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NYT: BHO Focused On Egypt Since Aug

Mr. Obama’s bootlicking minions at the New York Times desperately try to save his ‘foreign policy’ reputation:

Secret Report Ordered by Obama Identified Potential Uprisings

By MARK LANDLER
February 16, 2011

WASHINGTON — President Obama ordered his advisers last August to produce a secret report on unrest in the Arab world, which concluded that without sweeping political changes, countries from Bahrain to Yemen were ripe for popular revolt, administration officials said Wednesday.

Mr. Obama’s order, known as a Presidential Study Directive, identified likely flashpoints, most notably Egypt, and solicited proposals for how the administration could push for political change in countries with autocratic rulers who are also valuable allies of the United States, these officials said.

And we believe them. Despite the reports last week that Mr. Obama was "disappointed" with the lack of intelligence reports he had gotten from the Director Of Central Intelligence before the ‘uprisings.’

The 18-page classified report, they said, grapples with a problem that has bedeviled the White House’s approach toward Egypt and other countries in recent days: how to balance American strategic interests and the desire to avert broader instability against the democratic demands of the protesters.

18 whole pages? From the same administration that needed 2,074 pages to make everybody buy healthcare insurance or pay a fine tax fine?

How much can you cover in 18 pages, especially when you are talking about the whole Middle East — and giving your suggestions on how to deal with them?

But that’s okay. The New York Times will convince the world that 18 pages is plenty enough to cover Mr. Obama’s ass shortcomings.

Administration officials did not say how the report related to intelligence analysis of the Middle East, which the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Leon E. Panetta, acknowledged in testimony before Congress, needed to better identify “triggers” for uprisings in countries like Egypt.

So either Mr. Panetta didn’t know about this report, or he didn’t think it was good enough to hide behind. – That is, if such a report even exists.

Officials said Mr. Obama’s support for the crowds in Tahrir Square in Cairo, even if it followed some mixed signals by his administration, reflected his belief that there was a greater risk in not pushing for changes because Arab leaders would have to resort to ever more brutal methods to keep the lid on dissent.

“There’s no question Egypt was very much on the mind of the president,” said a senior official who helped draft the report and who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss its findings. “You had all the unknowns created by Egypt’s succession picture — and Egypt is the anchor of the region.” …

You see, even way back in August Egypt was very much on Mr. Obama’s mind. Even while he was focused like a laser on creating and saving jobs.

Oddly enough though, while he did obliquely refer to Tunisia in his State Of The Union speech, Mr. Obama did not say one word about Egypt, even though the ‘uprising’ there was already well under way.

In Yemen, too, officials said Mr. Obama worried that the administration’s intense focus on counterterrorism operations against Al Qaeda was ignoring a budding political crisis, as angry young people rebelled against President Ali Abdullah Saleh, an autocratic leader of the same vintage as Mr. Mubarak…

Isn’t that rich? Mr. Obama was worried that Yemen might be going too far in its counterterrorism measures.

The White House held weekly meetings with experts from the State Department, the C.I.A. and other agencies. The process was led by Dennis B. Ross, the president’s senior adviser on the Middle East; Samantha Power, a senior director at the National Security Council who handles human rights issues; and Gayle Smith, a senior director responsible for global development.

When did these "weekly meetings" start? And exactly what were they about? Something tells me unless they started a few weeks ago, they weren’t about the uprisings across the Middle East.

But the New York Times sure wants us to think they were.

The administration kept the project secret, officials said, because it worried that if word leaked out, Arab allies would pressure the White House, something that happened in the days after protests convulsed Cairo.

Oh, that explains why we never heard about them. And why there is probably no record that these "weekly meetings" ever took place. For certainly the White House press corps would have never heard about such "weekly meetings."

Indeed, except for Egypt, the officials refused to discuss countries in detail. The report singles out four for close scrutiny, which an official said ran the gamut: one that is trying to move toward change, another that has resisted any change and two with deep strategic ties to the United States as well as religious tensions. Those characteristics would suggest Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain and Yemen

This is hilarious. They don’t want to specify any other countries because they don’t know which one will blow up next. And they want to be able to say afterwards that they had their eyes on that country, too.

This is Pravda-esque news reporting at its finest.

The study has helped shape other messages, like a speech Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gave in Qatar in January, in which she criticized Arab leaders for resisting change.

Wasn’t that the same speech where Ms. Clinton pronounced that the Mubarak regime was "stable"?

“We really pushed the question of who was taking the lead in reform,” said an official. “Would pushing reform harm relations with the Egyptian military? Doesn’t the military have an interest in reform?”

