Former Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold issued a statement on the recent conflict in Egypt, where protesters have been demonstrating, demanded Egyptian President/dictator Hosni Mubarek step down immediately.
“If there is anything to be learned from recent events in Egypt, it is that the United States must pursue a long term strategy with the country and people of Egypt and with other countries and people who live in that region.
“No longer can we as a nation look the other way when “stable” dictators sacrifice human rights and freedoms in the name of security. This is a recipe for failure. The United States must engage with the people of Egypt to understand the hopes they have for their country, and then the US can play a constructive role in helping Egypt achieve its goals.
“President Hosni Mubarak’s extension of “emergency law” was wrong, but also merely a symptom of a government that had turned away from necessary political and democratic reforms–reforms which could have ensured the security and stability of that nation. I am pleased that President Obama has been direct and critical in his comments to President Mubarak, who should certainly step down and participate in a peaceful transition to a democratic civil society which respects the rule of law.”
Not surprisingly, Sen. Ron Johnson, the man who beat Feingold in the 2010 election, has not said a single word about the situation in Egypt.
No doubt Johnson apologist Kevin Binversie will blame Johnson’s lack of a statement on Senate IT folks, who probably just haven’t gotten around to posting Johnson’s statement on his Senate website.