Video: NBC chief foreign correspondent blasts Obama’s “Egypt not an ally” statement

posted at 10:41 am on September 13, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama’s assertion that he doesn’t consider Egypt an ally stunned NBC’s chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel.  Engel, reporting from Cairo, tells Chuck Todd that he needed to “sit down” after hearing that statement.  Engel reminds Todd that the US had two major Arab allies in the region when Obama took office, on which it spent a significant amount of foreign aid to keep it that way — Egypt and Saudi Arabia.  If we’ve lost Egypt as an ally, Engel asks, wasn’t supporting the effort to overthrow Hosni Mubarak a huge mistake?

Here’s a partial transcript:

TODD: I just want to get your first reaction, before you give me a report, of the President saying Egypt was not an ally or an enemy.

ENGEL: Yeah, I almost had to sit down when I heard that.  For the last forty years, the United States has had two main allies in the Middle East — Saudi Arabia and Egypt, the other ally in the Middle East being Israel.  For the President to come out and say, well, he’s not exactly sure if Egypt is an ally any more but it’s not an enemy, that is a significant change in the perspective of Washington toward this country, the biggest country in the Arab world.  It makes one wonder, well, was it worth it?  Was it worth supporting the Arab Spring, supporting the demonstrations here in Tahrir Square, when now in Tahrir Square there are clashes going on behind me right in front of the US embassy?

You can see now teargas coming — teargas being fired into a crowd of demonstrators who are trying to get close to the embassy, which is at the end of the street, and throw rocks at the US embassy.  A very different scene here, a very different Egypt before, when the United States — President Obama — was supporting the demonstrators, President Mubarak was in power, and Egypt was very much an ally.  The President doesn’t seem to be sure if Egypt is an ally any more, and some demonstrators who the Arab Spring helped give a voice to are trying to attack the US embassy.

Who lost Egypt? Barack Obama.  His administration waited eight whole days when those demonstrations erupted to demand Mubarak’s ouster, and then insisted on immediate elections — even though the only opposition organized well enough at that point in time for elections was the radical Muslim Brotherhood.  In both Egypt and even more in Libya — where Obama applied military force to dislodge and topple Moammar Qaddafi — the White House left power vacuums that allowed the most radical elements to seize control.  Critics of Obama’s policies in both regards warned of this very outcome eighteen months ago, to no avail.

It looks like the media may have finally decided that Mitt Romney’s criticism of an embassy statement that even the Obama administration ended up disavowing isn’t the biggest issue at stake here.  We’re watching the collapse of decades of diplomacy and the Pax Americana within a few short weeks.  Engel’s not the only one who has to sit down over the stunning declaration that we’ve lost Egypt as an ally.

Addendum: Here’s a good question: What lesson has Obama taught our other major Arab ally, Saudi Arabia, over the last two years?


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And now, NBC is blaming the anti-Muslim film on “Christian extremists” in the U.S. Right NBC, blame it all on “Christians” . . . we certainly wouldn’t want to piss off the radical Muslim terrorists. NBC is a putrid organization.

rplat on September 13, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Financed and acted by Israelis, yet the Christians get the blame. Weird how that works.

preallocated on September 13, 2012 at 12:40 PM

That left wing rag NBC is hot on it . . . now they claim the jobless number is the result of the latest tropical storm. These fools will not stop trying to make chicken salad out of chicken crap.

rplat on September 13, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Had Obama said he did consider Egypt an ally, you guys would be expressing outrage at that.

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 11:11 AM

*AHEM*

Mohammed Morsi’s Egypt isn’t an ally though. It’s the only smart thing Obambi’s said all week (he also said the Lybian murderers will face justice, but he also said that he would work with Lybias government to find them… Obambi’s still a dumbass).

MSNBC isn’t an ally either.

Alberta_Patriot on September 13, 2012 at 11:19 AM

You can withdraw your comment at any time now.

And just because Steveangell or KuntaKinte hasn’t posted in a thread (yet) that doesn’t mean we require a replacement village idiot.

