Obama and McCain have only one thing on their mind; the Muslim Brotherhood. These days that makes them about as popular in Egypt as… the Muslim Brotherhood.
That Arab Spring and Cairo Speech sure worked out great. Still to give McCain some credit, he managed to make himself even more hated in Egypt than Obama in only a few days. And that took some doing.
The Egyptian Cabinet took offense to comments Senator John McCain (R – AZ) made to the Washington Post about his advice to the new government of Egypt about releasing Muslim Brotherhood prisoners. The cabinet tweeted on Tuesday:
McCain remarks from inside the Egy territory to the W.Post insults the Egy sovereignty.we consider him persona non grata.an unwelcome person
— Egyptian Cabinet (@Cabinet_eg) August 6, 2013
The Egyptian government quickly deleted the tweet.
“We advised the existing government to release some of the Muslim Brotherhood prisoners they are holding as a gesture to try to get negotiations started between them,” McCain said in an interview as he left the country Tuesday.
Make some gestures? Release some terrorist prisoners? Does McCain think Egypt is Israel? The media is calling this a failed attempt at mediation, but really when the cabinet tweets that you are persona non grata after you try to free the regime that was just overthrown, that seems like an understatement.
McCain said the Brotherhood must be included in Egypt’s transition. “Our purpose is to try to urge our friends toward a process that can avert a very serious situation that can affect not only the Arab world, but also the United States.”
Would that be a serious situation involving a terrorist group taking over a country with a large army and some nuclear capabilities. Because that’s the serious situation that already happened and that he seems bent on recreating.
And that alliance with Egypt seems to be coming apart.
In a cascade of mutual recriminations over the past three days, President Mansour and his prime minister, Hazem Biblawi, described two senior American senators, sent as emissaries of President Barak Obama, as “delusional” and “liars.”
Following a press conference in which Mr. McCain threatened sanctions, the leader of the Egyptian Popular Current party, Hamdeen Sabahi, who is a co-leader of the ruling National Salvation Front, described Mr. McCain as “a senile old man.”
On the streets, nationalist sentiment was not far behind. The ‘’Rebel Movement’’ is pitching a new drive titled ‘’Say No to US Aid’’, which runs at $ 1.5 billion a year. So grave is the situation that military sources told Reuters on Wednesday that Egypt may call off critical joint military maneuvers code-named Bright Star.
So McCain’s plan, once again, was apparently to make Obama look good. Mission accomplished.