In Egypt, what does Obama want?

The White House's mixed messages will leave a lasting negative impression in a region where America can least afford it

Edward Morrissey

The Obama administration's handling of the crisis in Egypt has grown from measured and detached to frantic and contradictory during the past two weeks. The world has watched while the White House denounced its own special envoy appointed for the specific task of dealing with the unfolding mess. The president has made thinly-veiled demands for Hosni Mubarak to resign, only to backtrack and talk of long-term transitions instead.

Does this administration know what it wants from this crisis? Does anyone know what Barack Obama wants?

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