Clemons & Katulis Discuss Egypt Turmoil with Rachel Maddow



Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Center for American Progress Senior Fellow Brian Katulis and I had a good discussion with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow last night. Katulis made the interesting point that America’s affinity for Mubarak may be just a hangover from the Cold War, at least in part. He also said that we need to move characterizing our options in the region between simplistic notions of stability vs. freedom. I agree with him….

Could Next Leader be Worse?



There is a clear broad tilt in the American and global media against President Mubarak’s regime. I have seen statements of support for Mubarak and dismissal of the protests from some Israeli leaders and oddly from John Bolton. But on another front, former Newsweek chief foreign correspondent Arnaud de Borchgrave sent me this interesting reminder about the fall of the Shah in Iran. Just something to remember and consider. Our institutional memories are apparently non-existent. I did the last interview…

State Department’s PJ Crowley tweet warns Mubarak



@PJCrowley The #Egyptian government can’t reshuffle the deck and then stand pat. President #Mubarak’s words pledging reform must be followed by action. This is important because essentially it’s a critique that the US-liked Omar Suleiman, just sworn in as Egypt’s first vice president in three decades and the kind of character who would feature well as a star in a John LeCarre Middle East spooks novel, does not constitute “reform.” To follow my tweets, go to @SCClemons. — Steve Clemons

Wither Egypt’s Military?



The Century Foundation’s Michael Wahid Hanna notes that Egypt President Hosni Mubarak’s call for the Egyptian military to deploy in and around the robust protesting crowds in Cairo could cut either way. The military could stand by the President and brutally repress the population or just simply stand and hold hoping the crowds lose momentum with only limited application of force. Alternatively, they could decide that the military’s own interests and lifeline to U.S. military aid is better preserved if…

Egypt and America’s Tough Choices: Rachel Maddow & The Ed Show Tonight



What is going on in Egypt now reminds me of the fall of Suharto in Indonesia, the expulsion of and collapse of Marco in the Philippines, the overthrow of Romania’s Ceausescu, and of course the Green Movement in Iran. The first three dictators fell; the last regime remains in place, and it’s not certain yet what will happen in Egypt. America is finally tuning in — where most of the Middle East has been tied to Al Jazeera on TV…

O! Mark Salter!



Word is breaking that John McCain’s long time aide and many decades long alter ego, Mark Salter, is the author behind O: A Presidential Novel. Truth in advertising first. I haven’t read the novel, though I really like the graphics of the “O” and the “ears” as well as the brilliant blue of the cover. Recently, I ventured into a cluster of leading conservatives with whom I had a great social encounter and saw the book in my friend’s living…

Daily Rundown on Egypt Turmoil with Chuck Todd & Savannah Guthrie



Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy I suggest in this clip with Savannah Guthrie and Chuck Todd on MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown that the US government is more in reactive mode on what is happening in the growing zone of instability in the Middle East than in front of things. We don’t have much of a strategy for dealing with political change in some of the teetering, long in the tooth semi-totalitarian states in…

LIVE STREAM at 12:15 pm: Chas Freeman on America’s Misadventures in the Middle East



Please join the New America Foundation’s American Strategy Program/Middle East Task Force TODAY from 12:15 – 1:45 for a discussion with Ambassador Chas. W. Freeman, touching on themes from his new book “America’s Misadventures in the Middle East.” A provocative and often controversial voice, Freeman will describe his unique foreign policy realist orientation, and how he thinks American policy has been ill-suited to the demands of a productive regional equilibrium in the Middle East. Ambassador Freeman will discuss what he…