Pharaoh Doesn’t Get It: Let My People Go!
So, let me get this straight: The Egyptian military told the protesters in Tahrir Sq. that they would find out tonight that their demands had been met. CIA Director Leon Panetta told a House intelligence panel he believed Mubarak would likely step down tonight. April Fools! Talk about shooting blanks. That’s the CIA we are talking about.
And what did
Pharaoh Mubarak actually do? He gave a condescending, paternalistic speech where he met none of the following demands: a) to lift the emergency laws, b) step aside and c) dissolve parliament.
Worse still, he had the audacity to belittle the protesters by claiming they were all being duped by foreign infiltrators (read: Zionists, Americans, Iranians, the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas- because those groups all work so well together?) and media. Then he acted like he cared about all the people who died when it was his government forces that killed them. Isn’t this the same old paranoid, dictator handbook?
I have a feeling that as we speak some people in the White House and State Dept. are banging their heads against a wall right now. And then as if
Pharaoh Mubarak’s speech wasn’t enough, Sulieman just gave a speech moments ago and sounded dictatorial, disingenuous, condescending and tone deaf. The administration can’t be too happy about that.