing is to stay out and let the Egyptians settle matters for themselves. After the dust settles, the US should do what it can to establish good relationships with the victors. Anything else means a potential military conflict.

Posted by: Martial | February 8, 2011 7:13 PM | Report abuse

The other day, two of DC's pontificaters extraordinaire, in their own minds, both demeaned American intelligence efforts regarding Egypt. Clinton and Obama have continued their big mouthed, know-it-all attitude, to the point of unbelievability. The egos of these slime balls, is too much to stomach. Hurry up, 2012.

Posted by: nomobarry | February 8, 2011 7:15 PM | Report abuse

I blame Republicans in the House of Representatives. They should have funded massive unemployment benefits for Egypt's unemployed. It would have only cost a few Trillion Dollars. \\Now Israel will be blowup. May be that's a good thing?

Posted by: Maddogg | February 8, 2011 7:19 PM | Report abuse

WHY ISRAEL SHOULD WORRY?
Israel should not worry about Arab uprising in her neighboring areas. Instead, it should celebrate their democratic neighbors. Also, the way Israel is grabbing Arab lands, there will be nothing left for Palestine. Soon the phony peace process, 2-nation theory and of course illegal occupation will be ended. Soon Israel will become a one nation of either Jews alone or OF BOTH! The way Arabs are uprising against their dictators, kings and American installed Presidents; Israel and even America cannot dare to expel or liquidate all 4 million natives from their camps and huts but will have to accept them. Soon, the plight of these people will be heard by the world except America and soon Israel will be forced to declare a one, united Israel giving equal rights, human rights and right to live to these unfortunate human beings. And finally, Israel will become an anther Arab land with Jews as major minority. Arabs will be thrilled to visit and live in Israel without permits.

Posted by: citysoilverizonnet | February 8, 2011 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Once 2012 rolls around we'll get rid of the do nothing Republicans in the House. They are destroying Americans and Egypt.

Posted by: Maddogg | February 8, 2011 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Just like Bush, Cheney and Rice, the FBI, CIA, regarding the 9-11 warnings. Our government becomes more incompetent by the day.

Fire all of them.

Posted by: wesatch | February 8, 2011 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Yes, America did wrong in the middle-east by supporting only Israel but not their puppets who were eating nothing but the left over for the last 60 years. It is not too late, we can still start paying in billions to Jordan, Syria, MOROCCO and many Arab Kings, dictators and Presidents to keep our Israeli friend in tact. Also, Israel has been ate too much for the last 60 years, it does not need any more from us. Its economy is competing with us, Israeli are getting more than double welfare and un-employment checks; unemployment is less than 5% and selling more arms, bombs and missiles to our friends and foes both.

Posted by: citysoilverizonnet | February 8, 2011 7:27 PM | Report abuse

First off - it is a myth that the CIA has enough bodies and intelligence to correctly analyze and compile accurate reports from mountains of digital and physical data collected on every single thing going on around the globe.

Might also mention that there was a certain president who was warned (there is documented proof) that "Al Qaeda was determined to fly airplanes into buildings"

and did essentially nothing about it.

Which "miss" did more harm, Jackson?

Posted by: daveque | February 8, 2011 7:36 PM | Report abuse

this president has the interests of amercan citizens as his top and only priority.
diehl was there ever such a helpful advice loaded mish mash after the 9-11 attacks? didn't think so.
bush and his band of thugs would do it all over again, who would ever question them certainly not you neocon baggers.

Posted by: ninnafaye | February 8, 2011 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Diehl, Thank you for the link to the page of links. I appreciate that you have researched these matters and written extensively on them prior to the recent protests. I scanned several of the articles. I did not happen to see one that presaged the uprising. I do realize that this article I am responding to does not specifically say that you saw it coming and you wrote about it, but if you did, can you give me a specific link, please? In the meantime I will scan some more of your articles to glean what I can of who knew what, when, and who said or did anything about before it happened. Thanks again.

Posted by: uncleebbie | February 8, 2011 7:53 PM | Report abuse

DRILL BAY DRILL AND WE CANT GET THE HECK OUT OF THE MIDDLE EAST FOR GOOD. RESTRICT IMMIGRATION FROM THE MIDDLE EAST TO THE US. LET THOSE MUSLIM HATING MONSTERS BLOW EACH OTHER IN THE NAME OF ALLAH. THE US HAS DONE MORE FOR MUSLIMS THAN ANY OTHER NATION ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH. WHERE THERE ARE MUSLIMS THERE IS MISERY AND DEATH. WHY IS THAT? WHAT KIND OF GOD LETS IT'S PEOPLE SUFFER IN MISERY GENERATION AFTER GENERATION? ISLAM IS A CULT NO MORE NO LESS. WAKE UP AMERICA! DONT YOU SEE WHAT IS GOING ON IN EUROPE? LIBERALS SUCK!

