Egypt Ruler Marshal Mohamed Tantawi's Classified Foreign Service Dossier

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Fri, 02/11/2011 - 14:49 | 953583 hedgeless_horseman
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Reform: In the cabinet, where he still wields significant influence, Tantawi has opposed both economic and political reforms that he perceives as eroding central government power.


Tantawi rejects any conditioning on Egyptian FMF on human rights or any other grounds.

Welcome to Hussein-Change, Egypt.

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 14:49 | 953588 Sophist Economicus
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Hey HH, I saw the 'food fight' you guys got into a few posts ago - If you remember Richard Jeni, here's his routine on dieting:

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 14:56 | 953607 hedgeless_horseman
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Food fight is right.  Many people don't like new solutions.  For example:

He and Mubarak are focused on regime stability and maintaining the status quo through the end of their time.

Sat, 02/12/2011 - 12:38 | 955742 Pool Shark
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"He and Mubarak are focused on regime stability and maintaining the status quo through the end of their time"

I guess George Washington is right. Tantawi's similarity to the American founding fathers is just plain scary...

[sacasm off]

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 14:48 | 953586 Dollar Bill Hiccup
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Does he play golf? Sounds like a good guy to hit the links with ...

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 14:49 | 953589 Showa50
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What do you mean he shceduled to come to the US already?! A country in turmoil and he's taking a break....ooh wait we had that to. A la Bush.

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 15:02 | 953626 JonNadler
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it was scheduled before the revolution

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 15:05 | 953633 CD
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This is a historical doc from at least a year, probably more, ago. The cables leaked (?) to Wiki were all 2008 or older, AFAIK.

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 15:12 | 953656 Batty Koda
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Receiving his orders probably, that's how colour revolutions work. You have to corrupt element of the government before the protests begin, once you have loyal insiders ready to take charge then you orchestrate the protests in order to remove the old leader.

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 15:14 | 953660 Batty Koda
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Sorry, I'm thinking of januay 26th when he visited the US, these cables are talking about an earlier visit. The point still stands though.

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 14:49 | 953591 lsbumblebee
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" essential to stopping Palestinian rocket fire into Israel".

Don't ya just love it?

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 16:22 | 953927 ZerOhead
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In any other country intentionally destroying needed medical supplies would be considered a war crime... however this is Israel we are talking about and Israel is our special friend!

If they accidentally targeted this building (unlikely) then they should have an investigation into operational procedures. We'll see if that happens.


In the meantime lets's check out the existential threat to Israels security posed by the  1 million plus Israeli Arabs (Palestians living inside Israel as citizens) and all those Palesinian terrorists living in the West Bank and Gaza.

From Israeli sources: (Remember... an Israeli soldier killed in action killing Palestinian women and children is considered a victim of terror BTW... :)

Hmmm... less than 50 or so most years when Israel is not attacking the West Bank and Gaza.

And how does that compare to let's say traffic fatalities in Israel?

CRAP!!! About 400-500 Israelis per year!!!


Looks like we have a new existential threat to the Israeli state.... namely Israels drivers!

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 14:52 | 953600 papaswamp
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OOO TD you are going to piss someone off for posting this.

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 14:57 | 953614 GottaBKiddn
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I couldn't help noticing that "food" was not on the list of "strategic objectives". That was one of the most important items in the minds of the opposition protestors. Not surprised.

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 15:10 | 953636 gorillaonyourback
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code for if you dont do what we want we will kill u and/or invade your country.  and oh yeah you can have the money as long as you do what we want.  sellin your soul(country) to the devil.  lets hope he can play a good fiddle boy cuz give the devils his dues hes bettin a fiddle of gold against your soul(charlie daniels)

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 15:20 | 953680 MsCreant
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Cause he thinks' he's better n' you.

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 15:30 | 953726 TBT or not TBT
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The devil's got that kinda stuff they smoked in Vietnam.

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 16:53 | 954044 downrodeo
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Weird AL, FTW!

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 15:16 | 953668 bankonzhongguo
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This is just what US/Israel want - an old stodgy general with blood on his hands and skeletons in the closet to maintain the status quo.  He's good enough to run the emergency laws and answer the Mubarak/Suleiman/Obama/Bibi 3AM hot-line.

The task at hand is to clear the streets, keep the price of bread down and co-opt any resemblance to liberal political organization. They are not going to fill the jails.  They will be digging holes in the desert.

Until the Interior Ministry is torched, there was no revolution.

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 15:29 | 953711 TBT or not TBT
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Dude, he is eighty years old.   His regime cannot last longer than he will, if that long, unless, I dunno he has secret ancient egyptian longevity powers from the Stargate.   That must be why the illuminati knew it was OK to bank on him. 

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 15:39 | 953773 Sudden Debt
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The fact that he's eighty years old is a very good point.



Fri, 02/11/2011 - 15:28 | 953712 DaveyJones
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Hey Mohamed, here's that torture manual you wanted to borrow

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 15:36 | 953755 Bigger Dickus
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I know for a fact that Obama, Mubarak, Soros and Thiel all have one thing in common: they are all homos.


