New Boss, Same as the Old Boss

Cross posted at Interest of the State.

The Obama Administration has already caved in on its earlier calls for immediate reform from the Mubarak Regime. Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, said of the appointment of Omar Suleiman as vice president and other political developments that “We have to send a consistent message supporting the orderly transition that has begun.”The transition sure is “orderly” as it is being passed from Mubarak to his inner circle. If the will of the people was actually respected, the transition would not be nearly as smooth or orderly as those closest with Mubarak would fight tooth and nail to give up their power to someone outside of the NDP and Mubarak’s inner circle.

Suleiman, the first-ever vice president under Mubarak, is a member of the club of thugs. Suleiman was the director of the Egyptian General Intelligence Directorate (EGID) from 1993-2011. The EGID is one of the most feared intelligence agencies in the world, and Suleiman was ranked as the most important intelligence chief in the Middle East. Suleiman was instrumental in the CIA’s extraordinary rendition program in Egypt. It is actually quite frightening how much dirty work Suleiman has done for America. As part of the rendition program, Suleiman was responsible for extracting a false confession from Ibn Sheikh al-Libi about the nonexistent connections between Al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein. His “confession” would later become a key piece of evidence used by the Bush Administration to thrust America into war with Iraq.

With those links brought to attention, is it any wonder that Obama and Clinton think that “It’s important to support the transition process announced by the Egyptian government actually headed [by Suleiman]?”

Hillary Clinton then effectively equated the people of Egypt and their motives to mere pawns of the US Empire:

This is not simply a matter of idealism; it is a strategic necessity … Without genuine progress toward open and accountable political systems, the gap between people and their governments will grow, and instability will only deepen.

Does she or the Obama Administration honestly expect any earth shattering progress while backing Suleiman, a remnant of the “old” regime? If they were honest with themselves, they would understand that nothing monumental would come out of this transition, and that the people of Egypt would only get angrier and angrier. If American support for the Mubarak regime and all of its relics goes unchallenged, and if the plan of installing Suleiman succeeds, Saudi Arabia just may lose its spot as the number one exporter of suicide bombers.

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