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OBAMA'S COWARDICE

Obama Apologizing for Egypt’s Failure to Protect our Embassy

Obama's groveling towards Egypt is a policy of institutionalized cowardice unprecedented in U.S. history.
Egyptian protesters burning an Israeli flag at Israel's embassy in Egypt in a "Nakba Day" protests, May 15, 2011.

Egyptian protesters burning an Israeli flag at Israel's embassy in Egypt in a "Nakba Day" protests, May 15, 2011.
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Egypt tells us everything we need to know about the horror of Obama’s Middle East policy. The latest development is that a group of several Salafist and Jihadist groups–including the local affiliate of al-Qaida–announced a demonstration outside the U.S. Embassy. This was explained as a protest against some obscure film made in America by a crackpot that criticizes Islam but has never actually been shown to an audience and probably never will be!

But note well that everyone–except the Western media–understands that holding such a demonstration on September 11 means supporting the September 11 attack. The Egyptian government knew the time of the demonstration and the participants–it was all publicly announced–yet Egyptian security forces did not protect the embassy.

And so the demonstrators scaled the wall, entered the compound, tore up the American flag, and put up the historic revolutionary flag of Islam (the eighth century black, not the seventh century green one) in its stead. Why didn’t Egyptian security forces stop them? It was a deliberate decision no doubt taken at the highest level.

Rather than expose the phony excuse for the demonstration and condemn the Egyptian government’s behavior, the U.S. government groveled. It issued statements in English apologizing for the fact that someone had exercised his right of free speech within its country. The tweets it sent out in Arabic were even worse, pitiful pleas of the we-are-on-your-side-against-this-terrible-Islamophobia variety. And will Egypt’s failure to protect the embassy–because it is on the side of America’s enemies–have any effect on the Obama Administration’s helping the Egyptian government get two German submarines (against Israel’s efforts); take $1 billion off Egypt’s debt; and have a nice meeting with the visiting Egyptian president (while refusing to meet Israel’s prime minister, this supposedly super-pro-Israel president)? You know the answer.

This is a policy of institutionalized cowardice unprecedented in U.S. history.

Last week, the U.S. government asked its good buddy Egyptian President al-Mursi to inspect an Iranian ship suspected of carrying arms to Syria while it passed through the Suez Canal. Remember that to do so is arguably in Egypt’s own interest since Cairo is supporting the rebels while Tehran backs the regime. But it is also possible that the U.S. government blundered, or was badly timed, since international agreements dictate that Egypt is not supposed to inspect ships in the Canal itself. The Egyptian government despite three decades of massive U.S. aid, licensing to produce advanced American tanks and other equipment, strategic backing, and an invitation to Washington to meet Obama—refused to help out, since he possibly could have done it outside of the canal itself.  Indeed, al-Mursi headed for Tehran to attend a “non-aligned” conference, albeit admittedly one with broad international support.

Did I mention that the al-Mursi government is about to retire 70 generals? Get it? Just as the Islamist government broke the Turkish army because Obama would not back America’s old allies, now the Egyptian Islamist government is going to break Egypt’s army. Who will replace these generals? Two types: opportunists and Islamists. [Here's a good analysis of the army situation.] And then the army will be completely transformed. And then the state Islamic institutions, And then the courts.

Meanwhile the Western media and U.S. government will stand by and not comprehend a fundamental transformation unfolding before their eyes. Or will they comprehend it but think that it is a good thing? The first possibility is total incompetence and ideological blindness. The second possibility approaches the equivalent of criminal conduct in the destruction of U.S. interests, not to mention democracy, human rights, and the maintenance of peace.

Did I mention that the al-Mursi government is installing several Brotherhood leaders as provincial governors, members of the media council, and–yes, they do have a sense of humor–leaders of human rights’ commissions? And now al-Mursi is controlling what is going to be in Egypt’s new constitution, too.

As I noted previously:

Does this mean Egypt will ally with Iran? Only if Iran surrenders to radical Sunni Islamism ruling every Arab state. Since Tehran will never agree, in the end Egypt will fight Iran for influence tooth and nail. The two anti-American countries will kill the others’ surrogates. But it means al-Mursi feels no friendlier toward America than he does toward Iran. And Cairo will not lift a finger to help Washington against Tehran unless by doing so the Egyptian Brotherhood advances its own cause of putting more Sunni Islamists (anti-Americans, of course) into power.

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About the Author: Professor Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal. See the GLORIA/MERIA site at www.gloria-center.org.


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12 Responses to “Obama Apologizing for Egypt’s Failure to Protect our Embassy”

  1. Arie Rosenrauch says:

    While the embassy was being attacked, with the complicity of both chairman barack AND hillary, the only item that really pissed off obama is that his flight to a party in Vegas might be delayed for an hour.

  2. Koma Kehuli says:

    As a good friend will say.. "So, since our Ambassador was killed on our Embassy grounds, this is "workplace violence" and not a terrorist attack?"

  3. Joan Bacon says:

    He is a total idiot. He has no idea what in hell he is doing. He is good at Hiding and push his jobs off on other in the administration. If he gets back in, we can kiss theis country gooodbye for good. He is going by the markst regime. He admits he reads this garbage.

  4. Koma Kehuli says:

    And don't forget, his schedule 72-hole golf game was cancelled.

  5. http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/49460

    Obama orders Jewish and Muslim restaurants to serve pork.

  6. http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/49500
    Michelle: American obesity being the “Number One National Security”.
    The ‘Obama Fat Head Syndrome’.

    To repeat an adjective loved by Michelle Obama, there is absolutely nothing straight about the Obamas.

    When the Free World was reeling in shock over the assassination of U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and three staff members at the American Consulate in Benghazi, Michelle was talking about American obesity being the “Number One National Security” threat on the Dr. Oz show.

    Obesity is “absolutely” the greatest threat to national security, according to Mrs. Barack Hussein Obama.

    Forget al Qaeda, it’s the family fatso leaving America open to attack.

    This No. 1 Publicity Hound of the television networks was talking about fatsos being the greatest threat to national security on the very day that news hit that four Americans had been slaughtered by Muslim terrorists, and one day after the 11th anniversary of 9/11.

    On the day of the 11th anniversary of 9/11 her husband the president, who was a guest on D.J. Lazi’s (“Pimp With The Limp”) Miami radio show never once mentioned 9/1.

  7. Koma Kehuli says:

    One border guard dead, he's out playing 72-holes golf. 4 of our citizen dead at our embassy, he's out campaigning and blaming Hillary for the security fiasco and blaming the American people for being intolerance, bigot toward Muslim Religion and for exercising their freedom of speech.

  8. Yehuda Cohen says:

    Barry, in fact there is no "OBAMA'S COWARDICE" because his actions have proven that he is one of "them".

  9. Mursi was in Busheir to witness Itan's nuclear plant going at 100% capacity for the first time. A-hole jad was with him.

    Both men thank President Obama for helping them get everything they ever dreamed of.

    Special thanks also to President Jimmy Carter for helping depose the Shah of Iran.

  10. Wasseman Scultz would say it was a technical error.

  11. Glenn Becker says:

    This clown is a professor? What RepubLikud rubbish!

  12. Charlie Hall says:

    The fact that he is running the apology canard shows that he is just yet another Romney shill.

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