Thursday, August 15, 2013

Obama is Messing Egypt Up So Badly that the Military Ruler Refused to Take His Call

Obama clearly doesn't know what he is doing.  First let's start with his lame audio-only remarks he made today from Martha's Vineyard (I guess he didn't want to be seen giving a speech in golf gear) on Egypt.  He acts like there is really no difference between the current regime and the Muslim Brotherhood it overthrew when one is a natural ally and one is bent on our destruction and the destruction of the State of Israel (and its people, wherever they may live).  There is a huge difference!  Both in objective terms and in terms of our interests.  See how he minimizes their dictatorial actions from when Morsi was in power:

While Mohamed Morsi was elected President in a democratic election, his government was not inclusive and did not respect the views of all Egyptians.  We know that many Egyptians, millions of Egyptians, perhaps even a majority of Egyptians were calling for a change in course. 

Really?  Not being inclusive is their biggest crime?  That's a bit light of a touch isn't it?  Since when is any democratically elected government truly inclusive?  The Obama regime from 2009-2011 certainly wasn't when they had both houses of Congress and chose to cram Obamacare down our throats.  The Muslim Brotherhood wasn't just "not inclusive" they were actively persecuting Coptic Christians, free-thinking journalists and anyone else who dared oppose them.  They usurped power from all other branches of Government, making Morsi effectively a dictator.  "Not inclusive" just doesn't even come close to cutting it as a description of what they did.  

Obama, of course, also makes sure that you know that Morsi was democratically elected and the second revolution may not have been the will of the majority of the people.  He seems to be very diplomatically taking the Muslim Brotherhood line and that is exactly NOT what he should be doing.

Then this is my favorite part, which is completely tone deaf considering the recent NSA scandal:

We oppose the pursuit of martial law, which denies those rights to citizens under the principle that security trumps individual freedom, or that might makes right. 

You oppose the principle that security trumps individual freedom?  Then what do you call the NSA spying on EVERY innocent American?

And now the best part:

We don't take sides with any particular party or political figure. 

Really?  Why not?  Isn't it your job to take sides especially when facing a clear choice?  Isn't it pretty clear that a pro-Western, pro-Israeli military government is preferable to a government run by the Muslim Brotherhood?   The Egyptian military should be lauded for their actions, not condemned.  They are fighting not only for their lives but for the freedom of generations of Egyptians, keeping them free from a theocratic dictatorship like Iran's taking root in a country with 85 million people.

No wonder Egyptian leader El-Sissi refused to take Obama's call.  He knew that nothing good could come from taking it:

When the clashes between Egyptian security forces and pro-Morsi protesters were at their peak in Cairo Wednesday, Aug. 14 – 525 dead and 3,700 wounded to date - President Barack Obama put in a call to Egypt's strongman, Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah El-Sissi, DEBKAfile's intelligence sources report.  The US president wanted to give the general a dressing-down much on the lines of the call he made to former president Hosni Mubarak in February 2011 at the high point of the Arab Spring Tahrir Sq demonstrations against his rule, namely:  Stop repressing the protesters and firing live ammunition. Step down!

 When Mubarak asked for a three or four days' grace to break up the massed rally, Obama shot back that he has to quit NOW!

And indeed, on Feb. 11, the army announced the president's resignation.

Realizing what was coming, Gen. El-Sissi decided not to accept President Obama's call, our sources report. The Egyptian officials who received it informed the US president politely that the right person for him to address was Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour and they would be glad to transfer the call to him. The White House callers declined.

This anecdote shows that the military strongman is not only determined to avoid the pitfalls which brought Mubarak down but is equally determined to keep the US administration from interfering in his plans for driving the Muslim Brotherhood out of Egyptian politics.


DEBKAfile's sources report that harsh international condemnation of Gen. El-Sissi's crackdown will do more harm than good. The backlash will come in three forms:

1. The Muslim Brotherhood will be encouraged to pursue increasingly extreme measures to fight the Egyptian army in the expectation of international applause.

2. The generals will be encouraged to escalate their steps for repressing the Brotherhood.

3. The Saudis and the Gulf Emirates will redouble their support for the Egyptian general and his campaign against the Brotherhood. This will widen the rift between those Arab rulers and the Obama administration.

Our intelligence sources also disclose that, while President Obama was trying to get through to Gen. El-Sissi, the general was on the phone with Prince Bandar, Director of Saudi Intelligence.

On July 31, Bandar arrived in Moscow and was immediately received by President Vladimir Putin for a conversation that lasted four hours. The Saudi prince next received an invitation to visit Washington at his earliest convenience and meet with President Obama.

Bandar has still not responded to that invitation.

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