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9951  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Egyptian democracy not as warm and fuzzy as expected on: February 16, 2011, 04:53:19 PM
http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=208463&R=R3

Egyptian youth group: Halt gas shipments to Israel
By JPOST.COM STAFF
02/16/2011 11:36


A coordinator of Egypt's April 6 Youth Movement told USA Today on Wednesday that if the group's demands "are not met, we'll be on the street again."
9952  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Economics on: February 16, 2011, 03:41:06 PM
Ohhh, Class warfare!

That's the path to prosperity!

I bet the unions helped the great state of Michigan!
9953  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Perfect metaphor on: February 16, 2011, 01:46:29 PM
CBS reporter's Cairo nightmare

By MICHAEL SHAIN, DON KAPLAN and KATE SHEEHY

Last Updated: 7:16 AM, February 16, 2011

Posted: 1:19 AM, February 16, 2011

"60 Minutes" correspondent Lara Logan was repeatedly sexually assaulted by thugs yelling, "Jew! Jew!" as she covered the chaotic fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo's main square Friday, CBS and sources said yesterday.

The TV crew with Logan, who is also the network's chief foreign correspondent, had its cameras rolling moments before she was dragged off -- and caught her on tape looking tense and trying to head away from a crowd of men behind her in Tahrir Square.

READ: BATTLE-TOUGH BEAUTY NO 'GIRLY GIRL'

"Logan was covering the jubilation . . . when she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration," CBS said in a statement. "It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into a frenzy.

"In the crush of the mob, [Logan] was separated from her crew. She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers.

"She reconnected with the CBS team, returned to her hotel and returned to the United States on the first flight the next morning," the network added. "She is currently in the hospital recovering."

A network source told The Post that her attackers were screaming, "Jew! Jew!" during the assault. And the day before, Logan had told Esquire.com that Egyptian soldiers hassling her and her crew had accused them of "being Israeli spies." Logan is not Jewish.

In Friday's attack, she was separated from her colleagues and attacked for between 20 to 30 minutes, The Wall Street Journal said.

Her injuries were described to The Post as "serious."

CBS went public with the incident only after it became clear that other media outlets were on to it, sources said.

"A call came in from The [Associated Press]" seeking information, a TV-industry source told The Post. "They knew she had been attacked, and they had details. CBS decided to get in front of the story."

Most network higher-ups didn't even know how brutal the sexual assault was until a few minutes before the statement went out.

http://www.nypost.com/f/print/news/international/cbs_reporter_cairo_nightmare_pXiUVvhwIDdCrbD95ybD5N
9954  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / So, how's this going to work out? on: February 16, 2011, 12:38:12 PM


http://keithhennessey.com/2011/02/16/long-term-problem-begins-now/
9955  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Egypt on: February 16, 2011, 11:25:32 AM
"The Cairo uprising has so far had a more orderly outcome, and one better for U.S. interests, than might have been the case."

To borrow from the president's spiritual leader of 20 years: "Those chickens will come home to roost".
9956  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Decline in real estate sales greater than stated? on: February 16, 2011, 05:26:25 AM
http://www.inman.com/news/2011/02/15/decline-in-real-estate-sales-greater-stated

Decline in real estate sales greater than stated?

Statistics published by the National Association of Realtors appear to overstate sales of existing home by 15 to 20 percent, mortgage and property data aggregator CoreLogic says in a new report that concludes home sales fell more sharply last year than previously thought.

A NAR spokesman said the Corelogic claim "is premature at best," and NAR will be making some benchmark revisions to its historic sales data later this year.

NAR's figures -- based on data collected from multiple listing services and large brokerages -- show sales of existing homes fell 5 percent in 2010, to 4.9 million. But CoreLogic, which collects public sales records from county recorders and courts, estimates that home sales actually fell 12 percent, to 3.6 million.

The implications are not trivial: a slower rate of sales means that it will take longer to burn through unsold inventory, and a glut of homes for sale in a given market can undermine prices. CoreLogic says the unsold inventory on the market in November represented 16 months of supply, compared to NAR's estimate of 9.5 months.
9957  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / WMDs in America? on: February 15, 2011, 10:12:43 PM
http://formerspook.blogspot.com/2011/02/wmds-in-america.html

Monday, February 14, 2011
WMDs in America?

