September 25, 2012

Obama's Harsh Lessons in Diplomacy

H. Cooper & R. Worth, New York Times

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In Tahrir Square, the center of Egyptian protests, people watched Mr. Mubarak announce he would not seek office again. Mr. Obama, during a tense telephone call the evening of Feb. 1, 2011, had just told Mr. Mubarak that his speech, broadcast to hundreds of thousands of protesters in Tahrir Square in Cairo, had not gone far enough. Mr. Mubarak had to step down, the president said.

Minutes later, a grim Mr. Obama appeared before hastily summoned cameras in the Grand Foyer of the White House. The end of Mr. Mubarak’s 30-year rule, Mr. Obama said, “must begin now.” With those words, Mr. Obama upended three decades of American relations with its most stalwart ally in the Arab world, putting the weight of the United States squarely on the side of the Arab...

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TAGGED: Libya, Egypt, Barack Obama, Arab Spring

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