Morsi attempted to seize total power and he engaged in the torture and murder of political opponents while in office. After his removal from power, his followers are murdering Christians in revenge for his overthrow.
Morsi attempted to seize total power and he engaged in the torture and murder of political opponents while in office. After his removal from power, his followers are murdering Christians in revenge for his overthrow. Nevertheless his backers in Washington D.C. are working hard to extricate him from custody.
The Obama administration is calling on Egyptian authorities to release deposed president Mohamed Morsi from detention. Morsi has been under house arrest since Egyptian troops removed him from power last week.
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says President Morsi should be freed as part of a push to include all political actors in a transitional authority, including Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood.
While Obama administration officials have expressed concern about illegal detentions since the military's move, this is the first time Washington has called for Morsi's release.
Psaki says the United States is still evaluating events in Egypt to determine whether President Morsi's ouster was a coup - an important legal distinction that would affect more than $1 billion of U.S. assistance to Egypt.
Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge. Say no more.
So far these calls all come accompanied by blather about inclusiveness.
"An inclusive and sustainable democracy where all sectors of society, where all Egyptian people are fully represented, will represent all sides. And we feel that includes of course the Muslim Brotherhood and other representatives that have been detained," said Psaki.
What other groups besides the Brotherhood does Psaki think are not being included? And if she can't name any others, then "inclusiveness" becomes code for protecting the Muslim Brotherhood.
And please remind me how often Obama's officials called for the release of Mubarak in the name of inclusiveness.