Call it the non-story of the week. It generated a fair amount of buzz in Southern California, but if you live outside the region, you probably didn't hear a word about it, unless you frequent Big Journalism and other media watchdog sites.

Here's what happened: last week, KGTV, the ABC affiliate in San Diego, aired a story on port security. It's a timely topic; not only is the city home to the nation's second-largest naval base, it's also a major hub for shipping activity. Dozens of giant container ships dock at San Diego's port facilities each month.

KGTV's investigation, by reporter Mitch Blacher, included an interview with Al Hallor, the assistant port director and a senior official with Customs and Border Protection. When Blacher asked about efforts to detect WMD in the San Diego area. From the KGTV website:

"So, specifically, you're looking for the dirty bomb? You're looking for the nuclear device?" asked Blacher.

"Correct. Weapons of mass effect," Hallor said.

"You ever found one?" asked Blacher.

"Not at this location," Hallor said.

"But they have found them?" asked Blacher.

"Yes," said Hallor.

"You never found one in San Diego though?" Blacher asked.

"I would say at the port of San Diego we have not," Hallor said.

"Have you found one in San Diego?" Blacher asked.

The interview was interrupted before Hallor was able to answer the question.

Bob McCarty of BigJournalism.com has the video, and it's definitely worth a look. A p.r. flack from CBP is present during the interview, though off-camera. Watch Hallor's reaction when Blacher asks about the discovery of "Weapons of Mass Effect" at U.S. ports. Mr. Hallor clearly pauses--and looks towards the public affairs officer--before finally acknowledging the discovery. Then, when KGTV's Blacher tried to learn if such weapons have been found in San Diego, the public relations flack brings the interview to a sudden end.

Customs and Border Protection later released a statement saying that Hallor "misspoke," although it took them three weeks to offer that explanation.

CBP has not specifically had any incidents with nuclear devices or nuclear materials at our ports of entry. CBP is an all-threats agency. The purpose of many security measures is to prevent threats from ever materializing by being prepared for them. And, we must be prepared to stop threats in whatever form they do materialize at the border, whether it’s an individual or cargo arriving by land, air, or sea. Regardless of what the contraband or threat is, we’re being smart, evaluating, and focusing in on anything or anyone that is potentially high-risk.

The agency has not said why it refused to let Hallor answer the question, why it terminated the interview, or why its clarification was so long in coming. But whatever the reason, the agency didn't do itself any favors, and the entire incident has only raised new questions.

First, let's take CBP at its word and assume that Mr. Hallor was wrong when he answered Blacher's question. How could a senior homeland security official--the assistant director of the Port of San Diego--get it so wrong. Clearly, weapons of mass effects covers a lot of territory, but you've either found them coming into the country--or you haven't. Based on his answer, Hallor apparently knew of a WME/WMD discovery and tried to affirm that--until the public relations officer effectively silenced him.

On the other hand, if Mr. Hallor mis-characterized another incident as a WME/WMD find, that doesn't exactly inspire confidence, either. Someone in his position has at least a SECRET security clearance, meaning Hallor has access to a wide variety of intelligence information pertaining to homeland security threats. Additionally, we don't suppose the CBP official has a history of making things up, either. Obviously, something in Hallor's experience or knowledge base triggered the affirmative response to Blacher's question.

Finally, if Mr. Hallor was truly mistaken, why did it take CBP so long to issue their clarification?If there have been no WMD/WME discoveries, the agency should have issued a statement immediately, and not wait three weeks to respond. You'd also think CBP would have provided more details. For example, the thwarted Times Square car bomb plot was an attempted WME attack. Was that what Mr. Hallor was referring to? If so, the feds should have been more clear in explaining the official's remarks.

To be fair, CBP's delayed explanation isn't totally beyond disbelief. Had WMD/WME been found in a U.S. port, it's likely the discovery would have been leaked almost immediately--and not disclosed casually to a local TV reporter in San Diego. But that's about the only scenario that lends credence to CBP's version of events. And with that scenario, you must accept that one of the principal homeland security officers in San Diego County is clueless on one of the most important issues facing his organization. Otherwise, why would he make a statement with no basis in fact?

On the other hand, maybe Mr. Hallor was being a little too candid. That theory raises all sorts of questions that remain unanswered, such as what was found, where and how it was being shipped into America.

