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  •  WaPo: Mubarak's speech surprised everone (3+ / 0-)
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    YankInUK, eagle5, FORUS50

    A fascinating behind-the-scenes account of the last days of the Egyptian revolution, from the Administration's perspective.

    Mubarak's went off script with his speech, angered the people, the White House, even his allies in the military, and VP Suleiman "joined ranks with military leaders late Thursday."

    The Egyptian president startled many of his aides with an address, unseen by others, in which he appeared determined to cling to office. The speech surprised and angered the White House, enraged Cairo's legions of protesters and pushed the country closer to chaos, current and former U.S. government officials said in interviews recounting the events of the past 48 hours.

    In the end, Mubarak's efforts only ensured a hasty and ignominious departure, the officials said. Within hours of the speech, Egyptian army officials confronted the discredited president with an ultimatum: Step down voluntarily, or be forced out.

    Mubarak's defiant speech - described by some U.S. officials as bordering on delusional - was a final, wild plot twist in a saga that had played out in Egypt and Washington over the past 18 days.

    Worth reading.

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