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The Great American Decline

We all watched the events unfolding in Egypt and the Middle East. Those events are proof of the approaching ends of Global American Influence. The Middle East took good old George at his word,”A free Iraq will set a powerful example in the part of the world that is desperate for freedom. A free Iraq will secure Israel.” That was 2004. The “Freedom Agenda” was an abject failure.  It was democracy acquired at the barrel of a gun.  Like Viet Nam, before entering into war, the Americans had no real functional government in realty to assume power should the war be won.  Though those wars were fought for different reasons, the lack of planning for the future of those country lead to disaster.  After numerous elections in Iraq, there still is no functional government and no democracy.

The “Freedom Agenda” was an abject failure  It was the beginning of the decline.

Egypt like Tunisia put their freedom and democracy in their own hands Protesters used Western technology to demand individual rights. Ignore the fact that most of secular bloggers who paved the groundwork for the revolution speak to languages, or studied in America. Ignore the fact the Egyptians in the streets focused their demands on two parties, the Egyptian Regime and the American Government. Not the UN or the Arab League.  American police in the Middle East have never been more obvious. Thirty years of aiding a military dictator, who presided over a corrupt, u responsive government, who managed his economy into stagnation and scarcity, and who has driven any legitimate opposition toward the radical mosque have not produced stability.

The protesters didn’t even bother to burn our flag. Other countries do not express disapproval their of  lack of influence in Egyptian politics. American feel guilt at their limits of power.  We could have done more. We could have, like Turkey, Germany, France and other countries demand that Mubarak resign.  That was not in our interest.  Instead, we put his second in command, Suleiman in a position to control the country.  The Commander of the Secret Police, in charge of torture and beatings, to head the government.

The expectation of peace nd democracy in the whole of the Middle East because of a promise of democracy in Iraq by an American President is naive. Peace, freedom and democracy has been a time coming.  Since the time of Abraham and Sarah.  What we forget is that this is a war about religion.  One tribe against another, Arab against Jew.   Religion.  Our failure to understand that has led to failed foreign policy.  The decline of America. When we put our private interests above our true mission of freedom and democracy, we will always fail.

In the complex determination of national influence, those with the best story, the best narrative, have an advantage  In the Middle East, does the old dictator speaking on Egyptian state television, talking of past glories and victories really seem the wave of the future?

Yet, on the streets of Cairo, Alexandria, self-government is the hope. It seems the system most likely to result in progress and national achievement.  It seems that way because it is. What happens in Egypt matters greatly to American interests A Sunni version of Iran in Egypt would be a major blow. Democratic transition, even a partial one, might eventually isolate or domesticate the extremist and defuse hatred for America. Events in Egypt is now determined by an internal balance of nationalism and religion, fear and hope, that America can only influence on the margins.

Since Franklin Roosevelt, American leaders have viewed the appeal of democratic ideals as source of national power. America now has less direct control in German and Japan than it did. But both are monuments to American influence.

Democracies will not always do what we want, but in the end they are more stable and peaceful than countries ruled by a single man.  Changes are difficult and uncertain, especially in places with shallow democratic roots. But is strangely disconnected from American history and ideals to regard a popular revolt  against an oppressive as a sign of American decline.


Egypt: History Repeating Itself

Fifty-seven years ago, March 1954, the Egyptian people, let y students rose up to resist oppression and for respect for the constitution, where marching in Cairo in 1954.

King Farouk had been removed in a military coup, led by Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1952. This coup was first met with support and hope, but soon dissolved as the Egyptian people watched the new leadership move toward oppression. The constitution was suspended and members of the opposition arrested.

They had no cellphone or internet, but the word spread quickly. Thousands marched Soldiers opened fire and wounded students. The determination of the students was immediate. The government had to be brought down.

Nasser said he would hope open and free elections that summer and promised to spend the intervening months implementing an array of political reforms. Abd al-Quadir Audeh, one of the leaders of the demonstrations, took Nasser at his word and asked the protesters to go home. Audeh was arrested house later and executed, along with other protest leaders the following year. Egypt‘s current protesters are well aware of their country’s bloody political history. The question is whether Mubarak‘s incoherent message to his people means that both sides are bound to repeat it.