This much we know: Al Qaida has a long-standing interest in WMD. Their capabilities in that area have improved modestly in those areas in recent years, despite severe damage inflicted on their leadership and fund-raising operations--essential elements in any WMD/WME attacks. We also know there was a major WMD operation in the Atlanta area late last year, with the feds stopping all trucks on I-20 during rush hour, and running them through a radiation scanner. Sources told WSB-TV the activity was "real world" and not a drill, though various spokesmen later tried to "walk back" that remark. Sounds like the same p.r. tactic recently attempted in San Diego.

One more point. It's probably unrelated (at least, that's what the government flacks would have you believe), but this recent item also caught our eye: early last month, the Federal Communications Commission announced plans to test Presidential Alerts in the near future.
As an agency official told Federal News Radio in Washington:

"The primary goal is to provide the President with a mechanism to communicate with the American public during times of national emergency," said Lisa Fowlkes (Deputy Chief of the FCC's Homeland Security Bureau). The change, she said, is that prior to last week's order there was no rule in place to call for or allow a test from top to bottom.

Fowlkes said, "There's never been a test from top to bottom where it's issued by FEMA and it goes straight down to all the different levels of EAS to the American public. So this is a way for us to glean, okay, if there were an actual emergency and the federal government needed to activate the Presidential EAS, making sure that it actually works the way it's designed to."

Now that there's a rule in place, the next challenges are going to be working with all the stakeholders on timing of the test and to reach out to the public so they understand it's a test and not a real emergency, Fowlkes said.

To someone who spent years in radio (before having the good sense to join the military) this announcement was stunning. Broadcasters have worked with the FCC for years on the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and its predecessor, the Emergency Broadcast System or EBS. There was always some provision for the president (or the national command authority) to provide information through the system in the event of a cataclysmic event. But for more than 50 years, no one saw a need to test the presidential capabilities, despite nuclear dangers during the Cold War, and real-world events like 9-11.

And what sort of event might warrant activation of the Presidential EAS? How about a domestic terror attack, using weapons of mass destruction or a weapon of mass effect?
9958  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / The Left’s attempt to Delegitimize the Supreme Court on: February 15, 2011, 09:35:15 PM
http://oceanaris.wordpress.com/2011/02/15/the-lefts-attempt-to-delegitimize-the-supreme-court/

The Left’s attempt to Delegitimize the Supreme Court
Posted on February 15, 2011 by Matt Holzmann

On February 4, the New York Times fired the first salvo in the Left’s quest to delegitimize Justices of the Supreme Court in the runup to what is to be expected to be one of the premier cases of the early century; that of the health care bill.  In an editorial they slanted the story on Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas so blatantly and dishonestly that they stepped over the line into base propaganda.

Late last week, seventy-four Democratic Members of Congress led by noted moderate (yes, I’m kidding) Anthony Weiner sent a letter to Justice Thomas demanding that he recuse himself from any case before the Court related to the  bill. This follows a more muted comment by Senator Orrin Hatch suggesting the recusal of Justice Kagan on the grounds that she was Solicitor General of the United States until her appointment on August 10 last year to the Court.

In the case of Justice Thomas, the demand has been made because of his wife’s outspoken opposition to the bill and her involvement in Tea Party activities. The pretext being used is that Justice Thomas did not disclose her employment at the conservative Heritage Foundation from 1998 to 2003 until recently, even though she is well-known in Washington. In the case of Justice Kagan, it is because her role as Solicitor General would have involved discussions on the legal aspects and perhaps strategy, of the bill. One the one hand, the Democrats are demanding, on the other a Senator suggested. Therein lies the issue.

This morning, Eric Lichtblau of the Times continues the hit job with a sweetheart interview with Arn Pearson, a vice president of Common Cause, who have been fanning the flames of this nontroversy in their effort to boot both Justices off the Health Care case. This time, Common Cause is challenging Justice Thomas’ travel expenses when he spoke to a conservative legal foundation 3 years ago.

Justices Thomas and Scalia are well-known to be conservative, just as Justice Kagan is known to be more liberal. While Senator Hatch may have a point that Justice Kagan was a major party to the process of forming and passing the health care bill, the case against Justice Thomas first involves his wife, and second, is a pretext to delegitimize his participation in the decision. The case against Justice Scalia is even more specious, as the event where he was supposed to have violated his judicial ethics was attended by two of the most liberal members of Congress, who gave him a clean bill of health.

