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Pharaoh Doesn’t Get It: Let My People Go!

February 10, 2011

Worst. Speech. Ever.

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.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Brian Miller permalink
    February 10, 2011 6:23 pm

    If Mubarak really cared about Egypt he would have stepped down. Now, there will be bloodshed..

  2. HillaryFan permalink
    February 10, 2011 6:58 pm

    I am really shocked. I was listening to the speech on the radio on the way home from work and I kept waiting for him to say he was stepping aside and when he kept going on and on and on about how he must safeguard egypt and talking about foreign influence I thought “oh no, he’s staying!”

    Any word from the WH or State Dept. yet?

    • February 10, 2011 9:24 pm

      They are still suffering from the ‘Deer in the head lights’, as they are caught off guard by the Dictator…I mean Hosni Mubarak! His message in essence was he would leave office, over his dead body, and even then he intends to be worshiped for being such a good Dictator…oops Pharoah…

      Talk about a severe case of denial…

  3. February 10, 2011 7:54 pm

    I felt such sympathy for the people in Egypt today watching that pathetic excuse of a speech on Al Jazeera online. You had to wonder what the heck was going on behind the scenes during the hour or so before he finally gave that little talk.

    Love your accompanying picture and post title. The man is a plague on all the houses of Egypt!

  4. Thain permalink
    February 10, 2011 8:06 pm

    This guy’s a sociopath.

    I just heard on MSNBC that Secretary Clinton canceled her afternoon interviews with Arab television because the administration is huddling right now to try to get one unified message in response to the speech. Chuck Todd just said that Obama was originally going to make a public statement because everyone thought Mubarak was stepping down but now that he hasn’t stepped down, the WH will only issue a written statement and Todd says it was supposed to come out around 5:30pm-ish and it still isn’t out.

    Stacy posted a link in her last post to a story about the military being involved CURRENTLY in detention, disappearances and torture of the protesters AS WE SPEAK. Why is the US mainstream media and the US govt continuing to claim that the military is some sort of sacrosanct, perfect, professional organization that hasn’t used violence against the people- They allegedly ARE using violence against their people and have been for 30 years. Just because they aren’t opening fire on the people in Tahrir Square doesn’t mean that they aren’t involved in the violence behind the scenes. I think it’s because the US and Israel have put all their eggs in one basket- the military and we’ve been in bed with them for decades and we are hoping the military will take over because they are secular and are antagonistic towards the political Islamic groups.

    If all of this going on doesn’t wake up the US and Israel and make us realize that this whole stability vs. jihad theme is bullshit! We just use it as an excuse to prop up dictators who we pay off to do our bidding. I know that sounds harsh but it seems like there is truth in it.

  5. February 10, 2011 9:25 pm

    Waelabbas, sent out a tweet warning of this and sure enough it was true. 🙂 I hope they all stay safe.

    • February 11, 2011 12:28 am

      I have no idea how I got a smile there except I was exploring smileys looking for one with a door for a Mubarak tweet with a ☎ for him to get out (still can’t find a door) …✈!

  6. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    February 10, 2011 9:43 pm

    I think Mubarek’s strategy will backfire. The protesters will be enraged and turn violent. No way the army is going to slaughter hundreds of thousands of people on the world stage. At least I hope not.

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