Alberta_Patriot on September 13, 2012 at 12:47 PM

I long (with tongue firmly in cheek) for that much-missed phrase, “This is a teaching moment.”

Mr. Obama used to love that one, when he was Dear Teacher.

What do we think the “teaching moment” is in this case?

Perhaps we change Arab Spring to The Arab Sting? Did Dear Teacher get played?

I think we need a new deck, and a new dealer.

And, unless Mitt is inclined to hand the nomination over to Sarah, looks like he’s it, so Goooo Mitt!!!

Get this lump of hubris out of the Oval Office. He who thinks he’s a foreign policy expert because he lived overseas when he was 12? And the media that continues to nod to each other and say, “Uh, huh, yeah, whatever he said, that’s right, rock on!!” Followed by “What do you think he’d like us to ask him, has Carney gotten us the preferred question list yet?”

IndieDogg on September 13, 2012 at 12:49 PM

An article worth repeating From January 2011:
Obama’s Carter Moment

The Muslim Brotherhood is the head of the snake in the global violent Islamic supremacist war. They are our mortal enemy and are committed to our destruction. In a captured internal document in the largest Muslim Brotherhood terror funding case in US history, the stated aim of the Muslim Brotherhood is “eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within and sabatoging its miserable house.” And they are doing it. The Brotherhood proxies here in the US include CAIR, ISNA, ICNA, MAS, MSA, et al. Complete infiltration. Their operatives, notably Grover Norquist, are in key positions of power (on the left and the right), bought and paid for with jihad dollars.

And Obama? That quisling President invited the Muslim Brotherhood to his infamous “speech to the ummah” back in June of 2009.
Pamela Geller

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2011/01/29/Obamas-Carter-Moment

Jason58 on September 13, 2012 at 12:50 PM

[Jabberwock on September 13, 2012 at 12:16 PM]

I know what you mean, Jabberwock. It’s hard to understand considering some issues. Russia is harder to understand for me, but China is a little easier. They are not interested in changing, how to put it, the governing activities of other nations, and will deal only in the narrower interests of what they want out of the deal.

But both are inimical to Muslims but only within their own countries. The US, on the other hand, is an existential threat to their values in Muslim countries and our preference is to go about proselytizing our principles. In that sense it is easier, I think, to see why Islamic countries would be amiable to switching, if needed, and choose the lesser threat as they see it.

Dusty on September 13, 2012 at 12:51 PM

The Obama Caliphate.

Coming to you Jordan next.

PappyD61 on September 13, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Carter 2.0. Romney ad team, what are you waiting for?

changer1701 on September 13, 2012 at 10:45 AM

THIS.

ROMNEY CAMPAIGN……….Be relentless.

PappyD61 on September 13, 2012 at 12:53 PM

IndieDogg on September 13, 2012 at 12:49 PM

What’s Willard McDole going to do to fix this? Oh sure – he won’t be “apologizing” the way Ogabe does all the time – but Willard has no foreign policy experience, knows nothing about the military, and doesn’t have the balls to do anything if he did.

Ya sure you want him in the driver’s seat? We’re going to BLAME YOU when he fails you know.

Willard already has grand plans for a trade war with China and a renewed cold war with Russia. He really has no plan for Afghanistan (other than the old saw of “I’ll listen to my military leaders” – LMFAO!)

He really doesn’t have a plan for Iran or North Korea either.

You could say he’s better than Obama – that’s like saying that liver tastes a little bit better than shi* … but then again … Obama got Osama.

HondaV65 on September 13, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Had Obama said he did consider Egypt an ally, you guys would be expressing outrage at that.

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 11:11 AM

The problem is that he’s trying to disown what he was claiming is the result of his presidency.

One day he embraces and claims credit for the new Egypt, then as things start to go as the rest of us knew they would, suddenly Egypt of not our ally.

