Thursday, February 3, 2011
Mubarak Massively Misstepped
Given the swiftness that US rhetoric changed with, I'd bet that the administration had decided days ago that if Mubarak used violence that we'd abandon him. Bypassing the army for crowds probably led to a meeting or two to see if this counted, but we turned on a dime here (for international dialogue anyway). We won't know unless someone publishes a book afterward but I think we put out a landmine and didn't let Mubarak know it was there. Alternately, we told him no violence or we'd abandon him, and got really, really pissed off when he tried to pull a fast one on us. Now that I've written it, second option seems likeliest. Nothing harms relations like someone feeling that someone else tried to play them for the fool.