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By Andrew P. Napolitano
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Topic - frank wisner
Former Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld raised fresh questions Wednesday about the Obama administration's handling of the crisis in Egypt, saying he hoped behind-the-scenes diplomacy was going more smoothly than it appears from the outside.
Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, attempted Sunday to clarify the Obama administration's position on Egypt's political revolution, following a U.S. envoy's suggestion this weekend that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak should stay in power.
The top leadership body of Egypt's ruling party resigned Saturday, including the president's son, but the regime appeared to be digging in its heels, calculating that it can ride out street protests and keep President Hosni Mubarak in office.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's leadership remains crucial for now as the country heads into a transition to democracy, a U.S. envoy who met him this week said Saturday, cautioning that the situation remains precarious.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said Tuesday he will not run for a new term in office in September elections and will work during the rest of his term for a "peaceful transfer of power" in a new attempt to defuse massive protests demanding his immediate ouster.
The Obama administration on Tuesday opened talks with a possible successor to embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak as the U.S. ramped up outreach to the hundreds of thousands determined to force their long-time leader out of power.
U.S. and Western intelligence agencies assess that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is terminally ill, and the Obama administration is closely watching the expected transition of power.
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Seeking to stay on top of the fast-moving events in Cairo, the administration was forced to scramble over the weekend when former Ambassador Frank Wisner, sent by Mr. Obama as a personal emissary to Mr. Mubarak, said the longtime Egyptian leader should stay on at least temporarily to prevent more radical groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood from seizing power.