Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Clifford Stanley, and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps Gen. James Cartwright, hold a Pentagon press briefing, Jan. 28, 2011, to explain to reporters what steps the Department of Defense is taking to prepare for the implementation of new legislation concerning homosexuals openly serving in the U.S. Armed Services.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2011 — The plan to end the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military is progressing quickly, senior Defense Department officials said here today.
Clifford L. Stanley, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, and Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke to Pentagon reporters in the first of a series of briefings that will chart the department’s progress in implementing the repeal of the law known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
“My sense is [we have a] really good working relationship with the services as we do this, not only the service chiefs, but the senior enlisted,” Stanley said. “You get good vibes about where we are in terms of cooperation [and] information coming forth.”
[Source: Dept. of the Army]
Bible quote:Douay-Rheims Bible
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.
formal 1 [noncount] : the quality of being unfair or evil ▪ a system plagued by corruption and iniquity [=injustice] ▪ a notorious den of iniquity [=a place where immoral things are done]
2 [count] : something that is unfair or evil ▪ the iniquities of slavery
You watched the videos. Decided for yourself if FoxNews is “a notorious den of iniquity.
I found the republicans still trying to regulate federal funding for abortions. The last time this came up, all the experts said that because of the Hyde Amendment, THERE IS NO FEDERAL FUNDING OF ABORTIONS.
If you watched the Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC) last night you know that the House Calendar is conspicuously absent of real work. It is all about time away from The Chamber and the listing of holidays. No job related work. For his part, The President gave a speech to the Chamber of Commerce in a tough effort to get big business to use the trillion of dollars they are sitting on to create jobs…at home. For their part republicans will be virtually spending the month at home.
It is day 15 in the protest in Cairo for President Mubarak to resign. Closed door meetings with Vice President Suliemon and various groups which represent some of the people in the town square. Yesterday I gave you a link to coverage of the concessions that have come out of these meetings.
The concessions, if real, have no timetable and are suspect. For example, the emergency powers under which Mubarak has repressed his people for 30 years, have no end date. But it is one of the alleged concessions. It is conceivable that the government will co-opt the ideas of the movement without Mubarak leaving. Some die-heart protesters will be satisfied by nothing less than regime change! I fear the government is riding out the storm and President Mubarak will remain. Perhaps his power will be diminished to that of a figurehead. President Obama keeps saying that the Egyptian people cannot go back to the way things were. Of course, he know more than we…some things to sensitive for the media. Perhaps he has devised a way for President to resign from office and save face which I suspect means a lot in the Middle East. The American role in this revolution is hampered by the necessity of taking no actions that would label changes in Egypt as an American plan. Our autocratic friends in the area are watching to see how we treat a long-term partner as unrest is popping up in their countries.
It is interesting to see so many peoples of the world pursue a democratic government which to them means freedom. Democracy is messy and takes time to be organized: political parties, a constitution, a new legal system, etc. I don’t think the angry protesters in Tahrir Square realize this. You can’t remove a sitting president without a well-thought-out new system as a replacement. I do hope our State Dept. and the CIA are aiding regime change…secretly. GOD BLESS THE PEACEFUL PROTESTERS IN EGYPT WITH FREEDOM….AND SOON!
As president, Reagan implemented sweeping new political and economic initiatives. His supply-side economic policies, dubbed “Reaganomics,” advocated reducing tax rates to spur economic growth, controlling the money supply to reduce inflation, deregulation of the economy, and reducing government spending. In his first term he survived an assassination attempt, took a hard line against labor unions, and ordered military actions in Grenada. He was reelected in a landslide in 1984, proclaiming it was “Morning in America.” His second term was primarily marked by foreign matters, such as the ending of the Cold War, the bombing of Libya, and the revelation of the Iran-Contra affair. Publicly describing the Soviet Union as an “evil empire,” he supported anti-Communist movements worldwide and spent his first term forgoing the strategy of détente by ordering a massive military buildup in an arms race with the USSR. Reagan negotiated with Soviet General SecretaryMikhail Gorbachev, culminating in the INF Treaty and the decrease of both countries’ nuclear arsenals.
— President Barack Obama said Friday that talks between the Egyptian government and its political opponents were in the initial stages, but warned that the mere “pretense of reform” would not be enough to resolve that country’s deepening crisis.
The transition of power “must begin now” and lead to “free and fair elections,” he declared. Negotiations must “include a broad representation of the Egyptian opposition,” he told reporters.
Asked if embattled President Hosni Mubarak needs to step down now — as opposed to waiting for a successor to be chosen in Egypt’s September elections — Obama said Mubarak needs to consult with advisers and listen to what’s “being voiced by the Egyptian people.”
The Egyptian leader is “proud” but also a “patriot,” Obama said. Mubarak needs to make a judgment about his legacy and the best “pathway forward.” Violence and repression have no role in the “orderly transition process,” he added. “The whole world is watching.”
6:00AM EST. Protesters in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt tense, but, calm. No word on the status of President Hosni Mubarak. The word is that there will be several demonstrations today as the standoff with the government continues. The army is still the guardian of the nation.
CNN reports that not all Egyptians approve of continuing the demonstrations. Some people speak of trying Mubarak for war crimes. Arguments have been seen on the street corners in Alexandria. Watch this video of an interrogation of a pro-Mubarak supporter in Alexandria.
Watch Faheed Zakaria talk about “What Is Mubarak Thinking”.
