Cheney: Mubarak is a “Good Friend and Ally”

February 7th, 2011 at 12:15 am | 8 Comments |

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The New York Times reports:

WASHINGTON – As protesters in Egypt pressed forward with calls for the resignation of Hosni Mubarak this weekend, rx former Vice President Dick Cheney said that the longtime Egyptian leader had been a “good friend” to the United States who deserved to be treated well.

Mr. Cheney, speaking on Saturday at an event celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late President Ronald Reagan, stopped short of saying what he thought would or should happen in Egypt, saying that the Egyptian people would determine the outcome.

But Mr. Cheney said that from the standpoint of American interests, while democracy and freedom in other countries were to be celebrated, they were not the only important issues. On other fronts, he said, Mr. Mubarak had long helped the United States.

“He’s been a good man, he’s been a good friend and ally of the United States,” Mr. Cheney said. “We need to remember that.”

He recalled meeting with Mr. Mubarak in Alexandria in 1990, when Mr. Cheney was the secretary of defense in the administration of George H.W. Bush and helped lead diplomatic efforts to put together a coalition to oust Iraq from Kuwait after Saddam Hussein’s invasion.

At the time, Mr. Cheney said, Mr. Mubarak was among the first Arab leaders to publicly sign on to the effort, allowing the United States to use Egyptian air space and the Suez Canal to get troops to Saudi Arabia. Later, he added, Mr. Mubarak sent two divisions of the Egyptian army to fight alongside American troops in Kuwait.

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  • trafamadore

    Mubarak’s a friend of Cheney? Cool.

    Hey, why does it smell in here all the sudden?

  • jerseychix

    He’s a good friend and ally because we keep sending him missiles, tanks, tear gas, and the like. He’s a friend and ally because we PAID him to be.

    And I though Cheney was all about the “freedom agenda”. Or is it just a freedom agenda when you get to profit from it?

  • midcon

    I’m not sure that Cheney has done Mubarak a favor with this. This certainly could be exploited by those who want Mubarak gone as another reason why he should be gone.

    Cheney probably should have said nothing or is he felt the need to comment, he should have expressed less solidarity with Mubarak. Cheney seems to think he has a positive influence when he does that. It’s the exact opposite of course.

  • Banty

    This is no surprise to be sure.

    A mark of the authoritarian personality (and Cheney is assuredly one), is a primary, even axiomatic value placed on loyalty per se. Loyalty to a leader; loyalty to individuals, over and above loyalty to things like, loyalty to principle. Cheney displayed this in spades in his behavior regarding Scooter Libby.

    Mubarak as friend to US and therefore indirectly Israeli policy over Mubarak as enemy of democracy? To Cheney and those like him, it’s no contest.

  • busboy33

    Of course he’s a good friend.

    Would have been hard as hell to find another country to torture our prisoners for us. Saved us a bunch of legwork.

  • Rob_654

    Can’t wait for Palin to come out and slam Cheney – LOL…

  • chlai88

    Good stooges of the US never make good partners. Why ? Bcos more often than not, they tend to mess up their own country & need the US to prop them up, linking our fates to theirs. Cheney is an old fool who just can’t see beyond the present.

  • TerryF98

    Hasn’t his plastic heart given up yet.