Skip to comments.Morsi grabs dictatorial powers in Egypt
Posted on 11/23/2012 7:34:18 AM PST by chessplayer
Say, how has Barack Obamas Arab Spring policy worked out for us so far? Well, we bombed one dictator out of power in Libya, which set that nation free to have terrorist networks openly operate and control the eastern part of the country, which resulted in the sacking of our consulate in Benghazi, and four American deaths. In Egypt, we pushed our longtime ally out of power after just eight days of peaceful protests, and then insisted on immediate elections in which only the radical Muslim Brotherhood could organize effectively and they took over the government and the military.
But at least Egypt transitioned to democracy, right? Right? Er didnt The Who warn us about not getting fooled again?
Egypts president on Thursday issued constitutional amendments that placed him above judicial oversight and ordered the retrial of Hosni Mubarak for the killing of protesters in last years uprising.
Mohammed Morsi also decreed immunity for the Islamist-dominated panel drafting a new constitution from any possible court decisions to dissolve it, a threat that had been hanging over the controversial assembly.
The Egyptian leader also decreed that all decisions he has made since taking office in June and until a new constitution is adopted and a new parliament is elected which is not expected before next spring are not subject to appeal in court or by any other authority. He also barred any court from dissolving the Islamist-led upper house of parliament, a largely toothless body that has also faced court cases.
But hey, these are just window-dressing issues, right? Morsi is still accountable under the law, unlike that monster Hosni Mubarak, who only represented US interests and defended peace with Israel for over thirty years. Hes still constrained by the new democratic law that the Muslim Brotherhood ushered into Cairo in the Arab Spring.
The moves effectively remove any oversight on Morsi, the longtime Muslim Brotherhood figure who became Egypts first freely elected president last summer after the Feb. 11, 2011 fall of autocrat Hosni Mubarak. They come as Morsi is riding high on lavish praise from President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for mediating an end to eight days of fighting between Israel and Gazas Hamas rulers.
Morsi not only holds executive power, he also has legislative authority after a previous court ruling just before he took office on June 30 dissolved the powerful lower house of parliament, which was led by the Brotherhood. With two branches of power in his hands, Morsi has had repeated frictions with the third, the judiciary, over recent months.
Morsi today usurped all state powers & appointed himself Egypts new pharaoh, pro-reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei wrote on his Twitter account. A major blow to the revolution that could have dire consequences.
So we went from having a US-friendly dictator who managed to keep a lid on the Muslim Brotherhood and enforced the peace treaty with Israel, to having a dictator from the Muslim Brotherhood in charge of the Suez Canal. And the only people who couldnt apparently predict this very outcome were the people in the White House proclaiming their foreign policy as smart power.
The dictator swap is complete.
The new one like the old one, except more anti-American.
Until the next Arab spring.
Which will not happen in our lifetime.
This was B-HO and Valerie’s plan all along.
I'm not so sure they didn't see it. In fact, given the timing, hot on the heels of Morsi enabling Clinton/Obama to be perceived as the saviors in the latest Gaza dustup, it would not surprise me that, whatever the terms of agreement might be, there was a "wink-wink, nudge-nudge" agreement allowing Morsi to seize dictatorial powers in Egypt. It will be interesting to see what the response of the Obama administration is to this. Most likely it will be some sort of window-dressing language like, we strongly encourage Morsi not to be a mean person and to stay true to the "democratic roots" of the Arab Spring, followed by... crickets.
Obama is testing the idea to see if it would work for him, too. I’d like to see a poll of the American people to find out how many, right now, would agree that Obama should tke complete power if Republicans refuse to cooperate with him. I bet Obama would get 40% in that poll, and it might just wake up a few people to where we are heading. You dont need a majority to take control of a country.
Ah yes, ElBaradei, Egypt's "Kerensky."
Before this is all over, we’ll all be pining for the halcyon days of the ‘56 Suez crises. Morsi will make Nasser seem like a pretty nice, easy to work with kind of guy.
The muzzie caliphate, aided by 0bummer&CoRegimeFromHell, marches ‘forward’.
yep.. and the only people that even know about it, are here and a few other places. The MSM will not cover it
The new one like the old one, except more anti-American.
Yup. The only differences are the old one was secular, wanted to stay friends with the U.S., and wanted to maintain the peace treaty with Israel.
Doesn’t really matter Americans will be forced to pay billions of their dollars to that tribe.
Didn’t see this coming! s/
Anything that happens in politics was predictable, foreseen and therefore intended.
What you see now is what 0 and the entire bearded savage world wanted.
Guess who elevated him on the world stage?
My husband has a saying which he uses in times like these:
"This is how democracy in (middle east, latin america) begins: One person, one vote, one time.
And, that is the thing that really frosts me. I don't really care what these people do over there. They are a lost cause. But, the fact that my tax dollars are being spent on this lost cause drives me crazy.
Obama, Hillery and Hillery’s right hand gal who advises her Huma Abedin. This whole administration and their advisors are taking America down and promoting Muslim Brotherhood along with dictarship.