Coup, Coup, Ca, Choo, Redux

And finally, 24 hours late, the military seizes control of Egypt, forcing Mubarak (and apparently his new vice president, as well) to step aside.

President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt resigned his post and turned over all power to the military on Friday, ending his nearly 30 years of autocratic rule and bowing to a historic popular uprising that has transformed politics in Egypt and around the Arab world.

The streets of Cairo exploded in shouts of “God is Great” moments after Mr. Mubarak’s vice president and longtime intelligence chief, Omar Suleiman, announced during evening prayers that Mr. Mubarak had passed all authority to a council of military leaders.

I rather suspect that the protesters will be longing for the good old days of Hosni before long. Let’s hope I’m wrong.

Question: Was this actually a deft play by the military to deaden opposition to them stepping in? In other words, was Mubarak’s speech yesterday – which defied all the rumors circulating before hand, with him retaining his title – actually designed to generate public support for the military takeover? Notice that today there are no chants of “civil, not military”.

Color me suspicious.

Link via Memeorandum

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3 Responses to Coup, Coup, Ca, Choo, Redux

  1. feeblemind says:

    Forgive the OT comment, but as you are a computer geek I thought I would pass this on Gaius:

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  2. Gaius says:

    I’ve read a bit about Watson in the past couple of days. Thanks for finding this, feeblemind. I’ll use it in a post.

  3. Maggie says:

    “Color me suspicious.”

    When you’re done pass the crayon …

    BTW, the dems are now spinning this as an Obama win

    “Great news for the administration/president. People will remember , despite some fumbles yesterday, that the President played an excellent hand, walked the right line and that his statement last night was potentially decisive in bringing this issue to a close. The situation remains complicated and delicate going forward, but this is a huge affirmation of the President’s leadership on the international stage.”

    Okaaaay … The Iran 2009 protests aside …

    Let’s see … Summer 2009 the Honduran military, by rule of their Supreme Court via their Constitution, ousted dictator Zelaya, and Obama and the State Dept screamed foul, “military coup”, and demanded Zelaya be returned to office/power.

    The Egyptian military, by way of the mob, forces Mubarak into leaving office/power (and you know higher-ups in the military command came to Mubarak after his lame speech yesterday and gave him the option of leaving by chopper or by tank) and turning over the country to said military … far outside the Egyptian Constitution. A “military coup” (by all intents and purposes) … and Obama and the dems and State Department not only rejoice it’s democracy, but take credit for it. So, should we then credit this Obama ship of fools and asshats with directly being involved in an illegal military coup in Egypt?

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