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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Morsi’s holding his passport.

de rigueur on September 13, 2012 at 10:44 AM

The Appeaser-in-Chief

…..must not be questioned.

This reporter is an Infidel to the Administration!!!!

Allua Obama!!!

PappyD61 on September 13, 2012 at 10:44 AM

wasn’t supporting the effort to overthrow Hosni Mubarak a huge mistake?

Yes, it damn well was!

OldEnglish on September 13, 2012 at 10:44 AM

I am speechless.

esr1951 on September 13, 2012 at 10:45 AM

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

changer1701 on September 13, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Geez just let Bambi finish his waffles will you!!!

PackerBronco on September 13, 2012 at 10:45 AM

the White House left power vacuums that allowed the most radical elements to seize control

Next time the US should send in an occupying army to ensure a smoother transition of power. These events on the other side of the world are easily controlled and influenced with enough boots on the ground. It’s not as though the US military lacks experience in Middle East occupation campaigns.

bayam on September 13, 2012 at 10:45 AM

So tweets = news sources on Hot Air now? I know the standards are low to non-existent here, but damn.

Constantine on September 12, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Care for a follow up on that di*&head??

BigWyo on September 13, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Rombo is too quick to react, he always shoots from the hip.

Or something.

Bark is awesome, that’s all I need to know.

Bishop on September 13, 2012 at 10:45 AM

It is my opinion that Obama and his “puppetmasters” (whomever evil persons they are) wanted the Muslim Brotherhood as the leadership
in Egypt.

Amjean on September 13, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Obama is not always the brightest tool in the shed.

More like an unpolished turd.

sentinelrules on September 13, 2012 at 10:45 AM

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

That a President will bow to them, literally.

Bitter Clinger on September 13, 2012 at 10:46 AM

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

That we will stand with them as long as it is politically expedient to do so.

Gatsu on September 13, 2012 at 10:46 AM

I’m surprised that Upchuck Todd didn’t cut this guys mike.

BettyRuth on September 13, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Again folks, according to the speakers at the DNC alst week (most notably, John Kerry, whose lies I am still having a hard time stomaching), this was one of Obama’s only stregths (alongw with the lie about GM).

This is how awful this President has been.

milcus on September 13, 2012 at 10:46 AM

What lesson has Obama taught our other major Arab ally, Saudi Arabia, over the last two years?

Shoot first and ask questions later.

They applied this to good effect during the “Arab Spring” protests in Saudi and other areas. I seem to recall that they got involved in Oman and other areas on the Arabian peninsula where Iran was hoping to depose the sitting governments.

teke184 on September 13, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Because, in Libbyland, it’s not the results that matter, but the sweet-sounding words. Free healthcare for everybody– yay! FORE! more years.

What a stooge.

RobertMN on September 13, 2012 at 10:47 AM

We’re watching the collapse of decades of diplomacy and the Pax Americana within a few short weeks.

I don’t care, Obama is awesome.

Hayabusa on September 13, 2012 at 10:47 AM

NBC is like a goose . . . they wake up in new world every morning. Only the feeble minded and the Obama administration didn’t know what was really happening in Egypt.

rplat on September 13, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Obama Doctrine:

Whatever Bush can do I can do better. Then fail.

Ben Hur on September 13, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Next time the US should send in an occupying army to ensure a smoother transition of power. These events on the other side of the world are easily controlled and influenced with enough boots on the ground. It’s not as though the US military lacks experience in Middle East occupation campaigns.

bayam on September 13, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Agreed, though the number of “boots” we’ve lost in Afghanistan since Bark took over has gone way up.

Maybe just bomb them from the air instead, you know, like we did recently in Libya.

Bishop on September 13, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Again folks, according to the speakers at the DNC alst week (most notably, John Kerry, whose lies I am still having a hard time stomaching), this was one of Obama’s only stregths (alongw with the lie about GM).

It’s like Spinal Tap’s manager defending their “Smell The Glove” cover by saying “You should have seen the one they wanted instead.”

teke184 on September 13, 2012 at 10:48 AM

It was a stupid declaration. Even if it was true, you wouldn’t say that out loud. A major diplomacy fiasco.

From an idiot.

rdbrewer on September 13, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Seriously- who, outside of DC didn’t see this coming?

BKeyser on September 13, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Why would any country trust the USA right now with this feckless lunatic Obama in charge?

workingclass artist on September 13, 2012 at 10:49 AM

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

That wasn’t obvious in the beginning?

