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By F.H. Buckley
Obama has taken imperious overreach to new extremes
Topic - anwar sadat
Thirty-six years after President Jimmy Carter made peace between Egypt and Israel, "Camp David" is now both history and theater.
In ousting Muslim Brotherhood rule, the Egyptian army did what it has been taught to do for decades: Keep Cairo out of the hands of Islamists.
CBS newsman Mike Wallace, the dogged, merciless reporter and interviewer who took on politicians, celebrities and other public figures in a 60-year career highlighted by the on-air confrontations that helped make "60 Minutes" the most successful prime-time television news program ever, has died. He was 93.
Deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak spent three decades in office hand-picking his military generals on the basis of absolute loyalty to his regime, not to any Islamic or democracy movement, analysts on one of the world's largest armies say.
President Hosni Mubarak has been at the top or near the top of the Egyptian pyramid since 1975, when he was appointed vice president by his friend and mentor, President Anwar Sadat. A fighter pilot, he was trained at the Soviet Air Force Academy at Bishkek in then-Soviet Kyrgyzstan. As chief of staff of the Egyptian Air Force in 1971, he bluffed his Soviet air force advisers into a humiliating defeat.
The Middle East peace process is beginning to look like the Theater of the Absurd. Absurdism posits that while meaning may well exist in the universe, human beings are incapable of finding it due to some form of mental limitation. In the Mideast, neither Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu nor the Palestinians' Mahmoud Abbas seems capable of crossing the Rubicon, or embarking on a course of action on which there is no going back.
President Obama's success in bringing Israelis and Palestinians together to discuss peace raised hopes that this long-standing conflict may be resolved. Everyone knows the issues are difficult, but what is less well known is how outside influences, notably the Arab lobby, can undermine the process.
"Relations with any country are not a substitute to those with any other country," he said in remarks published by the newspaper Emirate Shield.
He spent more than three years of exile there after he was banished in 1981 by the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, who claimed the patriarch was fomenting sectarian strife.