Right, so we get the reasons for diplomatic talk. But let's start calling a spade a spade. Egypt doesn't need a transition - they need Mubarak to resign, get out of the way, and have the next leader step in to organize real and transparent elections.
While we're at it, can we tell him to turn the Internet back on? Tomorrow night it will be one week that Egypt has been without connection to the world.
Would be great if the banks were opened by the government. And that they allowed trains to run and the highways to open.
I think people probably will need to eat pretty soon as well.
Maybe we could also get some people to man the airports and ports?
Just some minor things that ya know, the country needs to, well, basically, exist.
It's understandable that the U.S. and Obama does not want to be seen as charting the course for Egypt's future, but it is not secret that the Egyptian military would not be nearly as capable or well-trained if it was not for American aid. It is also no secret that America has more or less used aid money to bribe Egypt into remaining at peace with Israel.
The longer these truths are ignored or rhetorically side-stepped by President Obama, the higher the chance of anti-American chants and sentiments will come to a boil.
Support the Egyptian people, support the downfall of the Mubarak regime and the National Democratic Party.