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Obama Inc. Now Blaming its Egypt Ambassador for its Morsi Support

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On July 10, 2013 @ 10:26 pm In The Point | 6 Comments

This is so cynical and dishonest that it’s hardly worth writing about. Trying to toss Anne Patterson under the bus may seem convenient, but it fails to explain why Obama Inc. followed the same pattern across the region.

Anne Patterson was the ambassador in Egypt. But she didn’t make policy across the region. It wasn’t Anne Patterson who got Obama to send weapons to the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria or to support Islamists in Tunisia or to pressure Israel into apologizing to Hamas-supporting Turkey. It wasn’t Patterson who got Obama Inc. to launch an illegal and undeclared war to remove Gaddafi in support of Islamist militias like the LIFG aligned with the Brotherhood and Al Qaeda.

On paper, Patterson seemed like the ideal diplomat to guide U.S. involvement in Egypt during its transition from six decades of military rule to democracy, given her experience in politically volatile countries such as Colombia and Pakistan. An unusually influential ambassador, she played a major role in forming the U.S. approach to the Muslim Brotherhood and its Freedom and Justice Party led by Mohamed Morsi, the elected president who was arrested and removed from office by the Egyptian Army a week ago after tens of millions of Egyptians took to the streets to protest his rule.

Oh please. The administration had an open door for the Muslim Brotherhood back in D.C. long before Patterson. And we had multiple news stories about how impressed Obama was with Morsi.

“She was pushing for a tight embrace of Morsi. Her view was we need to lock this relationship down. Meanwhile, she alienated the opposition. It was both unwise and unnecessary,” one former Obama administration official told The Daily Beast. “She was telling a lot of people that the opposition was useless, that there was no point investing time in them, that the Muslim Brotherhood was the only game in town.”

And that was the same message coming out of the US and the EU. It’s still the message coming out of Obama Inc. now as the pressure mounts to include the Muslim Brotherhood in any coalition.

Now, the U.S. government—despite urging the military not to topple Egypt’s president—is tacitly endorsing Morsi’s ouster after the fact. The White House has refused to characterize the events as a “coup,” and declined to call for Morsi to be returned to power.

The White House is holding a coup designation over the heads of the Egyptian government as a threat. Obama made that clear in his remarks. And warned against arresting Morsi.

“We will continue to encourage the Muslim Brotherhood, leaders from that group, to participate in the process. We know this is not going to be an easy process, but that’s what we’ll continue to encourage,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Tuesday.

So again, not just Patterson.

Back in Washington, officials and experts debate whether or not the failure of U.S. policy in Egypt since the 2011 ouster of Hosni Mubarak is really Patterson’s fault. Many point to the fact that Patterson argued internally for a policy focused on Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, even pushing for a Morsi visit to the White House that never occurred.

She personally pushed for then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to visit Cairo last June, a trip that turned out to be a disaster as Egyptians pelted Clinton’s motorcade with tomatoes, chanted about Monica Lewinsky, and promoted conspiracy theories that Clinton aide Huma Abedin was part of a Muslim Brotherhood conspiracy to control the Egyptian government.

So now Patterson gets the blame for Hillary’s decisions. It’s quite likely that Patterson is too sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood, but that’s commonplace in the State Department.

“She was pushing for a tight embrace of Morsi. Her view was we need to lock this relationship down. Meanwhile, she alienated the opposition. It was both unwise and unnecessary,” one former Obama administration official told The Daily Beast. “She was telling a lot of people that the opposition was useless, that there was no point investing time in them, that the Muslim Brotherhood was the only game in town.”

And who in Obama Inc. was saying anything different?

Another former Obama administration official outlined for The Daily Beast the defense of Patterson: that she was doing her best to implement a White House policy meant to correct decades where the United States failed to engage the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups in Egypt.

Now Patterson may be up for a promotion that would take her out of Cairo; President Obama has reportedly considered nominating her to be the next assistant secretary of State for near eastern affairs.

Because Patterson was just doing the work of Obama Inc.

 


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