As an American, I have reasonable faith in the objectivity of our judges. While I expect their political and world views to be reflected in their decisions, I also trust that we are a nation of laws.

But as demonstrated by the unprecedented manner in which the health care was passed I most certainly do not have faith in the good intentions of 74 of the legislators who tied up the rules of Congress like a pretzel and rammed a deeply flawed bill through Congress in the dark of night. Even Speaker Pelosi, one of the architects, admitted she had not read the bill before the vote. The bill was written behind closed doors in an insult to our democratic process. Now the usual suspects wish to pursue their aims through extralegal means.

I know they will hate the term, but this is a “Hail Mary” play as they watch as 26 states have filed suit and two Federal judges have struck down the bill. Popular opposition to the bill is over 60%, and the bill just cost the Democrats their Congressional majority. There has rarely been such a divisive issue.

And now the gloves are well and truly off. The Left has made the Supreme Court a battlefield since the Thomas nomination. In 2000, they further damaged the credibility of the Court by claiming bias in the most convoluted and partisan case in American political history.They have done their best to demonize and belittle the credentials and opinions of the more conservative justices on the court. We can expect the vitriol to fly faster than ever before in this case. Health care is the centerpiece of the Left’s political agenda whether achieved legally and legitimately or not.

And that is the heart of the matter. The Left is doing its best to destroy those institutions which it opposes. This is not about the rule of law. It is about power and privilege. Intimidation, threats, deception and blackmail are the order of the day. We saw that with the passage of the health care bill on a scale that will keep the historians busy for decades. The Left wants tame courts and the ability to venue shop for them in order to pass any old thing they want. The use of executive orders and the regulation process are part and parcel of this process.

The system has been abused almost to the breaking point. Now one of the last unquestioned institutions has come under assault. Where do we go from here?
9959  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: February 15, 2011, 07:00:21 PM
The left is trying to prepare the battlefield before Obamacare comes before the court.
9960  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: entertainment on: February 15, 2011, 04:33:52 PM
I dunno, but about 10 years past his "I shouldn't be on TV anymore" date.
9961  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / You've got stage 4 pancreatic cancer..... on: February 15, 2011, 10:59:22 AM
....But that hangnail seems to be getting better!






http://www.aolnews.com/2011/02/14/opinion-just-how-deep-are-obamas-spending-cuts/
9962  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: February 15, 2011, 10:42:23 AM
DC has turned more than a few heroic figures into politibots over time. The less time someone spends in congress, the better the odds they keep their souls.
9963  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Iran on: February 15, 2011, 10:26:59 AM
Of course not. Iran is an enemy to US. Why would Obama speak against the mullahs? It's only a democratic movement when it hurts America.
9964  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: February 15, 2011, 10:25:18 AM
He led soldiers, both in peacetime and in war. He didn't get to his rank coasting along on white guilt, (unlike someone placed as editor of Harvard Law Review with no actual writing required) he got it by performance.

West knew the potential costs involved, the safe thing would have been for him to stay inside the wire. If he lost some troops to an ambush, he could easily compose letters to the families and work towards his next promotion. He chose to sacrifice his career in trade for the lives and limbs of his troops.

That is leadership, that is honor.
9965  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Iran on: February 15, 2011, 10:06:11 AM
I hope they win.
9966  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: February 15, 2011, 10:02:14 AM
Actually he did face court martial.  And he did resign immediately thereafter...
They let him keep his pension.  He was lucky.

An Article 32 hearing isn't a court martial. Yeah, in combat, sometimes hard choices have to be made. He did the right thing, IMHO. I wouldn't expect you to understand this, JDN.
9967  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: February 15, 2011, 09:25:49 AM
A high tech lynching? We know how Common Cause members feel about that.
9968  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: February 15, 2011, 09:24:07 AM


"Isn't he the same guy who while facing court martial resigned from the army in disgrace?"

Hardly. He was fined for firing a pistol near an Iraqi Police Officer in US custody who had information on a planned ambush. It worked. Hard decisions in combat. He retired honorably.


"He is a first term congressman.  He lost in his first attempt for congress."

