Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The $1.3 billions questions

As I write (it is just after 7 AM in Beirut), Al Jazeera is showing live footage of protestors gathering in Tahreer square in Cairo for the million people march planned for today. Last night a White House spokesman was cornered into admitting that the US has sent at least 40 "advisors" as extra staff to its Cairo embassy while simultaneously trying to reduce its "diplomatic footprint". Did they come to oversee the kind of transition Hillary Clinton would like to see, a transition that ensures that Israel will always be protected?  Did they come to advise the army about "showing restraint"? These are the $1.3 billions (per year) questions. 

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