The regime. And Egypt. First let’s go to audio sound bite number three. We have a montage here of the regime’s flip-flops and mixed messages on Egypt. This is an anatomy of a botched foreign policy. What you’re gonna hear here is the illustration of the definition of incompetence.
JOE BIDEN: (January 27, 2011) Mubarak has been an ally of ours in a n-number of things. I would not refer to him as a dictator.
MRS. CLINTON: (January 30, 2011) It’s not a question of who retains power. That should not be the issue. You cannot keep trying to put words in my mouth.
OBAMA: (February 1, 2011) (godlike echo) What I indicated tonight to President Mubarak is my belief that an orderly transition must be meaningful, it must be peaceful, and it must begin now.
And that was just the line outside the Porta-Potties. It was even worse as he got closer to the center of the movement. From the AP: “The White House is working aggressively to erase conflicting messages on Egypt that have frustrated even President Barack Obama.” (laughing) The frustrating messages from the regime are frustrating even the leader of the regime! The White House is working aggressively? Who is “the White House,” here? Who is it? Is it Gibbs? Is it Biden? Is it Obama? “The White House is working aggressively to erase conflicting messages on Egypt that have frustrated even” Obama. Well, who the hell is in charge, then?
“After comments by some State Department officials were widely interpreted as diverging from the White House stand, the White House sought to dispel any notion that it’s either loosening pressure on President Hosni Mubarak or backing off from supporting the protesters flooding Cairo. Much of the White House ire centered on comments [you just heard here] made by Frank Wisner, the retired U.S. diplomat who was dispatched by Obama to help nudge Mubarak out of office. Wisner stunned Obama officials by saying Saturday that Mubarak’s continued leadership was critical…”