Hillary Clinton understands what must be done to hold the wolves at bay:
“She warned that the U.S. would not accept two alternatives as potential ends to the current crisis: “democracy of six months or a year and then evolving essentially into a military dictatorship” or – a scarier specter for American policymakers –what she described on NBC’s “Meet The Press” as “faux democacy like the elections we saw in Iran…where you have one election 30 years ago and the people stay in power and become less and less responsive to their people.” [snip]
“We want to see free and fair elections and we expect that that will be one of the outcomes of what is going on in Egypt right now,” Clinton said.”
Those “free and fair elections” must be free of Muslim Brotherhood, Iran, Islamic extremist influence. The rights of women must be respected as well as the rights of religions such as Coptic Christianity. Egypt must not turn into a theocratic misogynistic state like Iran. That is the policy the American government must pursue.
“Clinton, on CBS’s “Face The Nation,” addressed the issue of an Islamic regime following Mubarak. “Well, first I’m not speculating about who goes or who stays. And I’m not prepared to comment on what kind of democratic process the Egyptian people can construct for themselves. But we obviously want to see people who are truly committed to democracy — not to imposing any ideology on Egyptians.”
“We do not want to see a change or a regime that would actually continue to foment violence or chaos — either because it didn’t exist or because it had a different view in which in which to pose on the Egyptian people,” she said.
That’s diplo-speak to say: Egypt and the Egyptian people must be protected from the wolves.
The wolves are gathering. The Iron Veil unfurls, ready to fall, and plunge us all into darkness.
He was so not ready to become president. Every day that reality is made clearer and clearer. When some of us pointed that out in 2008, we were making a projection. We now have proof. Tons of it. Never again, America, never again. If the person doesn't have experience, we don't get behind them. We should all take a vow on that.
WikiLeaks is imploding all around, all around. So look for various Chicken Littles to rush forward defending their heart throb Julian Assange. Doyle McManus (Los Angeles Times) has a column in which he notes:
It's telling that even Assange, no fan of traditional institutions, felt a need to turn to old-fashioned newspapers and magazines to make sense of all those cables.
Even then, hasty journalism produced some stories that were incomplete. One of the biggest apparent scoops was a report that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton had sent a cable ordering U.S. diplomats at the United Nations to spy on their foreign counterparts and even collect samples of their DNA (exactly how was left to the reader's imagination). But officials later explained that Clinton hadn't written that cable (it bore her signature as a formality) and that it was the kind of annual "wish list" from the CIA that most diplomats — the sensible ones — routinely ignore.
C.I. notes McManus' column in today's snapshot. There's a great deal in there worth reading, I'm going with that because even now people refuse to get the above correct. Whether it's on Scott Horton's Anitwar Radio or Amy Goodman's Democracy Now!, their hatred of Hillary allows them to be unbound by facts.
As C.I. explained (before the press got around to doing so), it was the same cable sent out with Condi Rice's name on it and with Colin Powell's name on it. C.I. noted it may go back beyond that but that the cable is regularly sent out and it is not authored by the Secretary of State but instead by the CIA. And please go read Ava and C.I.'s "TV: Just not funny" about Saturday Night Live.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):