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US playing a 'two-faced deception' game in Egypt
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Washington is practicing a game of "two-faced deception" in Egypt; on the surface it makes calls for democracy while trying to preserve the status quo behind the scenes to preserve U.S. and Israeli interests, says investigative journalist Christopher Bollyn.

 

"The U.S. is practicing a game of 'two-faced deception,' calling for democracy while at the same time playing a key role in preserving the Mubarak regime or ensuring the regime that follows is the Mubarak regime," Bollyn stated in an interview with Press TV's U.S. Desk on Thursday.

 

"The U.S. agenda in Egypt is to maintain the status quo at all costs because they need to maintain a regime that is sympathetic to the U.S interests and protective of Israel."

 

Bollyn added that the U.S. has chosen Omar Suleiman as the second man in Egypt in order to have a CIA partner in place to rule the country in case President Mubarak should go.

 

That's why Washington sent the big CIA agent Frank Wisner to Egypt on January 31 and that's when the crackdown on protesters and media began, he noted.

 

"The whole purpose of sending the CIA agent is to give the CIA an upper hand in controlling the crisis in Egypt."

 

The investigative journalist concluded that Democracy is the last thing the Obama administration, the business community and the CIA want in Egypt.

 

FACTS & FIGURES

 

The United States provides $1.3 billion a year in military financing for Egypt.

 

The United States is the overwhelming arms supplier to Egypt, providing it with 85 percent of its weaponry between 2001 and 2008, and 86 percent from 2002 to 2009. Antiwar.com

 

In terms of conventional size and capabilities, Egypt has one of the strongest militaries in the Middle East, behind Israel and Turkey. Antiwar.com

 

Egypt has been described as the linchpin of American policy in the Arab world.

 

Egypt is the first Arab country to normalize its ties with Israel and sign a peace accord with Tel Aviv.

 

In 1990, Hosni Mubarak played a crucial role in assembling George H. Bush's coalition to fight Iraq in the Persian Gulf War by serving as a host for an Arab summit meeting that cracked the Arab solidarity against the U.S. plan to invade Iraq.

 

Egypt has a consistent history of mistreating political prisoners, often in the name of fighting terrorism. Terrorism about.com

 

Omar Suleiman, who received military training in the former Soviet Union, was for years a highly enigmatic figure for the world at large and in Egypt, where the all-powerful military's activities are shrouded in secrecy.

 

He took part in the 1967 and 1973 Arab-Israeli wars, likely as a staff officer.

 

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