a perfect storm


NPR: The U.S. threw its weight behind nascent reforms led by Egypt’s new vice president as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Saturday that international support was crucial to prevent extremists from hijacking the political transition.

A “perfect storm” of economic woes, repression and popular discontent could destabilize the Middle East beginning in Egypt, said Clinton, lending strong backing for Vice President Omar Suleiman’s efforts.

…President Barack Obama called German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron and also spoke with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates, a U.S. ally in the Gulf, to help coordinate Egypt policy.

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19 Responses to “a perfect storm”

  1. 1 EDP4BHO
    February 6, 2011 at 1:57 am

    It’s late, and I’m about to go to bed….I feel for Egyptians, but Mr., Obama is mine, not yours.

      February 6, 2011 at 9:01 am


    • February 6, 2011 at 1:42 pm

      I couldn’t A G R E E with you more, EDP4BHO. Yours, mine and the U.S.A…. He belongs to this country, so Back Off, EGYPT!!!

      • February 6, 2011 at 1:42 pm

        😦 Can’t agree Graciouslady, much as I love you. The US effectively deprived Egypt of democracy for the last 30 years by propping up Mubarak and the army, so you can’t blame the Egyptians for looking to the US now for support in righting that terrible wrong. President Obama is HUGELY important to world politics, it doesn’t mean the world thinks they own him, just that they crave moral leadership from the White House – for a change. He’s providing that, in contrast to his vile predecessor. The huge mount of money the US pumps in to Egypt, mainly in to its military, is key to all of this – which is really why those protestors are appealing to President Obama for support. If that funding is withdrawn then the dictatorship will collapse and democracy will have a chance to flourish. In that sense, Egyptians’ hopes of democracy are very much in the US’s hands.

        • 5 Asher in Boston
          February 6, 2011 at 2:08 pm

          Accurately stated, Chipsticks. They propped him up just like they have done and still do in Africa and the ME by looking the other way while these dictators steal, murder and torture their people. Let them right these wrongs now that the people have decided to liberate themselves.

        • 7 EDP4BHO
          February 6, 2011 at 3:32 pm

          Another day, another perspective. I actually agree with you CS, I’m aware of the history, but I feel the way graciouslady feels….this man is torn in too many directions by people who want him to do something this very minute. He is only human, and no one can expect him to undo in a day, a week, what was woven for decades. That is why I get peeved when I see signs like this. He gets it here, there, and all around the world. People who have been subjugated by the policies of this country in the past need, just as we tell our brethren here, to take a time out and understand that change does not happen overnight. This is one of President Obama’s mantras even. I see this revolt as an honest extension of the hope and change we have built in U.S., by supporting and electing President Obama, an agent for change, but let’s face it. These folks lived with the autocracy of Mubarek and his ilk, for a long time. I’m not saying they should not expect the U.S. to be somewhat responsible, but a rush to judgement of our president, in that he may be moving too slow, is indeed a bit arrogant on anyone’s part. I would offer that they step back a bit and really listen to President Obama, and realize that he refuses to be another GWB.

          • February 6, 2011 at 4:00 pm

            Hiya EDP4BHO, I agree with most of what you say. But we really have to remember that President Obama’s predecessors created this situation in Egypt by propping up that dictator, thereby denying the people of Egypt democracy for three decades. Therefore, in my humble opinion, the US has an absolute moral obligation to try to repair the damage of those years by supporting the very people it left powerless for so long. The US does lots of good in the world, but it also does enormous harm by interfering in the politics of so many countries – I truly believe President Obama is at least trying to fix the damage the US did to Egypt. Yet another reason for me to love him.

