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Posted at 1:22 PM ET, 02/11/2011

What's next for the administration?

By Jennifer Rubin

The world was pleasantly shocked as Hosni Mubarak stepped down today. Did the administration get a heads-up? A senior administration official authorized only to speak on background put it this way: "We have maintained multiple channels of communication with Cairo throughout this. We have also been comparing notes with others in the region on a daily basis. We have had a reasonable picture of what has been unfolding without knowing every twist and turn."

Is there a trip in the works? The official tells me, "We will continue to have conversations with key figures, but it would be counterproductive at this moment to go rushing to Cairo. The Egyptians need time and space to sort this out and build on this moment. We don't need to be in the picture right now."

Perhaps Joe Biden, who rushed to boast about the U.S. role in the remarkable events of today, and the entire White House will take this to heart as well. For an administration that has yet to get its act together, less is more right now.

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 11, 2011; 1:22 PM ET
Categories:  foreign policy  
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Comments

Maybe Obama should parachute and land in front of the State Dept. building in front of a Mission Accomplished banner?

Posted by: oldabandonedbeachhouse | February 11, 2011 1:50 PM | Report abuse


Wow! I really Hope someone in the administration reads this blog. They really need to consult with someone with the foreign policy expertise of Ms. Rubin. Perhaps she has some inside info on Mubarak's favorite ice cream flavor, or whether the Muslim Brotherhood prefers playing squash or golf.

I get Ms Rubin's point about Obama's constant equivocations during this crisis. Her position has not changed since the start: whatever the administration does is wrong.

Seriously. What happened to the Post?

Posted by: lucca1 | February 11, 2011 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Conservative approach: Let the country handle it's own business as we do ours.

Neocon approach: Fly in and take over.
Liberal aaproach: Fly in and take over.

Pretty funny analogy about the Mission Accomplished banner. Too bad GW didn't listen to Jim Baker, eh?

Posted by: mfray | February 11, 2011 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Rubin asks, "What's next for the administration?" It better be job creation in the U.S. The Egyptians can clean up their own mess. With all due respect, Ms. Rubin actually thinks "all wisdom can be found in the Godfather movies and the Torah".

Posted by: BBear1 | February 11, 2011 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Channeling Biden, maybe "Egypt is one of this administrations greatest successes" will trump "Iraq is one of this administrations greatest successes."

Posted by: RitchieEmmons | February 11, 2011 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Best case: Obama butts out. The Egyptian military out-maneuvers the Muslim Brotherhood.

Worst case: Obama runs interference for the Muslim Brotherhood. Cairo becomes the center of the new Caliphate.

Posted by: eoniii | February 11, 2011 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Obama just sold you Egyptian fools down the river. I hope you females like Sharia Law..

Posted by: wewintheylose1 | February 11, 2011 5:03 PM | Report abuse

What's Saddam's position on this? Huh--can't hear you...

Posted by: aardunza | February 12, 2011 1:01 AM | Report abuse

With all due respect, BBear, I'll take the Godfather movies and the Torah over Michael Moore's movies and "Rules For Radicals."

Posted by: Larry3435 | February 12, 2011 8:58 AM | Report abuse

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