Seeing how Obama treats our allies, they’re probably happy about it.

mankai on September 13, 2012 at 12:59 PM

This is no big thing the broader media is reporting it as: Obama challenges Egypt on whethere they are friend or foe.

tomas on September 13, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Wow…the wheels have really come off the bus, haven’t they? A complete, unmitigated disaster. How much longer can the media prop this disaster up? Just imagine if ANY of this had occurred with an R in the WH?!

ellifint on September 13, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Just in case you think McCain has any more sense than he had 4 years ago..

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/power-players-abc-news/sen-john-mccain-praises-ambassador-killed-libya-refuses-111254340.html

He refuses to criticize Obama.

PappyD61 on September 13, 2012 at 1:06 PM

OBAMA: HITS ROCK BOTTOM, THEN GRABS A JACKHAMMER.

Mutnodjmet on September 13, 2012 at 1:10 PM

“Iran is just a tiny country. We really don’t have to worry about them.”

He was out of his element then, and he never got into his element on this foreign policy stuff since. He’s a fool out of water, and he’s our leader. God help us!

UnderstandingisPower on September 13, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Look – the solution to this whole mess is so simple…we need another speech in Cairo. After the DNC convention we all know who should make it – Bill Clinton. Problem solved! This smart power stuff is not nearly as hard as they make it look.

johnnybgood on September 13, 2012 at 1:12 PM

by the time we vote BHO out of office, Jimmy Carter will look like a foreign policy expert

burserker on September 13, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Financed and acted by Israelis

preallocated on September 13, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Nope.

Shy Guy on September 13, 2012 at 1:16 PM

To Mr. Engel… did it never occur to you in the media that President Obama really has no idea how to handle the middle east? Ineptness leads to mixed messages.

poli-nana on September 13, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Know thine enemy.

http://counterjihadreport.com/category/brigitte-gabriel/

You can follow her on Twitter too.

PappyD61 on September 13, 2012 at 1:26 PM

I just heard on Rush that the marines defending thier post’s were not allowed live ammo. Something about the new rules of engagement. huh

archo on September 13, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Can I ask a question: For the past couple days, Hot Air videos (like the one above) have not been working for me. Am I the only one having this trouble? Maybe something’s up with my computer? I don’t know…

Dopenstrange on September 13, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Good heavens! Marines defending our embassy in Egypt not allowed to have live ammo by order of Anne Patterson.

a capella on September 13, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Nice slight of hand by Obama.

Did Obama prohibit the Ambassador in Libya from defending himself?

faraway on September 13, 2012 at 1:35 PM

You could say he’s better than Obama – that’s like saying that liver tastes a little bit better than shi* … but then again … Obama got Osama.

HondaV65 on September 13, 2012 at 12:56 PM

You have been after Romney from day 1! You make me sick! When he’s tough you criticize him when he’s not you criticize him. He can never do anything right. Is there some other reason you don’t like him?

For those with an open mind! Glenn who did not support Romney in any way, except he is not obama, has done a complete mia culpa. He sent his people out, not with the help of Romney’s people, and found many, many stories of this good man. The stories that he will not tell. He is not prideful/boastful (think of someone who is?)! Glenn was amazed that no one had brought any of these stories out. They have 8, but he had to limit it at that – they found so many people that Mitt had helped without telling anyone. Contrast this to 0bozo whose brother can’t even ask him for help.
So it will be on Fri on GBTV.com, or Dish network on channel 212. I will be out in the wide blue yonder, so I hope he will put it on theblaze.com after Friday.
I can’t wait to see it. I have heard many things as well I wonder if any will be represented.

Bambi on September 13, 2012 at 1:37 PM

portlandon on September 13, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Beat me to it…

The relationship is now a work in progress…heh.

d1carter on September 13, 2012 at 1:39 PM

via Drudge:

Obama Gaffe: White House “Clarifies” Obama’s “Egypt is no Ally” statement.

portlandon on September 13, 2012 at 1:37 PM

So little Bammie was shooting from the hip again?

slickwillie2001 on September 13, 2012 at 1:43 PM

slickwillie2001 on September 13, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Yep, while having a meltdown.