He spent more than 2 decades as an officer in the US Army. That's real leadership, real decision making.


"He is a good speaker; I agree.  A lot of hot air.  After the hyperbole if you check his facts,
well....."

Such as?




"Do you really think he can be elected on a national platform?  Will general America vote for him?"

Absolutely.
9969  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: February 15, 2011, 08:07:11 AM
Go West! 2012!
9970  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Government programs & regulations, spending, budget process on: February 15, 2011, 07:59:46 AM
"Si vis pacem, para bellum"
9971  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Egypt on: February 14, 2011, 07:29:41 PM
Exactly!
9972  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The US trillion dollar bill on: February 14, 2011, 05:43:05 PM
We gonna put Obama's face on it? We can then admire him as we use it to buy a loaf of bread.
9973  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Obama To The Next Generation: Screw You, Suckers on: February 14, 2011, 05:35:00 PM
http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2011/02/obama-to-the-obama-generation-youre-on-your-own.html

Jus' spreading the debt around.
9974  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / It's not Keynsian on: February 14, 2011, 05:26:41 PM
http://hotair.com/archives/2011/02/14/video-obama-unveils-surreal-catastrophic-new-budget

It's Cloward-Pivian.
9975  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Government programs & regulations, spending, budget process on: February 14, 2011, 04:15:13 PM
One of the many things we'll be suffering for as the result of the idiots that voted for Obama.
9976  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: February 14, 2011, 12:16:14 PM
West is a warrior. The MSM ain't nothing to him.
9977  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Ready to lead on day one! on: February 14, 2011, 11:20:32 AM



"Wafer-thin resume"


Or was this on purpose?
9978  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Israel, and its neighbors on: February 14, 2011, 11:08:07 AM
Thus it seems.
9979  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Israeli embassy in Cairo closed? on: February 14, 2011, 09:30:01 AM
http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/111752/20110212/israel-embassy-cairo-close-mubarak-egypt.htm

** Good thing the MB is so darn secular!
9980  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Indonesia on: February 14, 2011, 09:24:08 AM
How could it be possible that an imam could not know that islam is a religion of peace?
9981  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Raw video on: February 13, 2011, 10:16:02 PM
http://www.10news.com/video/26827497/index.html

The raw video is even more telling. CPB will never let this guy in front of the press ever again.
9982  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Nuclear War, WMD issues on: February 13, 2011, 10:07:45 PM




Hmmmmm......
9983  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / WMD-WTF? on: February 13, 2011, 09:38:16 PM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1356645/A-weapon-mass-destruction-U-S--Shock-confession-Customs-officer.html

Coverup or no big deal?
9984  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Afghanistan-Pakistan on: February 13, 2011, 08:41:21 PM
If he was NOC, then I could see the US walking away. Walking away when Davis has diplomatic immunity would be unthinkable, well before Obama was president it would be.....
9985  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Legal issues on: February 13, 2011, 12:25:41 PM

One would allow a roving wiretap on a terror suspect to monitor his conversations as he moves from phone to phone. That can be a useful tool, but the authorization is so broad that the government does not even have to specify the suspect’s name to get a warrant. The failure to provide a more narrow identification of the suspect is too lax and could lead to abuse.

**Anything can potentially lead to abuses. Ignorance of criminal investigations exemplified by this editorial is typical of attack on the PATRIOT act. Anyone know what a "John Doe" warrant is?
9986  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Tea Party, Glen Beck and related matters on: February 13, 2011, 10:28:34 AM
The silver lining in all this is seeing that a revolt against against the mullahs appears to be developing. Aside from that, I don't think things are going to go well.
9987  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Tea Party, Glen Beck and related matters on: February 13, 2011, 10:08:30 AM
I'm pretty much there with him.
9988  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Egypt on: February 13, 2011, 10:07:46 AM
We shall see.
9989  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Presidential on: February 12, 2011, 08:46:34 PM


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnwJDCK1rk8&feature=player_embedded#at=73

What real leadership looks like.
9990  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Hmmmmmm...... on: February 12, 2011, 04:37:16 PM
http://www.gallup.com/poll/125639/Gallup-Daily-Workforce.aspx

**Whom to believe?
9991  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: How do you say "reset button" in Arabic? on: February 12, 2011, 11:30:57 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/11/AR2011021103048.html?hpid=topnews

But a senior Republican member of Congress who has access to intelligence reports said U.S. spy agencies have seen recent indications that other Middle East leaders were dismayed by the United States' treatment of Mubarak.


