Hillary Clinton: Mubarak Regime is 'Stable'

By Jeffrey Goldberg

Hillary suggested today that the Mubarak regime is in no danger of falling. Keeping in mind that tweets distort, and pictures distort, and that most Egyptians aren't out in the streets, I still wouldn't bet my house that the Mubarak regime is stable. Blake Hounshell explains how the police have been out-foxed so far. Keep in mind, of course, that Egypt has experienced periods of public unrest before, and the government has always managed to stifle the protests.  But the consequences of this burst of anger are potentially huge. Two questions: Where is al-Jazeera in this? The network, so obsessed with the Palestine Papers, which tell people what we already know, hasn't been covering these demos with much alacrity. And where is the Muslim Brotherhood? So far, sitting out.

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