Monday, February 7, 2011

President Mubarak Tells Barack Obama to Lay Off

There are dramatic change in events occurring in Egypt. The protest is waning, but still maintaining a distruptive atmosphere. The audacity of Obama pushing another world leader to step aside and resign is pure hypocrisy. President Mubarak said he will step down in 6 months prior to the elections. Since Mubarak have been in power for 30years, I think 6 months is a reasonable time to allow a transition of power with a Democratic election. Telling Mubarak to step down as president will create a void, which will lead to a chaos worst than the protest. In a state of an emergency, it is important to maintain order. To do that, Mubarak must call martial law and assign the army to quell the situation, incarcerate every radical element within Egypt, and allow the Democratic process of free elections to take place. It is a very unorthodox way to handle the situation, but during desperate times calls for desperate measures.

The United States does not need to meddle in the Democratic process of free elections in another country. On Friday, Mubarak finally told Obama to "knock it off." The Egyptian president is refusing to answer phone calls from foreign parties because it is aimed to incite the internal situation in Egypt. Since Mubarak isn't taking any phone calls from Obama, the Obama Administration is treatening to stop aid to the Egyptian government. Obama wants to see Mubarak resignation happen sooner than later. This provocation by Obama will incite the protest to another level. Because of this, what choices Mubarak takes was caused by Obama's meddling.

(Indian Express) As violence on the streets of Cairo indicated a well-orchestrated attempt by the Hosni Mubarak government to silence the protests against his regime, the US openly broke with its most stalwart ally. Ending days of delicate public and private diplomacy, the Obama administration strongly condemned violence by allies of Mubarak against protesters and called on him to speed up his exit from power.

Egypt’s government hit back swiftly. The Foreign Ministry released a defiant statement saying the calls from “foreign parties” had been “rejected” and “aimed to incite the internal situation in Egypt”. Separately, in an interview, a senior Egyptian government official took aim at President Obama’s call for a political transition to begin “now”.

But the White House was not backing down. “I want to be clear,” said Robert Gibbs, the press secretary. “ ‘Now’ started yesterday.”

The Obama administration seemed determined to put as much daylight as possible between Obama and Mubarak, with Gibbs again raising the spectre of a cutoff of American aid to the Mubarak government. “There are things that the government needs to do,” he said. “There are reforms that need to be undertaken. And there are opposition entities that have to be included in the conversations as we move toward free and fair elections.”

Those elections are currently scheduled for September, but State Department spokesman Philip J Crowley said: “The sooner that can happen, the better.”

As evidence of how far the rift has gone, a senior Egyptian official reached out to a reporter to criticise Obama’s remarks, saying the Mubarak government has “a serious issue with how the White House is spinning this... Mubarak’s primary responsibility is to ensure an orderly and peaceful transfer of power. We can’t do that if we have a vacuum of power.”