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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Obama Warns Egyptian Military that a Coup Against Muslim Brotherhood-backed President Would Result in Cut Off of Aid


"We must keep Morsi in power. Otherwise who will threaten Israel and further radicalize Egypt?"

Amazing. Obama must love the Muslim Brotherhood, and I guess Obama thinks he's gotta to keep his hand-picked brutal leaders in power. An incredible number of protesters filled the streets of Cairo, have won the support of the Egyptian military. Together both have demanded that Muslim Brotherhood backed Morsi step down. In response Obama has threatened to cut off military aid to Egypt if there is a coup.

From the NRO piece by David French:

First, on May 10, 2013, the Obama Administration elected to waive human rights restrictions placed on American military aid to Egypt, freeing up $1.3 billion for the Muslim Brotherhood regime’s military without the required showing that the “Government of Egypt is supporting the transition to civilian government, including holding free and fair elections and implementing policies to protect freedom of expression, association, and religion and due process of law.”  
In other words, the Morsi government could keep funding the military even as it brutally oppressed dissent, including Egypt’s embattled Coptic Christian community.
Fast-forward to Monday, July 1, 2013. The corrupt, oppressive Muslim Brotherhood government had just faced what some were counting among the largest public protests in history. And here’s our president
On Monday, the US president, Barack Obama, indicated that Morsi had not yet lost his backing. “We don’t make those decisions just by counting the number of heads in a protest march but we do make decisions based on whether or not a government is listening to the opposition, maintaining a free press, maintaining freedom of assembly, not using violence or intimidation, conducting fair and free elections,” he said.

Wait. What? Do you not remember that you just waived those very same human rights requirements not even two months ago? How much could you possibly care about these basic liberties?   
Now fast-forward to today, July 3, when we learn that the Administration does actually care:

Officials have also warned the Egyptian military that a military coup [against the Muslim Brotherhood] would trigger U.S. legislation cutting off all U.S. aid, which totals about $1.5 billion per year.

For those keeping score at home, the Obama Administration waives human rights requirements when the Muslim Brotherhood is in power but then threatens to impose those very same waived requirements when the military — our decades-long ally within Egypt — threatens to assert control.

Bizarre. Obama didn't back U.S. ally former Egyptian president Mubarak-- in fact he essentially demanded that Mubarak step down. And then Obama doesn't threaten to cut off aid to Egypt when Morsi openly threatened our ally Israel. He didn't threaten to cut off aid when Morsi moved to consolidate himself as dictator-- a failed effort no thanks to the U.S. But Obama does threaten to stop aid when Morsi is threatened by popular unrest.

French is quite correct when he later states:

It’s [Obama's foreign policy in Egypt] not chaos. It makes perfect sense in context with Administration actions from the Green Revolution to the “Arab Spring.” Allies are thrown under the bus with alacrity, enemies are wooed with money and weapons — and through it all, radicals prosper and Christians die.

Obama has made his feelings clear in this matter: Enemies are friends, allies are enemies. It's the basic knee-jerk reactionary dogma of the hard Left, and now both America and the world are paying for this backwards worldview having been given power.

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