Christien on September 13, 2012 at 1:44 PM

I guess Obama was shooting from the hip.

Why does he go off half cocked?

White House clarifies Obama’s statement that Egypt is not an ‘ally’
Posted By Josh Rogin Thursday, September 13, 2012 – 12:30 PM Share

President Barack Obama didn’t intend to signal any change in the U.S.-Egypt relationship last night when he said Egypt is not an “ally,” the White House told The Cable today.

In an interview with Telemundo Wednesday night, Obama said that the U.S. relationship with the new Egyptian government was a “work in progress,” and emphasized that the United States is counting on the government of Egypt to better protect the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, which was attacked by protesters on Sept. 11.

“I don’t think that we would consider them an ally, but we don’t consider them an enemy,” Obama said. “They’re a new government that is trying to find its way. They were democratically elected. I think that we are going to have to see how they respond to this incident.”

That comment had Egypt watchers scratching their heads, especially since technically, Egypt was designated as a Major Non-NATO Ally in 1989 when Congress first passed the law creating that status, which gives them special privileges in cooperating with the United States, especially in the security and technology areanas.

White House spokesman Tommy Vietor told The Cable Thursday that the administration is not signaling a change in that status.

“I think folks are reading way too much into this,” Vietor said. “‘Ally’ is a legal term of art. We don’t have a mutual defense treaty with Egypt like we do with our NATO allies. But as the president has said, Egypt is longstanding and close partner of the United States, and we have built on that foundation by supporting Egypt’s transition to democracy and working with the new government.”

PappyD61 on September 13, 2012 at 1:45 PM

portlandon on September 13, 2012 at 1:37 PM

“The requested page could not be found.”

Christien on September 13, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Got it, nevermind.

Christien on September 13, 2012 at 1:47 PM

via Drudge:

Obama Gaffe: White House “Clarifies” Obama’s “Egypt is no Ally” statement.

portlandon on September 13, 2012 at 1:37 PM

They are alawys clarifying what this utterly incompetent welfare queens agitator is saying and the majority of voters are sick an tired of this fool utter incompetence and stupidity… We will correct this grave error and national insult on November 6 2012….

mnjg on September 13, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Engel’s a decent guy, and fluent in Arabic, and not dumb. Seen him work close up, he’s definitely among the more serious and interesting TV journalists (not meant as very faint praise, considering the average in that category ….). Gutsy too – he was one who aggressively pursued activities even when the threat level was significant (Lara Logan was very much the same way, even more so – but that was in Afghanistan so that’s second-hand but very high quality intel). No surprise this mega-stumble by the idiot in the WH would floor him.

But behold the country around you, folks.

The moronic commenters here who claim to believe that this galactic gaffe re Egypt was no big deal. The “press” just outright re-writing by mis-reporting the plain, unambiguous amateurish blunder by the non-entity in the Oval Office (the end of anything like an independent press is of course old news, but here we are seeing a new level in which they actively and on a detailed level distort lie and clean-up the president’s blunders before the public hears them, literally acting as a good press office would for a bumbling principal). The voters whose heads are full of nonsense and myth and fantasy and bigotry and envy – NPR listeners, NYT readers, consumers of popular “culture”, etc.

It took me 10 seconds to assess that Obama was a particularly empty suit from a culture (Beltway, upper reaches of Dem party and pockets of the GOP) with a very high standard in that regard. This was in a personal encounter before he announced his candidacy. Had never heard his name before, as had most at my post. When informed that he might run for president – everyone was wondering why this nobody, with nothing intelligent to say, was mobbed by the press pool – everyone laughed out loud and shook their heads. For good reason. On display today.

Landslide. Which will inspire me to exactly zero celebration. Won’t even watch election night (didn’t last time either). The problem is the electorate …. academia …. public employee mindset … popular culture …. Big Science …. most federal employees and agencies … Hollywood. It’s a sea of ignorance, racism, race-baiting, race-guilt, soft-to-hard authoritarianism, lawlessness, ignorance of and contempt for the constitution and all US history, infantile pacifism, greed by the non-producers and the middle class welfare cohort (govt. service), environment quasi-religious cultism and ignorance.

