Rich Galen

He was right. In yesterday's Washington Post there was a front page article in which reporter Leila Fadel wrote that the generals who are still in charge, are suggesting strongly "that the military be granted special status under a new Egyptian constitution in which the armed forces would not be subordinate to the president."

Largely unnoticed, protesters have returned to Cairo's Tahir Square. A mass sit-in this past weekend provided a platform for, according to the New York Times "42 different groups" each of which has a different set of demands of the military government.

How long until we routinely refer to the generals running Egypt as a "¿junta?"

Immediately to the west of Egypt a gentle nudge was going to topple Moammar Gaddhafi's rule. "Days, not weeks" we were told back in mid-January. Didn't happen. But we were told again last week that Gaddhafi is packing a valise and will be leaving any day now.

To Obama's great wonder, the effort in Libya has done more to show the weakness of the NATO Alliance than any weakness in Gaddafhi's hold on power.

Next door to the east, in Jordan Aljazeera is reporting that "In the third consecutive Friday of protests, about 3,500 opposition activists from Jordan's main Islamist opposition group, trade unions and leftist organisations gathered in the capital."

And, of course, in Syria President Bashar al-Assad has killed more than a thousand protesters but the Obama Administration is unwilling to "Do a Libya" in Syria because it would almost certainly mean going to war with Iran.

The 5½ wars (that we know about) to which Obama has committed the United States (Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and a half war in Pakistan) are more than enough for the immediate past holder of the Nobel Peace Prize which, by the way, was also a surprise to the President.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at