Seventeen days of riots – probably a hundred dead, and Hosni Mubarak is stepping down. Early reports say the military will ‘assure’ a smooth transition, and VP Omar Suleiman would run the country until elections could be conducted. Now watch for the Muslim Brotherhood to step forward and demand a seat at the table . . . .
Watch the news . . . . Watch for Obama to try taking credit. Watch people in other Islamic countries try the same tactics.
UPDATE 5 PM EST Thursday: Mubarak is walking a tightrope between the Army, the crowds, and his ego. He “is handing power to VP Suleiman” but “staying in office until the elections in September”. It is a dangerous game, and it may cost him his life.
UPDATE 6:30 AM EST Friday: Mubarak is hanging tough, the Army seems to be backing him [for the moment]. The Saudis are blaming Obama for mucking up the works. As Egyptions leave the mosques after Friday evening prayers – the crowds are gathering in vast numbers in the city squares. At this point it will only take an accidental shot or an accidental death. . . . http://english.aljazeera.net/watch_now/