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February 3, 2011

~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:

Scooter & Ziggy

11 Comments leave one →
  1. HillaryFan permalink
    February 3, 2011 11:46 am

    Wow, a mid-week news round-up!

    Fox News has really reached a new low. I used to watch it sometimes during 2008 but with Beck, O’Reilly, Hannity they have really become GOP TV. Their Egypt coverage is a disaster but the scary thing they are really spreading a lot of misinformation to their viewers of which there are millions.

    • rachel permalink
      February 3, 2011 2:09 pm

      I try to tune in to Fox a couple hours during the weekday. During this egypt crisis so far I have gotten from them Muslim brotherhood and poor little Israel caught in middle, Iran, and what about Israel. Nothing really about the plight of the egyptian people who democracy.

      • February 4, 2011 10:48 am

        I honestly don’t think I have watched Fox News for about 5 years at least. I didn’t even tune in during the 2008 election because the coverage I heard about seemed more geared towards dividing and conquering the dems than about actual respect for Hillary, but I could be wrong. I know people see it differently.

        I just think Fox has such an overt agenda- how many “retired” GOP politicians are they going to hire? They are obsessed with fearmongering about Muslims and I find it to be quite hateful. Their Egypt coverage has been a disgrace, based on what I have seen/heard on the internet.

        Of course, I”m not a big fan of the MSM in general because I see them as having more of a corporate, status quo maintaining bias and agenda. I like real investigative journalism not just a regurgitation of this or that government talking point. I don’t watch CNN or network news. I do watch Maddow and Cenk Uyger a couple of times a week on MSNBC but they are opinion shows, so I am aware of their bias. Other than that I get my news online so I can form my own opinions about issues.

  2. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    February 3, 2011 12:19 pm

    Well, hallelujah! Someone was listening there in Congress (about the “forcible rape” provision). Now let’s just chuck the Hyde amendment altogether, shall we?

    Also glad to hear that, although their numbers are still so small as to be invisible in every picture or video I’ve seen, women in Egypt can now participate in public political protests without being sexually harassed (whoop-tee-doo) and hold 12% of seats in the Egyptian parliament (rivaling their American sisters who number 16% in Congress while representing 51% of the population).

    Oh, and despite the fact that all forms of female genital cutting have been banned in Egypt since 2007, the law has been ineffective (read: not enforced). A 2005 study found that over 95% of Egyptian women have undergone some form of FGC.

  3. February 3, 2011 12:56 pm

    I read the GOP may have inserted rape redefinition initially into the bill as a bargaining chip and to avoid publicity for other parts of the bill that limit a woman’s right to choose. That’s logical. I don’t consider this a victory unless the bill is totally defeated.

    And events in Egypt are beyond sad. Obama disingenuously states it is for the Egyptian people to decide. It is very clear from multiple reports and his own speech that he wants Mubarak to stay until September and that he made that clear to Mubarak.

  4. February 3, 2011 1:18 pm

    Steve Clemons is really an incredible analyst [in my opinion] and he has a very sobering article up on his blog – he’s also been appearing on MSNBC shows discussing Egypt- Cenk Unger, Maddow, etc. – and this part struck me (he’s discussing the George Soros editorial in the WaPo today, which is also worth a read):

    The one thing George Soros does not mention in his article is that lurking in Egypt’s police and intelligence files are mountains of materials on significant human rights abuses — disappearances, political detentions, torture, and summary executions. In some of these cases, the United States government knew what was going on or had agents in the room. This will come out, and America’s historical complicity in Egypt’s nightmares will become clear.

    He makes an excellent point. In my mind it just reaffirms what I’ve been saying for a while- we need to totally rethink our Middle East strategy/policy but are our leaders up to the task? Do they have the political will to take on powerful interest groups who want to maintain the status quo even at the expense of our democratic values and national security interests? We need more people like Clemons in advisory roles at State and the WH. We need more new ideas from people who are willing to think outside the box and who are not wedded to the beltway foreign policy conventional wisdom.

  5. Thain permalink
    February 3, 2011 1:47 pm

    I thought the GOP was going to focus on jobs, jobs, jobs?!? Instead they seem to be focusing on wedge issues and rallying their base.

    I’m glad they changed the definition of rape back to what it was before but I can’t believe women in the GOP are ok with this? I would also say “men in the GOP” but given that the GOP includes people like Mr. Weepy John Boehner, wax figure Mitch McConnel and Mr. Ethics John Ensign I won’t even bother having any hope in them.

    About that George Soros article- the righties are going NUTS about it on Twitter as are the Israel Firsters. Glenn Beck will probably devote another misinformation-filled show to him. I like Soros, at least he’s got enough guts to take on some of these people. Of course, having a billion dollars probably doesn’t hurt 😉

  6. Thain permalink
    February 3, 2011 2:12 pm

    The Zionist Org. of America is bringing a class action lawsuit against Jimmy Carter and asking for damages because they say it spreads falsehoods about Israel, is an attempt to delegitimize Israel and they were traumatized by reading it. What a load of BS! So just don’t read the f*cking book!

    They must really be desperate to silence all debate about Israel. I guess this is meant to silence others who might dare speak out against that most special of nations. I’m so sure the oh-so-liberal Jewish community will come out and denounce such anti-free speech campaigns by other members of their community. Oh, wait, no they won’t because it’s about Israel so different rules apply. LEI- Liberal Except Israel.

    • February 3, 2011 2:39 pm

      That lawsuit will go nowhere and it’s a disgrace it was brought in the first place- not because it has anything to do with Israel but because hello? Free speech? Can you imagine if you could sue authors for writing things with which you disagreed, even if the books were labeled “nonfiction?”

      If that were the case, I’d DEFINITELY sue Dick Morris because the stuff he writes is pure fantasy! 🙂

    • Steve permalink
      February 3, 2011 3:38 pm

      The ZOA is a joke. If they want to waste their money and be total First Amendment hypocrites I say go for it. The more they open their mouth the more their support among young Jews drops. Booyah!

  7. Steve permalink
    February 3, 2011 3:36 pm

    Richard Cohen, ever the shameless Israel First hack, has an article telling President Obama to “shut up” on Egypt.

    He doesn’t mention Israel in this column although we all know that’s his primary concern because that’s been the topic of his posts all week.

    People like Cohen give conspiracy theories about dual loyalty wings to fly because honestly, this guy should just move to Jerusalem b/c everything he writes about is viewed through the lens of “What’s Best 4 Israel?”

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