Rewriting American History, Fox Style

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The Republicans are now pushing the notion that the attempted overthrow by the people of Egypt is vindication for George W. Bush and his legacy of "freedom." 

The Washington Post recently published a piece claiming as much by Elliott Abrams, who quoted a Bush speech from 2003 to back up his claim:

Are the peoples of the Middle East somehow beyond the reach of liberty? Are millions of men and women and children condemned by history or culture to live in despotism? Are they alone never to know freedom and never even to have a choice in the matter?

First off, Abrams isn't exactly an objective observer. He was a national security adviser to W during his dismal failure of a presidency. But his column, backed by the good name of the Washington Post, is being used by Fox News to trot out the line over and over again: Democracy in Egypt will be part of George W. Bush's legacy of freedom. 

Ludicrous. The Egyptian people are of course rebelling against the iron fist of

Hosni Mubarak. And Bush, of course, was one of Mubarak's biggest fans. He praised Mubarak often as a leader in the "freedom and justice movement" in the Middle East. In fact, in that very speech that Abrams claims shows that Bush was a visionary of things to come in Egypt, the former president also said the following:

The great and proud nation of Egypt has shown the way toward peace in the Middle East, and now should show the way toward democracy in the Middle East. [applause] Champions of democracy in the region understand that democracy is not perfect, it is not the path to utopia, but it's the only path to national success and dignity. 

You can read more of his praise for Mubarak in this Media Matters piece. The bottom line is that Bush (and Obama, for that matter) looked the other way as Mubarak abused his nation and made a mockery of democracy and freedom. The reason for that, of course, is that Mubarak played ball with the U.S. and Israel and helped keep radical factions in Egypt at bay.

We'll soon see if the tradeoff -- moral fortitude for political expediency -- was worth it for the United States. America has been a terribly dishonest broker in the Middle East. That's a big reason a whole lot of people over there hate us. If this revolution succeeds, it will be up to Obama to forge a new relationship that hopefully won't be steeped in so much hypocrisy and lies. 

Yesterday, Obama called for an "orderly transition" in Egypt from Mubarak. That's about as close as he could come to flat-out calling for Mubarak to step down. Some leaders and journalists in Israel were apparently apoplectic about the speech, claiming it was some kind of major betrayal by Obama of a dear ally. Forget that his abuses so crushed the populace that most of the Egyptian people want to string him up on the nearest lamppost.

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What does the current Egyptian mess teach us? It teaches us yet again that America, in its relationship with the world, doesn't really put a high priority on freedom, peace, or justice. Although those are the qualities we love so much about our country, it amounts to little more than lip service outside our borders.

We have seen this play out over and over again with the massively corrupt dictators we've supported because they play our game (Somoza, the Shah, Pinochet, Saddam Hussein, etc.). Think about the oppressive regimes each of those ruled over while we touted them as our friends. Our high principles and morality go right out the window when it comes to protecting the interests of number one. 

It's easy to look the other way while thugs and crooks are doing your bidding around the world, but our hypocrisy in these matters almost always comes back to bite us -- just look at what happened with the dictators on that short list.

I know this isn't a simple matter; Egypt is a monstrously complicated subject, especially in regard to Israel. An undoing of the Sadat-Begin pact (brokered by Jimmy Carter, a president who actually tried to bring some form of morality to international relations) is absolutely not the direction we want to go. Should we have abandoned Mubarak for his crimes against his people? No. This wasn't a failure of strategy; it was a failure of diplomacy. America had great leverage in Egypt, much of it bought by trade and the $1.5 billion in aid we send to the country every year. The tear gas the government has used to quell protesters? It was made in the USA.

But we didn't keep those checks on Mubarak. We didn't shape him in the spirit of those American ideals we talk so much about. We let him run roughshod over his people, arresting political rivals, neglecting the majority of the impoverished populace while helping himself and a privileged elite to become disgustingly rich. People are talking about Obama cutting off the aid checks to Egypt now? They should have been talking about it years ago as the vampire-faced Mubarak slowly ground his country into the dust. 

Now we see it again in Egypt, and we should just hope that our country's seeming love of all things Mubarak won't help skew the balance of the populace against the United States as Egypt is being reformed. 

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Barbara and Frank

-- You may remember the post about Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank Ortis' cozy relationship with Moshe Morgenstern, owner of Elan Landscaping, which contracts with his city. Ortis is extremely close with Morgenstern, vacations with him, went to Italy with him, and casts votes on the dais for him on a regular basis. When asked if he'd ever taken anything of value from Morgenstern, Ortis answered in the negative. But when asked if his wife, Barbara Parlavecchio, had taken anything of value, he wasn't so clear, saying he didn't know and I would have to ask her.

It raised some alarm bells, so I asked Parlavecchio about it this week. And she too denied that she had ever received anything from Morgenstern or any of his companies, including Elan Landscaping. "He's been a dear friend of mine for 20 years, longer than I've known my husband," said Parlavecchio, a realtor who has also represented concerns that have done business with the city in the past. "But no, he's never given me anything."

OK, that's what she says. The relationship still doesn't smell right. Parlavecchio added that of the photos I've published of her, she prefers the one above.


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Dave E
Dave E

Our Journalists are being attacked, beaten and threatened with beheading today with no live news feed. History is in the making now with Mubarak thugs threatening and killing anyone who is the messenger or gets in the way. It's a new kind of domino's this time around that may shake the news world to its core.

Dave E
Dave E

Obama broke it, drove it into the ground and now he owns it! The statute of limitaitons has run-out on "this is all George Bush's fault" kind of blame game for those who obviously don't know "what the hell they are doing"!

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

Good news out of Egypt - President Hosni Mubarak has agreed to step down...

The bad news is his son, Hosni "Dubya" Mubarak is taking over.

- David Letterman

Allen Dulles
Allen Dulles

The role of the American President--any President--is to pay lip service to the masses at home by convincing them we are on the side of freedom, while executing our actual foreign policy behind closed doors. That policy with regard to Egypt is as follows:

1) Continue to aid and assist Mubarak behind the scenes, through the use of the gas cannisters you mentioned, which are made in Pennsylvania, and by providing them with internet jamming equipment manufactured by Boeing and sold to the Egyptians by an Israeli company. In addition, last Saturday, several El Al planes landed in Cairo with "crowd dispersant" equipment (the latest technology) in the event that ultimate step is implemented.

2) Prepare our new puppet to fill the power vacumn in the event that Mubarak is forced to step down sooner rather than later. Several puppets have been groomed for the position, and our number one choice is Omar Suleiman. Mr. Suleiman has been trained at the JFK Special Warfare School and Center in Fort Bragg. He was the head of Egypt's secret service and ran our foreign rendition program for the last decade plus. He oversees the torture of those individuals that we do not want to dirty our hands with during interrogation. Mubarak recently appointed Suleiman as V.P., setting him up to fill the vacumn. Whether the masses accept this transparent attempt at manipulation is doubtful, so we may have to wait to buy off any elected leader and/or coalition government.

Our foreign policy has never had anything to do with freedom and democracy. That is a myth propagated by the clever for dissemination to the naive. If the Egyptian people were ever allowed to govern themselves and express their free will, the peace treaty with the apartheid regime in Tel Aviv would be immediately rescinded. True support for the Palestinian people would manifest itself by the opening of the border and the delivery of those goods that have been denied to Gaza in violation of International law. For example, did you know that until recently, coriander and chocolate were on the list of prohibited items allowed into Gaza? Add to that fishing poles and other items that could never be used to build bombs.

The actual policy of the apartheid regime in Tel Aviv is to dehumanize and demoralize the Palestinians by creating unbearable living conditions so that they will turn around and blame their own leaders. However, the Palestinians are intelligent enough to know who is behind these policies and they are resilient.

In conclusion, the United States has been slowly transformed into a proxy or client state of Israel. Despite the public proclamations of support for the Arab world, made by several U.S. Presidents--especially Obama--Israel is in complete control of our foreign policy. The primary reason we are hated throughout the Arab world is because of our immoral support for the apartheid policies of the zionist regime in Israel.

Until someone in America finally steps forward and stands up to this regime--forget Obama--we will continue to face these problems. Until we force Israel to honor the 1967 borders and stop building illegal settlements in violation of International law, our problems will only increase exponentially.

It is incumbent upon all jews to finally recognize that a small number of extremists are damaging the cause of jews worldwide. If you do not speak up against the extremism in your own country, levels of anti-semitism will rise and your safety will be at risk. Many jews are awakening to this fact and are speaking out in public forums.

It is imperative that you support them.

natasha
natasha

If you doubted Mubarak is a dictator, doubt no more.

And I want to point out something that hopefully will be obvious to all.

Back when Israel was ordering the United States to invade Iraq and Iran, and helping to lie the people of America into fighting those wars for Israel, the obedient US Government defied the will of the American people and justified the invasion of Iraq and the coming invasion of Iran with the assurance that we were bringing Democracy to those regions. Of course, no such thing happened. All that resulted was death and devastation; a repeat of the tragedy of Vietnam, also sold to the American people as bringing Democracy to the region.

