...the bitter words of a departing despot or a prophecy of doom? Time will tell, but one thing he's right about, for sure: Barack Obama is an idiot.
Ironic that he should cry on the shoulder of an Israeli lawmaker, but as sanity slowly (ohm so slowly) comes to the Middle East and Europe, some folks are finally starting to see who the good guys really are. Except Barack Obama, of course. Because he's an idiot.
Anyway - the Book of Mubarak, as told by former Israeli cabinet minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer
"He had very tough things to say about the United States," said Ben-Eliezer, a member of the Labor Party who has held talks with Mubarak on numerous occasions while serving in various Israeli coalition governments.
"He gave me a lesson in democracy and said: 'We see the democracy the United States spearheaded in Iran and with Hamas, in Gaza, and that's the fate of the Middle East,'" Ben-Eliezer said.
"'They may be talking about democracy but they don't know what they're talking about and the result will be extremism and radical Islam,'" he quoted Mubarak as saying.
U.S. support for pro-democracy elements in Iran has not led to regime change in the Islamic Republic, and Hamas, a group Washington considers to be a terrorist organization, won a 2006 Palestinian election promoted by the United States.
Well, he's right about our track record of hoping for the best with groups whose behavior has been the worst, but one is starting to see much less tolerance and acceptance internationally of handing over more power, moneis, and land to to the likes of Hezbollah and Hamas. One would hope that if the "international community" made it clear to the Egyptian "transition team" that the Muslim Brotherhood would not be a "helpful" political partner, perhaps they could be elbowed aside.
If Obama were smart (sigh), he would hold a little chat with the Egyptian generals - play ball with us, and we'll keep you flush with cash, weapons, and intelligence. Play with Islamists, and you're on your own - and expect your military to be depreciated and degraded by the end of the decade, susceptible to attack by any gaggle of fundamentalist flame-throwers...
The Egyptian military is, for now, saying all the right things:
Egypt's new military leadership vowed Saturday to pave the way for democracy and abide by its peace treaty with Israel, as Egyptians basked in their victory a day after Hosni Mubarak's overthrow.
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said the current government would remain in place for a peaceful transition to "an elected civil authority to build a free democratic state," although it set no timetable.
Will our hope finally be repaid, or will Mubarak's prophecy of doom be realized?
Not even the wisest can say...