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  •  He played that card today (8+ / 0-)

    when he warned against foreign interference. We'll see if it works. It's my semi-informed opinion is that the benefits of the U.S very publicly siding with the democrats would far outweigh the downsides.

    •  I just don't (5+ / 0-)

      know.  All I know is that I want democracy to win and that I'm terrified of the US yet again trying to install another dictatorial puppet.  I've already had one friend that had to flee airan in 2009.  I don't want to see the same thing happen in Egypt.

      •  Well, yes, amen (4+ / 0-)

        But that could happen regardless.

      •  I think there's a qualitative difference (3+ / 0-)
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        between denouncing Mubarak and announcing positive support for the protestors or some effective transitional figure.

        Play it positive: ignore Mubarak for the time, and play up Ghonim, play up Elbaradei as transitional figures that can help progress Egypt toward a true Democracy.

        If Obama were to come out with a statement that called Ghonim what every other news organization on Earth is calling him: Egypt's Ghandi.

        Blow the circuits of the liars in high places (especially Israel, etc)....

        Nothing short of that is going to resolve this issue anyhow.

        In addition, Ghonim is abosuletly in line with the values of the Democratic party.

        From Juan Cole's blog:

        Obama has coddled his administration colleagues who support Mubarak, want him to stay, and support VP Omar Suleiman.

        Unlike Obama, Wael Ghonim, the 28-year-old Google executive who helped instigate the Egyptian uprising, wants genuine change.

        He wants long-serving autocrat Hosni Mubarak to step down. Unlike VP Joe Biden, Ghonim has no doubts that Mubarak is a dictator.

        Ghonim wants an end to the "Emergency Laws," more Draconian than the PATRIOT Act, whereby the Egyptian state sets aside any slight civil liberties mentioned in the constitution.

        He wants an end to Egypt’s crony capitalist state, which allowed Hosni Mubarak to accumulate a fortune of $70 billion while 40 percent of Egyptians live on $2 a day or a little over that. Ghonim told CNN, "The plan was to get everyone on the street. The plan was number one we’re going to start from poor areas. Our demands are going to be all about what touches people’s daily life. And by the way we honestly meant it. One of the very famous videos we used all the time to promote this was a guy eating from the trash."

        He added, ‘we truly believe in these demands. Like the minimum wage. Like talking about the end of, the end of unemployment...reducing unemployment or at least giving people some sort of compensation to make living.’

        Ghonim’s emphasis on labor demands came about because the uprising in Egypt is largely a labor uprising. It is an alliance of blue collar workers with white collar workers, all of them supported by a progressive youth movement and college students. It is therefore not actually a surprise that some 200,000 working class people joined in the protests on Wednesday, striking, encouraging strikes, and demanding a proper minimum wage.

        "Muhit" reports that as the revolutionary movement entered its third week, thousands of workers in a number of factories and establishments launched sit-ins, strikes demanding better pay and better working conditions.

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