This development presents another problem for President Obama, who chose to begin his remarks Friday night with a demand that Egyptian authorities respect the human rights of their people.
Charles Krauthammer noted to me that night that he thought the president’s demand in this regard wasn’t intended by the president to be taken seriously by Mubarak. Looks like Charles is right, as the shutdown of media isn’t usually a prelude to dancing in the streets.
The difficulty is that the U.S. typically stands with the ability of broadcasters to convey news from the streets of Tehran and other places where revolution threatens to topple despotic regimes. If the Obama Administration doesn’t stand up for al Jazeera here, how will it do so for other networks in other countries?