Friday, 28 January 2011

Joe Biden on Mubarak

Joe Biden thinks that the non-dictator Mubarak should begin to "be responsive to" the needs of the Egyptian people. Good point - if he had said e.g. 20 years ago. Mubarak has been around for only about 30 years, so he has probably not yet had a chance to consider that option ....

Ahead of a day that could prove decisive, NewsHour host Jim Lehrer asked Biden if the time has "come for President Mubarak of Egypt to go?" Biden answered: "No. I think the time has come for President Mubarak to begin to move in the direction that – to be more responsive to some... of the needs of the people out there."
Asked if he would characterize Mubarak as a dictator Biden responded: “Mubarak has been an ally of ours in a number of things. And he’s been very responsible on, relative to geopolitical interest in the region, the Middle East peace efforts; the actions Egypt has taken relative to normalizing relationship with – with Israel. … I would not refer to him as a dictator.”

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