Egyptians Erupt Against Obama’s Favorite Islamist Regime

During last Sunday’s “Sixty Minutes” joint interview with President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Obama boasted that “You know, when it comes to Egypt, I think, had it not been for the leadership we showed, you might have seen a different outcome there.”

It’s hard to disagree with the president. His administration contributed to the turmoil now gripping Egypt and leading to what some observers on the ground there have characterized as “a complete state of collapse,” to quote Al Jazeera.

Under Obama’s self-described “leadership,” his administration promulgated the false image of the Muslim Brotherhood as “moderate Islamists” (an oxymoron if there ever was one). Just last September, for example, an administration official, defending the White House’s plan to forgive $1 billion in Egyptian debt, said of the Muslim Brotherhood’s supposed commitment to economic reform: “They sound like Republicans half the time.” And let’s not forget Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s memorable description of the Muslim Brotherhood in February 2011 as “largely secular.”

As a consequence of his delusions about the good intentions of the Muslim Brotherhood, Obama tilted U.S. policy in their favor to lead the post-Mubarak regime at the expense of the more pro-democracy secularists who sparked the revolution in Tahrir Square in the first place two years ago.

On the second anniversary of the revolution last Friday, violent clashes broke out in Cairo and other Egyptian cities. There were protests aimed at the Muslim Brotherhood’s highjacking of the revolution with its Islamist-infused Constitution that marginalized women’s and minority rights. Over the weekend, confrontations with the police also erupted in response to the death sentences handed down by a court against 21 soccer fans in Port Said for their role in a deadly riot last February.  As a result, at least 50 people lost their lives and more than 300 have been injured in the last few days, many of them at the hands of the police.

“Down, down Morsi, down down the regime that killed and tortured us!” people in Port Said chanted as the coffins of those killed on Saturday were carried through the streets.

Bel Trew, a journalist reporting from Cairo, was quoted as telling Russia Today:

“There are still bloody and chaotic scenes in Port Said…the army has been deployed…eyewitnesses say they see tanks on the street at the moment.

Right now here in the capital there are clashes raging between protesters and security forces on the…lots of tear gas in the air here in down-town Cairo. Rocks have also been exchanged. Security have upped up their presence around government buildings, as the focus of the anger here for protesters is very much against Morsi’s administration… the situation in Egypt really descends into a bit of a crisis.”

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s hand-picked candidate, responded on Sunday with a declaration of a state of emergency in the three Suez Canal provinces hardest hit by the violence including Port Said. His edict suspends the ordinary judicial process and many civil liberties in favor of extraordinary presidential and police powers. It seems that Morsi has had a great deal of practice in issuing emergency decrees in recent weeks.

Morsi was reportedly angry and almost screaming during his televised address announcing the state of emergency.

In the words of the Associated Press, Morsi is “using tactics of the ousted regime to get a grip on discontent over his Islamist policies and the slow pace of change.”

Nevertheless, the protests are continuing.

What does the Obama administration have to say about the rising anger against the Muslim Brotherhood-backed regime and President Morsi’s clamping down on the liberties that Obama thought he had helped usher in with his support of the revolution and Morsi’s election? Precious little.

A senior Obama administration official, who would speak only on condition of anonymity, was quoted by the Associated Press as saying that the Morsi regime was “obviously having growing pains.”

To ease those “growing pains,” the Obama administration is reportedly going ahead with plans to provide Morsi’s government with F-16 fighter jets and military tanks, part of at least a billion dollars in aid that is on top of the loan forgiveness the Obama administration has in the works.

The State Department has not responded to a request for comment about the report of the pending delivery of the F-16 planes. However, Obama’s nominee to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, Senator John Kerry, last week during his confirmation hearing defended the Obama administration’s plans to gift the Morsi regime with at least four F-16 fighter jets. Sure, Kerry conceded, Morsi’s recently disclosed hateful insults against Jews that he uttered in 2010 were “reprehensible” and “unacceptable by anyone’s standard.” But they should not get in the way of our “critical interests with Egypt.” Unsaid were whether those “critical interests” include Morsi’s willingness to use military tanks against his own people, his cozying up to Iran and the threats his Muslim Brotherhood patrons have made against Israel that our F-16s can be used to carry out.

