Have Some Links *updated*
~The Egyptian military is playing a more constructive role in preventing violence in Cairo today.
~The National Prayer Breakfast is this morning? Who knew. Usually it gets more coverage.
~Bill O’Reilly asks all the smarty-pants scientists to explain how the moon got in the sky, if God didn’t put it there!
~Tony Blair joins the dwindling ranks of people claiming that Mubarak was a force for good in the region because of his role in brokering peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, by which I assume he means Mubarak helped maintain the pro-US-Israel status quo in the region and Gaza in particular, while being nice enough to not go to war with Israel. He also notes that he knows Mubarak is a good guy because he’s worked with him, you know, as opposed to having to live under the boot of the regime as an oppressed Arab with minimal rights and no money. Way to make it all about you, Tony.
~Wondering about the role of women in the Egyptian protests?
~Fox News thinks Al Jazeera is very, very bad and thus so should you. BTW, Media Matters has the top 10 reasons why Fox News really couldn’t care less about Egypt, until of course they found scary Islamists (the Muslim Brotherhood) to fear-monger about.
~Possible GOP Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is in Israel celebrating the opening of a new illegal settlement and expressing his view that all Palestinians should just get out of Greater Israel because it’s “racism” for them to oppose other people taking their land. Gee, I hope he wins in 2012!
~John McCain wants you to know that the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Egyptian pro-democracy activist Mohamed El Baradei is anti-American and in cahoots with evil Islamists in Egypt. Basically, McCain is still pissed off that ElBaradei, as head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, was right about Iraq not having WMDs.
~Professor Juan Cole explains why Egypt is not Iran circa 1979.
~Jennifer Rubin is pro-democracy in Egypt so long as the Muslim Brotherhood has nothing to do with the government and so long as the US and Israel continue to be able to dictate Egypt’s policies. Absent that, we should cut off all relations with them. Cheers!
~Wonkette has reviewed former Defense Secy Don Rumsfeld’s latest book and sums up the over-arching theme of the book: Nothing that fell under the auspice of the Defense Department during the Bush years was his fault. And so it goes.
UPDATE: I Just saw this– the GOP has dropped the “forcible rape” language from their anti-abortion funding bill.
UPDATE II: Israel has stepped up it’s criticism of the U.S. response to the events in Egypt. Unbelievable. Some Israeli leaders are now saying that they will think twice before trusting the U.S. when asked to make territorial concessions to the Palestinians. Hahahahahahaha! That’s a good one! Any excuse to not reach a mutually beneficial, peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, right Bibi? Perhaps what is happening in Egypt, and Israel’s response to it, will provide an opportunity for Americans to have a more credible and open debate about our Middle East policy and how at times Israel works against our national security interests (and ironically, their own). I’m not talking about cutting Israel loose, but rather treating Israel like we treat other respected, important allies rather than having Israel be the exception to every rule and rather than continuing to allow the Israel Lobby dictate U.S. policy in the region.
BTW, if this is possible after only a week of knowing each other, so is Mideast peace: