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    Re: Riots erupt in Egypt as protesters demand end to Mubarak regime

    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    He didn't say anything and is therefore a "partisan hack"?

    You must spend a lot of time being "outraged".
    Well, he believed out of control spending was perfectly fine when a republican president did it but, he was totally outraged when a democrat does it. That is a partisan hack.
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    Re: Riots erupt in Egypt as protesters demand end to Mubarak regime

    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    Many were annoyed with Bush spending, which is one of the reasons why his numbers ultimately went so low.

    But of course we also have to deal with the present rather than just pointing fingers. It's a matter of whatcha gonna do now.
    You're right. They screwed it up, now Obama can fix it.
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    Re: Riots erupt in Egypt as protesters demand end to Mubarak regime

    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    He didn't say anything and is therefore a "partisan hack"?

    You must spend a lot of time being "outraged".
    Or he's just trying to fit it.

    The buzzphrase "partisan hack" seems to be the coin of this particular realm.
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    Re: Riots erupt in Egypt as protesters demand end to Mubarak regime

    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    Many were annoyed with Bush spending, which is one of the reasons why his numbers ultimately went so low.

    But of course we also have to deal with the present rather than just pointing fingers. It's a matter of whatcha gonna do now.
    Annoyed? Thats laughable.
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    Re: Riots erupt in Egypt as protesters demand end to Mubarak regime

    George Friedman offers some sobering analysis.

    Of course, there is the feeling, as there was in 2009 with the Tehran demonstrations, that something unheard of has taken place, as U.S. President Barack Obama has implied. It is said to have something to do with Twitter and Facebook. We should recall that, in our time, genuine revolutions that destroyed regimes took place in 1989 and 1979, the latter even before there were PCs. Indeed, such revolutions go back to the 18th century. None of them required smartphones, and all of them were more thorough and profound than what has happened in Egypt so far. This revolution will not be “Twitterized.” The largest number of protesters arrived in Tahrir Square after the Internet was completely shut down.

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    The Egyptian government is hardly in a position to confront Israel, even if it wanted to. The Egyptian army has mostly American equipment and cannot function if the Americans don’t provide spare parts or contractors to maintain that equipment. There is no Soviet Union vying to replace the United States today. Re-equipping and training a military the size of Egypt’s is measured in decades, not weeks. Egypt is not going to war any time soon. But then the new rulers have declared that all prior treaties — such as with Israel — will remain in effect.
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    [...]It is not that nothing happened in Egypt, and it is not that it isn’t important. It is simply that what happened was not what the media portrayed but a much more complex process, most of it not viewable on TV. Certainly, there was nothing unprecedented in what was achieved or how it was achieved. It is not even clear what was achieved. Nor is it clear that anything that has happened changes Egyptian foreign or domestic policy. It is not even clear that those policies could be changed in practical terms regardless of intent.

    The week began with an old soldier running Egypt. It ended with different old soldiers running Egypt with even more formal power than Mubarak had. This has caused worldwide shock and awe. We were killjoys in 2009, when we said the Iranian revolution wasn’t going anywhere. We do not want to be killjoys now, since everyone is so excited and happy. But we should point out that, in spite of the crowds, nothing much has really happened yet in Egypt. It doesn’t mean that it won’t, but it hasn’t yet.
    Read more: Egypt: The Distance Between Enthusiasm and Reality | STRATFOR
    Egypt: The Distance Between Enthusiasm and Reality | STRATFOR
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    Re: Riots erupt in Egypt as protesters demand end to Mubarak regime

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    George Friedman offers some sobering analysis.



    Egypt: The Distance Between Enthusiasm and Reality | STRATFOR
    Far from being a revolution, this has been the most popular military coup in the history of the Middle East. Good article.
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    Re: Riots erupt in Egypt as protesters demand end to Mubarak regime

    Quote Originally Posted by USA_1 View Post
    Well, he believed ouf control spending was perfectly fine when a republican president did it ot but, he was totally outraged when a democrat does it. That is a partisan hack.
    Perhaps you can offer the quote where he said "out of control spending is perfectly fine when a republican president does it"?

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    Re: Riots erupt in Egypt as protesters demand end to Mubarak regime

    Quote Originally Posted by USA_1 View Post
    Annoyed? Thats laughable.
    Laughable? How so?

    Many people complained of Bush overspending and still do, and that over the top spending brought his approval numbers down to record lows.

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    Re: Riots erupt in Egypt as protesters demand end to Mubarak regime

    Quote Originally Posted by Gardener View Post
    Or he's just trying to fit it.

    The buzzphrase "partisan hack" seems to be the coin of this particular realm.
    Yep. It's also unimaginative and meaningless.

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    Re: Riots erupt in Egypt as protesters demand end to Mubarak regime

    Quote Originally Posted by USA_1 View Post
    You're right. They screwed it up, now Obama can fix it.
    And how's he doing so far? Is that balanced budget anywhere is sight?

    Maybe he just needs another four years and then he'll get all his **** together.

    Say, that could be his campaign slogan!

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