Breaking news: Mubarak out, military takeover in Egypt

Breaking news: Mubarak out, military takeover in Egypt

Summary: This is breaking news and the details are still sketchy.

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This is breaking news and the details are still sketchy. What we heard last night was that Mubarak was planning to not seek another term, but was going to hang on until elections in September.

CBS News: Egypt's Mubarak Resigns

This has obviously changed. The Egyptian military is now in control of Egypt and Mubarak has resigned. From what we can tell, this was at least a somewhat peaceful transition, in that Mubarak still appears to be alive. Exactly how "persuasive" the military got remains to be seen.

What does this mean?

From an American perspective, this is probably a moderately positive result. Obviously, democratic nations do not support military coups, so expect some harsh words simply on principle.

But the fact is that the U.S. military and the Egyptian military have had very close relationships for many years. America trained many Egyptian officers, many of our people have lived with and worked with many of their people.

This means that Egypt is less likely to fall into a fundamentalist Muslim regime, as Iran did back when the Shah left the country. In all things Middle Eastern (as well as, frankly, the rest of the world), the less fundamentalist rule, the better.

How exactly the Egyptian military will govern or transfer power also remains to be seen. For now, Egyptian protesters are celebrating in the streets.

Stay tuned. This one's a hot story.

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David Gewirtz, Distinguished Lecturer at CBS Interactive, is an author, U.S. policy advisor, and computer scientist. He is featured in the History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets and is a member of the National Press Club.

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  • Between the Lindsay Lohan fiasco

    I didn't even know.

    Most news outlets have been too focus on covering the breaking news coming from Lohan.
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • He who rules the army rules the nation. Even ours.

    Which is why it is so important to have ours under civilian control. And for those who say a US soldier would never fire on an American citizen; four words: Waco and Ruby Ridge.
    fr_gough
    • RE: Breaking news: Mubarak out, military takeover in Egypt

      @frgough@...

      If I remember correctly, the US Army wasn't involved with the Waco Siege. It was all ATF and FBI.
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • When your FBI troops have tanks, machine guns and mortars

        what's the meaningful difference?
        fr_gough
      • the difference is you messed up frogough

        you wanted to bad mouth the miltary and it "blew up in your face"!!!
        i guess you don't understand that the miltary WILL fire on civilians when the local and state police can't handle them and ASK THM TO.

        grow a brain idiotboy
        Ron Bergundy
    • RE: Breaking news: Mubarak out, military takeover in Egypt

      @frgough@...
      Simple thing, Military gets involved when Local and State Police fail. Thats the simple fact you missed here before bad mouthing about Military.
      Ram U
  • Syria next

    Next one on my list of police state dictatorship is Syria.
    guihombre
    • Egypt is still a military dictatorship.

      nt
      fr_gough
      • It will transition

        There's no single military figure who could command the following of the rank and file of the army to crush the people. Ergo no military dictatorship is viable.

        Personally I would have preferred it if they'd arrest Mubarak and he was in detention awaiting trial.
        guihombre
      • well mubarak made the right choice

        @guihombre
        ALl the planet dictator who have been caught by there civilians its as a tendency to end up badly .... at a muzzle of a gun or a rope around the neck
        Mussolini
        Ceau?escus

        and so many other .....
        Quebec-french
      • @guihombre

        What "crush the people" are you talking about. Roughly 0.3% of the Egyptian population is protesting.

        The rest of your comment is just wishful thinking enabled by liberal western naivete on what the real world is like.

        You have two possible routes here. A secular military dictatorship like you have in Turkey, or the Muslim Brotherhood takes over and you get an islamic state. Egyptian society has been moving Islamist for the past 15 years. Front Page magazine has an excellent article with graduation pictures from Cairo university from 1955 to 2004. You can see the cultural subjugation of women to Islam over the course of that time period quite easily.
        fr_gough
      • RE: Breaking news: Mubarak out, military takeover in Egypt

        @frgough@...

        0.3%? No, the majority.

        Muslim Brotherhood is 20% of vote max, and support for them was largely a Mubarak backlash. They are often quoted as the bogeyman by which the west is convinced to support Egypts dictator, but overblown fear of israels....

        If Mubarak couldn't suppress the protests, and you can't name an army leader, let alone one who can command enough authority to order the army to shoot protestors, then you have no viable military state.

        So the most likely outcome is democracy, subject to Mubarak & his remaining cronies being properly suppressed.
        guihombre
  • RE: Breaking news: Mubarak out, military takeover in Egypt

    Well let us see how well the military rule served Pakistan.
    Ram U
  • we need to nominate somebody

    who is Pro USA, pro Israel, against islamic radicals and Iran, and liked by the Egyptians.
    Linux Geek
    • what what what

      @Linux Geek
      you have to do what ??????
      Lets the Egyptian choose what they want as a society and after that USA will have to choose do we support it or not .....

      Remember the we may seeing the birth of the new middle east /magrebe .
      Tunisia , Egypt , they have trouble in algeria,yemen,jordania .... one tip of advice keep your nose out of there .... Its deep enough in afganistan and irak .... learn USA cannot get against all middle east it cannot be done . If it turn into a muslin state .... well cut all tie and isolate them asap .... anyways if it goes bad they will slaughter themselves faster than if we can believe it ..... As far as Israel got well its suck to be them ..... maybe they will lets the Palestinian breath a bit now .
      Quebec-french
      • RE: Breaking news: Mubarak out, military takeover in Egypt

        @Quebec-french
        You can't allow our enemies to get elected like it happened in Gaza or Iran. This is why nobody should get on the ballot unless it is endorsed by the department of state.
        Linux Geek
      • what would you say it the same thing would happen in USA

        @Linux Geek
        American are not allow to elect those that they see fit ... you would go out kill everybody and salt the land of those moron .....
        If USA as the right to choose there way all people of earth as the same right . not long ago you where in the same position under the British crown .... and we all know what happen. History .... the key to avoiding bloodshed.
        Quebec-french
      • you wouldn't say that if they attacked canada

        @Quebec-french but then again you don't have to - the US will defend canada for people like you!
        Ron Bergundy
      • forget it usa would and i hope ever lift a finger for us ....

        @Ron Bergundy
        we need usa aid as much as we need the plague
        Quebec-french
    • RE: Breaking news: Mubarak out, military takeover in Egypt

      @Linux Geek

      Newsflash: NOT OUR COUNRTY! Its Egypt, let them pick their own leaders, we have no right to. We can help the counrty remain peaceful, but ideally the US shouldn't go anywhere near the Egyptian Elections, just ensure peace between the two nations.
      KBot