In fact, virtually every war of conquest perpetrated by the United States since the end of WW2 has been sold to the American people as bringing Democracy to the conquered nation. No democracies are actually allowed to result from those wars, of course, as the conquered people have a tendency not to vote for their conquerors, as happened in 2006 when Gaza voted HAMAS into power by a landslide! So Israel announced that they would pretend that Fatah won the election and the obedient US Government, while proclaiming the continued ascendancy of Democracy, rolled over once again.

Now comes Egypt, and once again Israel issues the orders to prop up a tyrant. The United States government, as always, mouths the words of Democratic principles, while obeying Israel's commands to be anything but.

Egypt's revolution is already won. Mubarak, Israel, and the United States stand exposed before the world for what they really are. Well done, Egypt!

Courtesy of Michael Rivero

Counterpoint
Counterpoint

By AMY TEIBEL, Associated Press Amy Teibel, Associated Press – 2 hrs 20 mins agoJERUSALEM – President Barack Obama's response to the crisis in Egypt is drawing fierce criticism in Israel, where many view the U.S. leader as a political naif whose pressure on a stalwart ally to hand over power is liable to backfire.

Critics — including senior Israeli officials who have shied from saying so publicly — maintain Obama is repeating the same mistakes of predecessors whose calls for human rights and democracy in the Middle East have often backfired by bringing anti-West regimes to power.

Israeli officials, while refraining from open criticism of Obama, have made no secret of their view that shunning Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and pushing for swift elections in Egypt could bring unintended results.

"I don't think the Americans understand yet the disaster they have pushed the Middle East into," said lawmaker Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, who until recently was a Cabinet minister and who is a longtime friend of Mubarak.

"If there are elections like the Americans want, I wouldn't be surprised if the Muslim Brotherhood didn't win a majority, it would win half of the seats in parliament," he told Army Radio. "It will be a new Middle East, extremist radical Islam."

Three decades ago, President Jimmy Carter urged another staunch American ally — the shah of Iran — to loosen his grip on power, only to see his autocratic regime replaced by the Islamic Republic. More recently, U.S.-supported elections have strengthened such groups as Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in the Palestinian territories and anti-American radicals in Iran.

"Jimmy Carter will go down in American history as 'the president who lost Iran,'" the analyst Aluf Benn wrote in the daily Haaretz this week. "Barack Obama will be remembered as the president who 'lost' Turkey, Lebanon and Egypt, and during whose tenure America's alliances in the Middle East crumbled," Benn wrote.

Israel has tremendous respect for Mubarak, who carefully honored his country's peace agreement with Israel after taking power nearly 30 years ago.

Barbara
Barbara

dear friend for 20 years. I knew him before my husband....Translation-I had sex with both men.

Kissinger
Kissinger

Muslim Extemists will take control of Egypt and thus the suez canal. Another Iran in the making.

Nucky Thompson
Nucky Thompson

I didn't realize until I saw the photo that the Chaits influence extended outside Broward.

DeathFrog3
DeathFrog3

The US (The greatest country in the world, IMO) has a long history of supporting regimes that best serve the interests of the US at that time (pragmatic). The problem is this has almost without exception come back to bite us in the ass and we act surprised when Hussein, Noriega, etc thumb their noses at us. It is very short sighted.

Off topic, There were two brothers shot and killed in Miramar. It has been reported that as they were trying to escape an officer was struck by the car they were in. Now we dont have video of the incident so we won't know what really happened. I do know that BSO has a policy that says get out of the way of the car so that deadly force is not required. That said, how is the shooting of one of the brothers (the passenger) justified. If the driver was driving at a high rate of speed to deliberately run down an officer, what the fuck did the kid in the passenger seat do that put the officers in such fear that he had to be shot?

I cannot think of a way that the shooting of the passenger is justified. We'll see how the investigation plays out.

Curious
Curious

But his column, backed by the good name of the Washington Post, is being used by Fox News to trot out the line over and over again:_____________________________________________________________________When you mention the good name of the Washington Post, you are not referring to the owners of that symbol of Higher Education, "KAPLAN UNIVERSITY", where illiterate,non-English speaking, third world refugees are promised an education and diploma the same as HARVARD UNIVERSITY, are you? One this is certain, the Washington Post does not employee Kaplan graduates, as they don't allow papers to be written in crayon, or just include drawings of a house,cat and stick figures!!!!!!!! And you criticize FOX!

Christy
Christy

Pulp,We have that in Broward County, Support the corrupt because they play our game.Appears that is the way of the world.

therealyaz
therealyaz

I don't watch the fake news network.

natasha
natasha

Just remember, Anti-American = Anti-Israeli.

