Outgoing White House spokesman Robert Gibbs started his press briefing after hours of delay this afternoon, and man, did he look terrified! Probably because there's a semi-revolution in a crucial American client state, currently. Will American turn on Egypt's president?
It's hard to know what 30-year Egyptian dictator, President Hosni Mubarak, is thinking now. Kill more people in streets? Flee? Watch a movie? Gibbs says that President Obama hasn't been in communication with Mubarak, just other Egyptian officials.
But Gibbs issued a pretty stark warning to Mubarak, the guy whom America pays $1.5 billion a year to be our friend... for now:
The United States will review its $1.5 billion in aid to Egypt. "We will be revieiwng our assistance posture based on events now and in the coming days," Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said in today's press briefing.
Egypt has remained one of America's strongest allies in the region over multiple U.S. presidential administrations. President Obama, Vice President Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have been careful to temper any criticism of the Mubarak regime as protests grip the country. "The decision to review assistance to Egypt is a significant step as the U.S. seeks to balance the desire to maintain stability in the region with a recognition of the unexpected scope and uncertain outcome of the protests," the Associated Press reported.
King Tut never would've taken this kind of crap from America. Just saying.
[Image from Cairo via AP]