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President Obama welcomed Saturday the announcement by Egypt's military that it would oversee a peaceful transition to a democratic system as the country faced a new day and uncertain future in the wake of the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.

In Cairo, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said it aspired "to guarantee the peaceful transfer of power within the framework of a free democratic system that allows an elected civilian power to rule the country, in order to build a free democratic state," the New York Times reported. The statement said Egypt would continue to abide by international and regional treaties -- that would include the 1979 peace accord with Israel.

That was good news at the White House. Obama applauded word that the military "is committed to a democratic civilian transition, and will stand by Egypt's international obligations," the president's press office said.

Obama was in touch Saturday with world leaders to consult on the fast-changing situation in Egypt. He spoke by phone with British Prime Minister David Cameron, King Abdullah II of Jordan and Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan "about the historic change that has been made by the Egyptian people."

Obama "stressed the U.S. commitment to provide the support that is necessary and requested by the Egyptian people to pursue a credible and orderly transition to democracy, including by working with international partners to provide financial support," the White House said.

In Egypt Saturday, opposition leaders praised the army for stepping in after 18 days of mass demonstrations convinced Mubarak to leave. But they also stood their ground and said many would return to Tahrir Square in Cairo next week to celebrate Mubarak's resignation after nearly three decades of authoritarian rule. Some vowed to continue their protest in the central square. The opposition said negotiations with the military had not yet begun on lifting the nation's emergency order and the release of political prisoners, the Times said.

In Washington, White House National Security Advisor Tom Donilon criticized the decision by Iran not to permit an opposition protest after its leaders hailed the uprising in Egypt. "We call on the government in Iran to allow the Iranian people the universal right to peacefully assemble, demonstrate and communicate that's being exercised in Cairo," Donilon said.

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The Egyptian army will not transition to democracy. Mubarek, the leader of the army, stepped down and left the army in charge. There is a strong possibility that before our dictator is out of office Mubarek will be back in power once again.

February 26 2011 at 4:57 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

God Bless President Obama,A GREAT WORLD LEADER AND DIPLOMAT, he ended the Iraq war and will win the Afgan war AND HAS HELPED RESOLVE THE CRISIS IN EGYPT.

February 14 2011 at 2:09 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

The True Leader of Egypt's Revolution!

“New disciplines seem to be emerging that are very different from our past understanding. The events in Egypt over the past weeks have demonstrated the discipline arising from a shared vision of direction in living. Orderly crowds freely allocated themselves to tasks under the direction of their shared focus and intention. Group leadership emerged as very a different dynamic to individual leadership. A New York Times article offered these observations:

“A dentist from Aswan… traveled 600 miles to be at the antigovernment protest. ‘I was expecting to find the Wafd were the leaders, or the Brotherhood were the leaders,’ he said, speaking of two of Egypt’s best-known opposition movements. But what he found was far better, he said. ‘There are no leaders at all.’ … The only real leaders seem to be the young people who have returned to the barricades, again and again, for days now. …‘We don’t need a leader,’ said one of them, Amira Magdy, 22. ‘This system is beautiful.’ …[and from others] ‘We want the young people to be the ones to form a negotiating committee.’ “ [Kareem Fahim and Mona El-Naggar, 3 Feb.]

In response a commentator asks: “leaderless or leaderful? – a leaderless grassroots movement. Or rather leaderful, where everyone takes a shared leadership, shared responsibility role. And in a spontaneous, unplanned, organic way, no less, but rather through the mass consciousness enabled by Facebook, Twitter, and the like.”

From an old perspective based on more familiar models of authority patterns, the crowds seemed leaderless. Yet order and direction emerged spontaneously from the group as a whole. Perhaps there is something so new emerging that our eyes are not yet attuned to see it. We are told that a mystery is only what the mechanism of perception is not yet able to register. And these disciples of the new discipline are helping us all to tune our perception.

