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Joe Biden says Egypt's Mubarak no dictator

8:46 pm - 01/27/2011
... and wonders what the Egyptian protesters want.

Vice President Joe Biden spoke to the PBS NewsHour tonight with the most direct US governent comments yet about the gathering Egypt protests against President Hosni Mubarak's 29-year reign.

Mr. Biden's comments are unlikely to be well-received by regime opponents, as they fit a narrative of steadfast US support for a government they want to bring down. About eight protesters and one policeman have died this week as Egypt has sought to bring down the heavy hand of the state against opponents. Since the US provides about $1.3 billion in military aid to Egypt a year, the repressive apparatus of the state is seen by many in Egypt as hand in glove with the US.

Tonight in Cairo, activists said that internet service was being systematically blocked, as was the use of instant messages on local cellphones, despite repeated calls from the US State Department for Egypt to allow social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to remain available to the nation's people. Egypt is bracing for a showdown tomorrow. Organizers have called for massive protests against the regime after noon prayers on Friday, seeking to build on the unprecedented wave of public demonstrations this week calling for an end to Mubarak's rule.
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jwaneeta Boo, Joey28th-Jan-2011 06:08 am (UTC)
baked_goldfish 28th-Jan-2011 06:22 am (UTC)
Joe, go back to stealing papers back from three year olds. That was cute. And yeah, he's always been a student of the "Play nice with dictators who can help the US" school of US foreign policy, but this does seem to go beyond even the already-subdued/tepid/jelly-like response that the US government had been giving over the past few days. It'll be something to see whether the administration walks this back or not.

Edited at 2011-01-28 07:11 am (UTC)
goblinthebamf 28th-Jan-2011 06:39 am (UTC)
this is my disappointed face. :(
iweep4u 28th-Jan-2011 06:58 am (UTC)
I am disappoint.
jugglingeggs 28th-Jan-2011 07:05 am (UTC)
Well if you say so.
applegnat 28th-Jan-2011 07:06 am (UTC)
Wow, shame on you.
hey_mayonegg 28th-Jan-2011 07:06 am (UTC)
This was a poor move, Joe.
brandontaco 28th-Jan-2011 07:25 am (UTC)
Joe Biden I usually like you but srsly wtf
sesmo 28th-Jan-2011 09:53 am (UTC)
The US is (rightfully) terrified that Egypt will be taken over by the Muslim Brotherhood (the primary opposition party in Egypt), or another Islamist regime. I can see the risk, especially given the demographic bubble (Arab nations have a huge baby boomer-size demographic bulge between the ages of 15 and 25), the lack of jobs, and the general hopelessness.

Everyone knows that Mubarak will be out in the next few years, the man is 82. The big question is what will come after that. Unfortunately, Egypt doesn't have a history of democracy. But maybe the new generation, with all that foreign media, will make it work. I hope so.
fruhlings 28th-Jan-2011 11:19 am (UTC)
:| Not cool.
spankmypirate 28th-Jan-2011 11:49 am (UTC)
bludstone 28th-Jan-2011 01:22 pm (UTC)
Joe has been like this forever. My favorite one is still something like "no invention in the past 200 years has been without government intervention."

Except for the combustion engine, joe.

What a dick move. This is typical politician crap, and I dont trust folks who play this game.
ididthatonce 28th-Jan-2011 02:01 pm (UTC)
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chantalzola 28th-Jan-2011 02:25 pm (UTC)
Whoever this Joe guy is, he's an ass.

castalianspring 28th-Jan-2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, John Ringo Joe Biden, no!
othellia 28th-Jan-2011 06:02 pm (UTC)
I actually saw one of his books in a thrift store I was at with a friend, and thee first words out of my mouth were, "Oh John Ringo, no!" And my friend had no clue what I was talking about.
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