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CAIRO, Jan 28, 2011. As Egypt teeters on the brink of revolution, Vice President Joe Biden, D-DE, is in full blown denial, proving once again that he is totally clueless and out of touch with reality.
Biden denied that Eqyptian President Hosni Mubarak is a "dictator" and said he "shouldn't step down," despite having autocratically ruled Egypt for the past 29 years.
Asked if he would characterize Mubarak as a dictator Biden responded: “Mubarak has been an ally of ours in a number of things. And he’s been very responsible on, relative to geopolitical interest in the region, the Middle East peace efforts; the actions Egypt has taken relative to normalizing relationship with – with Israel. … I would not refer to him as a dictator.”
Mubarak's rule has been both brutal and iron fisted, as he has used his secret state police and torture to suppress all dissent and political opposition.
Mr. Biden's comments will not be well-received by regime opponents, as they demonstrate a steadfast American support for a brutal non-democratic government the protesters want to bring down.
If the revolution is successful, the Obama Administration will likely have to disavow Biden's statements, probably using the standard excuse that "everyone knows Biden is a dope, you just can't take him seriously."
This strategy has been used before whenever Vice President Biden says something that embarrasses the President.
Biden also appeared to make one of his famous gaffes, in comments that could be interpreted as questioning the legitimacy of protesters' demands.
The protesters have generally focused on freedom, democracy, an end to police torture, and a more committed government effort to address the poverty that aflicts millions of Egyptians.
The revolt in Egypt is one of several spontaneous actions that have taken place in the Middle East this year.
In Tunisa, thousands of demonstrators, including police officers, lawyers and students toppled Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia's longstanding ruler, sending him into exile in Saudi Arabia on January 14.
In Jordan thousands have taken to the streets in protests, demanding the country's prime minister step down, and the government curb rising prices, inflation and unemployment.
In Lebanon, Sunni supporters of ousted Prime Minister Saad Hariri took to the streets in a "day of rage", burning tires and blockading roads in Tripoli and Sidon.
Today's demonstrations in Egypt involving tens of thousands of people were the biggest and bloodiest in four consecutive days of protests by people fed up with unemployment, poverty, corruption and the lack of freedom under Mubarak.
Protesters hurled stones at police and shouted "Down, Down, Hosni Mubarak."
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"This protest is not going to stop. They won't and can't trick the people again and give us some lame concessions. Hosni has to go," one protester said after fleeing a police attack.
President Barack Hussein Obama, D-Kenya, could not be reached for comment on this crisis, as he was busy attending GE Team Building training session at their Corporate Headquarters in Fairfield Connecticut.