The protesters will not be tricked again.  The same promises are being made again, now. Suleiman has offered token concessions to the protesters while rejecting real subtantive changes. Suleiman is reading from the same script Mubarak has used for decades.  The same talk Nasser used.  Suleiman said,”Oh, young men of Egypt…go back to your homes, go back to your jobs.”  Nasser told them the same thing and the protesters were hunted down and shot.

Breaking News:  Mubarak along with his family has left Cairo. Unconfirmed reports from Israel that he has gone to the Red Sea Resort of Sharim el-Sheikh. He has a villa there.  Bought with money stolen from his people.

In an interview Nawal El Saadawi said:

We are in the streets every day, people, children, old people, including myself. I am no 80 years old, suffering of this regime for half a century. You remember, Mubarak is the continuation of Sadat. Both Sadat and Mubarak , their regime worked against the people. They created this gap between the poor and rich. They brought the so-called business class to govern us.  Egypt became an American colony. We are dominated by the U.S. and Israel. And 80 Million people have no say in the country.  But what I would like to tell you, the US. government, with Israel and Saudi Arabia and some other powers outside the country and inside the country, they want to abort this revolution. They create rumors that Egypt is going to be ruined, to be robbed. So they try to frighten us. They have two strategies: to frighten us, so we say we need security, we need Mubarak because people are living in fear. What we want to tell the U.S. and others, keep away from us. End your false democracy and neo-colonialsim.

The Caliphate guru’s need to shut up.  They just perpetuate lies for their own benefit and profit.

In stead of just sitting around and believing all the trash, what we need is a “truth test.”  All bloggers should begin to deconstruct everything they claim as fact. The media enables them, also enables views to being manipulated.  Beck will tell you he is going to tell you the truth.  Well, isn’t it time to tell the truth about, Beck, Palin and all those other Right-Wing liars.

Be brave.  Start the “truth test” movement. Democracy is ours, the Egyptian people deserve it with no assistance from us.  Truth be told, the Mubarak regime is an American creation.

“Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.”


“Let My People Go”

We need a new “Moses” to stand up and tell Pharor Mubarack and his government to set his people free.

Where is America?  American strategy in the Middle Ease is oil, stability and Israel. American is obessed with Israel. They hold Israel as the Axis of the Middle East policy.  Arabs have always been invisible to America.  The argument in going on in America now is about “interests” and “principles.” When it comes to  policy , it comes down to what can we get. They work with people so undesirable and unreliable that they can’t be trusted. So theyhave to be under totalitarian governments The seige on Gaza is an Egyptian, Israeli, and American operation.

We must take Egypt for itself. Not ask Israel what they think or want. It is a mistake. Doing that makes what we think and do irrelevant.  We do not matter.

We have supported all autocratic leaders in the Middle East We havbe even put them into power in the name of freedom. George W Bush promised the Freedom and Democracy, remember the “Freedom Agenda?” It was freedom in Iraq will bring democracy to Israel.  We see how that worked out. The neocon agenda ha no plan built in for the peple to have a voice. The West had no reason to rock the boat. American must protect their interests.

America must stand for its principles.  American policy is paralyzed.  Why?  The answer is simple…..Keep Egypt an Allie and whoever is “elected” president must ensure that they uphold the Egypt and Israeli Peace Treaty of 1979.  Cold War policies.

We can’t alienate U.S Israelis. It would mean political suicide. In reality it is political cowardice.

The United States has long seeked to block democracy in the Arab world. This goes against all our principles.  Principles we fought for in 1776.  We had our revolution and won our freedom. We wrote the two greatest documents in the world, The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution. Beacons to the rest of the world.

Neocons have gone from the “Freedom Agenda” to fear talk. We need a new Moses to stand up to the neocons and Mubarak and shout let the people go. We need a “Moses” to scream..Mubarak and his regime must go. We put them into power since the Cold War. We can now throw them out. We can do this on the principles we sand on and believe in. The same ones that made this country great and the role model. 

Though I am loath to praise William Kristol, his stand against his own conservatives and neocons is worth reading.  It will follow. Stand up for Freedom,     http://www.theweeklystandard.com/articles/stand-freedom 541404.html.