MeatHeadinCA on September 13, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Our allies fear us and our enemies laugh at us…. the results of the Valerie Jarrett foreign policy construct.

a capella on September 13, 2012 at 10:50 AM

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

… as the light slowly begins to dawn on these Obama apologists. Sometimes getting smacked upside the head with reality is the only way some people catch on. Who would ever have thought that the “Arab Spring” would turn out this way? Oh, yeah, like 90% of thinking people who have some residual knowledge of history. It’s fun to see stupid people learn things.

AZfederalist on September 13, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Spot on once again, Ed.

Sending links to this post to everyone I know.

Common Sense Floridian on September 13, 2012 at 10:50 AM

So tweets NBC = news sources on Hot Air now? I know the standards are low to non-existent here, but damn.

Constantine on September 12, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Or did you just not like the source they (NBC) quoted? You know, that whole @BarackObama thing.

TexasDan on September 13, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Egypt is not and has not been an ally of the United States for a long time. The fools who do not understand Islamic Arab culture have been wish casting regarding Egypt and for that matter all of the Islamic Arab countries. War is coming to the Middle East.

SWalker on September 13, 2012 at 10:51 AM

True believers are the last to realize…

d1carter on September 13, 2012 at 10:51 AM

I am so happy Obama wants to run on his foreign policy experience.

stefanite on September 13, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Yes, Romney should tell the MSM to go pound sand and then deliver a foreign policy address that shreds the Obama record. Enough is enough.

That the American press has become so blatantly politicized is a tragedy in the near term and dangerous in the long term.

It would be nice if journalists would just report the facts without the commentary. It pleases us that Engel stated he might have to sit down with this “shocking news” but in the larger picture it does zero good for anyone, except possibly for Engel’s ego.

matthew8787 on September 13, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Apparently Richard Engel still holds the naive belief that Obama has been acting in the best interests of the U.S.

flyfisher on September 13, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Helluva job, Obama.

Good Lt on September 13, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Wait a tic,I thought this was all Romneys fault!!
(snark)

canopfor on September 13, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Obama, always asleep at the wheel–is he asleep at the roulette wheel this morning?

stukinIL4now on September 13, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Being 5,000 miles from Rockefeller Center, Engel isn’t going to be infected by the media group-think of most of those on-air at NBC and MSNBC, especially during a period of severe uncertainty where simply spouting boilerplate pro-Obama spin not only looks incredibly hacky on-site, but could also get Engel assaulted or worse.

Obama’s knee-jerk reaction, once it became clear that the White House couldn’t stand behind the Cairo Embassy’s capitulating tweets was to not just throw the tweeter under the bus, but to toss the whole country there as well. Which, as the result of his actions 18 months ago, may end up being what the U.S. has to do, but doing it this way comes off as obviously flying by the seat of your pants, and when you’re in the line of fire like Richard Engel is, even working for NBC News you’re not as open to seeing a pile of dung and trying to tell the world your staring at a diamond mine.

jon1979 on September 13, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Que Sec. of State Hillary Clinton to mumble something wile Obama’s new Sec. of Explaining Stuff Bill Clinton can…explain that…

workingclass artist on September 13, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Engel, reporting from Cairo, tells Chuck Todd that he needed to “sit down” after hearing that statement.

Hey, Engel, I hear there are a lot of empty seats in D.C.

MeatHeadinCA on September 13, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Obama’s unsureness is causing a lot of this. The tweet from the embassy shows the lack of control this WH has over the the grunts in the administration. Normally any communications have to be approved. But if you’re a career politician, why would you go to the WH for clarity on a position? The WH isn’t clear, so you might as well wing it.

hawksruleva on September 13, 2012 at 10:52 AM

War is coming to the Middle East.

SWalker on September 13, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Hasn’t that been standard operating procedure for decades now?

Bitter Clinger on September 13, 2012 at 10:53 AM

The second scoop in this crap Sundae is the notion that our nation’s leader would de-friend Egypt via the media. The fact that they actually tweeted the breakup for him makes this an instant new low-water mark for the way to conduct diplomacy.

Then again, we already know Barry couldn’t operate an iphone to send out his own tweets.

TexasDan on September 13, 2012 at 10:53 AM

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

Maybe just bomb them from the air instead, you know, like we did recently in Libya.

Bishop on September 13, 2012 at 10:48 AM

To hell with that, I say we go back to old styled carpet bombing, except this time we do it with MOABS…

SWalker on September 13, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Apparently Richard Engel still holds the naive belief that Obama has been acting in the best interests of the U.S.

flyfisher on September 13, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Koolaide withdrawal…likely not

workingclass artist on September 13, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Everyone should readthis by Liz Cheney. It’s in the headlines as well.

