Ruling Egypt After Mubarak: Presidential Contenders Emerge – Yahoo! News
At the top of the list may be Amr Moussa. State TV reported Friday that the former Egyptian foreign minister would be stepping down as Secretary General of the Arab League, where he has served for nearly a decade, renewing speculation over a presidential bid. The long-time diplomat has a large popular following in Egypt because of his habit of publicly criticizing policies of the U.S. and Israel, in marked contrast to Mubarak’s quiescence. And he may be the only contender praised in a chart-topping song. Moussa made local headlines over a year ago when he demurred on the question of whether he would make a bid for the presidency, and his name has been at the tip of many tongues in Tahrir Square. “All of Egypt loves Amr Moussa,” says Ali Hassan, a 21-year-old student. For Egypt’s allies, Moussa may have the added appeal of being “not far from the establishment,” Rashwan says. “That will be a kind of guarantee to international powers that Egyptian foreign policy will be stable.”
According to the BBC and Yahoo articles, Moussa in the past has expressed harsh words for the United States and Israel, he takes a pro Palestinian and anti-Israel position.
We could be exchanging the devil we know (Mubarak) for the devil we don’t know!
If this is the case then the Democrats blew it big time with Egypt.
Murbarak is 82 years old and wasn’t going to stay in power forever, it would have been wise for Washington to pull Murbarak aside and point this out, then work with him to groom a successor.
What the Democrats did do was push for the ouster of Murbarak, throwing all caution to the wind resulting in Egypt becoming a huge power vacuum waiting to be filled.
A popular man like Moussa may fill that void perfectly and could possibly result in years of headaches for the U.S. and Israel.
See why I’m not that excited over this whole thing?
Time will tell.