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Our man in Cairo
Washington Post ^ | December 7, 2012 | David Ignatius

Posted on 12/07/2012 11:32:36 PM PST by Seizethecarp

How did Washington become the best friend of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, even as President Mohamed Morsi was asserting dictatorial powers and his followers were beating up secular liberals in the streets of Cairo? It’s a question many Arabs ask these days, and it deserves an answer.

And let’s be honest: The Obama administration has been Morsi’s main enabler. U.S. officials have worked closely with him on economic development and regional diplomacy. Visiting Washington last week, Morsi’s top aides were touting their boss’s close contacts with President Obama and describing phone calls between the two leaders that led to the Gaza cease-fire.

Through this upheaval, the Obama administration has been oddly restrained.

“You need to explain to me why the U.S. reaction to Morsi’s behavior is so muted,” one Arab official wrote me. “So a Muslim Brotherhood leader becomes president of Egypt. He then swoops in with the most daring usurping of presidential powers since the Pharaohs, enough to make Mubarak look like a minor-league autocrat in training by comparison, and the only response the . . . [Obama administration] can put out is [Nuland’s statement].” This official wondered whether the United States had lost its moral and political bearings in its enthusiasm to find new friends.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: arabspring; egypt; muslimbrotherhood; obama

1 posted on 12/07/2012 11:32:42 PM PST by Seizethecarp
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To: Seizethecarp

Yes, We lost our moral and political bearings some time ago.


2 posted on 12/08/2012 12:46:49 AM PST by reefdiver
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To: Seizethecarp
Lost our way? Well, maybe if you consider reelecting Obama to be losing our way. However, the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi is just the fruition of Obama’s plan to put radical Islamists in power in the Middle East and North Africa and establish the Greater Caliphate. Obama is a world leader of radical Islam and is preparing the way for a united attack on Israel and the Islamization of the West.
3 posted on 12/08/2012 3:27:18 AM PST by Truth29
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To: Seizethecarp

I can’t believe the wapo is even asking this question. The time for the marxist, anti-US press to ask this question was a year ago.


4 posted on 12/08/2012 4:05:55 AM PST by gotribe
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To: Truth29

We lost our way when we elected Obama the first time. I doubt that even Hillary would have turned on Mubarak the way Obama did. And his first term was only a warm up for his second.


5 posted on 12/08/2012 5:12:46 AM PST by rbg81
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Thanks Seizethecarp.
Through this upheaval, the Obama administration has been oddly restrained. "You need to explain to me why the U.S. reaction to Morsi's behavior is so muted," one Arab official wrote me. "So a Muslim Brotherhood leader becomes president of Egypt. He then swoops in with the most daring usurping of presidential powers since the Pharaohs, enough to make Mubarak look like a minor-league autocrat in training by comparison, and the only response the . . . [Obama administration] can put out is [Nuland's statement]."
I wonder why "one Arab official" isn't named here. Must be he's not a Seal team member.
6 posted on 12/08/2012 8:57:54 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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