If they were discussing all of this since last August, how come they still don’t seem to be any further along in their understanding all these months later?

Mr. Obama also pressed his advisers to study popular uprisings in Latin America, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia to determine which ones worked and which did not. He is drawn to Indonesia, where he spent several years as a child, which ousted its longtime leader, Suharto, in 1998.

This is simply laughable. We are supposed to think Mr. Obama had some special insights about the Suharto uprisings because he lived in Indonesia from the time he was six until he was eleven?

While the report is guiding the administration’s response to events in the Arab world, it has not yet been formally submitted — and given the pace of events in the region, an official said, it is still a work in progress.

Yeah, just like this instant re-writing of history is "still a work in progress."

Still, to sum up, we are supposed to believe that Mr. Obama ordered a study on Egypt way back in August. And that he has had weekly meetings about the Middle East — and particularly Egypt ever since.

But doesn’t that beg the question as to why was he caught so flat-footed? Indeed, if any of it is actually true — which we doubt — then doesn’t this actually make Mr. Obama look even incompetent?

Given all of this information, shouldn’t Mr. Obama and his administration should have been far ahead of the curve on Egypt, instead of so woefully behind it?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, February 17th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “NYT: BHO Focused On Egypt Since Aug”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “He is drawn to Indonesia, where he spent several years as a child…”

    Hm…strange admission there.

  2. proreason says:

    It would take an army of novelists to dream this stuff up.

    The madman has thousands of sychophants stuffed in hundreds of office buildings in D.C. planning his schemes and cons. He knew exactly what was happening in Egypt, and is delighted so far.

    Don’t doubt that he is busily underming the Egyptian military right now.

    Stability is not something that he wants anywhere in the world.

  3. TerryAnne says:

    one that is trying to move toward change, another that has resisted any change and two with deep strategic ties to the United States as well as religious tensions. Those characteristics would suggest Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain and Yemen…

    BS!!!

    They suggest Iran, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Egypt and Turkey fit the last two statements as well, – but we’re not in them like we are in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bahrain, Yemen and UAE are possiblities, but don’t really fit the bill – despite protests in Bahrain as of late (that, IMO, are going to go nowhere). Pakistan is another possiblity.

    This literally has to be the WORST piece of MSM Cover Obama’s Ass reporting ever done!

  4. River0 says:

    Glenn Beck has proved that the State Department – no doubt with the approval of Obama – has been working with Google executives for many months to assist the social network revolutions in Egypt and elsewhere. If you doubt this, look at the latest story where Obummer calls Wisconsin’s leaders out for their “assault” on the teacher’s unions.

    Obummer’s whole purpose and goal is “fundamentally transorming the United States of America” (from his public speech five days before the election). He’s deliberately sowing chaos, strife, enmity, anger, and collapse; which he and other ‘progressives’ can use to their advantage.

    This revolution is going viral now, and nobody knows where it leads.

    • proreason says:

      He doesn’t care what direction it goes, because marxists are the only group with a strategy specifically predicated on chaos. They understand perfectly how to direct anarachists and take advantage of whatever happens. Creating power bases from chaos is their founding principle.

      No other organization can do so, because every other organization seeks power to fulfill a mission, and those organizations are bound by the mission. For example, the catholic church cannot use a revolution in Eqypt that demands sharia law because sharia is opposite of what the catholic church wants to accomplish.

      But marxists seek only power. Whether the chaos ends in sharia law, balkanization of the country, voting, or coffee Klatches, the marxists can and will exploit it to increase their power. They are completely amoral and have no compunctions about grabbing power no matter what the situation.

    • tranquil.night says:

      I don’t know. After years of desperate warnings about these lunatics’ true intentions, I’m strangely overcome by silence now to see it playing out. That, and the strong instinct to be prepared.

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    Again my bullshiite meter is pegged to the far right and the pointer ain’t moving.

  6. Papa Louie says:

    Don’t assume Obama doesn’t want all this chaos in Egypt. Eventually, he wants the same thing in the U.S. I’m sure he is fine with the American people having to swallow some nasty medicine in the process of fundamentally transforming this country, as well as the rest of the world. But I don’t want to live in his utopia or any utopia designed by the left. The worst punishment a leftist could receive would be to have to live in a utopia of his own making – not as one of the elite leaders, but as one of the common folk. I can’t imagine a worse hell.

  7. Liberals Demise says:

    You mean focused like on the economy and jobs?
    What a friggin’ liar!

  8. JohnMG says:

    …..” President Obama ordered his advisers last August to produce a secret report on unrest in the Arab world…..”

    Well of COURSE he wouldn’t know about what was going on. The report was SECRET!!


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