obama mubarakIn a press conference this afternoon, President Obama denounced the Egyptian government's acts of "suppression" and "violence" during the protests, and called for "an orderly transition process, right now." But, as he has throughout the crisis in Egypt, he stopped short of demanding that President Hosni Mubarak leave office immediately.
Mubarak has said he'll go in September, when elections are scheduled. But for the hundreds of thousands of protesters who thronged Tahrir Square again today, that's not good enough. So why won't Obama call for Mubarak to leave office now? To help answer that question, The Lookout spoke to Daniel Levy, co-director of the Middle East Task Force at the New America Foundation.
Levy explained that there are some legitimate constraints on what Obama can prudently do and say. To start, Levy said, he doesn't have the power to make Mubarak leave. "President Obama cannot wave a magic wand and get Mubarak onto a plane or into a retirement home," Levy said. "America has leverage, but it's not decisive leverage."Read More »from Time for Mubarak to go? Why Obama hedges