President Obama Dispatches Former Ambassador Frank Wisner to Cairo to Discuss “Transition”


Transition to what?

blogs.abcnews.com Jake Tapper reports:
The White House on Sunday dispatched a former ambassador to Egypt, Frank Wisner, to fly to Cairo to urge the Egyptian government to, at the very least, embrace political reforms.

Senior officials would not discuss whether Wisner was charged with showing Mubarak the door. Wisner, the ambassador to Egypt from 1986 to 1991, is currently in Cairo.

A major readjustment to administration rhetoric in response to the crisis in Egypt came on Sunday when the phrase of the day was "orderly transition.”

The president issued a statement saying he supports "an orderly transition to a government that is responsive to the aspirations of the Egyptian people." And Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took to the Sunday shows to make that argument. “it needs to be an orderly, peaceful transition to real democracy,” she said.

But transition to what?

Michelle Dunn of the Carnegie Endowment was one of several Egypt experts called to the White House today to meet with the president's national security staff

I do think the Obama Administration is using the word ‘transition’ over the last day or two means that they're sending the signal that they think a change in leadership, a change in the presidency, is going to be necessary to resolve the situation peacefully,” Dunn told ABC News