Sunday, February 6, 2011

White House distances itself from its own envoy to Egypt

February 6, 2011
by Ed Morrissey

Almost a week ago, the Obama administration decided to get off the fence on Egypt and start pushing for Hosni Mubarak to resign as president of Egypt. On Tuesday night, Barack Obama told the US that Mubarak needed to transition to a new government that had support from the people, and he sent Frank Wisner to Egypt to send the message to Mubarak personally. Wisner, however, sent an entirely different message back to the US:

The latest challenge came Saturday afternoon when the man sent last weekend by President Obama to persuade the 82-year-old leader to step out of the way, Frank G. Wisner, told a group of diplomats and security experts that “President Mubarak’s continued leadership is critical — it’s his opportunity to write his own legacy.”

Jake Tapper, David Kerley, and Kirit Radia report for ABC that the White House began distancing itself from its own special envoy:  Read More