        • February 6, 2011 at 3:43 pm

          Chipsticks, Love you much, much back. But all politics aside, I think I was coming from the “mother hen” instinct. I totally understand the 30 year political commitment that our President is almost obligated to maintain. I have 3 sons and no one, absolutely no one hassles my kids. I was coming from a mom’s protective background. I always revert to my protective instincts, especially if I think someone is being overwhelmed with my perceived abuse of a situation. (Hmmm, got to stop that.) President Obama is being overwhelmed with domestic problems as well as foreign upheavals. I understand it is his job but that did not stop me from being blinded with my mother hen instincts. I thought, with venom, Enough Already Leave him alone!!! My kids always get annoyed when I try to “run interference” for them. I just sometimes have a fierce personality to protect those that I think are being abused (asked to do too much or being hurt).

          • February 6, 2011 at 3:53 pm

            Ah Graciouslady, I understand completely! The demands on his time and attention are, literally, endless, and every time you think he has a chance to focus just on the issues he believes are most urgent something else comes along to complicate his workload. I love your ‘Mother Hen’ description, I honestly feel the same way about him. All I’m saying is that he is, I think, paying the price of the ‘sins’ of past US administrations, being dragged in to foreign conflicts that were absolutely not of his making. But I do believe the US has a moral obligation to at least try to help fix ‘problems’ of their making, and one of them is Egypt. The protestors’ signs that plead for President Obama’s help are, to me, just an indication of his international standing. We never saw signs pleading for Bush’s help, because all he did was destroy. Love ya GL.

  2. 12 majii
    February 6, 2011 at 2:10 am

    I think the president is going about handling this situation in the right way by enlisting the assistance of other nations.

  3. 13 cat48
    February 6, 2011 at 5:35 am

    The sign makes me sorta sad. The prez is working on it young man. The whole Middle East is just complex. The blog at the NYT says that Israel is freaking out & they have to call them daily to reassure them and ask them to please “Chill out” Really tough job

    February 6, 2011 at 8:59 am


  5. 15 Asher in Boston
    February 6, 2011 at 11:55 am

    That is why it is in Israel’s best interest to get along/ have more allies/ friends in the neighboring countries coz you cant rely on just one partner. At the end of the day, trust me, these guys are gonna carry out a sweeping revolution in the ME and they will choose their own preferred leaders whether we like it or not.

    • February 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm

      Hi Asher in Boston graciouslady here. Nothing adverse is going to happen to Israel, if you believe the Book of Revelation in the Bible. Remember the 6-Day War. There were armies descending upon Israel and they beat them back and won. They were seriously outnumbered and it was an impossible situation. God promised Abraham He would always protect the Nation of Israel; and He has all through the years. As you look at Chipstick’s map (not SP’s), you will see how little the land of Israel is sandwiched in between all those mighty Arab nations. It seems they would never be victorious if they went to war with these Nations-but they will. God keeps His promises-and He promised Abraham that He will protect the Nation of Israel and He will.

  6. February 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Hey guys, I just watch a partial interview with Bill O’Rielly. Now I am upset again!! O’Rielly was so disrespectful. He asked the President, “Why , ” do so many people “Hate” you? President tried to answer by saying, “often people “dislike you” O’Rielly interrupted and said, “Hate” “Hate” you?” You could see President’s annoyance, “ok, hate me/”. For the life of me I don’t know why he subjects himself to this ignorance. But in another way, it shows he does not have a problem “stepping into the lions den”. It exudes confidence.

    • February 6, 2011 at 5:57 pm

      As I said to Donna, Graciouslady, my blood is boiling after that – the disrespect for the PRESIDENT was stomach-churning. Needless to say, the President handled it with his usual grace and dignity, but it was just disgusting. Why am I surprised? I have no idea!

  7. 19 EDP4BHO
    February 6, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    I knew I was NOT going to subject myself to that bullshit. I do believe that President Obama should say hell no to anything to do with Fox. I’m listening now to Dr. Charles Ogletree discussing the difference in treatment of African Americans, no matter the stature. Dr. Ogletree is the President’s mentor from Harvard. I call bullshit on all the haters, no matter the source. He can win without them.

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