Did Obama Allow Morsi to Become a Tyrant in Exchange for Hamas Ceasefire?

As with so much else about this war, the timing is “intriguing”.

A day after the ceasefire, Morsi assumed near-dictatorial powers in Egypt. The timing of that is not likely to be a coincidence.

Either Morsi had cleared the assumption of such powers beforehand with Obama or assumed that he had demonstrated his importance to such an extent that Obama would not dare protest this action. It’s likely to be one or the other. And that raises one more troubling question.

Did Morsi give Hamas the go-ahead to launch a conflict with Israel in order to be able to broker a ceasefire and then use that as leverage for seizing domestic power?

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi assumed sweeping powers on Thursday, putting him on a collision course with the judiciary and raising questions about the country’s democratic future.

The move, just a day after Morsi took diplomatic centerstage in brokering a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza’s Islamist Hamas rulers, earned him the same derisive monicker of “new pharaoh” leveled at veteran strongman Hosni Mubarak before his ouster in a popular uprising last year.

“The president can issue any decision or measure to protect the revolution,” according to a decree read out on television by presidential spokesman Yasser Ali.

“The constitutional declarations, decisions and laws issued by the president are final and not subject to appeal.”

The move is a blow to the pro-democracy movement that toppled Mubarak last year, and raises concerns that Islamists will be further ensconced in power.

It might be a good idea to watch for a State Department response as a test of the administration’s pulse. If there’s no condemnation, then we know how this turkey was cooked.

And oh by the way the Jan 25 Revolution is now becoming more and more explicitly an Islamic Revolution, just like in Iran.

  • John_Kelly

    The" Arab Spring" is nothing more than "Chicago Community Organizing" on an International level.

    Thanks Obama, you sure fooled a lot of people.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "The" Arab Spring" is nothing more than "Chicago Community Organizing" on an International level. "

      I like that description. Class warfare that never ends. That about sums it up.

  • Mary Sue

    Obama helps oust one dictator in favor of another!

    Morsi is the new Hitler. I am certain of it.

    • JacksonPearson

      How about a new Mohammed Mohamed.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      A dictator with sweeter lies. Actually, Mubarek was only a tyrant to the extent that he needed to control the maniacs. What else can you do without complete re-education about the true facts of history?

  • Coptic John

    When I saw that old git Clinton here, I knew that's there's an imminent evil nearby…

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "Did Obama Allow Morsi to Become a Tyrant in Exchange for Hamas Ceasefire?"

    No. He openly condoned and "approved" of Morsi and his "standing" in spite of his blatant Islamic tyranny, permitting him to enter the next phase as they planned all along. It sounds less dramatic that way, but that's how I see it.

  • LibertarianToo

    I think Hilary's color choice of Muslim Green was appropriate for the cease-fire.

    We all knew Morsi wouldn't keep up the facade of democracy for long. All the cliches come to mind : Reap what you sow, Lie in the bed you made, etc. It will be interesting to see how the left-media try to spin this one.

  • Go Down, Moses

    "Reap what you sow?" The United States reaped Morsi because we sowed Mubarek.

    In any case, having taught ESL for two years and Cairo and still in touch with quite a few of my former students, I doubt Morsi will get too far along if his goal is to somehow "Islamicize" Egyptian government and daily life: there are way too many young people —- young women in particular —– who won't permit it. As one of my former students said to me in an email just a few days ago "my (female) friends and I will die before we go that direction."

    Islamic fundamentalists are on the wrong side of demographics. It will be a long, bloody row to hoe before they see that, of course, but eventually they will be made to see it.