The non-entity in the WH will be flushed, as will his coterie of lightweights and wackos. But the country that would even consider putting such people near the authority of a county commissioner will still be there. No light at the end of the tunnel.

IceCold on September 13, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Did Obama forbid the Libyan consulate from using live ammo?

faraway on September 13, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Looks like President Thoughtful Diplomatic Measured Communicator is walking this back, clarifying it, parsing it, etc…

Sometimes Obama has a tendency to “shoot first and aim later”.

farsighted on September 13, 2012 at 1:55 PM

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2012/09/13/Death-To-America-Crowd-Storm-US-Embassy-in-Yemen-Torch-US-Flag–Vehicles

umm. Another day, another US embassy stormed. This time, Yemen.

ted c on September 13, 2012 at 1:59 PM


I think folks are reading way too much into this,” Vietor said. “‘Ally’ is a legal term of art.

“I don’t think that we would consider them an ally, but we don’t consider them an enemy,” – Obama

No Mr. Vietor. We are not reading too much into this.
It is right there. Maybe it would have been better not to say anything.
And do NOT try to hide behind legal mumbojumbo.
Ally is Ally.

Jabberwock on September 13, 2012 at 2:03 PM

ted c on September 13, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Was the mob obese? Michelle tells us that’s the greatest national security threat.

Christien on September 13, 2012 at 2:03 PM

As Ace points out, Egypt was legally designated a “Major Non-NATO Ally” in 1989.

Vietor’s unspoken implication that somehow, ‘legally’ speaking, Egypt is not an ally, is dead wrong.

Of course, Obama wasn’t thinking of the legal definition when he said he wouldn’t “consider” them an ally or an enemy.

I wish someone in the press would call him on that. *sigh* I guess this isn’t nearly as important as whether Romney made a correct comment at 10:50 at night, or should have waited 8 hours to say the exact same thing. PRIORITIES!!

LASue on September 13, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Yeah they were considered heavy hitters.

archo on September 13, 2012 at 2:11 PM

ted c on September 13, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Was the mob obese? Michelle tells us that’s the greatest national security threat.

Christien on September 13, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Wait, wait – I thought global warming was the greatest national security threat.

You know, it’s hard to keep track, what with all of these non-security threat terrorists over-running embassies and killing folks distracting me and all.

Midas on September 13, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Can we hit the “Reset Button” now? If not now, when?

Old Fritz on September 13, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Of course, Obama wasn’t thinking of the legal definition when he said he wouldn’t “consider” them an ally or an enemy.

[LASue on September 13, 2012 at 2:11 PM]

You’re right, he probably wasn’t thinking. I would point out, however, IIRC, that Obama said, “I don’t think we would consider …” which, to me, means the government, abstractly unconnected to him personally, but his estimation of, what, Exactly? The public opinion at this time? The USA government’s official policy?

I do agree with you in wishing someone, somewhere would step up to ask questions that cause the Administration to answer these questions, ’cause the sycophants in the media, who take it as an obligation to question authority, certainly won’t.

Dusty on September 13, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Biggest threat to national security, Michelle’s azz.

Schadenfreude on September 13, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Hey Honda65…

When are you leftwingers going to quit spiking the footabll re OBL?

Any 4th grader would have made the decision to go in get the low life..noticed you forgot to give W credit for the intelligence that paved the way to his hideout..

By the way go read “No Easy Day”….you’ll see what the real heros think about the small little man you worship….

He’s fake just like those fake Greek columns he stood in front of four years ago..

and hell yeah I’ll take Romney over that little weasel anyday…

LaRepublican on September 13, 2012 at 2:47 PM

President Obama: “Mubarak must go.”

Mitt Romney one day later: “Mubarak must go”

Sarah Palin: “Who will be taking the place of Mubarak?”

