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I believe in American exceptionalism...that we've been granted an opportunity, through our economic success, military dominance and charitable spirit, to help others.

There's a right way to do that and a wrong way. George W. showed us that the neo-conservative approach is not only wrong, it worsens things.

Before him? Decades of supporting thugs, dictators, and terrorists. We send them aid which they use against their own people. No wonder they resent us.

Obama MUST say the following:

  1. We support the people of Egypt, and all the peoples of the world that feel repressed by their governments.
  1. We will not give a dollar of economic or military aid to countries that don't allow peaceful assembly, regular elections, free speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion.
  1. We will never again sell or donate weapons, including riot gear like tear gas, to other countries. We're not going to be complicit in murder or oppression. We will defend our allies, but they are responsible for funding their own militaries.
  1. We are going to air-drop food and medical supplies into Egypt, for the people.

That's it. It's a four-point plan. It's a moral course. It's the only way to win the hearts and minds of the people --- to encourage Democracy --- to work towards peace.

Originally posted to Jonathan4Dean on Sat Feb 05, 2011 at 03:55 PM PST.


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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    "Don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34

    by Jonathan4Dean on Sat Feb 05, 2011 at 03:55:11 PM PST

  •  If you want President Obama (1+ / 0-)
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    Lying eyes

    to do something, why not say "President Obama, please consider..."? If I were President Obama, and some guy said "Obama MUST..." I'd think "fuck you, I'm President of the United States, don't tell me what I must do."

    Let's stop yelling at the guy, stop demanding shit from him, and start respectfully asking him to consider our ideas. Who knows, it may work better.

    I'm in the I-fucking-love-this-guy wing of the Democratic Party!

    by doc2 on Sat Feb 05, 2011 at 04:01:15 PM PST

  •  that the US is favoring essentially the status (5+ / 0-)

    quo is as unsurprising as it is disappointing

  •  Number 2 and 3 are Out, Sorry (1+ / 0-)
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    tapu dali

    We will never again sell or donate weapons, including riot gear like tear gas, to other countries. We're not going to be complicit in murder or oppression. We will defend our allies, but they are responsible for funding their own militaries.

    Agreed, but where you been?

    you get the Faustian bargain we've made regarding the ME region... right?

    Faust or Faustus (Latin for "auspicious" or "lucky") is the protagonist of a classic German legend. Though a highly successful scholar, he is unsatisfied, and makes a deal with the devil, exchanging his soul for unlimited knowledge and worldly pleasures. Faust's tale is the basis for many literary, artistic, cinematic, and musical works. The meaning of the word and name has been reinterpreted through the ages. Faust, and the adjective Faustian, are often used to describe an arrangement in which an ambitious person surrenders moral integrity in order to achieve power and success: the proverbial "deal with the devil". The terms can also refer to an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.

    "I don't feel the change yet". Velma Hart

    by Superpole on Sat Feb 05, 2011 at 04:32:23 PM PST

  •  what is interesting is that while democracy is (1+ / 0-)
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    great for US - diplomatically the US (not unreasonably) clearly likes the stable dictators - fewer people to talk to, and the agreements hold for a bit.  

    Really here - the mixed messages, from Biden's original comments to the former envoy today - have reinforced the fact that this country's credibility in the Middle East is right there with Tiger Woods' credibility as a marriage counselor.

    Between our relationships with Israel and Saudi Arabia, we are just way way too compromised to be any sort of force that can be looked at by those people with anything other than mocking or scorn.

    •  The reason the US loves dictators... (0+ / 0-)

      is because dictators destroy the rights of labor and small farmers, which creates an excellent economic environment for large corporations.  It is not about stability, it is about exploitation and wealth.

      The US protects this arrangement because our government believes in the US empire and fights to sustain and expand it, by any means possible.

      All of this is utterly anti-democratic, both at home and abroad.  It is also reprehensible and disgusting.

      Pres. Barack Obama "Mr. Zero"

      by rubine on Sat Feb 05, 2011 at 06:14:05 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Naah (1+ / 0-)
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    He's not gonna do it. Wouldn't be prudent.

    Think of all the re-election moolah from the weapons dealers.

    Besides Suleyman The Torturer is an Important Ally in the War on Terror (tm).

    Exspectamus et vigilamus: quod nolite somnamus.

    by tapu dali on Sat Feb 05, 2011 at 05:17:22 PM PST

  •  The weapons were not to prop up a dictator (0+ / 0-)

    FIrst off, the weapons were pledged as part of an agreement with Egypt, when it was led by Sadat, who decided to end the "Emergency Rule" the army had used to suppress civil rights. That state of emergency was restored when army troops gunned down Sadat.

    Moreover -- the military support was a fundamental piece of the MIdeast Peace Accords. Israel needed assurance from the US that it would get sufficient arms to defend itself, in exchange for the deal to return the Sinai to Egypt. Egypt, in turn, needed to create the appearance that the US would be even-handed between Israel and its Arab neighbors -- so, the price was that Egypt would also get considerable support from the US to purchase American weaponry.

    It's actually a pretty fundamental piece of the Camp David treaty, and the USA  should think long and hard before it sets a precedent by becoming the first country to break the deal.

    If you want to know what's really propping up Mubarak, it's the $50 billion he's stolen from the Egyptians. That kind of money buys power and influence and loyalty.

    Coming Soon -- to an Internet connection near you:

    by FischFry on Sat Feb 05, 2011 at 05:43:09 PM PST

  •  Egypt: Day 12 summary from the CBC (0+ / 0-)

    Top Leaders of Egypt's Ruling Party Resign  
    The top leadership of embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's ruling party, including his son, has resigned in a move apparently aimed at appeasing anti-government demonstrators. lay=true

    One day at a time. Let's see what tomorrow brings.

  •  agree (0+ / 0-)

    The pro-democracy protestors should continue as long as the gov't continues to give concessions.  Eventually there will be a line in the sand, but thus far, the wind is still blowing in the face of the gov't!

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