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mwrguy Donating Member (396 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 08:17 AM
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Joe Biden says Egypt's Mubarak no dictator, he shouldn't step down...
Edited on Fri Jan-28-11 10:07 AM by mwrguy


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.

...snip...

Ahead of a day that could prove decisive, NewsHour host Jim Lehrer asked Biden if the time has "come for President Mubarak of Egypt to go?" Biden answered: "No. I think the time has come for President Mubarak to begin to move in the direction that to be more responsive to some... of the needs of the people out there."

Asked if he would characterize Mubarak as a dictator Biden responded: Mubarak has been an ally of ours in a number of things. And hes been very responsible on, relative to geopolitical interest in the region, the Middle East peace efforts; the actions Egypt has taken relative to normalizing relationship with with Israel. I would not refer to him as a dictator.

...snip...

Egypt's protesters, if they're paying attention to Biden at all, will certainly be wondering which of their demands thus far have been illegitimate.


http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Backchannels/2011/0127/J...


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ananda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 08:19 AM
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1. Shame.
However, at some point, the USA will have to join with human rights organizations
and support the new Egypt.
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old mark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 08:21 AM
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2. K&R- Right, Joe, and Obama is a progressive....nt
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Loki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 08:29 AM
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3. We never get it right, do we?
Or has he forgotten what a wonderful guy the Shah was?
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