Hillary Backs Mubarak While Obama “Stands with the Tunisian People”

America has never met an Arab despot it couldn’t coddle. Before the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, Reagan and Bush had a nice working relationship with Saddam Hussein. In fact, when the Iraqi dictator invaded Iran, they went so far as to supply him with chemical weapons and intelligence. After ‘liberating’ Kuwait, the powers that be in Washington had no qualms about re-installing the Emir as the absolute ruler of his people.

Ben Ali counted on the enthusiastic support of Washington until the Tunisian people revolted and ran him out of town. The Tunisian dictator took refuge in Saudi Arabia – another one of those ‘moderate’ Arab oil plantations that Washington showers with affection.

In his recent State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama declared that “the United States stands with the people of Tunisia and supports the democratic aspirations of all people.” He should have qualified that by noting that exceptions would be made for Egyptians. A day earlier, Hillary Rodham Clinton was reassuring Mubarak’s regime that it would continue to support the Egyptian government in its confrontation with pro-democracy demonstrators. The way Hillary sees things: “Egypt’s government is stable and is looking for ways to respond to the needs of Egyptians.” I suppose those needs couldn’t possibly include democracy. After thirty years of dictatorship, Mubarak is feeding Egyptians subsidized bread. What more could they possibly ask for?

To be fair, America is not the only Western country that romances Middle Eastern despots. Three days before Ben Ali’s police state apparatus crumbled, France offered the Tunisian mafia chief assistance in putting down the uprising. So don’t just blame Washington; even the folks who invented liberty and egalitarianism don’t want the Arabs to be free.

Let it never be said that the gurus at the State Department and the National Security Council are inconsistent. The Washington foreign policy establishment cringes at the thought of Arabs lining up at ballot boxes. They’ve seen where that leads. Free elections in Algeria, Gaza, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq have all resulted in victories for the dreaded Islamic parties.

Mindful of that, the neo-con wizards had a plan worked out to circumvent any democratic hassles after the ‘liberation’ of Iraq. To avoid the risks of free elections, they set up the Iraqi Governing Council as an interim government. All twenty-five members of the council were appointed by Paul Bremer, the newly crowned emperor of Baghdad. Many of his appointees were Iraqi exiles like the infamous Ahmed Chalabi, the man groomed to be Iraq’s velvet-gloved dictator. When queried about the democracy promised by the American invaders, Bremer was dismissive. He famously said “elections that are held too early can be destructive.”

Even after the events in Tunisia, it’s unlikely that we will see any changes in America’s hostility towards political reform in the Middle East. Take Hillary at her word. The United States will continue to support the despotic regimes in the Middle East. It’s not just a matter of habit or perceived strategic and economic interests. It goes much deeper than that. There is a political culture that is deeply entrenched in the State Department, The national security apparatus, the Washington think tanks and the media. Simply put, Washington’s political establishment despises Muslims in general and Arabs in particular and they distrust their electoral choices.

When it comes to the Middle East, Washington is a Stalinist echo chamber where anti-Arab rhetoric has its rewards. Part of the reason is that the State Department and Congress are Israeli occupied territories. Regardless of who occupies the White House, one has to pass a Likudnik loyalty test to land a job as doorman at Foggy Bottom.

Just take a look at the resume of Jeffrey Feltman, the American diplomat dispatched to Tunis to sort things out. He’s a protégé of Martin Indyk, the Israeli lobbyist who was recruited directly from AIPAC to serve as American ambassador to Israel but never failed to perform his duties as an Israeli envoy to the State Department.  On any policy issue pertaining to the Middle East, Israeli lobby operatives have the last word.

It’s no secret that committed Likudniks like Paul Wolfowitz and Douglas Feith were the driving force behind America’s trillion dollar misadventure in Iraq or that the same dark forces are braying for a confrontation with Iran. They even consider Turkey a mortal threat. American blood and treasure are of no consequence to these committed and disciplined Zionist ideologues. They march to the beat of an Israeli drum and as long as they remain entrenched in the State Department and the National Security Council, the essential acid test for American Foreign policy will be “Is it good for Israel?”

So take a moment and ponder what all the pundits and wizards in Washington have not lamented about the Tunisian revolt. Saddam could have very easily gone the way of Ben Ali. At the time of the invasion and due to the effectiveness of the no-fly zones, the Iraqi dictator’s security forces barely held sway over a third of the country and Saddam was so insecure about the sentiments of his people that he couldn’t risk sleeping in the same bed for two nights running. American and British planes bombed Iraq at will. I’m not only certain that Bush and Blair knew that Saddam had no WMDs; I’ve asserted before that if they really thought he had them, they wouldn’t have risked an invasion.

For all practical measures, Saddam was the mayor of Baghdad — a defanged delusional tiger who spent his last days in power penning love stories. Saddam was contained by brutal sanctions and the United States had already made contacts with Iraqi generals who agreed to stand down and offer no resistance. When he finally realized the end was near, Saddam used back channels and offered every conceivable concession to avoid an American invasion. Of course, after taking control of the country, the neo-cons stabbed the generals in the back and disbanded the army because of their obsession with de Ba’athication. Absent American military intervention, Iraqis might very well have managed to remove their despotic leader and resurrect a secular republic. It wouldn’t have been perfect but it would certainly not have turned into a failed theocratic state in Iran’s sphere of influence.

At the cost of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilian casualties, 4,500 American fatalities, two million refugees that include half of Iraq’s pre-war Christian population and a trillion dollars borrowed from the Chinese, George Bush rolled out the red carpet for Iranian allied sectarian parties. Why? Because his advisers — Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz and Douglas Feith — thought it would be good for Israel. The outcomes in Iraq obviously didn’t match the Likudniks’ wet dreams but had they removed their ideological blinders, the war party might have been more sober in doing their risk assessments and spared Americans a disastrous foreign policy fiasco and the enduring enmity of tens of millions of people in the Middle East and beyond.

