Egypt Spy Chief Omar Soliman Named Vice President

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Some developing news out of Egypt, where president Mubarak has just appointed Omar Soliman as vice president. This is a notable event as it is the first time since 1981 that Egypt has a Vice President, indicating just how much of a pseudo-dictatorial system the Mubarak regime has been. We are rather confident that the people will not be all that excited about getting the former head of the country's intelligence (read spying) service as the second in command. And just like in Russia during the Yeltsin-Putin succession, we are confident that Mubarak will promptly fade from the scene as soon as Soliman gives him reps and warranties (preferably better than those by Bank of America) that he will not be prosecuted. Incidentally, the last time Egypt had a VP was when Anwar Al Sadat appointed Mubarak as VP. Al Sadat was assassinated shortly thereafter.

Below is Soliman's bio from Wikipedia (already updated for his promotion):

Early life and education

Suleiman was born in Qena in Southern Egypt. He left Qena for Cairo in 1954, at the age of nineteen, to enroll in Egypt's prestigious Military Academy. He received additional military training in the former Soviet Union at Moscow's Frunze Military Academy. Furthermore, he holds bachelors and master degrees in Political Science from Ain Shams and Cairo
Universities in the mid-1980s. Suleiman was transferred to military
intelligence, where he began what was to be a long relationship between Egypt and the United States.

Egyptian intelligence career

Suleiman became the director of military intelligence in 1991.

Chief of Intelligence Office

Suleiman became the chief of Egyptian Intelligence in 1993. His name
has become known only in the last years, breaking the tradition of
keeping the name of the Egyptian head of Intelligence a secret known
only to top government officials. It was released in the media around
2000. Suleiman has acquired a more public profile while trying to broker
a deal between the different armed Palestinian groups vying for power
in Gaza as the top presidential envoy from President Hosni Mubarak as well as brokering deals or truces between the Palestinians and Israel.
His perceived role in negotiations between Palestinian groups gave him
the image of an effective behind-the-scenes figure in the Egyptian
government as well as identifying him as potentially useful to foreign
governments such those of the Arab countries, Israel, the Palestinians and the United States.

Future political role

In recent years, due to his role in the regional political scene and the lack of an alternative candidate acceptable to Hosni Mubarak,
some have speculated that Suleiman will succeed Mubarak as President,
or at least become a Vice-President. Neither Suleiman nor the National
Democratic Party spoke of this or commented on any future political role
for Suleiman.

On January 29 2011, he was named vice-president during the January revolution.


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Oh regional Indian's picture

And it gets stranger and stranger.

Anyone imagine Chetroff or Gates as VP of the US of A?

Clearer than ever that this is according to a plan.

Can you imagine waving a redder flag to an already furious populace?


Arch Duke Ferdinand's picture

"Can you imagine waving a redder flag to an already furious populace?"

...Which is why Vancouver BC Canada is the World's Best Safe Haven...

Careless Whisper's picture

well the first thing mister soleman will do is turn facebook back on so he can do some data mining.


Catullus's picture

Over/under on 5 days?

Boilermaker's picture

The line just changed to 3 days and is now circled.

Seasmoke's picture

Why who is out on injury ?

tickhound's picture

Remember when placing ure bets...
good coaches win, great coaches cover.

Boilermaker's picture

There is truly no hope for the Middle East.  These people are so completely inable to stop the blatant cronyism that it's laughable.  Granted, it's pervasive in the West also...but, shit, at least we try to mask it somewhat.  The Middle East is just pathetic.  Even the terrorists are dunces (thankfully).  Every single attempt to do anything of any level of sophistication results in a joke.

If the Middle East didn't have oil, it would be nothing more than a kitty litter box.

fuu's picture

"These people are so completely inable to stop the blatant cronyism that it's laughable.  Granted, it's pervasive in the West also...but, shit, at least we try to mask it somewhat.  The Middle East is just pathetic." 

We try to mask it? What kind of fantasy world do you fucking live in? Hating moron.

Boilermaker's picture

Oh, right, I must have missed all of the achievements and developments of the Middle East over the last 1,000 years.  They have but one item, oil, which happens to have been found under their feet.

If you wish to take your info from Bagdad Bob(s), go right ahead.

That Peak Oil Guy's picture

They make really great rugs.


Boilermaker's picture

To be fair, the hummus is decent also.

tickhound's picture

Not defending current middle east scientific-socio-economic contributions... but "1000 years" u say? Dude, u are misinformed. Keeping it short, read up on what returning europeans said following the crusades regarding the sophistication of mathematics and astronomy (which they regarded as blasphemy) in the middle east.

Boilermaker's picture

The Crusades were ~ 900 years ago.  If you want to hang me for that, fine.

tickhound's picture

Not hanging u or junking u, just informing u. Crusades only the beginning... advancements that helped spark even the italian Renaissance are well documented. From architecture to gunpowder to rocketry to medicine to astrophysics the list goes on... in some cases all the way into the 17th century. Middle eastern contributions heavily influenced famous europeans and are referenced by them.

Boilermaker's picture

BTW, my point was about the governance in the Middle East including the religeous zealots.  Of course, most people can't handle that and have to blurr it into a racial / ethnicity arguement.

