Here are some excerpts. On reform:
SANDMONKEY: "Any kind of democratic reform in the
country [Egypt] for the past 3 years has been rolled back specifically
because there is no more pressure coming from Washington anymore."
ATLAS: Why? What happened to the pressure in Washington?
SANDMONKEY: You know what happened to the pressure in
Washington. The Democrats won the Congress. There is no more pressure
coming from Bush because he is not able to push people anymore to do
those things. He is not able to push the Egyptian government
anymore because the American public is suddenly not interested in
reforming the Middle East because of what's going on in the Iraq. So suddenly the Egyptian government is not afraid of the American pressure. They are doing whatever they want to do. They
are beating up demonstrators, they are cracking down on activists, they
are changing the constitution, and eroding civil liberties once and for
all and they are using proxies to take down bloggers.
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