Sunday, January 30, 2011

Mubarak's Missteps

If you've paid any attention at all to what's been going on in Egypt this last week, you know president Hosni Mubarak is in big trouble. I'm going to get out ahead of my president here and say Mubarak should get out now. This will all be over before Obama has a position on it.

Mubarak made several fundamental mistakes. Here's an example of his failure to control the press:

No, he couldn't have shut down the New York Times. But if he'd had the tiniest bit of media savvy, he would have infiltrated the crowds with a few antiabortion protesters... and voila:

Protests? What protests? His media problems in this country would have vanished overnight.

Cracking heads was wrong. Shutting down the internet was wrong. Oppressing his people was wrong. Get out now. And let's hope Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood are afraid enough of Israel to stay out of it. (I know they aren't frightened by anything the Great Glowing Negotiator might do to them)