The Obama administration’s policies in Egypt have been an abysmal failure.  And Obama is doubling down in his reliance on Morsi’s hollow assurances that he is committed to democracy. But for the “leadership” that Obama showed in Egypt during and after the revolution that deposed Mubarak,  we might well “have seen a different outcome there” – a far better one for the Egyptian people and American national security interests.

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  • AdinaK

    Let there be NO doubt, from time immemorial – Barack HUSSEIN Obama gifted Egypt – the most populous and important Arab nation – to the Muslim Brotherhood Mafia.

    Let this American-Israeli blogger count the ways –

    BOTTOM LINE – th eonus falls at his door and secular Egyptians must understand its basis. Americans too.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel –

  • Clarke

    Do we know much about the opponents of Morsi? Are they on our side? Can they be?

    • MikeWood

      Very pertinent questions.

    • Gabriel Zriek

      Amr Mousa ..yes.
      Al Baradey..yes,yes.
      H.Sabahey..un certain he is a Naseriet,
      As for the one that allegedly lost the election Shafiq or Shafik he is defenatley pro west.

    • Thomas_h

      What a strange question. What is "our side" exactly?
      Is Obama on "our side"? (I hope you don't think so)

      I assure you that even if the answer what to what is "our side" can be given an Egyptian politician who declares he is on "our side" is dead meat politically. And probably more than politically.

    • kaz

      noone in the middle east is on our side. there are varying degrees of how urgently they want to harm us. that is all. any american dollar or drop of blood spent aiding, helping, saving, or otherwise altering even one muslim is a wasted dollar, or drop of blood. so our traitorous “leaders” launch great adventures to help the peaceful muslims of kosovo, iraq, libya, wherever, and the result is the same. we are weakend, and they take revenge on us for every good deed. if it cost one dime to save a billion peaceful muslims, we should drop that dime in a wishing well, and wish them the best of luck.

  • davarino

    Egyptians traded one tyrant for another. Hmmm, looks like the nations that experienced this lovely arab spring actually had an arab winter. Looks like obama's plans are coming together as intended.

  • @USnavy1967

    It is not the United States that should in any way shape or form involve itself in the affairs of other nations. If the US had not interfered in the process of Egypt forming its own government in the wake of revolution, then the Egyptian people would have a government they elected, not one the US forces upon them. The POTUS was wrong, but is not man enough nor American enough to admit it.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      It is not the United States that should in any way shape or form involve itself in the affairs of other nations

      That's sounds a little too Ron Paulish, self-hating, and suicidal for my blood. How about when those other nations pose a direct threat to the national security of the USA? To me if that is the case then the USA MUST ACT PREEMPTIVELY or otherwise in self-defense.

      However, pursuing nation-building missions to lift up so-called moderate Muslims and to democratize the Islamic world that is really our enemy, the enemies of all unbelievers, and that see freedom and democracy as abominations that must be obliterated is not acting in self-defense. It is utterly insane.

      Indeed, the notion that what has been happening in the Islamic world is a so-called Arab Spring is a function of that same insanity. What has been happening instead is a reawakening of Islam after centuries of being down but not out.

      As long as Islam exists there will never be freedom and democracy in the Islamic world. In fact, there is no democracy without freedom. Elections are hardly democracies! There is no freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan and as long as Islam prevails in those two countries there never will be, because Islam is not a religion, as we in the West understand religion to be. Islam instead is a very aggressive and barbaric form of totalitarianism.

    • T. Semper GOrticus

      You got that right!

  • Chanameel

    Hey, next thing you know, they will blame "Israel" for their failed foreign policy.

    Or, is it failed or veiled?????

    Wouldn't it be funny if the Muslim Brotherhood was a branch of our State Department?

