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Jane Mayer begins: "One of the 'new' names being mentioned as a possible alternative to President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, Omar Suleiman, is actually not so new to anyone who has followed the American policy of renditions for terror suspects."

In this still image taken from video, Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak (left) and Vice President Omar Suleiman (center) hold a cabinet meeting in Cairo, January 30, 2011. (photo: Reuters)
In this still image taken from video, Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak (left) and Vice President Omar Suleiman (center) hold a cabinet meeting in Cairo, January 30, 2011. (photo: Reuters)

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+18 # Colleen 2011-01-30 12:33
Thank you, Jane Mayer. I read both "The Dark Side" and "Ghost Plane" but I didn't remember Suleiman's name in particular, probably because it a version of "Jack Smith."

I hope other news outlets, eg NY Times and the networks pick this up. It's a very dirty and nasty business we're involved in. Of course, the US likes dictators. They're compliant. We talk out of one side of our mouths about "democracy" and out of the other about "friendly" gov'ts.
 
 
+13 # Richard Schmidt 2011-01-30 13:32
Sad. Anyone connnected with "intelligence" services in, now, nearly any country, including our own, is immediately suspect and probably not fit to run a democratic form of government.
 
 
+1 # rf 2011-01-31 06:59
Agreed!
 
 
+7 # Ron Maier 2011-01-30 15:04
"How it is possible to pretend, without even blinking an eye, that anyone which such deep moral flaws is suitable to rule any country??!!"
Have you not seen what's been ruling the USA???? Too many eyes have been wide shut...
 
 
+8 # AML 2011-01-30 15:30
The Nobel Peace prize recipient should take command, if only temporarily. To enlist someone from the old regime is ludicrous, and too often done.
 
 
+3 # robhood 2011-01-30 16:20
Oh yeah, the Egyptian people will accept a CIA asset to rule them. NOT
 
 
+3 # don emilio 2011-01-30 16:33
As a true patri-rot, I am just delighted to know that the iron fisted Hamerican friend, Omar Suleiman, will make very sure nothing good happens for the Egyptian people. Unless, of course, the Muslim Brotherhood succeeds in converting the Hamerican nurtured Egyptian military into supporting the people. Hey, sometimes, against all the bluster of the Hamerican "we gotta destroy them to save them" Obermeisters, the people sometimes decide to end their exploitation by whatever means necessary and the equally exploited military joins them.
 
 
+6 # Archie1954 2011-01-30 17:32
What is the poor US going to do now that it looks like a good portion of its willing "allies" in torture are disappearing before its very eyes. Are there repressive regimes outside of the Middle East that will come to the beleagured Americans' assistance?
 
 
+3 # Seetha Sasikala 2011-01-31 09:49
Thank you Jane for unravelling more unholy partnerships between the US government and Hosni Mubarak's gang. The US has done and continues to cause irreparable damage to the Middle East. Wonder when America's people will revolt like the Egyptian citizens, against the US government for nurturing dictatorships around the world, for plundering nations's wealth through wars, and for fooling its hardworking common people while preaching democracy on paper? Obama seems to have got the Nobel Peace prize for his capabilities to deliver feel-good speeches. How much more damage needs to be done by the US governments and institutions to the people of the world and to America's own people before a democratic uprising takes place in the US?
 
 
+3 # Lee Black 2011-01-31 14:17
Protecting "U.S. interests" seems to mean that we constantly back the wrong man or group. So we have endless backfire to our interests and in the meantime the local population suffers.

Seems to me we should abide by the Star Trek Prime Directive not to interfere with local cultures.
 

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