Egyptian Military Backs MubarakS

Who thinks Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's hilarious fake-out announcement that he's staying in office was good idea? Well, Mubarak, probably, and his vice president, Omar Suleiman. And, apparently, Egyptian military leaders, who, in a statement read aloud on national television, backed Mubarak's "plan" for a peaceful transfer of power, encouraging protestors to go home.

Good luck with that, guys. Millions of people, angered by Mubarak's refusal to step down, are already in the streets of Cairo, and they are unlikely to be pleased with the military's unwillingness to intervene. Not that the military is monolithic, either: Major Ahmed Ali Shouman, a mid-ranking army officer, told al Jazeera that he and 15 other officers had joined the demonstrations, saying that the military's "goals and the people's are one." Let's hope so. [al Jazeera]