Posted by: Cobra2 | February 8, 2011 8:22 PM | Report abuse

LIBERALS SUCK!

Posted by: Cobra2
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...and you blow. We're even.

Posted by: st50taw | February 8, 2011 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Diehl Monday morning quarter-baking conveniently over looked the fact that President Obama's administration accounts for just two of the thirty years of American support of the Mubarak dictatorship in Egypt, twenty of which occurred under republican administrations. The people of Egypt seem to have decided to cast off their bondage in lieu of freedom. If Egyptians are able to form a government of the people and by the people, free of religious ideology and legalize bribery in the form of campaign finance they will achieve true democracy. The best thing America can do for Egypt is to stay out of their political affairs. They have survived as a country for millenniums.

Posted by: onyx592 | February 9, 2011 1:12 AM | Report abuse

Could Jackson Diehl really be 'oh so naive' about the way Washington works. Blaming the Obama Administration for missing the signals on Egypt is pitifully superficial journalism

While many human rights activists here wrung their hands over the grim prospects for a free and fair election and democracy in Egypt, NO movement on Mubarek was possible as long as the all powerful Israeli Lobby was in Mubarek's corner. Any move against Mubarek would have been quickly aborted on the Hill, where our captive Congressmen and Senators would have marched smartly at the orders of AIPAC to kill any move to pressure Mubarek. Get real, Jackson!

Posted by: whachmacallit | February 9, 2011 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Could Jackson Diehl really be 'oh so naive' about the way Washington works. Blaming the Obama Administration for missing the signals on Egypt is pitifully superficial journalism

While many human rights activists here wrung their hands over the grim prospects for a free and fair election and democracy in Egypt, NO movement on Mubarek was possible as long as the all powerful Israeli Lobby was in Mubarek's corner. Any move against Mubarek would have been quickly aborted on the Hill, where our captive Congressmen and Senators would have marched smartly at the orders of AIPAC to kill any move to pressure Mubarek. Get real, Jackson!

Posted by: whachmacallit | February 9, 2011 10:05 AM | Report abuse

The lack of experience in the White House and the State Department is manifested in our woeful performance and the policy du jour regarding Egypt.

No leadership, no understanding, no policy, and no backbone. The only consistency is a similarity to Jimmy Carter including his dislike of a separate Jewish nation.

Posted by: greendayer | February 9, 2011 11:26 AM | Report abuse

WARNINGS OBAMA "IGNORED"(?)....OR KEPT QUIET ABOUT....(?)

Posted by: kathymm1 | February 9, 2011 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Where is the Post coverage for the Obama/FEMA total "hardware" takeover of the broadcast and internet media in the name of national security, in defiance of the First Amendment? Radio & TV stations, and internet sites will be blocked for Obama to deliver "emergency" messages. Neither Dems nor GOP should have this power. Broadcasters are fined for not installing the chips or failing to regularly respond to the Fed "tests" of the system. This is real. This is tyranny. The Post needs to protect freedom of speech while it still can. Wake Up readers, before it's too late.

Posted by: N4mYourself | February 8, 2011 5:35 PM
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Are you of of your rabbid assed mind? That's for ANY state and Local Government for EMERGENCIES!! You gues need to wake up, there is nothing wrong with having an Emergency Alert System!

Posted by: Angryman | February 9, 2011 3:23 PM | Report abuse

So, looks like the first few words of this
article "Caught flat footed" actually can be applied to everything that our two total
clueless incompetent glorius leaders President Barack Hussein Obama and Sec of
State Hillary Clinton stick their two big
noses into as well as run their two big mouths about here. And, all of which goes
to prove neither Barack Hussein Obama nor Hillary Clinton were prepared to answer that famous "3am Call To The White House"!

It is time both Obama & Clinton Resign!!!

Posted by: TammyLong1985 | February 8, 2011 6:35 PM
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Are you that stupid? You want OUR Pres. and Sec of State to resign, because the people of EGYPT are protesting their government? Really? So our President and Secretary of State should resign because of that? Did you say this aloud to yourself before you typed it, you know, just to see how utterly STUPID it sounds?

Posted by: Angryman | February 9, 2011 3:36 PM | Report abuse

WARNINGS OBAMA "IGNORED"(?)....OR KEPT QUIET ABOUT....(?)

Posted by: kathymm1 | February 9, 2011 4:45 PM | Report abuse

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