Mubarak Won’t Step Down, Delegates Some Powers To VP

Mubarak went on to allude to some vague commissions that would help the transition ahead of September's elections, as well as to constitutional alterations to lift the national emergency, although gave no time line.

He went on to say that his remaining in power was essential to help Egypt "recover" a collective trust and foster "national dialogue as groups, not enemies."

Mubarak went to great lengths to express the "pain" he felt from criticism coming within Egypt's borders and to deflect the unrest away from himself: "This situation is not about me, but about Egypt," he claimed, as the crowd began chanting "Go, go, go."

Egypt's protests have already gone on for over two weeks, and it's unlikely Mubarak's so-called concessions will alleviate pressure on him to leave.

Comments

  1. Matt26 says

    He is unable to face the reality.
    He will step down, one way or another. There is no turning back for him.
    Tomorrow will be a long day in Egypt. Anything can happen.

  2. anon says

    Even if he goes, the super high birth rates, illiteracy and unemployment will remain. Egypt is one of those no-future countries until they fix the fundamentals.

  3. Genesis Revelations says

    Can some Democratic Party-ass licking queer explain to me how a President who supports a dictator who tortures people can possibly be a fierce advocate for LGBT people in the US?

  4. Sam says

    Like many leaders in other African nations, Mubarak will not step aside so easily (look at Côte d’Ivoire). His recent speech was just a warning to those in the square to leave or face military action and that outside pressure will not work.

    Unfortunately Mr. Obama has a catch-22. Side with the protesters and have Mubarak turn a blind eye to Israel or side with Mubarak and be seen as anti-democratic.

  5. Strepsi says

    His comment about staying “not to follow dictates from abroad” was smart of him… if there’s something Egyptians hate more than him, it’s US foreign meddling. They reeeaalllly hate it.

    @JARAGON: The Castros are the worst example (don;t worry, there are tons of others), as they are actually an example of a dictator softening with age instead of hardening. In fact on gay rights, that country which used to imprison us, is on its way to surpassing the U.S. when it comes to Federal protections…

  6. Zach says

    “Can some Democratic Party-ass licking queer explain to me how a President who supports a dictator who tortures people can possibly be a fierce advocate for LGBT people in the US?”

    He doesn’t. At least not any more. Mubarak was likely told more than a week ago to leave immediately.

    More generally – what would you have Obama do? He can come out and publicly say Mubarak leave immediately and instantly be castigated for undue interference in Middle East politics. He can do nothing (or appear to do nothing) and appear indecisive.

    Of course, he could always do what good ol’ W did, and simply overthrow a regime. Because that worked out so well for all involved.

    International politics are ugly and often filled with brutal truths. The worst thing to do is to put reality-challenged idealists – be they socialists or neo-cons – in charge and expect optimal results.

  7. anon says

    I’m not suggesting that Mubarak should stay, only that him going today or next Sept will not matter much. He is also not the only dictator in the world, so our fixation is somewhat shortsighted. And whether he goes or not, we should stop sending all that meaningless foreign military aid to Egypt. What do they need yet more tanks for?

  8. mstrozfckslv@yahoo.com says

    GR like zlick said

    ur question is moot since every US president whether r or D has supported not only torturing dictator Mubarak for the past 3o yrs + a multitude of others down through the ages

  9. Xtab says

    Military aid to Egypt will continue, Mubarak or not, because it was part of the deal Carter signed in exchange for an Egyptian peace treaty with Israel. No military aid, no more peace treaty. Which would you prefer?

  10. TANK says

    Annnnnnywaaaaay…did KFC Cairo reopen yet? This is temporary, but eleven herbs and spices are forever. And I’m not going there to broker a deal without a functioning KFC–or anywhere, for that matter. Dunno about these people, but I’d rather be chowing down on some fried chicken rather than rioting against an oppressive dictatorship. Mmmmhmmmm, the double down (is it a sammich or is it more than a sammich? Think about it) beats a robust civil society any day… and don’t lie to my face that it doesn’t! ‘sides, the colonel’s wrath isn’t to be tempted.

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