Monday, January 23, 2012

It Is Amazing How Badly Obama Has Messed Up Egypt

It's easy to miss this piece of news in the height of the NFL playoffs and election season but it appears that radical islamists have taken 72% of the seats in the Egyptian parliament. This is just such an utter travesty as it gives radical islamists the mandate to do pretty much whatever they want and they will have almost complete control of the constitution writing process.  While the military will have some input, I just find it hard to believe that the military will be willing to stand up to a legislative body with that kind of mandate.  Their families' safety depends on them going along.  It seems only a matter of time before Egypt rips up the peace treaty with Israel and Israel has to re-man the Southern Command, draining its economy and limited resources.  Even worse, after billions of US aid, Egypt has a formidable military, including M1A1 tanks.  Why exactly was getting rid of Mubarak so important?  Was there nobody in the administration who could have predicted this turn of events?  It is one thing to get rid of a dictator like Saddam Hussein, chances are his replacement won't be worse.  However, when you replace a Mubarak, you replace someone who has closely cooperated with both Israel and the US with a government that would likely be a lot less willing to play ball with the west.  Just as we are still feeling the repercussions of Carter's mishandling of Iran 33 years later, we will be feeling the impact of Obama's betrayal of Mubarak for decades to come.

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