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U.S. Special Envoy Embarrasses Administration

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Frank Wisner, Barack Obama’s special envoy to Egypt, “veered wildly off-message” when he spoke to the Munich security conference, notes the Guardian. Wisner, who had just returned from Cairo, advocated for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to stay in office and seemed to be arguing that the world owed him that much. “President Mubarak’s continued leadership is critical,” he said. “It’s his opportunity to write his own legacy. He has given 60 years of his life to the service of his country and this is an ideal moment for him to show the way forward.” Western officials were confused by Wisner’s words, particularly since they came soon after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton endorsed an orderly and slow transition led by Vice President Omar Suleiman. The “whole episode was a reminder of the inherent problems in hiring special envoys from the ranks of retired diplomats who no longer feel constrained by State Department discipline,

Army asks Egyptians to return to normal life

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CAIRO – Egypt’s army said on Wednesday that Egyptians had delivered their message, their demands had been heard and it was time for them to help Egypt return to normal life, a military spokesman said on state television.

It was a clear call for protesters to leave the streets.

“The army forces are calling on you … You began by going out to express your demands and you are the ones capable of restoring normal life,” a spokesman said, adding that the message and demands had been heard.

The army has previously issued statements saying it would not use violence against protesters and saying it understood the “legitimate demands” of the people.