The Strand
The Strand

Excellent post and Dulles is or was my favorite airport in D.C. Great facade at Dulles and easy to catch a cab into Georgetown or government transportation. Easy heli ride to North Virginia…

Our friends in Cairo have their hands full.

Kovan
Kovan

people are naive and cannot see the future.

natasha
natasha

Blow it out your smelly ass kissinger.

The Suez Canal is a major moneymaker for Egypt, the only thing Egypt needs to be concerned about is the cheap jews sneaking their submarines through the Canal without paying their fare.

Did Israel have any hand in building the Suez Canal??????

FUCK NO, so don't sweat it!!!

Yea_ok
Yea_ok

agree with most of what you wrote...however in the police world which I lived most of my adult life...."Better tried by 12 then carried by 6", I wasn't there, I can't state what happened,I can not speculate but, the officer will go home to his family and allow everyone else to sort it out. He will not be indicted, the family will sue, in 3-6 years the family will accept $35,000 and no one will remember......Look at Lozano, no one could even remember his name and we had a city riot attached to it.

IAD
IAD

Remember when the cop in Miami shot the kid off the motorcycle and gave the same reason. Then we had the riots.

Pulp
Pulp

That's an excellent point, Curious. The Post has been looking the other way on Kaplan for a long time too.

JoeLieberman
JoeLieberman

Anti semitism strikes again. Well we will see what happens when Al-quida or Hamas takes control.

DeathFrog3
DeathFrog3

@ citizen.

I said the "apparent" lack of worth.... meaning people will look at it as another dead drug dealer....

Now to Yeah OK. I too have spent a great deal of my entire life in the police business.

I happen to think Lozano should not have been charged. The guy was driving at him on a motorcycle and he didn't move (as common sense and agency policy dictates). The law says Police Officers dont have to retreat. So the use of deadly force against the driver is appropriate under the circumstances as reported. My point is not the death of the drive, it is the death of the unarmed passenger. I am fairly certain there wont be any charges filed in this case. There has not been any charges filed against an officer relating to a police shooting in Broward County. There have been a number of "accidental" shootings in this county with no police officers charged. McCabe, McIntosh, Ward, etc. This will be just another. However, If this were a private citizen, they would face charges in the death of the passenger for sure.

DeathFrog3
DeathFrog3

Yes the William Lozano case. Lozano at the height of his troubles was actually at Jack Greeney's funeral. He was ultimately acquitted (back when Roy Black was a PBA attorney) but his partner Dawn Campbell was charged with perjury in the case. I remember a little about it.

Curious
Curious

It's ok, actually The Post would not be in existence today with out the benefit of Kaplan and they federal monies they receive. The only thing in common with Harvard is the price of tuition, a degree that is not recognized, except by the Royal Order of the Golden Antelopes, cost about $90,000. When you see the demographics of their "customer base" it is so upsetting that they prey on these folks with promises that they too will be working in the field as high paid CSI investigators, just like on TV!!! The campus in Pembroke Pines actually has a police shooting simulator!!!! A giant video game for the criminal justice student to play with!!!! And when they all default on their loans, guess who is holding the bag. The Washington Post is scum, they will be visiting Dante's 7th level of hell!!!!

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

Well, they did as long as it was making money and not under Federal scrutiny. Let's now see how this story plays out.

DEEP CREEP
DEEP CREEP

Since when did the Israeli jews become Semites?

They are mostly Russian and European Ashkenazis.

Ashkenazi....NAZI

Judaism...JUDAS

I like this game, lets play some more if you can find the time.

unowho
unowho

The officer went home with minor injuries they could not have been going to fast....and over marijuana .....Not exactly major drug dealers...

Citizen
Citizen

Lack of worth of deceaseds? GF I really like your logic and sensibilities. You are like cool hand Luke. Every life is precious as I'm sure you would agree.

DeathFrog3
DeathFrog3

Well I can come up with a legally acceptable reason for shooting the driver (even if the cop stood in front of the car) That said there is no lawful excuse for the shooting of the passenger other than saying it was "accidental."

We cannot have people shot for being passengers in vehicles. Nobody is saying anything about this case because of the apparent lack of worth of the deceased. I just cant see killing an unarmed passenger in a car, even if he was selling drugs (I understand this is a marijuana case).

unowho
unowho

I think all the recent police shootings Miami up north etc have made other LE officers a little nervous and have over reacted these were not murderers small time drug dealers if anything...There is no justification for shooting driver or passenger..IMHO from what I have read!!!

JoeFriday
JoeFriday

From the Sentinal account it looks like after the cop got hit everyone just opened fired. Everyone just went trigger happy.

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