Who’s the “dumb” one?

http://www.rightspeak.net/2012/09/flashback-obama-romney-mubarak-must-go.html

sharrukin on September 13, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Check out AOSHQ. Two stories that make my blood boil (among many) But the Lybian embassy had been previously attacked by an IED. It doesn’t look like security was beefed up at all after that. It was designated an “interim” location for the embassy. No fortifications, no bullet proof glass and no Marines apparently other than the tow who lost their life. They depended on “local” security. WTF? A highly dangerous terrorist backwater and you rely on them for your security? And after the first attack you do nothing? Epic fail! Then the report of our Marines not having live ammo? Another WTF. I cannot fathom how anyone could vote for this loser after all the bungles. Oh and FWIW the media keep pushing this “bad move” meme and I think it’s a crock. These were coordinated attacks mainly by the Muslim brotherhood. Obama has time to meet with them apparently but not Netanyahu. Oh I forgot about Vegas, Pimp with the Limp and various other important issues. What a failure.

Minnfidel on September 13, 2012 at 3:15 PM

NBC and B. Obama deserve one another unlike no others in history.

NBC and B. Obama come to justice with the same dirty hands.

Justice sees and knows.

Easy to judge these.

Soon.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on September 13, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Obama Gaffe: White House “Clarifies” Obama’s “Egypt is no Ally” statement.

portlandon on September 13, 2012 at 1:37 PM

He meant Egypt is no Ally Bank, right? As in the finance arm of GM (or former finance arm, whatever). The federal government owns a big stake in Ally Bank, thanks to Obama’s multi-billion-dollar giveaway . . . er, “bailout” of GM. Obama just meant we don’t own Egypt like we own Ally Bank (although we do piss away billions of taxpayer dollars on Egypt every year, so it has that in common with Ally Bank).

But good grief, people! Why all this fuss about a simple mistake by Obama, especially when it’s clearly all Mitt Romney’s fault?

If Mitt hadn’t mis-timed his statement criticizing the Cairo embassy’s craven apology to the Islamofascist mobs, none of this would be happening.

AZCoyote on September 13, 2012 at 3:32 PM

We have no allies in the middle east and are foolish to ever convince ourselves otherwise.

Sherman1864 on September 13, 2012 at 3:38 PM

I haven’t read very single post, yet, but as I read along, something came to mind.

Like many others, here, I’d sort of expected some sort of “wag the dog” scenario from this bunch.
I don’t, anymore.
The reason is because ANYONE planning such an idea would at least have their ducks in a row, meaning all talking points at the ready, facts at their fingertips, etc before engaging in such a thing… If for no other reason than to sound presidential, gutsy, and on top of things.

THIS BUNCH COULDN’T EVEN SUCCESSFULLY WALK A DOG, LET ALONE WORK OUT SOMETHING THAT COMPLEX !!! Leading from behind, backtracking on proclamations of State Dept policies, spending 90 seconds in Vegas to mention such ‘a tough day’, and I could go on & on.

I’ve never witnessed such idiotic moves by an admin .. and that even includes Carter & Clinton !!
These are the the keystone Cops on bath salts !!!
Sickens my stomach.

Apologies to Keystone Cops, everywhere.

pambi on September 13, 2012 at 3:40 PM

sharrukin on September 13, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Excellent point. I am no Palin fan but you are quite correct on this one.

Sherman1864 on September 13, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Excellent point. I am no Palin fan but you are quite correct on this one.

Sherman1864 on September 13, 2012 at 3:42 PM

She will never be president but the two men running, one of which will win, are totally insufficient to what waits for them in that White House chair.

sharrukin on September 13, 2012 at 3:45 PM

The ineffectual and incompetent occupant of the White House once again, votes present!

Webrider on September 13, 2012 at 3:47 PM

‘Don’t Shoot us! We were sent by Mursi’!

