Friday, January 28, 2011

Egypt- Green Eagle Talks About Something He Knows Nothing About

How unusual, huh?  Well, what do you expect from a parrot?

I have to say that, at this point, I can't figure out what's going on in Egypt.  But it can still provide me with some innocent amusement.  First, this comment, from the BBC:

"Finally, it would pose painful dilemmas for Western policy-makers who have long favoured gradual political reform in the region, fearful that the alternative could be the breakdown of stability and the rise of extremism."

I think it's fair to translate the phrase "gradual politcal reform" as "staying in the hands of the same dictator for decades, so it's much easier to bribe him to do whatever we damned want."  Anyone think that's not an accurate interpretation?

And this amusing comment from TPM:

"From an account of a May speech by former Blackwater CEO Erik Prince: "Prince beamed with pride when he said that Blackwater continues to train 'security personnel' from countries like Egypt and Pakistan."

How'd that work out for your clients, huh, Erick?  This reminds me of the whole Bush administration, of which Erick was such a vital, if unofficial part.  Remember the Woody Allen thing where the lady in a restaurant complains, "such bad food, and such small portions?"  Well that sort of sums up everything to do with the Bush Administration- so evil, and so bad at it.


magpie said...

What's going on in Egypt?

I don't think anyone is certain yet. 2 days ago Hillary said the US assessment was that the Egyptian government was stable.

This bird knows very little about Egypt either but...

If the Muslim Brotherhood use the revolt as a Trojan Horse or skipping stone to deliver power into the hands of fundamentalist nutcases... then we will all have a new and acute headache. The BBC do have a point there. And let us not forget for a second that this country recognised Israel.
Egypt has the 10th largest army in the world. What will they do?

I don't want to be pessimistic or speak for status quo - and certainly not for scumbag dictators and their multi-national corporate backers - but these things don't have a tradition of turning out well.
Is this like ousting Ferdinand Marcos or is this Iran again?

(About 5 hours ago Mubarak sacked the government, vowing reform. I put the number of people that will satisfy at around zero).

TRUTH 101 said...

We left The Philipines alone and things turned out okay. I hope we let Egyptians take care of Egypt.

Green Eagle said...

Obama is already being slammed on the right because he hasn't gone out and shot off some missiles or something.

Dave Dubya said...

Blackwater SS-trained Interior Ministry goons have been our allies in rendition and torture. US made armor and tear gas fill the streets. How dare those people think they can demand regime change without the US dictating the conditions?

It's going to get ugly.

Green Eagle said...

Yeah, you're right, Dave. Regime change- that's OUR job.

Because we're so good at it.