Meet Egypt's New (Interim) Ruler: Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi

Tyler Durden's picture

Now that the Egyptian military is in charge, it is time to meet the new ruler. Hopefully not the same as the old ruler.

Mohamed Hussein Tantawi Soliman (born 31 October 1935) is an Egyptian military officer. He holds the rank of Field Marshal
and has served in the government of Egypt as Minister of Defense and
Military Production since 1991; he is commander-in-chief of the Egyptian
Armed Forces.[1]

Tantawi received his commission on 1 April 1956 serving in the
infantry, and he participated in the wars of 1956, 1967, and 1973. He
held various commands and was assigned as military attaché to Pakistan. Following the dismissal of Lt. General Yousef Sabry Abo Taleb, Tantawi was appointed as Minister of Defense and Military Production and commander-in-chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces on May 20, 1991; he became the first Egyptian since 1989 with the rank of Field Marshal. In that period, he also participated in the First Gulf War on the coalition side.

As of 2011, Tantawi is seen as a possible contender for the Egyptian presidency.[2] Amidst the 2011 Egyptian protests,
Tantawi was promoted to the ministerial rank of Deputy Prime Minister,
while retaining the defense portfolio, on 31 January 2011. The Higher
Military Council of Egypt is now in charge of Egypt. They are going to
rule with the Supreme Constitutional Council as of the 11th February

Tantawi has served as Commander of the Presidential Guard and Chief of the Operations Authority of the Armed Forces.

And some more just released from Reuters:

Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the head of the Higher Military Council that took control of Egypt on Friday after President Hosni Mubarak was swept from power, has spoken with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates by phone five times since the crisis began, including as late as on Thursday evening.

The ties are long-standing and important to Washington, which provides about $1.3 billion in military aid to Egypt each year.

Pentagon officials have been tight-lipped about the talks between Tantawi and Gates but the U.S. defense chief has publicly praised Egypt's military for being a stabilizing force during the unrest. On Tuesday, Gates said Egypt's military had "made a contribution to the evolution of democracy."

But in private, U.S. officials have characterized Tantawi as someone "reluctant to change" and uncomfortable with the U.S. focus on fighting terrorism, according to a 2008 State Department cable released by the WikiLeaks website.

Tantawi, 75, has served in three conflicts with Israel, starting with the 1956 Suez Crisis and in both the 1967 and 1973 Middle East wars.

The State Department cable said he is "committed to preventing another one ever."

Still, diplomats warned ahead of a 2008 visit by Tantawi to Washington that U.S. officials should be prepared to meet a "an aged and change-resistant Tantawi."

"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," the cable said, in reference to the Israel's peace accord with Egypt.

Washington has long urged change in Egypt. But the cable notes that Tantawi "has opposed both economic and political reform that he perceives as eroding central government power."

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jus_lite_reading's picture

The best part is, no one will be able to control the hyperinflation in food prices... they might as well have picked OJ Simpson to lead Egypt.

dan10400's picture

That pic kinda looks like OJ's brother....

dryam's picture

Wait a second.  Wait one freakin second.  Has anyone actually seen OJ in the past week?  That pic looks freakishly similar.  Oh well, what's the worst OJ would do to those people?

MasterB's picture

Who told you? OJ is his sleeper. Eliminate the Bernank - eliminate inflation.

jus_lite_reading's picture

Almost three weeks ago I said the people should be protesting Bernank not just Mubarak... How one man can bring the whole world to its knees is amazing in this so called "advanced society" we live in. Now, I am convinced Bernak is the antichrist. But still can't figure out where OJ plays in this...

Id fight Gandhi's picture

Imagine Obamas call to him him later...

"YOU Hussein? I Hussein too!"

slewie the pi-rat's picture

nice smile, though, and at least the military is more democratic and people-oriented.  plus, with those fab epaulettes, need we wonder what is tatoodled on his ass?

TBT or not TBT's picture

His one most important quality will be his ability to put down the islamo nazis and prevent imposition of islamic law.    That's going to be tough, given the attitudes of the egyptian population.   Also, while the military is widely admired in egypt, that's because the national mythology is that the military defeated the Jooooos in the four very popular wars they launched with the mission of elliminating them.      The country is nuts.    If you know a non-nutjob egyptian in your private life, they'll admit that 80% of the population is certifiable, which is about what we see in the recent pew poll of attitudes.   To measure their nuttiness yourself, have a look into "Female Genital Mutilation" which practiced on not 0.9% or 9%, but fully 90% of egyptian girls.    Egypt is a psycho-state on the verge of cracking.

downwiththebanks's picture

And yet, unlike Apartheid Israel, they don't practice ethnic cleansing.

sun tzu's picture

They're not doing a good job of it since 30% of Israel is Arab. I wonder if you are as upset about the situation in Sudan or Iran with non-Muslims being oppressed.

zabaneh atashin's picture

At least OJ can drop the price of Florida Orange Juice!!!!

Batty Koda's picture

Listen to this interview, it's Webster Tarpley on infowars talking about possible successors to Mubarak. He specifically mentions Tantawi, Tantawi and general Anan were in Washington presumably being briefed by the CIA on 26th of january.

Enjoy your military junta, Egypt. You earned it.

