What is Really Behind Obama’s Condemnation of Morsi?

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


The media maintained its embargo on President Morsi’s speeches until the New York Times chose to run a piece highlighting both the Memri released video and a second video, featured on Bassem Youssef’s show and now also translated and released by Memri, until the New York Times ran a piece on both videos. This was followed by a condemnation from the White House.

The connection between these two events remains unclear. Did the administration prompt the New York Times to run a piece on the videos so that it could condemn Morsi or did the piece lead to the issue coming up?

The question asked of Carney by Ken Thomas of the AP referenced the “nurse our children on hate” quote from the second video, which was not widely known at the time, and so likely was derived from the New York Times article, followed by Carney reading from a prepared statement condemning the remarks.

The New York Times then ran an editorial expressing a species of bafflement at Morsi’s behavior. “When Mohamed Morsi became Egypt’s president in June, he rose, unknown and untested, from the Muslim Brotherhood to the leader of the most important Arab country. He has made missteps and some truly alarming decisions, but there was still reason to hope that he might grow into the job and become the kind of leader that could benefit Egypt and the region.”

Did the Times seriously believe that Morsi would somehow transcend the Muslim Brotherhood? Did they truly not understand what the Muslim Brotherhood was?

In 6 paragraphs, the Muslim Brotherhood is only mentioned once and with no reference points to its Nazi roots or its pervasive anti-Semitism. It’s as peculiar as an editorial taking David Duke or Hitler to task for their bigotry without ever mentioning their political affiliation.

So what exactly is going on here?

1. The New York Times really is this clueless. It’s not inconceivable.  The liberal establishment gets its ideas from the left and is then often completely clueless about their inevitable consequences.

2. This is a show. A carefully staged show whose purpose is to divert attention from something else. And there are a number of candidates for what that something else might be.

The most obvious one is the Hagel nomination. The timing of the two are closely intertwined. Morsi’s comments had been around for a while. A staged condemnation of them however would allow the White House to posture as pro-Israel at an extremely critical period.

Around the same time, Senator Schumer came out of the closet for Chuck Hagel. It is possible that the condemnation was there to give him cover, or perhaps Schumer actually wanted it to happen as part of whatever deal was made behind the scenes to win his support.

These are the two possibilities. Either the Times is dangerously naive about the Middle East. Or it isn’t naive at all.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    As to Schumer, he is nothing but an opportunist who made a deal to seal his reelection. The union thugs are most likely his life raft.

    As to Obama & Morsi, they are thick as thieves, and the Islamist-in-Chief CATAPULTED him into the Presidency. Whatever he "condemnation" is more of piece with a pyromaniac making amends for burning down the neighborhood – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/26/the-white-hou

    evidenced here – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/09/22/if-it-looks-l

    also here – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/12/the-islamist-

    and the above is just its tip!

    Of course, taking any spotlight off of the Radical-in-Chief's appointment of a Sec of Def, who hearts with tyrants, is a win for him.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    As to Schumer, he is nothing but an opportunist who made a deal to seal his reelection. The union thugs are most likely his life raft.

    As to Obama & Morsi, they are thick as thieves, and the Islamist-in-Chief CATAPULTED him into the Presidency. Whatever he "condemnation" is more of piece with a pyromaniac making amends for burning down the neighborhood – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/26/the-white-hou

    evidenced here – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/09/22/if-it-looks-l

    also here – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/12/the-islamist-

    and the above is just its tip!

    Of course, taking any spotlight off of the Radical-in-Chief's appointment of a Sec of Def, who hearts with tyrants, is a win for him.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    As to Schumer, he is nothing but an opportunist who made a deal to seal his reelection. The union thugs are most likely his life raft.

    As to Obama & Morsi, they are thick as thieves, and the Islamist-in-Chief CATAPULTED him into the Presidency. Whatever he "condemns" is more of piece with a pyromaniac making amends for burning down the neighborhood – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/26/the-white-hou

    evidenced here – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/09/22/if-it-looks-l

    also here – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/12/the-islamist-

    and the above is just its tip!

    Of course, taking any spotlight off of the Radical-in-Chief's appointment of a Sec of Def who hearts with tyrants is a win for him.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    As to Schumer, he is nothing but an opportunist who made a deal to seal his reelection. The union thugs are most likely his life raft.

    As to Obama & Morsi, they are thick as thieves, and the Islamist-in-Chief CATAPULTED him into the Presidency. Whatever he "condemnation" is more of piece with a pyromaniac making amends for burning down the neighborhood – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/26/the-white-hou

    evidenced here – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/09/22/if-it-looks-l

    also here – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/12/the-islamist-

    and the above is just its tip!

    Of course, taking any spotlight off of the Radical-in-Chief's appointment of a Sec of Def who hearts with tyrants is a win for him.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    As to Schumer, he is nothing but an opportunist who made a deal to seal his reelection. The union thugs are most likely his life raft.

    As to Obama & Morsi, they are thick as thieves, and the Islamist-in-Chief CATAPULTED him into the Presidency. Whatever he "condemnation" is more of piece with a pyromaniac making amends for burning down the neighborhood – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/26/the-white-hou

    evidenced here – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/09/22/if-it-looks-l

    also here – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/12/the-islamist-

    and the above is just its tip!

    Of course, taking any spotlight off of the Radical-in-Chief's appointment of a Sec of Def who hearts with tyrants is a win for him.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    As to Schumer, he is nothing but an opportunist who made a deal to seal his reelection. The union thugs are most likely his life raft.

    As to Obama & Morsi, they are thick as thieves, and the Islamist-in-Chief CATAPULTED him into the Presidency. Whatever he "condemns" is more of piece with a pyromaniac making amends for burning down the neighborhood – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/26/the-white-hou

    evidenced here – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/09/22/if-it-looks-l

    also here – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/12/the-islamist-

    and the above is just its tip!

    Of course, taking any spotlight off of the Radical-in-Chief's appointment of a Sec of Def who hearts with tyrants is a win for him.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • Anonymous

    (If one has ever had the misfortune of dealing with a psycopath, I think it's pretty obvious. The false mask that Obama is wearing is that he's a great and fabulous friend of Israel — even knowing what's best for Israel, knowing better than the Israelis themselves. Obama knows the weak spots, the vulnerabilities (he's sized them up). The next phase is testing the mark. Does anyone believe the choice of Hagel was "an accident," from this great lover of Jews? this is part of "the game" — Obama getting Schumer to go along with it — is simply a psychopath's ultimate delight. Notice also (presumably from Dear Leader's "powers" he's able to get Hagel and Morsi "to see the error of their ways" (not really, of course, this is just part of the gag). I suspect that Obama, at this moment still requires "his marks" to be duped. But at some point he will no longer need them — then the mask will drop — he will abandon them — probably when they are in a moment of grave need. This is how they operate.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "Did the Times seriously believe that Morsi would somehow transcend the Muslim Brotherhood? Did they truly not understand what the Muslim Brotherhood was?"

    Correct.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "These are the two possibilities. Either the Times is dangerously naive about the Middle East. Or it isn’t naive at all."

    The Times is dangerously naive about the middle east, and it's masters are not. They're mostly Sunni with some Shia connections as well.

  • Edward Cline

    The Times is not at all naive. It has been campaigning for a long time to help remake America in Obama's image. That is creepily the same stratagem adopted by Germany's newspapers, to remake Germany in Hitler's image, and the stratagem adopted by Russia's press, to remake Russia in Putin's image. The correlations are unsettling and ominous.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe Obama can next get Schumer to personally endorse David Duke — and the New York Times can herald it as a stupendous political break through. (shanda…etc)