"The other countries are mad as hell, and they're mad as hell at us," said the lawmaker, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the matter candidly.

http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report_saudi-arabia-fears-egypt-unrest-could-bolster-iran-s-role-in-region-analysts_1504576

Saudi Arabia is more concerned about losing allies to counter its regional adversary Iran than with the risk that upheavals sweeping Tunisia and Egypt might spread to the kingdom, diplomats and analysts say.

Flush with petrodollars, the world's top oil exporter can splash out to alleviate any social tensions due to unemployment — around 10 percent of the Saudi work force is jobless — and quell any unrest in the absolute monarchy, they say.

But some believe the Saudi rulers would be alarmed if the United States jettisons Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who, like successive Saudi monarchs, has been a longtime US ally since taking power three decades ago.

"The Saudis... are worried that the US has made a foreign policy mistake by appearing to give up support for Mubarak too easily," said Simon Henderson, a Washington-based Saudi watcher.
9992  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / How do you say "reset button" in Arabic? on: February 12, 2011, 11:26:37 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/11/AR2011021103048.html?hpid=topnews

But a senior Republican member of Congress who has access to intelligence reports said U.S. spy agencies have seen recent indications that other Middle East leaders were dismayed by the United States' treatment of Mubarak.


"The other countries are mad as hell, and they're mad as hell at us," said the lawmaker, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the matter candidly.
9993  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of His Glibness on: February 12, 2011, 11:24:40 AM
Are you a "progressive" like Obama, JDN?
9994  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Intel Matters on: February 12, 2011, 11:23:50 AM
Doing a quick search on "Muslim Brotherhood" on this forum brings up posts on them at least as far back as 2003. It's not like there isn't a huge body of knowledge in english documenting the malevolent, and very non-secular nature of the MB.

Sad.
9995  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Clapper off on: February 12, 2011, 10:09:01 AM



Mark Steyn: 'The guy in charge of U.S. intelligence is an idiot'
9996  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Right-wing hatred on: February 11, 2011, 05:04:30 PM


Stop the hate!
9997  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Victory lap from A-jad on: February 11, 2011, 04:31:39 PM
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20110211/D9LAIKV80.html

Ahmadinejad: Egyptian protests herald new Mideast
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Feb 11, 7:24 AM (ET)

By ALI AKBAR DAREINI


 

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's president said Friday that Egypt's popular uprising shows a new Islamic Middle East is emerging, one that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claims will have no signs of Israel and U.S. "interference."

The Iranian leader spoke as the country marked the 32nd anniversary of its 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled the pro-U.S. shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and brought hardline clerics to power.

Ahmadinejad's remarks came hours after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak announced he is transferring authority to his deputy but refused to step down, angering hundreds of thousands of Egyptians who have been demanding he relinquish his three-decade grip on power.

Tens of thousands marched down Tehran's main boulevard in state-organized anniversary festivities, chanting in support of Egyptian anti-government protesters. Some Iranians set an effigy of Mubarak on fire while others shouted: "Hosni non-Mubarak, 'Mubarak' (congratulations) on the uprising of your people."

Iran's state TV broadcast simultaneous live footage of the gathering at Tehran's Azadi, or Freedom, Square and that of anti-government demonstrations in Cairo's downtown Tahrir Square where tens of thousands had gathered by noon Friday.

Iran, which is at odds with the international community over its controversial nuclear program, has sought to portray the popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt as evidence of a replay of its own Islamic Revolution.
9998  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: February 11, 2011, 04:23:35 PM
Yeah, the Obama-koolaid has turned bitter for many.
9999  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: February 11, 2011, 04:10:33 PM
In case you hadn't noticed, we're well beyond "little" redistribution.




"Collective salvation" is one of those marxist doctrines clad in christianity he learned from Rev. Wright.
10000  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Egypt on: February 11, 2011, 03:57:19 PM
The key problem is what you and I might define as freedom is probably not what many muslims in Egypt define as freedom. Also, having a military junta running a country probably doesn't qualify under most any definition of freedom anyone would care to use.
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