So there should be no confusion about Hillary’s stand on Mubarak as opposed to Obama’s latent support of the Tunisian revolutionaries. The inconsistencies are in perfect harmony with the Israeli lobby’s traditional hostility towards the Arab people. It is a hostility that has very little to do with America’s national interests and everything to do with the Likudnik architects of America’s foreign policy in the region.

Make no mistake, the Arabs will soon reach the mountain top and taste the sweet wine of liberty but it will be not thanks to Hillary, Obama or the Israeli Lobby.

•  Ahmed wrote this article in Cairo, Egypt  “while inhaling the intoxicating scent of the Egyptian uprising in Cairo.”

Ahmed Amr is the author of How to Steal a Billion Dollars – the Confessions of James Li. The initial draft is available free of charge on TooBigToSanction.com. He can be reached at: Montraj@aol.com. Read other articles by Ahmed.

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  1. Don Hawkins said on January 28th, 2011 at 12:49pm #

    “We want to partner with the Egyptian people and their government,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in a statement Friday. She called on the Mubarak government to restrain the police and security forces as a first order of business, and to move quickly to “economic, political and social reforms.” CSM

    TNXTSV NEWS UPDATE: CNN has captured the front line anger and repression from the streets of Cairo’s Days of Rage. The Ministry of Information is under siege. The government is attempting to shut down television, newspapers, satellite and the Internet. They are having some success.

    Absolutely amazing The Ministry of Information has a real ring to it and here in the States the Ministry of Information has already been taken over by money and power the big C the corporations. To move quickly to “economic, political and social reforms oh yes and in the House trying to return control of health care to the corporations this very second somewhat minor compared to the big picture the destruction of the Earth to sustain Life. Once you know amazing to see. Think the Pyramids could be damaged. Tutankhamen, commonly referred to as King Tut. Only 18 when he died, it is speculated that both is wife and grandfather might have played key roles in the mysterious and probably fatal blow to the back of his head, power and gold it shines so bright in the light.

  2. kalidasa said on January 28th, 2011 at 3:18pm #

    Hmmm. I’m thinking I’d rather have Shillary against me as opposed to OBarnum for me.

  3. Don Hawkins said on January 29th, 2011 at 2:37am #

    U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with the Egyptian president after Mubarak’s address.
    “When President Mubarak addressed the Egyptian people tonight, he pledged a better democracy and greater economic opportunity,” Obama said from the White House.
    “I just spoke to him after his speech, and told him he has a responsibility to give meaning to those words, to take concrete steps and actions that deliver on that promise,” Obama said in a televised appearance. “Violence will not address the grievances of the Egyptian people. Suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away.”
    Mubarak gave no indication that he would step down or leave the country.
    “They all want the same,” said Emile Hokayem of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in the Middle East, speaking of protesters in different Arab countries. “They’re all protesting about growing inequalities, they’re all protesting against growing nepotism. The top of the pyramid was getting richer and richer.”
    People are also fed up with authoritarian regimes that do not afford the people proper representation. CNN

    To give meaning to those words Obama said in a televised appearance. Amazing 100% amazing as it does appear the disconnect between reality and unreality here in the greatest nation on Earth is striking to say the least. I guess it’s all in how you look at it man you can say that again. So we have so called leaders here in the States telling others how to think and act as just the last two years to see and hear our dear leaders was in reality 100% looney tunes with known knowledge of course something somewhat hidden from view.

    Try not. Do or do not, there is no try.

    Always in motion is the future.

    “You will know (the good from the bad) when you are calm, at peace. Passive. Use the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack. ” Yoda

    That was just a movie yes that’s true and what we have seen the last few years was also a move a B movie or bullshit nothing has changed we are still going down the drain in not such slow motion while being told to go shopping, call now, buy gold, and very soon vote for me and man those toned down messages George Orwell would just shake his head at am sure and think what the hell happened to you people. Let’s see one group tell’s us they are in the search for truth another fair and balanced but one thing is for sure they all work for the big giant Corporation and I’ll bet the memo’s would be interesting to read from the head’s of the big giant Corporations. Let’s see how the rest of the winter goes and then this summer and have a feeling boring it will not be. So far just more pursuing their institutional role: maximizing short-term profit and putting aside externalities the whole damn thing is 100% looney tunes in the land of Oz.

    Solar flares and the weather vane cuckoo,
    We click out a mordant Morse Code
    About Liberty, and God, and our free will. Gary

  4. Don Hawkins said on January 29th, 2011 at 2:47am #


    Boring this will not be, Try not. Do or do not, there is no try.

  5. Don Hawkins said on January 29th, 2011 at 3:16am #

    I guess some smart lawyer type could read this and talk about is is is.

    Try not. Do or do not, there is no try.
    Always in motion is the future.

    Well wise one’s more people are finding out so far there is no try.

  6. Don Hawkins said on January 29th, 2011 at 3:43am #

    Maybe if Orwell could see today’s World he might think, I could not have imagined what am seeing you all are using nothing more than old fashion stuck on stupid, dumb and getting away with it although maybe this still could happen then again maybe not.

    “The ideal set up by the Party was something huge, terrible, and glittering—a world of steel and concrete, of monstrous machines and terrifying weapons—a nation of warriors and fanatics, marching forward in perfect unity, all thinking the same thoughts and shouting the same slogans, perpetually working, fighting, triumphing, persecuting—three hundred million people all with the same face.”