Skip to comments.Egyptian opposition slams Obama, US ambassador
Posted on 07/01/2013 3:19:26 PM PDT by smoothsailing
July 1, 2013
As the chaos in Egypt worsens, anti-Islamist protesters are becoming increasingly frustrated with President Barack Obama’s perceived support for the Muslim Brotherhood.
This past weekend, millions of Egyptian citizens took to the streets in order to protest the Islamization of their government. President Obama has failed to take a clear stance on the mass demonstrations in Egypt against Muslim Brotherhood-aligned President Mohamed Morsi, urging restraint on all sides.
“We’d like to see the opposition and President Morsi engaged in a more constructive conversation around how they move their country forward, because nobody is benefiting from the current stalemate that exists there,” Obama said during a press conference in Pretoria, South Africa, this past weekend.
Middle Eastern policy expert at the Brookings Institution, Khaled Elgindy, told The Daily Caller that the opposition camp largely see the U.S. as “swapping out Mubarak for Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.”
“They believe this is another situation where the U.S. is supporting an authoritarian or undemocratic ruler against the will of the people,” Elgindy said.
The Obama administration’s alleged support of the Brotherhood-led government is deeply unpopular with protesters, who some sources estimate numbered up to 14 million on Sunday.
Mamdouh Badr is an Egyptian activist who works as a lawyer in Dubai, and has produced videos for the Tamarod, or “rebel” anti-Islamist movement. Badr, who is currently attending the protests in Egypt, told The Daily Caller the crowds were highly critical of U.S. foreign policy.
“In downtown Cairo there were signs about the U.S. interfering in Egypt’s internal policies, backing the MB, asking Obama to stop supporting terrorism in Egypt, to stop supporting the MB as a terror organization in their opinion,” he said.
“I think people are very focused now that the U.S. is a big player in the game. Five-six years ago, you wouldn’t find people as outraged about the foreign powers’ effect,” said Badr.
Others noted a distinct anti-U.S. flavor to the protests as well.
The U.S. ambassador in Egypt, Anne Patterson, was also highly unpopular with the opposition, as she is widely perceived as supportive of the Brotherhood.
On June 18, she was reported as covertly urging Christian Copts to refrain from attending the protests. Numerous signs showed Patterson’s face with a large red cross on it, and one even urged Egyptians to “kick this bitch out of Egypt.”
At least 16 were killed during the weekend protests, and enraged protesters burned down the Muslim Brotherhood’s headquarters. Earlier, on Friday, several were killed in Alexandria, including the 21-year-old American college student Andrew Pochter.
As protesters plan further mass demonstrations until Morsi steps down, Obama urged Egyptians to follow peaceful means as they strive for democracy.
“We are supportive of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly inside of Egypt, but we would urge all parties to make sure that they’re not engaging in violence, and that police and military are showing appropriate restraint.”
While in Tanzania on Monday, Obama said that Morsi’s election was a result of decades without democratic elections.
“And that’s what the people were calling for,” Obama said. “They went through an election process that, by all accounts, was legitimate, and Mr. Morsi was elected. And the U.S. government’s attitude has been we would deal with a democratically elected government.”
Despite the Egyptian military’s 48-hour ultimatum, Obama has not taken a stance as to whether or not Morsi should step down.
Seems the Egyptians know more about Obama and Hillary than do millions of Americans.
Now that is a shame and a national disgrace.
But, they get free cellphones and cheese.
How’s that muzzie A** Kissing going for ya Bammy? Are ya reaping the benefits of selling out not only America but millions of Arabs yet?
Just Obama’s foreign diplomacy skills a shinin.
Remember when he bragged how smart he was vs Palin in foreign affairs?
It is going to take a century to clean up the mess this imbecilic child (Obama) is creating in the world not to mention what he is doing to this country.
Wherever the Bamster interferes to remove crap he leaves worse crap in his wake.
Perceived? Muzzie Bros. = CAIR. CAIR is all over this regime.
BO could care less. He’s a coward and won’t openly support the MB which he is cozy with and from what I have read, has MB high up in his administration. Just look at Huma/Hillary. Can’t get much higher than that. If he were a man, he would come out and support the MB because that actually is who he supports.
That’s because he follows in the legacy of Carter and Clinton. It would be hard to find three more inept at foreign policy.
This is getting good. The Egyptians five thousand miles away are outing our president and his masters for exactly what they are. The american media is useless.
I don’t know supplying them with modern weapons and money is pretty damn open.
I saw that photo a few days ago. She best be hiding in a bunker at the embassy or out of country. We all know how 0bamy helps his ambassadors.
Absolutely...And I'd like to know just how cozy Obummer is with their spokesman Ibrahim Hooper, he's a smooth talking snake like The Won.
My mistake. Is that a photo of Hillary?
I thought the same thing, it’s supposed to be Anne Patterson but it sure looks like Shillary.
Obama. Doing well by doing good./NOT
Yes the American media is useless. You have to go to the BBC or other UK media to find out what is really going on. The American educational system is equally useless since 98% of Americans have no clue why this is important stuff. Nor could they care. Thinking is hard and they don’t want their brains to hurt.
he;’s over in Africa pushing , no pun intended his homosexual agenda and being told to piss off with that too,.
this man has no frigging idea what is going on, all he knows is his own Chicago politics and is lost on the world stage,
Europe is pissed off, Africa has told him to get his Ambassador out or to hell with the homosexual agenda, South America is getting worse and Asia is off the map while our enemies are laughing like mad.
They might not have likes Bush but they respected him and America now we’re a laughing stock , not that the black community really cares or the welfare and drama queen homosexual care so long as they get their freebies and are told they’re normal
It sure looks like Hillary. Yet notice on some of these signs spelling is wrong. But hey I take it!!! I am OK with it!
LOL, All them Obama pitches look alike! :)