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Chaos in Egypt: Obama Backed Another Wrong Horse

Obama urged Mubarak out of office. He bowed to the Muslim Brotherhood, praised Morsi and promised billions in aid. Like everywhere else, he put his money on “democracy” and is losing the whole store.
Clashes in Egypt killed six more people Tuesday

Clashes in Egypt killed six more people Tuesday
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The Egyptian army military announced on Tuesday it will establish an interim regime if Mohammed Morsi cannot come to an agreement with opposition forces by Wednesday night, a virtual impossibility.

The army insisted it is not intending to rule the country, but in effect it plans to unilaterally dissolve the legislature and appoint Egypt’s chief justice to head Egypt, a threat that has sent the Obama administration running in all directions.

President Barack Obama is suffering another foreign policy flop in the Middle East, where he and his officials previously gave its total support to the Palestinian Authority, which then turned its back on the United States “peace process.” Washington backed Syrian President Bassar al-Assad at the beginning of the protest movement there more than two years ago, and officials insist on making peace with Taliban terrorists.

And now, one year after having excitingly knighting Morsi as the democratic leader of Egypt following the American-backed ouster of Hosni Mubarak, the Obama administration is frantic at the prospect of another military regime controlling the military aid that Washington offers Cairo.

Violence in Egypt continues. Four more people were killed in clashes on Tuesday. The Muslim Brotherhood has brought out tens of thousands of supporters, many of them armed with clubs, to march in support of him while millions of demonstrators maintain that the only compromise Morsi can make with them is to resign.

The chaos in Cairo is mirrored in Washington.

The Obama administration has suggested to Morsi that he call for early elections, according to officials who spoke on anonymity.

“No, No,” said the State Dept. Nothng of the sort. “The reports that we have been urging early elections are inaccurate,” State spokesman Jen Psake told reporters Tuesday.

President Obama said in Tanzania during the last part of his current  trip to Africa, “Our commitment to Egypt has never been around any particular individual or party. Our commitment has been to a process.”

Really?

The Obama administration was so enamored by the Arab Spring rebellion against the Mubarak regime that it  voted to end a stable and corrupt regime for one that has turned out to be unstable and corrupt.

“The U.S. government’s attitude has been we would deal with a democratically elected government,” Obama said Tuesday. “Democracy is not just about elections — it’s also about how are you working with an opposition?”

Give the United States a democracy, and everything will be just fine.

It is not only the Obama administration that has made democracy unsafe for the Middle East. The Bush administration was not better, having patted itself on the back for introducing democratic elections to the Palestinian Authority as a model for other Arab countries in the region.

And Hamas capped off the model with a parliamentary victory. The terrorist organization then gave the United States a lesson in democracy, Middle East style, and staged a military coup to oust the Fatah party, headed by chairman Mahmoud Abbas, from Gaza.

In Egypt, it is déjà vu. In Cairo’s Tahrir Square, where demonstrators accused the United States three years of backing the dictatorship of Mubarak, a sign declared that the U.S. president supports “dictator Morsi.”

The prospects of a military regime scare the Obama administration no less than Morsi’s staying in power and leading the country into civil war.

The Pentagon provides Egypt with $1.3 billion a year in military sales, a gift for Cairo’s signing a peace treaty with Israel in 1979. The military aid has emboldened the Egyptian to stand up to Morsi. On the other hand, as Politico noted on Tuesday, the Pentagon can threaten the military with a halt in aid if it pulls off a coup.

But in the Middle East, “negotiations” are ultimatums,” a “peace treaty” is a “piece of paper, and an “interim regime” is a “coup.”

A coup? God forbid.

“The beliefs and the culture of the Armed Forces do not allow pursuit of a ‘coup’ policy,” the military said, adding the military acts only “with the will of the great Egyptian people and their ambitions towards change and reform.”

 

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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22 Responses to “Chaos in Egypt: Obama Backed Another Wrong Horse”

  1. You must admit that the Thug-in-Chief is consistent. He has always backed the wrong side.

  2. HE Loved Morsi and the MB,

    HE GIFTED the MB a squadron of F16s and over 200 Advanced Armored Battle Tanks, and gave them $1.3 Billion…then last week he announced another $1.6 Billion to the MB! who spawned Al-Quaeda and Hammass…and is the Mother of ALL terror Groups!

  3. why is Obama giving aid to the MB when the United States or his own people are trillions in debt? doesn't make sense.

  4. why is Obama giving aid to the MB when the United States or his own people are trillions in debt? doesn't make sense.

  5. Carter and Obama their 40 bandits, Carter urged the Shah out, and Obama urget Mubarak out, is not a coincidence?

  6. Kerrysme Baker says:

    none of you are perfect your selfs.

  7. Campbell Lorna says:

    Agree with thoughts of Seinen written below. Why is the Pres of USA BACKING Muslim Brotherhood?

  8. obama loves the MB and any muslim organization that threatens america or Israel and or Jews worldwide. he and his ag holder are sinister. tragically, so are the republicans. and not in a good way. we are stuck in this horrible time and space. sick.

  9. One more to go down with Morsi Obama's good friend PM. of Turkey

  10. Hello Judith, because he is a Muslim and his aim was to
    empower the Muslims world, Remember what he asked from Nasa? but thanks G-d he fail tragically time and time again.

  11. Obama huddled in the White House Situation Room on Wednesday afternoon with Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, Attorney General Eric Holder and his new national security adviser, former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice. In his statement after the meeting, Obama said he expected the military to protect the rights of Egypt's men and women to due process and peaceful assembly. He reaffirmed his call for a democratic Egypt that involves participation from secular and religious parties alike.

    "The voices of all those who have protested peacefully must be heard, including those who welcomed today's developments, and those who have supported President Morsi," Obama said, urging all sides to refrain from violence.

    Egyptian military leaders have assured the Obama administration that they were not interested in long-term rule following their toppling of Morsi. They appointed a government of civilian technocrats to temporarily run the country in an apparent bid to forestall potential U.S. sanctions, American officials said Wednesday.

    If it is deemed that any country's democratically elected leader is deposed by the military, the U.S. must cut off aid. But the administration can take time to make the legal determination about whether Morsi's ouster constituted a coup, and Obama appeared Wednesday to be treading cautiously.

    Read more: http://www.cp24.com/obama-urges-return-of-civilian-government-in-egypt-1.1352605#ixzz2Y3Y71neC.

  12. Explaining Obama is a wonderful puzzle. He may be a socialist idealist – see Obamacare – who had the bad luck to get into a position where he has to face reality. He may be a believer in the ideals of the Muslim Brotherhood. He is surely – thus far – a catastrophe.

  13. Whatever those ME-Powers High-and-Low are wheeling and dealing with – I just delight in the fact that Israel is off the Main Stage for now – and may it be a very longish 'Now'.

  14. Warren Levine says:

    Obama and his insiders are very poorly advised. Did any of them ever take foreign relations in college, or just lawyering? The people in this administration know **** about foreign cultures. Look at how many international leaders he's pissed off! Barack Obama was a mistake that, B"H, we MUST correct in 2016. (And I'm a lifetime Democrat, so this isn't political across-the-aisle bull****.) Am Yisroel Chai.

  15. Jason Weber says:

    The entire Arab Spring was a mess. We toppled "dictators" who were actually USA/Israel friendly like Hosni Mubarek, who were then replaced via democratic elections — as predicted — by The Muslim Brotherhood. Sound familiar?

    Yeah, the USA … we're the ones who led the charge for democratic elections in Palestine where Hamas was elected into power.

    So the USA loses, but big oil wins; the Strait of Hormuz remains free and open for Gazprom, BP, Shell, etc. … and of course the defense contracting lobby wins; Boeing, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, etc. … they're eating fat and happy tonight.

  16. David Levine says:

    Not poorly advised ignorant

  17. Warren Levine says:

    Jason Weber And just who owns ****loads of insider-traded shares in all of those companies? Congresspeople and Senators. There's nothing to say beyond that. Even our own locally-elected officials are ****ing us and smiling.

  18. Warren Levine says:

    Jason Weber And just who owns ****loads of insider-traded shares in all of those companies? Congresspeople and Senators. There's nothing to say beyond that. Even our own locally-elected officials are ****ing us and smiling.

  19. Farid Saad says:

    As we are 16/8/13…Obama didt learn the lesson…MB are gone & soon prosecuted & he plays now on Salafists to take their place.How many mistakes this administration can coast their treasury?

  20. "Another wrong horse" being the operative term. Obama has been riding the horse of debt ((17 trillion) the horse of social dependence (101 million Americans on food aid versus 97 million employed in the private sector) and the horse of racial instigation for 6 years now.

  21. or he may be a guy who took the job without preconceived notions and then realized that there are forces which can't be controlled by the US

    And if you really believe that he's a Muslim, then you're either a captive of the Limbaugh Lunacy Conspiracy or you're just blinded by hatred

  22. or he may be a guy who took the job without preconceived notions and then realized that there are forces which can't be controlled by the US

    And if you really believe that he's a Muslim, then you're either a captive of the Limbaugh Lunacy Conspiracy or you're just blinded by hatred

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