Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life

"Outstanding…Moore Triumphs! Publishers Weekly

Mike & Friends Blog

Jeff Gibbs

Jeff Gibbs is a writer and filmmaker living in Michigan.

February 3rd, 2011 12:58 PM

President Obama, Say It Now: Mubarak Must Go

I call on President Barack Obama to immediately, publicly tell Hosni Mubarak he has to step down NOW. I call on Obama to tell Egypt that all military aid is suspended until all violence toward protestors is stopped, Mubarak leaves, and new leadership is in place.

There is absolutely no logic, no safety, and no morality is doing otherwise. Yes it is dangerous to meddle in the affairs of other nations. But for Christ's sake those are OUR tanks and planes and guns; OUR goons Mubarak bought and paid for with OUR money; it's OUR tear gas and possibly bullets screaming into non-violent men and women.

I am imagining Obama hopes to skate through this without ever having to say "Mubarak must go now." But I can't imagine anything but a bitter, bad taste in hundreds of millions of Arab mouths that when push came to shove we couldn't say their oppressor must go when it really mattered.

And if an allegedly liberal Democrat president can't tell a dictator to go, when will the U.S. ever stand against a despot, a murderous repressive thug? It is also a source of great shame and consternation to witness a parade of Democrats, former state department officials, and left-leaning pundits vacillate on calling for Mubarak's ousters.

"We can't be seeing as taking sides," said Mara Liason of "liberal" NPR on FOX News.

Taking sides? Mubarak has OUR tanks and fighter jets buzzing around his own people. The police are hurling OUR tear gas canisters at the pro-democracy forces. We've already taken sides—the wrong side.

"Who wouldn't make that trade-off?" Daschle wondered on MSNBC this morning citing all the good giving billions in weapons and torture money to Mubarak has gotten us. No moral person would make that trade-off, that's who. The people you are repressing, torturing, imprisoning and killing would not make that trade-off.

Would Daschle be willing to have himself starved, beaten, tear-gassed, imprisoned and tortured for someone's else's alleged "security"? And who are we to fund the oppression of 80,000,000 people and then say it has "worth it"? We should be begging forgiveness.

The whole idea that propping up dictators make us safer is laughable. Enabling evildoers who take away THEIR freedoms is one reason people hate us enough to blow themselves up in order to harm us, not because of OUR freedoms.

A recent op-ed in the New York Times asserts the Twin Towers might still be standing if we had not propped up a murderous, torturous dictator with tanks, weapons and tear gas. Al Qaeda might never have existed. Osama bin Laden might be Saudi, but real brains of the outfit was the Egyptian Ayman Al-Zawahiri. A dictator bought and paid for the by US imprisoned and tortured his political opponents like the Muslim Brotherhood and Al-Zawahiri, which then lead to them lashing out at us and resulted in 3,000 of our citizens dying and us being dragged us into two deadly, costly wars.

Yes, supporting the dictator really made us safer.

Pundits have also been crying, "Oh, we can't let our allies know that we so quickly turn unloyal." Are you kidding me? What allies? Dictators? No sane leader would be threatened by the U.S. telling a man repressing, torturing and even murdering his own people he has to leave now. Only other evil repressive despots would be upset.

I mean what values are we fighting for? Didn't we bomb an entire nation half-way back to the stone-age to get rid of a dictator? Didn't we just sacrifice several thousand of our own young men and women to end a despotic regime and promote "democracy."

And now our President can't say "the dictator must go" because he is OUR dictator?

Even more chilling, it ought to give us all pause if—in a politician's or state department official's opinion—supporting those who beat, imprison, torture and kill opponents and the media is "worth it" for stability and security. What does that tells us about what is going to happen here when things get rough? What is already happening we don't know about under the ruse of "security" and "stability"?"

Noam Chomsky calls this the most incredible democratic uprising he has ever seen. We are either an Empire that represses people for our own purposes and acts shocked when there is blowback, or a beacon of freedom and democracy. The only path to prosperity, goodness, and safety is to unequivocally support people who have absolutely nothing risking their lives, and telling the man killing, beating and repressing them he has to go.

President Obama, side with people risking and giving their lives for democracy. President Obama, show the Arab world they count just as much as other, more white, more Christian people, by telling Mubarak he has go now.

THAT is the true path to peace, stability, prosperity, and being on the side of democracy, self-determination, and all the values we allegedly stand for.

You must log in to comment.

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Log in | Register

Time to put the cuffs on Chris Christie -- not for the bridge scandal, but for this: Chris Christie's $300m pension proposal broke state anti-corruption...

Apr 18th
7:31 PM
Read More

George W. Bush Debuts New Paintings Of Dogs, Friends, Ghost Of Iraqi Child That Follows Him... President Bush has a new hobby -- painting! --...

Apr 17th
7:28 PM
Read More

Big new story from David Sirota and Pando on top Christie adviser and appearance of corruption at New Jersey's pension fund: REVEALED: Gov....

Apr 17th
12:41 PM
Read More

FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States WASHINGTON—The FBI announced today that it has uncovered a...

Apr 15th
3:28 PM
Read More

Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

Apr 9th
2:00 PM
Read More

I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
9:48 AM
Read More

Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
2:19 PM
Read More

Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
2:00 PM
Read More

ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
7:38 PM
Read More

I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
8:27 PM
Read More

I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
3:55 PM
Read More

How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law Donna Smith Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
10:13 PM
Read More

Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
5:41 PM
Read More

Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
4:48 PM
Read More

When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? Donna Smith We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
5:56 PM
Read More

Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
5:38 PM
Read More

This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
9:40 PM
Read More

The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
9:08 PM
Read More

Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa Nick Turse Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
4:59 PM
Read More

"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
10:07 AM
Read More

RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
9:53 AM
Read More

Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
2:24 PM
Read More

Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
6:48 PM
Read More

Health Care for All Colorado has brought Mercy Killers, a show written and performed by Michael Milligan about our murderous for-profit healthcare system, to...

Mar 10th
1:08 PM
Read More

Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch Donna Smith The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

Mar 10th
1:02 PM
Read More

Did you know the Lehrer Newshour on PBS has been produced for 20 years by a company owned by conservative cable billionaire John Malone? Me neither. After...

Mar 7th
8:39 PM
Read More

Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

Mar 6th
1:21 PM
Read More

Enron billionaire John Arnold thinks everyone should believe him when he says we've got to cut pensions because he's so incredibly rich: John...

Mar 5th
4:20 PM
Read More

More in David Sirota's continuing series on the billionaire takeover of PBS: More PBS conflict woes as activists move to eject David Koch from board of...

Mar 3rd
12:35 PM
Read More

Subscribe to Mike's Blog RSS

Click here to suggest an article

Mike's Blog

See More Blogs

Vew the archives

View older articles