90% of left wingers are homos

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 15:41 | 953782 Sudden Debt
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How did you come to this conclussion? :)


Fri, 02/11/2011 - 16:14 | 953913 gorillaonyourback
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cuz he is a closet homo, he is pissed at freedom lovin out of the closet homos, to much of a coward to come out ans say he loves it up the ass lololol im crackin my self up

Sat, 02/12/2011 - 04:47 | 955411 jeff montanye
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and what exactly is the gorilla doing?  and what genders are involved?

Sat, 02/12/2011 - 12:01 | 955675 New_Meat
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personal participation

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 15:41 | 953783 Sudden Debt
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How did you come to this conclussion? :)


Fri, 02/11/2011 - 17:21 | 954143 Bigger Dickus
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To me all left wingers and globalists are homos.

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 19:38 | 954536 SilverRhino
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So says the littler green troll dickus.  

Crap it must be true. 

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 21:09 | 954781 snowball777
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You learned that blowing them for money for your Patek, in Davos.

Sat, 02/12/2011 - 04:51 | 955415 jeff montanye
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wait just a second!  i see an inconsistency in your otherwise airtight logic:  earlier you said 90% of leftists were homos.  now it is, seemingly, all of them.  what happened?  indoctrination at warp speed?

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 17:23 | 954146 Jadr
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dbl post

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 17:22 | 954148 Jadr
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Brilliant.  I bet that you are very persuasive when you discuss politics and are able to bring people from opposing ideologies to your line of thinking with great frequency.

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 15:42 | 953770 Pure Evil
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Hey Tantawi, you asshole, we're paying more than 1.5 Billion dollars per year to keep that little dredge canal open between the Red Sea and the Mediterranean, so by all means necessary, KEEP IT OPEN!

If you're incapable of that one little act, then will show you what SHOCK and AWE is all about, Bush style.

By the way, enjoy your little tour of all our military headquarters, dipshit, and learn what it takes to run a real military dictatorship.

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 23:09 | 955019 Bringin It
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Wake-up.  Look at agenda items 2, 3, and 4.  What do these 3 have in common?  Hint - It ain't the Suez canal.

Sat, 02/12/2011 - 04:54 | 955417 jeff montanye
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i think bush shocked but did not awe.  i think it was the thrown shoes that hinted at this.

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 15:43 | 953794 rwe2late
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Early on in the Egyptian protests:

“Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has sent his defense minister Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi in secret to Washington to ask for US backing for his embattled regime against the street protest movement which gained in violence on its second day, Wednesday, Jan. 26. debkafile's Washington sources report that in secret meetings, Tantawi warned top US officials that without a crackdown on the protesters, the regime was doomed. The Egyptian army is on emergency standby.

“He asked the Obama administration for an urgent airlift of advanced riot control equipment.

The American response to the case presented by Tantawi is not known.”


Fri, 02/11/2011 - 15:50 | 953825 Quinvarius
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This guy will be dead in 6 months.  The Muslims are through with him.

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 15:52 | 953840 downwiththebanks
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The Muslim Brotherhood will have to come out of hiding - where they've been the last 18 days - to affect anything.

Not only that, but they'll have to get their marching orders from Uncle Sam, too.

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 15:50 | 953830 downwiththebanks
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Bottom line:  can't see this group of "wise guys" being too satisfactory to the REVOLUTION.

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 16:09 | 953904 fwiw
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Did someone say TEOTWAWKI? I need some hopium!

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 16:46 | 954008 MsCreant
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And I think to myself, what a wonderful wooooorrrrrld.

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 17:58 | 954273 JonNadler
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ah, taking  a break from your cynical realism I see..... charming, very charming

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 16:48 | 954014 GoldSilverDoc
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"The Red Sea ferry accident in February 2006 embarrassed the Mubarak government and cost more than 1000 lives."

Was there ever a more succinct demonstration of the relative value of things to a government parasite?

Sat, 02/12/2011 - 04:56 | 955419 jeff montanye
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Fri, 02/11/2011 - 17:03 | 954068 Roscoe
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"Charming and courtly, he is, nonetheless mired in a post-Camp David military paradigm that has served his cohort’s narrow interests for the last three decades. He and Mubarak are focused on regime stability and maintaining the status quo through the end of their time. They simply do not have the energy, inclination or world view to do anything differently."

That whole regime stability thing didn't work out so well for Muby Grape, so I wonder if Marshall Tantawi can dig deep and find the energy and/or inclination to change now? I think a C-130 air drop of 5-Hour Energy drinks on the palace is in order!

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 17:06 | 954080 dick cheneys ghost
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mubarak slams US in phone call to israel before he left egypt. ungreatful bastard.

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 17:26 | 954156 Miss Expectations
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Have I got this right?  The Egyptians are celebrating the imposition of a military takeover?

What's not to like.  All it took was a little pretending on the part of the tank anti-personnel personnel?  Really?

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 17:28 | 954157 deselby
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This is from 2008, so what?


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