Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Your next president on Egypt and foreign policy

Here is the transcript of her discussion on Egypt:

“Remember, President Reagan lived that mantra trust but verify. We want to be able to trust those who are screaming for democracy there in Egypt, that it is a true sincere desire for freedoms and the challenge that we have though, is how do we verify what it is that we are being told, what it is that the American public are being fed via media, via the protestors, via the government there in Egypt in order for us to really have some sound information to make wise decisions on what our position is. Trust but verify, and try to understand is what I would hope our leaders are engaged in right now. Who’s going to fill the void? Mubarak, he’s gone, one way or the other you know, he is not going to be the leader of Egypt, that that’s a given, so now the information needs to be gathered and understood as to who it will be that fills now the void in the government. Is it going to be the Muslim Brotherhood? We should not stand for that, or with that or by that. Any radical Islamists, no that is not who we should be supporting and standing by, so we need to find out who was behind all of the turmoil and the revolt and the protests so that good decisions can be made in terms of who we will stand by and support.”

“It’s a difficult situation, this is that 3am White House phone call and it seems for many of us trying to get that information from our leader in the White House it it seems that that call went right to um the answering machine. And nobody yet has, no body yet has explained to the American public what they know, and surely they know more than the rest of us know who it is who will be taking the place of Mubarak and I’m not real enthused about what it is that that’s being done on a national level and from DC in regards to understanding all the situation there in Egypt. And in these areas that are so volatile right now because obviously it’s not just Egypt but the other countries too where we are seeing uprisings, we know that now more than ever, we need strength and sound mind there in the White House. We need to know what it is that America stands for so we know who it is that America will stand with. And we do not have all that information yet.”

Of course Reagan would have solved this problem within 48 hours. Not to fear, we have Sarah Palin, who doesn't know if the protesters really want democracy. This would be a legit question if the World Cup was going on right now. But since it isn't what in the hell does she think they want?

Notice how she tosses democracy aside once the notion of Muslims being in charge is a possibility. I'm sure that's some deeply held tradition of Locke and Jefferson that I missed when reading them, the notion that everyone is free to decide how they want to govern themselves, unless you're a Muslim.

Apparently the problem with the US thus far has been that Obama and the State Department haven't broadcast their diplomatic talks on CSPAN for the whole world to see. Because I'm sure that the American public is just itching for constant updates from the WH about Egypt and what a few bureaucrats at State are doing to make sense of the situation. Surely then the WH would be swarmed with solutions from a newly informed public.

I can't wait for Palin's fireside chats in which she will share diplomatic cables and classified info so that we as a people can decide who gets to be a democracy and who doesn't. Who needs Wikileaks with Palin as CaC?

No comments:

Post a Comment