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Obama Turns US Egypt Policy On Its Head

From the Associated Press (of all places):

Egypt election turns US policy on its head

By ANNE GEARAN | June 26, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — The election of an Islamist president in Egypt is turning longstanding U.S. policy in the Mideast inside out: The Obama administration is relieved that the candidate representing three decades of close partnership with the United States lost.

The United States is now set to embrace a religious-based former opposition leader who does not share many U.S. goals, perhaps including the 30-year peace with Israel upon which U.S. policy in the region is based. The embrace won’t be warm, and for the administration it will come with strings attached.

Still, the administration is calling the election of Mohammed Morsi on Sunday a milestone in the transition to democracy

How upside down does your policy have to be, that even the AP notices?

Now Morsi faces a daunting struggle for power with the still-dominant military rulers who took over after Mubarak was forced out in last year’s Arab uprising…

And never mind that the military are the last bastion of hope for real democracy and friendly relations with the US.

The Muslim Brotherhood has said it would seek changes to Egypt’s 1979 peace treaty with Israel without canceling it. Morsi said in his first televised speech that he would preserve Egypt’s international accords, a reference to the peace deal with Israel.

Morsi is also denying the report from Iran’s Fars news agency that we posted yesterday which claimed he told Iran that he wants to "reconsider" the peace deal with Israel and build ties with Iran to "create a strategic balance" in the Middle East." Even though FARS said he said these things in an interview.

Despite reservations, the Obama administration is relieved that Morsi won without unleashing a new wave of violence and unrest, and without provoking a military coup.

If the Mubarak candidate had won without unleashing a new wave of violence and unrest, the Obama administration would have been furious.

Morsi was popularly elected, and the freedom of the election is more important than who won it, U.S. officials said.

Really? Hitler was elected. Stalin was elected. Saddam Hussein was elected. A number of terrible and dangerous people have been elected throughout history. That does not mean that we have to embrace them.

"We look forward to working together with President-elect Morsi and the government he forms to advance the many shared interests between Egypt and the United States," White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday. "We judge individuals and parties that are elected in a democratic process by their actions, not by their religious affiliation."

Mr. Carney is a buffoon. The kind of Islam that is practiced by the Muslim Brotherhood and the Iranian regime has little or nothing to do with religion and everything to do with political power.

Officials said full diplomatic recognition by the United States is likely once Morsi is inaugurated. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because plans for Morsi’s inauguration were not final…

The United States wants Morsi to make a stronger statement of commitment to the peace deal signed at Camp David in 1979 but is settling so far for oblique references.

[State Department spokeswoman Victoria] Nuland said the U.S. has heard nothing from Morsi to suggest that Egypt would rethink the treaty.

Maybe someone will send these geniuses the interview Mr. Morsi gave to FARS.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 26th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Obama Turns US Egypt Policy On Its Head”

  1. Petronius says:

    “We look forward … to advance the many shared interests between Egypt and the United States,” Jay Carney said.

    And why not? Now that both Egypt and the US have popularly elected Islamist presidents who are anti-Israel and at odds with their own military commanders.

    Imagine the euphoria in the White House! Now that both countries may look forward to the new strategic balance in the Mid-East and Mediterranean with shared joy.

  2. Astravogel says:

    Likening Mr. Carney to a “buffoon” may have been
    a slur on buffoons generally. Perhaps you meant to
    use a-double-b instead of u-double f?

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Morsi was popularly elected, and the freedom of the election is more important than who won it, U.S. officials said.

    Really? Hitler was elected. Stalin was elected. Saddam Hussein was elected. A number of terrible and dangerous people have been elected throughout history. That does not mean that we have to embrace them.
    ———————–
    And this is exactly the point. “Democratic” is simply a process. The socialists/communists of the world seem to think it also legitimizes corruption and tyranny. Perhaps in one sense, it might. But, given the examples of history, I still find it incredibly odd that so many people, repeatedly throughout the world, cast their lot with evil, only to find out that the result was “nothing like the brochure”.

    It repeats itself over and over.

    What’s most sad is that our nation’s laws are being usurped. Like other nations, no one in the system of checks and balances seems to notice or care. Thus the problem is symptomatic of a larger disease which is the collective group-think of people in power. We may have finally reached that brink where no matter who gets elected, they are unable to be truly objective and understand that the founding documents are as valid today as they were in the 1700’s.

    For us conservatives, it is shameful. For the angry communists and socialists in this nation who cannot understand more than a shallow argument of “We’re the wealthiest nation in the world…I deserve more” then we are lost. There was a time when those who worked hard, earned their stead and treated others with respect were, themselves respected and treated fairly. But the system the left has embraced has decided to go to war on established norms, manners, good sense, and real, true fairness, not the “fairness” they espouse through their pie-holes.

    For me, I have to look at everything from a basic level. There are millions of angry people and at the core of their anger is one of the seven deadly sins. Greed, jealousy, envy, etc. All fomented by the people in power for their own desires to be met.

    It’s obvious to me that this administration is really a regime and has nobody’s interest in mind than their own. We are in the early stages of a soft coup, a bloodless coup and the complicity of the media and public sector employees and so many others is staggeringly obvious to me. But they never seem to ask themselves, “OK…so what happens when we become a dictatorship?” because they, themselves cannot think outside their own wants and desires.

    At the end of the day, it may be just the natural evolution of things…that is to say that our freedoms became too much of a responsibility and the last several decades we have raised our children to avoid responsibility and become clever little politicians instead of pragmatic leaders. I see it in industry, corporations and even at the damned convenience store. “Not my fault” is the way we seem to operate. “Don’t you DARE blame ME”, is another.

    I noticed it in the military when certain people of certain races and backgrounds got themselves in trouble. Yet, one of the curious features of that was also when someone else really was responsible for another’s pain and troubles, certain other entities ran cover for them and the party-in-pain ended up taking it in the shorts unfairly and got thrown to the wolves. Ask me how I know.

    It’s all become very skewed and very warped. People using language and words to arrive at a result that should never have happened.

    This is why as I grow older that I think most people are just full of sh*t.


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