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A Mubarak Double-Cross

By Bill O'Reilly

 

The dictator Mubarak is leaving power and his Vice President Omar Suleiman will take over. However, Mubarak now says he will stay in Egypt until the elections there in September. I doubt it.

 

The best possible outcome for the United States would be to have the military take power and that still might happen. But for now, confusion continues to reign in Egypt because this tyrant Mubarak will not leave.

 

The truth is that there is no natural Democratic leader in the country and if the army doesn't run things, chaos will ensue in the short-term.

 

Unfortunately, the most powerful single entity in Egypt beside the army is the Muslim Brotherhood, a dangerous anti-Semitic and anti-American organization. The military would not allow the Brotherhood to take power, and that's a good thing of course.

 

On the American left, there is some sympathy for the Muslim Brotherhood. Why, I have no idea, because that's insane. These people would provoke a conflict with Israel and that could cause World War III. So any power for the Brotherhood is ultra-serious.

 

As for Mubarak, he is a thug, a criminal. Reports say he's got $70 billion hidden away somewhere. So Hosni, how exactly did you make that money? Did you invent the Internet? Facebook? Produce the movie "Avatar"? Exactly how did you get the cash?

 

Mubarak also knows things that could harm America, and I brought this up to President Obama last Sunday.

 

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

 

O'REILLY: Mubarak knows a lot of bad things about the United States. I'm sure you are aware of that.

 

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Well, let -- let me say this. The United States and Egypt have been a partner for a long time.

 

O'REILLY: Right. He has done some bad things.

 

OBAMA: He has -- he has -- he has been a good partner when it comes to the peace with Israel. There have been counterterrorism efforts that he has been very supportive of.

 

(END VIDEO CLIP)

 

Obviously the president didn't want any part of that question and it's understandable. Mubarak was a good partner with America in keeping peace with Israel and fighting Al Qaeda. He helped us a lot. But his secret police are brutal, and he abused his own people in criminal ways. So if Mubarak wants to, he can hurt the USA. No question about that.

 

The cold truth is America did what it had to do. It dealt with Mubarak because it needed peace between Israel and the other Arab states. And after 9/11 we needed a friend who would fight the terrorists. Mubarak did those things but also committed terrible crimes along the way.

 

As for his speech on Thursday, it was the same old song. He is staying around, trying to use smoke and mirrors to fool the folks.

 

And that's "The Memo."

 

Pinheads & Patriots

 

The final numbers are in. About 19 million people watched my interview with President Obama last Sunday at 4:45 in the afternoon. Pretty incredible. And add to that tens of millions of people all over the world who saw the interview on the Net. They're still watching it.

 

Our pal Jay Leno had this to say:

 

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

 

JAY LENO, HOST, "THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO": Before the Super Bowl, you know, Bill O'Reilly interviewed President Obama on Fox News. Did you see that on Sunday? And they say the interview was cordial, but you could see there's a lot of tension between these two guys. They don't like each other. Show that interview.

O'REILLY: And I have to say, I enjoy talking. I disagree with you sometimes. I wish you well in the next two years.

 

OBAMA: It's always a pleasure.

 

O'REILLY: Nice to see you.

 

OBAMA: Thank you so much.

 

O'REILLY: So enjoy the game.

 

(END VIDEO CLIP)

 

See, you know, Leno is not even on his show anymore. You can do that whole thing with the little Internet stuff that you can do.

 

Now, I know that the left-wing kooks are going to, "You see, he beat him up! He hit him!" Or something. All right. Is Mr. Leno a pinhead or a patriot for that bit? Please vote on BillOReilly.com.

 

Wednesday night we showed you Jimmy Kimmel:

 

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

O'REILLY: You think you're being treated fairly by Fox News now?

OBAMA: I would say that there's a strong history in America of all news having some sort of point of view, and Fox News has a point of view, and I think that's part of our democracy.

 

O'REILLY: Do you respect it?

OBAMA: Absolutely.

 

(END VIDEO CLIP)

 

All right. The results are in. Fifty-two percent believe Mr. Kimmel is a pinhead for that; 48 percent say he's a patriot. I like those kind of polls, because they're, you know, I don't know what's going to happen here.