Agent P's picture

Not a good middle name for a ruler.  I speak from experience.

arkady's picture

Now THAT is funny.  

slewie the pi-rat's picture

+ fourz.  plus, the trickle down in any military is to die for, eh?  if the breadheads don't like this set-up, they can always start a big march and get somebody else to feed them the bread and other crap.

Rodent Freikorps's picture

How come they all look like mummies?

jus_lite_reading's picture

When was the last time you saw a video clip of Osama bin Laden? Years ago...

Larry Darrell's picture

I've received 2 reports on bin Laden.


A marine I knew in college was in Afgan when we first went.  He told me we had Osama located in 3 months.  He wouldn't tell me what we did with him.

Met a very young man just back from Afgan at the bar about 6 weeks ago.  I asked him if he even knew why he was there.  He told me he didn't, but that it wasn't about bin Laden because we have a 6 man crew that follows him everywhere he goes.


Both obviously only rumors.  But I put more faith in those 2 first hand accounts than anything our media would report.

jus_lite_reading's picture

Sad but true. OBL is dead and has been since 2006/2007. Again, why is the US over there?

internethobo's picture

The US is there for the poppy fields.  The CIA utilizes the sale of opium to fund their "projects".

Larry Darrell's picture

Don't tell my father.  He labelled my thinking "extreme" when I told him that was the reason.  He doesn't know you, there's no telling what he'll tell you about your thought processes.

internethobo's picture

You should ask your father why the remaining US soldiers that are left there are guarding these fields?  :)

hedgeless_horseman's picture

Again, why is the US over there?

Afghanistan sits between Iran and China; America has to keep an eye on her oil.

Financial_Guardian_Angel's picture

He may look like a mummy, but he is definately a fossil! This dude is like 75 years old. He should be napping on the couch or calling in his prescription to Walgreens, not taking over what is arguably the most important job in the world today!

jus_lite_reading's picture

The most important job in the world today is making sure the printing machines are running 24/7... fresh clean bankster bonus 'money'

TradingJoe's picture

Military Guy! What a luck for (U)s, eh!?

tempo's picture

The young protesters will never accept another military leader with close ties to the US.  Theywill keep protesting until the Brotherhood takes control, cuts off all communication for a few days and disposes of their bodies.   I bet this guy was trained and bought by the US military.  I hope it works but I doubt it.  Looks like Murburak 30 years ago.   If Murburak is leaving with $70 billion (probably double), he has made $2+ billion per year.  Nearly as much as our bankters.

jus_lite_reading's picture

The more things change, the more....

SRV - ES339's picture

Glenn's on at 5:00... I hear he has the inside scoop on the Brotherhood plot... hurry, hurry, you don't want to miss "Dear Leader's" take on this!

KickIce's picture

You should read his transcripts and see how often he's wrong.  Answer, not many.  There's a reason he has such a strong following despite the lousy time slot.

zaknick's picture

Dude, why r u reading ZH? Most ZHers know more than the MSM line. Glenn Beck is a bald faced liar, a hucksters who mixes edgy truth (with no incriminating details for the sick and twisted "establishment) to get people's attention and then lies like a stone (all day, just lies there!).

Had some chart up about assassinations and just outright lied about JFK and both assassination attempts on Ford (in the space of 2 weeks). Guess who the VP was then? Well, no less than Mr CFR himself: Rockefucker.

KickIce's picture

Dude, I don't consider Beck true MSM, he has a rather unique niche.  Granted, I think he has limits on what he can say but he has an excellent understanding of Soros, progressives, and their designs to reform this country.

tonyw's picture

Once the euphoria has died down and the people sobered up people will be looking to the military to actually deliver. They will be wanting to see, the dissolution of parliament, the lifting of the state of emergency, all the things they have been demanding.

I doubt Mubarak will be allowed to leave.

downwiththebanks's picture

The Brotherhood had nothing to do with the REVOLUTION.  The fucking cowards stayed home. 

I can't imagine that endeared them at all to the people who make this happen.

Why you think they're stronger now is beyond me.  

Josh Randall's picture

No worries Carmine, We'll have the best Homecoming Faber's ever had

SDRII's picture

Apparently Lieutenant General Sami Enan, the Egyptian army's chief of staff stayed in DC too long...


Arch Duke Ferdinand's picture

President Hosni Mubarak has resigned as President of Egypt.

...He is now planning to run for President in the 2012 American elections.

Mad Max's picture

Probably be more honest than Obummer or Palin...

And like voting for Dole, you just know the VP is the one you're really voting for!

themosmitsos's picture

All you people celebrating, are such moronic wastes of sperm

topcallingtroll's picture

unregistered trolling is a $50 fine.  Please make payable to zero hedge.  Credit cards accepted.

thedrickster's picture

What's the CDS spread on More Critical Thinking Wanted's note?

Yen Cross's picture

 Coming from a single celled amoeba.(like yourself) I'll pay extra attention, to stay out of the Liberal cesspool.

Mad Max's picture

We haven't had a Field Marshal in charge of North Africa since the days of Rommel!

This calls for a new cereal!  Captain Crunch, meet Field Marshal Tantawi!

TJ is Rolling in His Grave's picture

LOL, good one!


I suspect not so much sugar and a boatload of unknown fiber.