    • ziontruth

      "Wouldn't it be funny if the Muslim Brotherhood was a branch of our State Department?"

      I think it's the other way round, and I don't find it particularly funny.

      • kafir4life

        Tony D's muslima, Huma of the ummah spends her evenings between the cankles of President Stinky's (aka bo) Sack of State, Hillary Clinton, the woman made a fool of by Bill Clinton when he received hummers in the Oral Office. So I would say that the muslim brotherhood IS in the State Dep't. Deep in the State Department.
        You're right, tho'….It's NOT funny.

    • Parenthetical Phrase

      Our State Dept. IS the Muslim Brotherhood and the MB is our State Dept. The US is now a force for war, anarchy, and violence in the world. We overthrow foreign governments, interfere in others' elections (and even corrupt our own), we aid Al qaida (the Syrian "rebels" we are supplying with weapons are, by the rebels' own admissions, Al Qaida. We overthrew Gaddafi in Libya and put our own ambassador, CIA and Seals right in front of their killers and watched while they died and did nothing. We arrested an innocent film maker on BS charges and he's still being held in prison. Anyone out there proud to be American?

      • kaz

        michelle is. for the first time.

  • Ziggy Zoggy

    So Obama's leadership helped the world's largest terrorist organization seize Egypt. So he's arming it. So he's lavishing it with billions of dollars. What difference does it make?

    • Western Canadian

      Look, moron, terrorism has been a part of islam since mo crawled out from under his vile and stinking rock. Your stupidity and never-ending pomposity about defending these terrorists when they beat, rape, mutilate and murder and your sickening habit of trying to claim that it is NOT terrorism, is disgusting. Islamic terrorism is terrorism, and no amount of fraud by muslim boot lickers like you will ever change that.

  • Roger

    The more time goes on the more obvious it is to me that Obama wants and helps the Muslim Brotherhood to take power in these countries. Its obvious Obama wants both Israel and the USA to loose power and standing in the world. With a willing press we are watching history in the making that will probably be the most important since the founding of our country. What amazes me the most besides the willing press is how willing people are to blindly follow him over the cliff.

  • kafir4life

    If Barack Obama (aka bo, aka stinky) had a father, he'd look just like Morsi.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Excuse me…there aren't any Islamist regimes. In fact, up until 9/11/2001, Islamists were professors that specialized in the study of Islam that were being marginalized by a cabal of Muslims and useful idiot leftists. According to real Islamists as opposed to Muslims and leftist professors, the Muslims you erroneously refer to as Islamists, i.e., so-called radical Muslims and Islamic extremists, are really mainstream orthodox Muslims that also happen to be violent jihadists as opposed to the vast majority of Muslims who practice jihad non-violently via stealth and deception instead. Hence, since you don't have the first clue about Islam, you are totally unqualified to be writing about a subject you don't have the first clue about.

    Now also put this in your pipe and smoke it, it is also impossible for what you moonbats label as Al Qaeda to ever be wiped out, as what you moonbats label as AQ is really violent jihadists and jihad will exist as long as there is a single Muslim still walking on this planet.

    The first and foremost requirement of Islam is the total, complete, and unconditional submission to the will of Allah, i.e., Sharia, and any Muslim that abandons that submission is a blasphemous apostate that per the dictates of Islam must be executed. Hence, all Muslims are jihadists, either non-violent or violent jihadists. If I'm wrong, then someone please point to just one single place in the world where Muslims have migrated to the West and actually assimilated and integrated and matriculated into becoming productive and contributing citizens. Please excuse me if I won't hold my breath.