J_Crater on September 13, 2012 at 3:48 PM

What’s Willard McDole going to do to fix this? Oh sure – he won’t be “apologizing” the way Ogabe does all the time – but Willard has no foreign policy experience, knows nothing about the military, and doesn’t have the balls to do anything if he did.

HondaV65 on September 13, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Compare to Obama, circa 2008.

Even if your analysis of Romney’s FP abilities were true, he’d be better than Obama was coming into office. Remember Salt Lake City? The Olympics aren’t an America-only event. There’s plenty of international governing bodies, delicate naming issues (where do China and Taiwan enter?), and all sorts of coordination with foreign bodies.

Further, Romney has built international corporations. That means companies that work in more than one nation. He’s got close ties to some world leaders, which is more than Obama could say in 2008.

Lastly, you don’t need to be a genius to conduct sound foreign policy. You just need to be clear, consistent, and strong. That worked for America for decades. State Dept. can advise him, as long as he’s got a broad vision for America’s place in the world, he can apply it consistently to good result.

hawksruleva on September 13, 2012 at 3:57 PM

We have no allies in the middle east and are foolish to ever convince ourselves otherwise.

Sherman1864 on September 13, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Israel is in the Middle East, and they’re definitely an ally. Do other Middle East nations see the world like we do? No. But do they work with us toward common goals, like keeping Iran in check? Absolutely.

Jordan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt were all allies of one sort or another. I’m tired of the naive view that America can only work with Western-style Democracies. You work with what’s available. In the Middle East, that means working with dictators. If you want to do what’s best for American interests, you hold your nose and take care of business.

hawksruleva on September 13, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Jordan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt were all allies of one sort or another. I’m tired of the naive view that America can only work with Western-style Democracies. You work with what’s available. In the Middle East, that means working with dictators. If you want to do what’s best for American interests, you hold your nose and take care of business.

hawksruleva on September 13, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Saudi Arabia is conducting an offensive against the west that has done more damage than Iran ever will. They are funding terrorist networks and radical Muslim groups throughout the world. They funnel money to mosques and advocacy groups that are crippling western governments who are greedy for the cash being handed out and terrified of the groups like CAIR and the terror networks that attempt to silence western voices. Pakistan would be the next worst offender on the list and they too are claimed to be a valuable American ally.

American ‘allies‘ in the Muslim world are some of the worst offenders.

sharrukin on September 13, 2012 at 4:14 PM

In both Egypt and even more in Libya — where Obama applied military force to dislodge and topple Moammar Qaddafi — the White House left power vacuums that allowed the most radical elements to seize control.

… And that’s just the way he wants it. He wants the masses to rule themselves. His anti-colonialist behavior is on full display here. Power vacuum? What power vacuum?

the_souse on September 13, 2012 at 4:48 PM

For those with an open mind! Glenn who did not support Romney in any way, except he is not obama, has done a complete mia culpa. He sent his people out, not with the help of Romney’s people, and found many, many stories of this good man. The stories that he will not tell. He is not prideful/boastful (think of someone who is?)! Glenn was amazed that no one had brought any of these stories out. They have 8, but he had to limit it at that – they found so many people that Mitt had helped without telling anyone. Contrast this to 0bozo whose brother can’t even ask him for help.
So it will be on Fri on GBTV.com, or Dish network on channel 212. I will be out in the wide blue yonder, so I hope he will put it on theblaze.com after Friday.
I can’t wait to see it. I have heard many things as well I wonder if any will be represented.

Bambi on September 13, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Please let’s really see who we are electing, Something we don’t know about “0″>

Bambi on September 13, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Well look on the bright side of things, at least Obama is asking the Clintons what to do rather than John F. Kerry,,,or Jimmy Carter it could be worse you know…..

APACHEWHOKNOWS on September 13, 2012 at 5:30 PM

If we’ve lost Egypt as an ally, Engel asks, wasn’t supporting the effort to overthrow Hosni Mubarak a huge mistake?

Obama’s Arab spring is taking firm hold and bringing forth fruit.

RJL on September 13, 2012 at 11:21 PM

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