Egypt’s Mubarak Blames U.S. for His Downfall

Surreptitiously recorded by his doctor, the former Egyptian ruler speaks frankly about America, Jews, Morsi and a range of other subjects.

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Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is seen on a stretcher looking on from behind the bars of a cage inside the court room during his trial at the Police Academy in Cairo, in this April 13 2013 file photo.

The U.S. plotted his ouster, Jews are a danger to Egypt and red meat is bad for you; these are just some of the beliefs expressed by former Egyptian ruler Hosni Mubarak in recordings secretly made by his doctor, the New York Times reports. The recordings were secretly made over a period of several months earlier this year and only came to light in Egypt last week when the doctor responsible was called to testify about them.

In a series of extraordinarily candid conversations, Mubarak, who was ousted after mass protests in 2011, holds forth on a wide range of subjects, including his own removal from power, which he blames on his ostensible ally, the United States.

“How did the revolution start?” he said. “The Americans worked on it since, 2005, and I had a feeling then.”

In the recordings, Mubarak boasts about using Israel’s influence in the U.S.—Mubarak’s regime was friendly with the Israelis—to steer policy in favor of Egypt and he expresses pride in his three-decade-long term as Egypt’s autocrat. He also admits to holding to a number of conspiracy theories now reportedly in wide circulation in Egypt. Mubarak accuses his successor, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi, of being dependent on Qatar, an oil rich ally of both the US and the Brotherhood that, he said, would bring American Jews into Egypt. “All will have American and Jewish passports, they will start projects and I don’t know what, and it will be worse.”

Mubarak is reportedly suing his doctor for surreptitiously recording him.

[The New York Times]

6 comments
quatra
quatra

Watching TV and my bank account I think the US is the New Israel.


JehudahBen-Israel
JehudahBen-Israel

No, please don't blame America. Do blame the graduate of the Rev. J. Wright University of Chicago who has since been the occupant of the Oval Office...!!

GoVikes
GoVikes

Thanks to Mr. Obama and Hillary Clinton's cravings for "regime changes", once-prosperous nations like Egypt, Libya and Syria now lie in ruins................. 

davidrzr
davidrzr

So when the people of those countries revolt and replace their governments, it is the US' fault? You are so partisan that you blame obama for this? And we wonder why politics in America is so screwed up. Egypt, Libya, and Syria were hardly prosperous - they were ruled by iron-fisted dictators. Control does not equate prosperity.

davidrzr
davidrzr

And it is ironic that I often have to defend a president that I didnt even vote for against people in my own party grasping at straws to find anything to criticize him for.

All this interview shows is how disconnected Mubarak was with his own country and if it was not for the US, he wouldnt have been in power nearly as long.