  • marios

    “They sound like Republicans half the time.” And let’s not forget Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s memorable description of the Muslim Brotherhood in February 2011 as “largely secular.”
    I don't believe that Barack Hussein Obama and his accomplices are in delusion: they know what they are doing to support Islamo-fascist MB regime. BHO Cairo speech triggered radicalization of ME and sent signal to MB to topple pro-western Mubarak. BHO is MB proxy. So many members of MB works for him now in in government up to National security department. What he is doing (and Dem's party establishment as well) is a treason or our state.
    Why is Kerry so much for arming Islamo-fasciasts Morsi Egypt by extra-modern powerful F-16? Against what country that powerful arm can be used? Against any Muslim country? No, no, no. As per Pres. Egypt Morsi only enemy for him is Israel. Welcome to MB USA.

  • His kind of guys

    In his support of the Muslim Brotherhood, Obama wasn't harboring any "delusions about the Brotherhood's good intentions" as author Joseph Klein states early in this article.

    Obama is supporting the Muslim Brotherhood for its bad intentions, which he shares and fully endorses.

  • D-Boy

    I believe that Morsi knew full well of the bloodbath to come and that is why he gave HIMSELF immunity from anything his government does. The brothers are going to clean up Egypt by Killing more Egyptians than can be imagined. How spiritual huh? We are so watching the end of the world as we know it.

    Fear not him who can kill you, but fear Him who after he has killed you, has the power to cast you into hell.

  • Jim

    The new demonstrations against the Islamic Brotherhood should be backed up by Obama ; if not then who will?

    These demonstrators ,I think, are the real thing.

    • kaz

      by obama, you mean our resources, our treasure, and our blood. none of obama's blood or treasure is at stake. havent you learned anything? there is no good that can come to infidels from saving muslims from their chosen misery. anything we do for them will be revenged. anything we do to them will be revenged. the only way to deal with muslims is to leave them to their own misery until they become intolerable, then kill them. there is no way , and indeed no need, to attempt to help our sworn and deadly enemies in any way.

  • Thomas H.

    "And Obama is doubling down in his reliance on Morsi’s hollow assurances that he is committed to democracy."

    If by democracy one means the rule of majority then Morsi IS committed to democracy. After all in a country where overwhelming majority wants Sharia to be he law of the country and wishes annulment of peace with Israel it is natural that the Moslem Brotherhood wins the popular elections and Morsi becomes the representative of the people. There is nothing undemocratic about it.

  • captdax

    U.S. 'backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria and blame it on Assad's regime'

    Leaked emails from defense contractor refers to chemical weapons saying 'the idea is approved by Washington'

    Obama issued warning to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad last month that use of chemical warfare was 'totally unacceptable'

  • tanstaafl

    islam has never been democratic.

  • Len_Powder

    "Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s hand-picked candidate, responded on Sunday with a declaration of a state of emergency in the three Suez Canal provinces hardest hit by the violence including Port Said. His edict suspends the ordinary judicial process and many civil liberties in favor of extraordinary presidential and police powers. It seems that Morsi has had a great deal of practice in issuing emergency decrees in recent weeks."

    The Egyptians who want democracy instead of Sharia will soon discover that Morsi is a worse despot than Mubarak. The Brotherhood gained many followers through its charitable efforts but it can't extend its charity to ALL Egyptians unless Obama provides it with 10 times more aid (not out of the question with Obama's Islamist inclinations).

  • Newspaniard

    I have just read “Did Muhammad Exist?” by Robert Spencer which suggested that Big Mo certainly was not the fantasy character currently espoused by the islamists and that their hate book was based on a Christian text written 200 years after his death. Islamism is a death cult with a smattering of religion gleaned from a book of gibberish and yet these people are feared everywhere. Time to fight back with the truth and start laughing at their nonsense rather than “respecting” it.

    • Chris

      I agree completely. Who bases a religion, ostensibly for the benefit of mankind, based on the lunatic ravings of a vicious bloodthirsty psychotic pedophile, that calls him the perfect man, and mandates death for everyone who doesn't go along with his creepy death cult? Well that's Islam. A bloodbath and misery go wherever Muslims go.

  • Ghostwriter

    Morsi is a slimeball.

    • Newspaniard

      I agree and can't understand why the UK and USA governments keep throwing money and arms at him. I can only assume the stink of corruption is in the air.