Saudi Arabia has threatened to prop up President Mubarak if the White House tries to force a swift change of regime in Egypt. In a testy personal telephone call on January 29, King Abdullah told President Obama not to humiliate Mr Mubarak and warned that he would step in to bankroll Egypt if the US withdrew its aid programme, worth $1.5 billion annually. America’s closest ally in the Gulf made clear that the Egyptian President must be allowed to stay on to oversee the transition towards peaceful democracy and then leave with dignity. “Mubarak and King Abdullah are not just allies, they are close friends, and the King is not about to see his friend cast aside and humiliated,” a senior source in the Saudi capital told The Times
The most deliberately anti-business, anti-capitalist President this country has ever seen will now begin his new role as a friend of the private sector, and will pretend that he’s been working on the same team as them all along. The new Obama was unveiled today at his speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Today at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, President Obama used the opportunity to defend his religious beliefs and to acknowledge those who have questions about his faith. In his speech, he recounted working with churches in Chicago in his days as a community organizer and how he “came to know Jesus Christ for myself and embrace him as my lord and savior.”
Wednesday, Feb. 2, President Barack Obama delivered an ultimatum to Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman and the army and security chiefs: Mubarak must be removed in the coming hours or else US aid to Egypt will be cut off, debkafile’s Washington sources exclusively report. Pressure on the Egyptian armed forces to oust the president forthwith was further applied by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who called Vice President Omar Suleiman, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates who called Egyptian defense minister Mohamed Tantawi, and US armed forces chief Adm. Mike Mullen in a telephone call to the Egyptian chief of staff Gen. Sami Enan. French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UK Prime Minister David Cameron were recruited earlier to lean hard on Egyptian army chiefs to bring Mubarak’s presidency to an end in the coming hours.
Unless you have been hiding in an igloo like Al Gore has during these frigid temps, most of us know about the events in Egypt. However, what a lot of us don’t know is how this directly relates to America.There are three basic points America must understand in order to grasp somewhat of an idea of what is happening, what Americans should learn from the current situation and where we go from here.
The Washington A-List was out in force Saturday night at the farewell party for senior adviser David Axelrod, with a roster of guests featuring Cabinet secretaries, big shot journos and – President Obama. As revolution threatened to sweep Egypt and possibly other allies – with the horrifying prospect of Islamism replacing reliable friends – the president was on view partying with the IN crowd.
Jimmy Carter will go down in American history as “the president who lost Iran,” which during his term went from being a major strategic ally of the United States to being the revolutionary Islamic Republic. Barack Obama will be remembered as the president who “lost” Turkey, Lebanon and Egypt, and during whose tenure America’s alliances in the Middle East crumbled. The superficial circumstances are similar. In both cases, a United States in financial crisis and after failed wars loses global influence under a leftist president whose good intentions are interpreted abroad as expressions of weakness. The results are reflected in the fall of regimes that were dependent on their relationship with Washington for survival, or in a change in their orientation, as with Ankara.
Mubarak was considered to be the United States’ strongest ally in the Muslim world, and it was certainly so for the nation of Israel. Now that Mubarak has all but left the scene, the world is watching to see how the landscape will change in Egypt. President Barack Obama has been working behind the scenes to encourage advances in human rights for the people of Egypt while maintaining alliances with President Hosni Mubarak. When it came time to take a strong position and speak into the crisis in Egypt with conviction, his stance was tepid at best. As events have unfolded in Egypt, Obama initially backed Mubarak until it was looking as though protesters were gaining the upper hand, then he quickly moved to the middle ground. Obama chose not to take a clear and decisive approach and in the end, this will have very devastating consequences not only for the people of Egypt, but for the region as a whole. Strategic influence that the United States once held in the Arab world through our Egyptian alliance is likely forever lost, and well as Israel losing the only Arab “friend” it had in Mubarak.
In May 2010, Barack Obama invited a small group of presidential historians to the White House for a working supper in the Family Dining Room. It was the second time he’d had the group in since taking office, and as he sat down across the table from his wife Michelle, the President pressed his guests for lessons from his predecessors. But as the conversation progressed, it became clear to several in the room that Obama seemed less interested in talking about Lincoln’s team of rivals or Kennedy’s Camelot than the accomplishments of an amiable conservative named Ronald Reagan, who had sparked a revolution three decades earlier when he arrived in the Oval Office.
Death blow! Personal friend to Obama’s parents, Hawaii Gov. Abercrombie started a campaign to PROVE that Obama was born in Hawaii. But after a very public and exhaustive search of ALL hospital records, no evidence of ANY kind was produced by his search. Keep in mind that Abercrombie is a lifelong, personal friend to the Obama family, and he used all of his powers as Governor of Hawaii to turn over every stone to find his birth certificate. His search ended in total failure, which should prove once and for all the illegitimacy of the Obama presidency.
At least for the moment, China has conceded to Obama’s demand that it pressure North Korea into talks with South Korea, in hopes of bringing a calm to the building storm between the two nations.