Any other questions?“The Obama administration has reconciled itself to gradual political reform in Egypt, an approach that reflects its goal of maintaining stability in the Middle East but is at odds with demands of the protest movement in Cairo that President Hosni Mubarak relinquish power immediately.
“A week after the Obama administration demanded a swift transition to a post-Mubarak era, it has dampened the sense of urgency and aligned itself with power-brokers such as new Vice President Omar Suleiman, who are urging a more stable, if much slower, move to real democracy.
“But U.S. officials privately acknowledged that there is no guarantee that Suleiman, a former intelligence chief closely aligned with the military, is committed to substantial reforms. . . .
Robert Danin, a former U.S. official in the Middle East now with the Council on Foreign Relations . . . added that Obama "is, at the end of the day, a realist" who believes former President George W. Bush ruptured alliances by aggressively pushing for democratic reform, and he is determined to not be as openly critical of allies.”
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Obama’s Freedom Agenda
Last week, we were hearing a lot about the Obama administration’s determination to promote the democratic aspirations of the Egyptian people in their time of need. How’s it going after one week? Well, if you believe the L.A. Times, the democracy-project has been subcontracted out to Egyptian Vice-President Omar Suleiman, the principal architect and overseer of the Mubarak regime’s longstanding program of intimidating democratic political opposition: