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Reuters Says Obama Isn’t Supporting MB Enough

First we have this from Reuters:

Analysis: U.S. walks careful Egypt line; some see mixed messages

By Arshad Mohammed [sic] and Lesley Wroughton | August 15, 2013

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – By canceling a military exercise with Egypt but not cutting off U.S. aid, President Barack Obama sought on Thursday to show his displeasure at the Egyptian army’s violent crackdown on protesters – without totally alienating the generals…

Critics argued that Obama had done too little, too late and that his administration has repeatedly sent mixed messages – among them its failure to brand Mursi’s ouster a military coup – thereby eroding its ability to influence events.

By which they mean ‘withhold aid.’

A bipartisan group of U.S. Middle East experts said the cancelling of the military exercise was necessary but fell far short of what is needed to meet U.S. objectives in Egypt.

"The president’s failure to suspend aid to the Egyptian military is a strategic error that undercuts those objectives and weakens U.S. credibility, after repeated calls by the U.S. administration for Egyptian authorities to avoid bloodshed have been disregarded," members of the Working Group on Egypt said in a statement…

The White House has tried to appear to support democracy in Egypt, while protecting the U.S. strategic interest in Egypt’s stability, its peace treaty with Israel and its military cooperation with the United States, including privileged access to the Suez Canal…

What an outrage that Obama has been forced to put such petty things before protecting the holy Muslim Brotherhood!

In his desire to maintain some links to Egypt’s generals, Obama on Thursday canceled the biennial Bright Star military exercise with Egypt rather than cut the $1.55 billion in aid – including $1.3 billion to the military – that Washington gives Cairo annually…

Money that Reuters (and, of course Obama) wanted to give to the Muslim Brotherhood. And more. But now they can’t. So Reuters is hopping mad.

Several former U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Obama administration seemed to have concluded that it has relatively little influence over the generals, who regard themselves as being in a life-and-death fight against Egypt’s Islamists…

How foolish of these Egyptian generals. The Muslim Brotherhood are wonderful. There is no reason to fear them.

In a statement released in Cairo on Friday, Egypt’s presidency said Obama’s remarks condemning the crackdown were not based on "facts" and would strengthen and encourage violent groups…

Maybe that was the idea.

Amy Hawthorne, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East and member of the Working Group on Egypt, said the Obama administration’s response to the violence was inadequate and sent mixed messages…

The first former U.S. official said Washington had managed to alienate all major parties by trying to strike a middle ground.

"We have alienated the military because of our stand on democracy, we have alienated the Muslim Brotherhood because of our stand on interests," he added. "And trying to walk that thin line unfortunately has not been a tightrope for the president, but has ended up being a razor blade."

In other words, it’s ‘situation normal’ for Obama.

Meanwhile, we have these glad tidings from Bill Gertz via the Washington Free Beacon:

Obama Policies Turning Egypt Against U.S.

Pro-military Egyptians want to shift to Russian alliance

By Bill Gertz | August 15, 2013

The Obama administration support for Muslim Brotherhood Islamists in Egypt is driving the powerful military there against the United States and toward Moscow, according to U.S. officials and reports from the region.

The pro-Muslim Brotherhood stance is undermining decades of U.S. policy toward the Middle East state and prompting concerns that the United States is about to “lose” Egypt as a strategic partner, said officials familiar with intelligence reports…

“The Obama administration’s blatant Islamist support is risking the decades-long security arrangement with Egypt,” one U.S. official told the Washington Free Beacon.

“The Egyptians are so upset they might very well give up our support,” the official added, noting the military regime is currently leaning toward seeking backing from Russia, and possibly China in the future…

According to the officials, since the June 30 military takeover, pro-military groups and backers of the new regime are promoting anti-American policies in news outlets.

The campaign, which appears to have high-level Egyptian military support, also calls for shifting Egypt’s alliance from the United States to Russia. Numerous photos promoting the theme have appeared at rallies and on social media in the past month and half…

In tandem with the anti-U.S. campaign, pro-military news outlets have been promoting a shift in policy toward Russia. The Al Watan newspaper on July 29 quoted several Egyptian foreign affairs experts as urging the government to replace the United States with Russia as a key ally, based on the failure of the U.S. government to support the military takeover.

A pro-military online forum called the “Arabic Military” on July 29 quoted “diplomatic sources” as saying Putin would soon visit Egypt in the aftermath of calls for a reevaluation of U.S.-Egypt ties…

Other pro-military Facebook pages have criticized Obama and praised Putin. One site called “Egypt will Not Fall” praised Putin as “great Caesar and leader” who is offering to sell Egypt 55 MiG fighter jets to replace the U.S. F-16s.

What another feather in Obama’s cap. The ‘Arab Spring’ is really paying off.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, August 16th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Reuters Says Obama Isn’t Supporting MB Enough”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    And foreign policy is President Erckle’s niche.
    Ah …… the Winter of Woe.

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