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I wonder if the “democratically free” Egyptians have sent Barack Obama a box of Valentine candy to thank him? He certainly was a busy little bee over the last couple of weeks while trying to figure out what was going on in Egypt and to protect the image that he supported the street agitators in their “quest for freedom and democracy.”

Obama is – to suit his politically created image – a man of the people, and those people apparently are his people.

Of course, by doing that, he effectively pulled the rug out from under President Hosni Mubarak, who has kept Egypt as a key U.S. ally and, indeed, maintained relative peace between his country and Israel, supporting the Camp David Accords.

But did Obama or his administration really know what was going on? Apparently not, since the official line from Washington shifted daily.

On the other hand, they knew something was afoot – with people rioting in the streets, fires being set and the American media in the midst of it – often getting beaten up – while pretending to be reporters but succeeding only in cheerleading for what they concluded was a burst of yearning for democratic freedom.

Oops, there are those two words – democratic and freedom.

Is that really what Egypt has now? How would the media, Obama, his administration or we even know?

The truth is, none of them knew or understood what was happening in Egypt, which is so important to peace in the Middle East, except that all hell broke loose, they wanted to put a good spin on it and, ultimately, put Obama in the position of “calling the shots.”

Well, “calling” some of them.

Well, maybe not “calling the shots,” but interpreting events as though he were.

Bottom line, it’s all good fodder for the ’12 election campaign, which, like it or not, is already in full swing.

It’s one of the more startling experiences to hear an American president get immersed in the political upheaval in a foreign country – even if it’s a country to which we send billions annually and which is a lynchpin of what passes as peace in that part of the world.

Obama called the demonstrations a “middle-class” uprising.

He wasn’t the only one who didn’t know what was going on. CIA Director Leon Panetta testified last week before the House Permanent Committee on Intelligence, and it was revealed afterward that he’d based his comments on CNN media reports!

National Intelligence Director James Clapper told the committee that the Muslim Brotherhood is a “largely secular” group which has “eschewed violence.”

That comes as quite a surprise to Steve Emerson, founder of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, because the official motto of the Muslim Brotherhood is: “Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Quran is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.”

It’s been documented that the ultimate goal of the Brotherhood is to create an Islamic state in the United States.

If – or rather, when – they take control of the “new and democratic” government of Egypt, they’ll be one step closer to that goal, especially since that goal also includes the destruction of Israel.

Regardless of the simple-minded media cheering for the creation of “democracy” in Egypt as a result of 18 days of street demonstrations, what’s really happened?

The front-page, blaring headline in my local newspaper, the Contra Costa Times, on Feb. 19, was “Egypt is free” in bold, black type.

And? What does that mean?

Yes, Mubarak is gone, but so what? The military is still in charge, as it was before. The same people in government will stay there until an “election” is held, which, we are told, could take more than a year.

Reports are that the military will support agreements with the U.S. and Israel, but how do we know?

I don’t think “trust but verify” applies here.

What happens, if in the interim, the Brotherhood makes a power grab? Who or what would stop it if it uses time-tested terrorist tactics?

The truth is, Egypt wouldn’t know a real democracy if it fell over it. There’s no history of it there. Reports are that there are five different groups of “young people” who are making demands as to what the elections should involve and how to write a new constitution. And that’s just this week.

Can you imagine what will happen over the next year as other Middle East states are racked by similar street uprisings? Tunisia has already fallen. Egypt was next. Algeria is in turmoil, Jordan is threatened and so is Syria.

It’s a Middle East version of the domino effect, and it portends political disaster for the West and Israel, especially with Iran salivating as it develops nuclear technology, which it has sworn to use.

All we get from Washington is blue skies and make-believe.

Obama, who has no business dictating to another country how to handle its government, speaks with weak authority about what the U.S. expects Egypt to do.

I can almost hear snickering from Cairo, but it’s not coming from average people.

In an ABC network radio report Saturday, a shopkeeper in Cairo was asked how he felt.

He said he was joyful Mubarak was gone, but now that he’s cleaning up his shop and is open for business again, there are no customers.

He said the government has to get him some customers – and he’s certain tourists will return.

Now who’s dreaming?

I fear the poor man will soon be living a nightmare, and Barack Obama can’t do anything about it.

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