Friday, February 11, 2011
OK now what, Egypt?
So Hasni Mubarak stepped down and handed power over to the military. Egypt's constitution has no such allowance for a head of state to transfer power to the military or for the military to assume power through a line of succession. So technically, this was a bloodless, military coup.
Question 1: does this throw the whole Egyptian constitution into question or worse, irrelevance?
Question 2: What now, protesters? What's the plan?
How about getting back to work and securing the Suez canal for oil transportation? Hopefully the military will guarantee free and fair elections so the people can elect whatever leader they want. Alternatively, is it possible that, like Isildur in Lord of the Rings, the military realizes the power it holds and claims it for its own? That's almost always the case in these loosely governed countries. If there's a power vacuum, there's always somebody to claim power for himself.
UPDATE: The feckless, lapdog media are already trying mightily to spin this as a foreign policy triumph for Obama rather than utter failure and blind, dumb luck that had nothing to do with Obama. Still, what's the military going to do? What role with the Muslim Brotherhood play in any new governance? Obama's teleprompter doesn't have a clue so he'll be modest about Egypt because he can rely on the media to shower him with rose pedals and crown him a master foreign-policy tactician. The media fawning will reach an apex on the Sunday talk shows. Gag me with a spoon!