Muhammad Hosni Sayyid Mubarak (Arabic: محمد حسني سيد مبارك, Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: [mæˈħæmːæd ˈħosni ˈsæjːed moˈbɑːɾɑk], Muḥammad Ḥusnī Sayyid Mubārak; born May 4, 1928) is the fourth and currentPresident of the Arab Republic of Egypt. He was appointed Vice President in 1975, and assumed the Presidency on October 14, 1981, following the assassination of President Anwar El Sadat. He is the longest-serving Egyptian ruler since Muhammad Ali Pasha. Before he entered politics Mubarak was a career officer in the Egyptian Air Force, serving as its commander from 1972 to 1975. Beginning on January 25, 2011, a popular uprising called for his resignation as president of Egypt. On February 1, 2011, Mubarak announced that he will not seek another term in the upcoming presidential election. His regime has been accused of massive corruption and misgovernance. [Wikipedia. Subject to change by current events.]
Those who oppose Mubarak have designated today as “D-Day. Departure day for Hosni Mubarak to leave office and Egypt.” For several days now the main square in Cairo and other cities have been full of peaceful protesters who are fed up with their corrupt, repressive government that gave them no human rights or economic opportunities. Most Egyptians live on $2 a day. Sixty percent of the population is under 30 years of age. Such is grist for the mill of revolution in the 21st century with its ubiquitous mass communications. (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) During the current struggle for democratic freedom, President Mubarak tried to break the people’s spirit by turning off the Internet and cell phone service. The people would not be deterred or silenced. Some have vowed to demonstrate until Mubarak leaves office.
Emergency law rule
Egypt is a semi-presidentialrepublic under Emergency Law (Law No. 162 of 1958) and has been since 1967, except for an 18-month break in 1980s (which ended with the assassination of Sadat). Under the law, police powers are extended, constitutional rights suspended and censorship is legalized. The law sharply circumscribes any non-governmental political activity: street demonstrations, non-approved political organizations, and unregistered financial donations are formally banned. Some 17,000 people are detained under the law, and estimates of political prisoners run as high as 30,000. Under that “state of emergency”, the government has the right to imprison individuals for any period of time, and for virtually no reason, thus keeping them in prisons without trials for any period. The government continues the claim that opposition groups like the Muslim Brotherhood could come into power in Egypt if the current government did not forgo parliamentary elections, confiscate the group’s main financiers’ possessions, and detain group figureheads, actions which are virtually impossible without emergency law and judicial-system independence prevention. Pro-democracy advocates in Egypt argue that this goes against the principles of democracy, which include a citizen’s right to a fair trial and their right to vote for whichever candidate and/or party they deem fit to run their country. [Wikipedia]
Intention to stand down in September 2011
Mass protests against President Hosni Mubarak erupted in Cairo and other Egyptian cities in late January 2011.
On February 1, 2011 Hosni Mubarak announced that he will not contest the Presidential election in September 2011. He also promised constitutional reform. This did not satisfy the majority of protesters as they expected Mubarak to depart immediately. The demonstrations continued and on 2 February 2011, violent clashes occurred between pro-Mubarak and anti-Mubarak protestors. [Wikipedia]
Update: Friday, February 4, 2011, 4:00AM EST. I have just learned that there have been over 43 incidents where the pro-Mubarak forces have assaulted the press, damaged or confiscated their equipment. Some needed hospital care. In an inverview with ABC News that if he resigns today, there will be chaos. I say, that is what the army is there for.
In Tahrir Square we have an amazing calm. There are no goons (pro-Mubarak thugs). There is a fully outfitted riot squad present. A stage with microphones has been erected. We wonder what lies in store. Will there be a gigantic clash? Will the army remain on the side of the people. Earlier I heard that there have been discussions and that perhaps President Mubarak will resign today leaving the Vice President in charge. If this happens, will it be acceptable to the protestors? Will there be enough press coverage so that the world can continue to witness a revolution on live television? Is this a setup for a dramatic crush by the government? Will Mubarak accede to the “suggestions” of the USA and certain arab states and resign today? It is in the Lord’s hands.
One good sign is the announcement that the Egyptian Stock Market will re-open on Monday. The banks will reopen shortly.
Friday, February 4, 2011, 11:00am EST. Night has fallen on Tahrir Square in Cairo. The call for Mubarak to resign has been a huge protest today, but, alas, no conclusion. The rally goes on into the night with the people still being protected by the army. It is said that discussions with interested governments go on but hope of wish fulfillment is small…at least for tonight in Egypt.
It is 7:10am EST, Thursday. MSNBC reports that the Egyptian army has put up a substantial barrier between the protesters and the pro-Mubarak forces who suffered toward the end of last night. Mika Brzezinski of “MorningJoe” said that the Egyptian Prime Minister apologizes for the attacks on the protesters and vows to investigate who was responsible. I hope the media does it’s job and holds this Prime Minister of a failed regime to keep his word and reveal who armed the hooligans with iron bar, stick, razors AND SWORDS and delivered them to the battle on buses, horses and camels. [Go to the video tape.] The world will laugh in the Prime Minister’s face and that of President Mubarak if they try to sell us a bill of goods saying that the goons acted independently and spontaneously.
The next big demonstration will be tomorrow after prayers. Millions of protesters must be out again in the square AND the army, the only credible broker of power in Egypt, must finally start the transition to democracy by conducting Mubarak out of the country and installing an interim leader who will serve while a new political system is devised and a new constitution is written. This is what the people ultimately are fighting for. Yes, I say fighting because some of the protesters vow to remain in the square until Mubarak leaves…or they die!