While Mr. President is watching events (not history)
unfold, the way a Bills fan watches the SuperBowl every year, the stage is being set in Egypt for a bloody confrontation.
I am afraid we are indeed watching Tienanmen Square II.
With today's speech, Mubarak has told everyone that as far as he is concerned, everyone at Tahrir Square needs to pack up and go home, like, yesterday. Their voices have been heard, Mubarak is not going to run for office again, neither will his son, so what more do you want?
Pack up and go home.
An orderly transition is under way!
The Egyptian army's response is not comforting either.
The military earlier announced on state television it supports thelegitimate demands of the people.A spokesman said the council was exploring what measures could be made to "safeguard" the nation and its people.
The key phrase there is
At the appropriate time, people still occupying the square will be told that whatever their legitimate demands were, those demands have been heard. Whatever they still keep demanding, therefore, by simple logic, must be illegitimate.
Whoever is still left in the square will be removed by force.
And, make no mistake, there will be people studying every bit of footage of the people in the square to determine the organizers, the leaders of the protest. The ones they can identify will disappear.
In the mean time, Mr. President and his administration will keep talking in conflicting and ignorant terms, because they will be terrified of losing Egypt to Jihadi's.