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egypt

President Barack Obama talks on the phone with President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt in the Oval Office, Jan. 28, 2011. Vice President Joe Biden listens at left, and the President’s National Security team confer in the background. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Text of statement here

BBC: Why Egypt Matters – If Egyptian unrest turns into an Egyptian revolution, the implications for the Arab world – and for Western policy in the Middle East – will be immense.

Egypt matters, in a way that tiny Tunisia – key catalyst that it has been in the current wave of protest – does not. It matters because its destiny affects, in a range of ways, not only Arab interests but Israeli, Iranian and Western interests, too.

Egypt, the most populous Arab state, can help determine the thrust of Arab policies – whether towards Israel or Iran or in the perennial quest for Arab consensus on issues that matter.

Above all, the Egyptian state has traditionally had a strength and solidity that made its collapse seem unthinkable.

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President Barack Obama discusses the situation in Egypt with Vice President Joe Biden and the national security team during the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office, Jan. 28, 2011. Attending the briefing, clockwise from the President are: National Security Advisor Tom Donilon; Chief of Staff Bill Daley; Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communication Ben Rhodes; Tony Blinken, National Security Advisor to the Vice President; Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough; John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism; and Robert Cardillo, Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Intelligence Integration. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


18 Responses to “egypt”


  1. 1 Sonjia Duncan
    January 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    The pictures coming out of Egypt does not look good. Waiting to hear what Mubarak is going to say in his address. His family has gone to England?

  2. 2 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    January 28, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    IT’S DEFINITELY A QUAIGMIRE…I WATCHED SOS CLINTON ADDRESSING THE SITUATION WITH RESPECT TO HUMAN RIGHTS AND COMMUNICATIONS FOR EGYPT’S CITIZENS. IT PUTS THE U.S. IN A TOUGH SPOT BECAUSE WE REALLY DON’T KNOW WHAT ALL OF THE GRIEVANCES ARE. OBVIOUSLY…THEY ARE SEVERE OR THESE PROTESTS WOULDN’T BE HAPPENING. SINCE WE CAN’T PUT THE CART BEFORE THE HORSE BECAUSE WE DON’T KNOW ALL THE DETAILS…I WOULD SAY THE SECRETARY OF STATE HAS SPOKEN HER PIECE AND WE NEED TO STAY WHERE WE ARE…WATCHING.

    • 3 dorothyrissman
      January 28, 2011 at 7:52 pm

      I know that we give Egypt military help in terms of equipment, etc., and Egypt is Israels closed ally in the Middle East. This is indeed a touchy situation.

  3. January 28, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Sue and Sonjia, here’s one of many sites speaking and showing videos of the riots in Egypt. This one, Mother Jones, is explaining what’s behind it. http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/01/whats-happening-egypt-explained

  4. 6 Fred
    January 28, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    the President is in a tough spot here.He has to support the protesters but with Mubarak being an ally in the Middle East;he can’t turn on the heat too much 😡

    IMHO Mubarak should call out the military and let the people protest;he ought to talk to his nation and tell them that he will step aside and call for early elections and he better make sure he doesn’t endorse a Mubarak-light type of candidate as his replacement 😡

  5. 7 Fred
    January 28, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Mubarak just asked the current cabinet to resign and that he’ll name a new one tomorrow 😮 😡 😦

  6. January 28, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Pete Souza tweet:

    Photo of President Obama talking on the phone with Egyptian President Mubarak: http://bit.ly/ib60gm

  7. 10 FiredUPInCA
    January 28, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    So the cellphones and internet are back on after the President requested that in his briefing. I would say there is a link between the two events. Chris Matthews believes there’s a link between the two events. But somehow Richard Engel doesn’t see how that could be possible. I just lost respect for Richard Engel today.

    http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/engel-cellular-phones-internet-in-egypt-back-on/6en7mnb

  8. 11 cat48
    January 29, 2011 at 5:28 am

    So, “unthinkable” for Egypt to collapse………paging President Obama. It’s like he never catches a break! Just one thing after another. My sympathies are with the people in the street, but I’m afraid what would come after Mubarak would not be an improvement. An Islamic regime like the Muslim Brotherhood might be just as bad or worse for them. I don’t envy the prez. This is really a tough one.

    • 12 Fred
      January 29, 2011 at 9:37 am

      I know Cat

      I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes at all at this present time.I’ve been pissed since yesterday listening to the talking heads are wondering how Obama will and should deal with that sticky situation.

      Mubarak has been in power unfortunately for 30 YEARS which means since 1980 and Mr Obama didn’t come to the US until 1979;and listening to the idiots it’s as if it is Obama who has been dealing with Mubarak for all these years 😡

      When the President said that the American people were going to support the Egyptian people and that the Egyptian Government had better get changes donw;he never mentioned Mubarak has part of the Government.President Obama knows and so does Mubarak that regime changes won’t happen overnight.

      In a subtle way;he told Mubarak to gtfoof. Mubarak cannot appoint one of his cronies because it will be the same thing all over again.
      There should be new elections and from their Constitution;it won’t happen for another 60 days.We don’t want the Muslim Brotherhood and Anwar al-Awlaki to be in power or to influence the outcome


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