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ANOTHER FAMOUS OBAMA VICTORY – AT 8:51 A.M. ET:  Dear Leader of Iran visits Dear Leader of Egypt.  The warmth, the kindness, the horror. 

(Reuters) - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Egypt on Tuesday on the first trip by an Iranian president since the 1979 revolution, underlining a thaw in relations since Egyptians elected an Islamist head of state.

President Mohamed Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood politician elected in June, kissed Ahmadinejad as he disembarked from his plane at Cairo airport. The leaders walked down a red carpet, Ahmadinejad smiling as he shook hands with waiting dignitaries.

Visiting Cairo to attend an Islamic summit that begins on Wednesday, the president of the Shi'ite Islamist republic is due to meet later on Tuesday with the grand sheikh of al-Azhar, one of the oldest seats of learning in the Sunni world.

Such a visit would have been unthinkable during the rule of Hosni Mubarak, the military-backed autocrat who preserved Egypt's peace treaty with Israel during his 30 years in power and deepened ties between Cairo and the West.

COMMENT:  An Iran/Egypt axis would be disastrous for American interests in the region, but, let's face it, Obama doesn't really care.  He's been reducing American influence anyway, and, with it, the power of American defense.

Please notice, by the way, the manner in which the story is reported.  It's Iranian "president" Ahmadinejad.  It's Egyptian "president" Mursi.  But the pro-American Mubarak?  He's referred to as the "military-backed autocrat."  Nothing like a little propaganda.  During the Cold War the more leftist news organs, here and abroad, would refer to "Soviet leader Andropov," but "South Korean strongman Rhee..."  It's all part of the game.  He who controls the vocabulary controls the country.

February 5,  2013