Bogeyman: Islmaist Take Over

Islamist’s would come in to power and would be against the West.  This is the lying narrative that is being peddled by the Regimes, Neocons, and Israel.  If you believe what they tell you on television, radio and in the papers, we are already being taken over by the Islamist’s.  What can expect if you listen nothing but Fox, Beck and the other neocons.  They are using unjustified and lies to make  you afraid, to stir up your Patriotism

Not since the end of WWI and Woodrow Wilson has the Arab world changed.  Wilson perpetuated social justice, self-determination,an end to external control, and social justice. The same is happening now. There is again a break from the past, but no one knows what the future will bring.

Fear is being used by the Regimes, Israel and the neocons. Social justice has nothing to do with it. What is happening here is the reality of the Arab world, masked by this lying narrative peddled by the old Regimes, Israel and the god fearing neocons. Either us or the devil. You accept a police state, you accept beatings outside poling places, you accept all kinds of horror.  This conversation, narrative, is going on now with the neocons and Israel’s comparisons of Egypt with Iran of 1979.  Fear is the ultimate weapon. They speak of freedom, liberty, free elections, change the world, and make it a better place.  But they want you to believe that it will all be replaced by a terrorist government.  Why? Because they say so. 

They are afraid.  It is beginning in other Arab countries and the remarkable thing is, there’s been no prominence of Islamic extremism either on the left or right.  It is a remarkable mix of the various trends that existed in these countries, but were masked by this narrative of fear wer were peddled. 

Question now is what happens next.  Will the police apparatus be tamed? Security forces musty be removed from the equation. The fear is a Mubarak Regime without Mubarak. The person who is in charge of the Egyptian Security apparatus is now the vice president, Mr. Sulemin. If that regime stays in place there will be no democracy and no change. It is not the matter of the man, Mubarak. It is the secret police apparatus running things in Egypt or not? Mubarak’s security command, Mr. Sulemin, who they say is very ill, may not be the man.

Egypt has been the dominate role in the Arab world. Egypt ow has the Palestinian question. Do they lift the siege of Gaza? Palestinian authority, Mr. Abbas which supported Mubarak in the seige of Gaza, can no longer be a client of a foreign country. The region is linked and they have the same aspirations.

The envoy that Obama sent has said that Mubarak must stay. He was the wrong choice. There may be a conflict of interest. Wisner works for the law firm, Patton Boggs, which advises the Egyptian military, the Economic Development Agency.  The firm has strong ties to Mubarak.

All across the Middle East, we are waiting to see the downfall of America’s friends. In Egypt, Mubarak must be wondering where he can fly to. America’s friends are collapsing.  They must if they want their freedom, rights, social justice and change. 

The Democrat’s world in the Arab Middle East is at its end.


White House and Egypt plans for Mubarak Exit

The Obama Administration is discussing  with Egyptian officials a proposal for President Mubarak to resign immediately, turning power over to a transitional government. 

This is at long last the best thing that good happen.  A transitional government headed by Vice President Omar Suleiman backed by the chief of the Egyptian armed forces would immediately begin a process of constitutional reform. 

I know we all wonder who will be moved to the front and be the next leader.  That is up to the Egytian people.  Their right to choose is absolute.  People worry about the Muslim Brotherhood and that they may take over and turn Egypt into a radical islamic state.  If that is what the people of Egypt choose then so be it.  We may not like it, but we will learn to live with it. 

Read the article: nytimes.com/2011/02/04/middleeast/04


John Kerry and John McCain Joint Resolution

WASHINGTON — Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) have cosponsored a resolution calling on Egypt President Hosni Mubarak to “immediately begin an orderly and peaceful transition to a democratic political system,” including transferring “power to an inclusive interim caretaker government.”

Kerry, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and McCain have been two of the most vocal Mubarak critics since protests began erupting last week on the streets of Cairo. And it’s hard not to imagine a number of fellow lawmakers joining their cause — which, it’s worth noting, carries only symbolic weight in the sphere of international politics.

The end goal, the authors write, is for Egypt to “hold free, fair, and internationally credible elections this year.”

The resolution’s careful wording, however, underscores how many other political considerations are at play in the background of the Egypt crisis. Kerry and McCain expressed their “concern over any organization that espouses an extremist ideology, including the Muslim Brotherhood,” in addition to underscoring how vital it is that any replacement government continue “to fulfill its international obligations, including its commitments under the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty.”

Joint Resolution John Kerry and John McCain

The move is on.  Change may be on the way for Egypt.