I'm 110% in favor of the what the citizens of Tunisia and Egypt are doing.

That being said, the Middle East has been unbelievably suppressed by their own regimes for so long that it's difficult to change now.  I don't see the point in arguing the value of ancient contributions.

tickhound's picture

Fair enough... just keep in mind most of these regimes are "western approved".. irony is that "freedom and democracy" is the last thing western powers want there for obvious reasons.. no matter what our "leaders" proclaim. One can reference post ww1 and ww2 to see who actually dictated the future and current middle eastern borders and regimes. All to chase that finite resource we call oil. Side note... as we condemn and are distracted by the internet and cell shutdown, our leaders await the passing of similar legislation and make similar preparations. Egyptian internet is run by british corp Vodafone... and the shut down would not be possible without this corporate help. All this could be a trial run testing citizen reaction who the fuck knows. Nothing surprises me anymore.

snowball777's picture

I guess you've never heard of mathematics or medicine...which would explain a great deal about your opinions about economics and healthcare.

Boilermaker's picture

Great advances in science, mathematics, and medicine have come from the Middle East in the last 1,000 years?  Really?  Which ones?

Boilermaker's picture

There's no need to 'do homework' on facts that don't exist. 

snowball777's picture

I'm sorry. Was your ignorant ass saying something?

Boilermaker's picture

Are you fucking serious?  You provide a wiki dump and proclaim victory?

Yes, my "ignorant ass" is saying that you are wrong.  I can find 100 accomplishments from the hills of West Virginia but that doesn't mean that they aren't backwards.

Fucking ass, you are steaming pile of stupidity.  But, at least you've managed to garner the respect of two other stooges.  Congratulations, I'm sure you ladies can sit around and discuss the power and savvy of the Middle East all weekend.

snowball777's picture

All developments from the ME within the last 1000 years. Cry all you want, loser, but that won't change the fact that these people were doing surgery and calculus while your ancestors were giving each other the plague and burning "witches".

It's more than a little ironic that your empire will fall for the same reasons theirs did.

Boilermaker's picture it comes out.

It's more than a little ironic that your empire will fall for the same reasons theirs did.

LMAO, hey pal, if it makes you feel better on the inside and you can somehow justify just how FUCKED UP the Middle East is, that's fine with me.  Trying to data mine accomplishments that are several centuries old and cling to them is well...


snowball777's picture

I'm not 'clinging' to anything...just refuting your ignorant statements (and easily too).

Boilermaker's picture

No, no,  Never.

snowball777's picture

Out of any statements beyond sarcastic bullshit? You? Never!

Hephasteus's picture

Oh big deal. In the west. IBM invented the mechanical tabulator. Sold it to every government. This technology allowed social security which gave us the most massive rippoff ponzi the world has ever seen. We are much more creative. As long as the creativity is centered around creating counterfeit money.

Terminus C's picture

Read God's Crucible by David Lewis.  It talks about the reconquest of Spain.  Indeed it is at the back end of your "thousand years" comment but you clearly demonstrate your ignorance of the importance of islamic culture in regards to the tenological development of Europe and the world.  The same can be said for European understanding of Chinese contribution.  1421 and 1434 by Gavin Menzies are good introductions.

Interestingly Ghengis Khan is believed to be, by many historians, the prime cause of decline of Muslim civilization.

dark pools of soros's picture

anything left in the library of alexandria?

Boilermaker's picture

Not in the last 1,000 years.  They burnt it know, to prove to themselves that they themselves are the most bestest.

Rusty Shorts's picture

damn, you're on a roll tonight.

Boilermaker's picture

There's nothing 'ignorant' about my comment.  The Middle East has been ridiculous failure for a millenium.  Now, if we want to go back to the birth of Jesus Christ...and when man wasn't walking upright and dragging around clubs...

I'd love to know more about the "importance of islamic culture in regards to the technological develepment of Europe and the world".

If you want to buy the world a coke, fine with me.  But, that doesn't make it true.  It just makes it feel better.

snowball777's picture

You seem happy with your head in the sand. We sincerely hope that running around with your eyes jammed shut makes you "feel better".


snowball777's picture

<laughing and shaking head>

Boilermaker's picture

Be careful, don't shake off that diaper on your head.

snowball777's picture

I honestly feel sorry for you. I have no idea what it must be like to go through life so fucking dumb.

Boilermaker's picture

Shut the fuck up and get your shine box.

snowball777's picture

And leave you unemployed? You're too old to start sucking dick for fiat again.

AnAnonymous's picture

Great advances like what? The Space program fiasco? You know, the program that should provide us with a new frontier to pionneer so we can maintain  the US expansionist model, delivering a new space to increase the inputs to the economy.

Result: it has increased the outputs of Earth economy toward the Space.

Giant leap toward, toward, well, toward depletion of resources.

Boilermaker's picture

You can't be fucking serious.

dark pools of soros's picture

does a pimp need to work??  pimp got bitches..  ragheads got oil.. so get back working for that oil and making medicine for fake problems and filming mall rats for entertainment

Aristophanes's picture

Wow! Head spy being made VP. 

The only thing worse would be making the head of the CIA President

...oh wait.