Past approaches have been learned from the lessons of pain and sorrow. These methods are still being practised but their dynamic is slowing while something new is emerging through human hearts and into human consciousness. Rather than driven by fear we are being drawn by a vision – shared so immediately with our increasing sensitivity to one another and supported by the emerging technologies, always just in step with, and in the vanguard of, human potential unfolding. The Tibetan Master speaks of this new Discipline:

“Have you ever thought, my brother, that just as there is a discipline of pain and of sorrow, there may also be a discipline of joy and of achievement? This is a thought worthy of attention. Men need these days to learn this new truth, and its perception will greatly change human consciousness. That which is bliss is today here or on its way, and the disciples and aspirants of this present time must be taught how to recognise and implement it.” [Discipleship in the New Age II, page 671]

New laws also are emerging from humanity’s unfolding new vision – such as the laws pertaining to the freedom of the One Life we share. We begin to realise that: “…A law is only an expression or manifestation of force, applied under the power of thought by a thinker or group of thinkers.” [Esoteric Psychology II page 193].”

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February 14 2011 at 7:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

AS PREIDENT MUBARAK SAID TO OBAMA; that he doesnot understand the mentality of the Egyptians,but Obama refused to understand.60%of the egyptians are IGNORANT, going behind the loudest voice the Moslem Brotherhood.Why Obama didnot listen to the 15 million Christians who wanted security with Mubarak?Mubarak deserved more respect from the U.S,for his age and his military history.THE Molem brotherhood will jump to power by the help of Hamas and Hezballah Who entered through the borders. YOU will see the great mess which wiil happen in Egypt.The Suez canal isin danger,and Israel in Danger

February 13 2011 at 3:12 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

one things for certain the chances of egypt becoming a democratic country are just as good as iraq remaning a democratic country with the ovious difference being it didnt cost us over a trillion dollars over 5 thousand american lives and counting to achive the same results in egypt as we have in iraq Makes Bush look well you decide

February 13 2011 at 12:52 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

How did Barack decide what side to come down on in Egypt so quickly? Certainly with Mubarak, he has been one of our most valued allies in the Middle East...on the other side you have a bunch of revolutionaries, with unsubstaciated claims, trying to overthrow a valid government. Obama's strong ties with Russia, Cuba and the Muslim Brotherhood belie his statements supporting democracy. Look at what he does...not what he says. The World is seeing Obama’s “Evil Empire.“ The friendly countries that have counted on us don’t trust the United States anymore. Ronald Reagan fought both Communism and "Big Government". Obama is a strong supporter of each.

February 13 2011 at 7:58 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply

The history of armies delivering democratic and peaceful governments is spotty, but I sincerely hope for an Egypt free of plundering and oppressive despots. Here's to a better tomorrow.

February 13 2011 at 7:24 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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Just look at the rest of africa as an example.

February 13 2011 at 8:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

1. Israel $2.4 billion Virtually all of this money is used to buy weapons (up to 75% made in the U.S.). Beginning in 2009, the U.S. plans to give $30 billion over 10 years.
2. Egypt $1.7 billion $1.3 billion to buy weapons; $103 million for education; $74 million for health care; $45 million to promote civic participation and human rights.
3. Pakistan $798 million $330 million for security efforts, including military-equipment upgrades and border security; $20 million for infrastructure.
4. Jordan $688 million $326 million to fight terrorism and promote regional stability through equipment upgrades and training; $163 million cash payment to the Jordanian government.
5. Kenya $586 million $501 million to fight HIV/AIDS through drug treatment and abstinence education and to combat malaria; $15 million for agricultural development; $5.4 million for programs that promote government accountability.
6. South Africa $574 million $557 million to fight TB and HIV/AIDS; $3 million for education.
7. Mexico $551 million Click here for details.
8. Colombia $541 million
9. Nigeria $491 million
10. Sudan $479 million

February 13 2011 at 6:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why does he keep interfering????????????? He can't run his own country.

February 13 2011 at 5:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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February 14 2011 at 2:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Maybe Americans need to march on Washington until this phoney in the White House steps down and returns to Indonesia, Kenya or wherever he is from. He has given the US a new face to the world that few like and even fewer respect. Obama needs to go.

February 13 2011 at 5:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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