This article in The Daily Telegraph, which is based on leaked cables from Wikileaks, has been getting a lot of play since Drudge linked to it. To me, the key graph is the second paragraph where we’re given a timeline:
Egypt protests: America’s secret backing for rebel leaders behind uprising
The American government secretly backed leading figures behind the Egyptian uprising who have been planning “regime change” for the past three years, The Daily Telegraph has learned.
The American Embassy in Cairo helped a young dissident attend a US-sponsored summit for activists in New York, while working to keep his identity secret from Egyptian state police.
On his return to Cairo in December 2008, the activist told US diplomats that an alliance of opposition groups had drawn up a plan to overthrow President Hosni Mubarak and install a democratic government in 2011.
So the leader of the uprising was brought into the U.S. while Bush was still president!
I’ll say this. After the November 2008 election, President Bush kicked the can on several issues and left the final decision to his successor, particularly economic decisions. A classic example would be whether to allow GM to go into liquidation or to keep the company afloat until the Obama Administration came into office. Bush chose to have the federal government loan GM enough money to stay in business till Obama was sworn in, at which point the new president chose how to bail out the failed car maker.
But when it came to national security issues in the Arab world, President Bush did not put those decisions on the back burner. What’s more, just imagine how Dick Cheney would have reacted if an Egyptian opposition activist had been brought to the U.S. without anybody in the administration knowing about it. There is no way that this person came into this country without the full knowledge and backing … if not the active participation of … the Bush Administration.
If The Telegraph story is true — and no one has denied that the leaked cables contain false information — this would make a lot of sense and fits into the pattern that the dreaded neocons in the Bush Administration saw as the long-term solution to terrorism emanating from the Arab world: Freedom and Democracy.