Vince on September 13, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Anyone who believes that Egypt and Suadi Arabia are our allies is also likely to believe that the Chicago teachers Union is striking to improve public education in Chicago.

Wallythedog on September 13, 2012 at 10:54 AM

NBC chief foreign correspondent
================================

Oh,I just caught on…..his life is now threatened!!!!

canopfor on September 13, 2012 at 10:54 AM

It was a stupid declaration. Even if it was true, you wouldn’t say that out loud. A major diplomacy fiasco.

From an idiot.

rdbrewer on September 13, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Emphasis mine.

The Count on September 13, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Let’s face it, which previous ally hasn’t Obama pi$$ed off? And which former enemy hasn’t he coddled?

Trafalgar on September 13, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Hasn’t that been standard operating procedure for decades now?

Bitter Clinger on September 13, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Short answer, NO. Read the article, something wicked this way comes.

SWalker on September 13, 2012 at 10:54 AM

This should be a Romney ad (Or crossroads) by the end of business today.

99counties on September 13, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Don’t think I ever thought of them as an ally, either, but at least Mubarek kept things under control. That’s about all you can do with people who live in a 6th century mentality.

Kissmygrits on September 13, 2012 at 10:55 AM

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

Note that the Saudis have put down protests in their country using whatever methods they deem necessary. They’re not listening to Obama’s advice, because they realize he is, to an amazing extent, clueless.

Obama may have visited Muslim countries, but he clearly didn’t learn much about them.

hawksruleva on September 13, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Bashar al-Assad is breathing a little easier right now. Who wants to support more “Arab Spring”?

Buddahpundit on September 13, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Next time the US should send in an occupying army to ensure a smoother transition of power. These events on the other side of the world are easily controlled and influenced with enough boots on the ground. It’s not as though the US military lacks experience in Middle East occupation campaigns.

bayam on September 13, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Surely you can not be serious.

1) where are we going to get the money to fund such adventures?
2) where are we going to get the troops, create them out of thin air?
3) haven’t you learned the lessons of Iraq and Afghanistan?

Old Fritz on September 13, 2012 at 10:55 AM

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

changer1701 on September 13, 2012 at 10:45 AM

..they don’t wanna jump the gun?

The War Planner on September 13, 2012 at 10:55 AM

So,Obama was trying to work,both sides of the street!!

And now,Cat0strophic blow-back,the makings of WW3!!

canopfor on September 13, 2012 at 10:56 AM

So tweets = news sources on Hot Air now? I know the standards are low to non-existent here, but damn.

Constantine on September 12, 2012 at 9:50 PM

You’ll note also that the WH considered the Cairo embassy’s twitter feed official enough that they had to walk back what was said there as well.

Keep Organizing for America though! You’re doing awesome.

TexasDan on September 13, 2012 at 10:57 AM

To hell with that, I say we go back to old styled carpet bombing, except this time we do it with MOABS…

SWalker on September 13, 2012 at 10:53 AM

President Nobel would never go for that.

Imagine Bark actually sending planes to bomb another nation, or surging troops in Afghanistan, or increasing drone attacks inside the borders of other countries….never going to happen. He has a peace prize and only a dumb cowboy like Bush would be so stupid to do those things.

Bishop on September 13, 2012 at 10:58 AM

I’m surprised that Upchuck Todd didn’t cut this guy’s mike.

BettyRuth on September 13, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Good point. Wonder what NBC will come back with in order to cover Obama’s butt.

jwolf on September 13, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Mubarek was Egypt and Obama allowed the fundies to depose him. So, no, Egypt is not an ally.

Blake on September 13, 2012 at 10:58 AM

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

That we are pu%%ies?

Sorry. But there it is.

The Secretary of State is on TV at this moment urging restraint.

God help us.

Tenwheeler on September 13, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Obama may have visited Muslim countries, but he clearly didn’t learn much about them.

hawksruleva on September 13, 2012 at 10:55 AM

He might know more than we’re giving him credit for. After all, he could barely contain himself when embracing the other pro-rape group – Occupy.

MeatHeadinCA on September 13, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Anyone who believes that Egypt and Suadi Arabia are our allies is also likely to believe that the Chicago teachers Union is striking to improve public education in Chicago.

Wallythedog on September 13, 2012 at 10:54 AM

1) I think you mean were, not are.

2) Both countries WERE allies, for years. Were they both home to nasty dictatorships? Absolutely. Did those dictatorships act in a manner that helped American interests? Yes.

The goal of foreign policy is to get countries to act in YOUR country’s best interests. Promoting “democracy” movements that get Americans killed is not generally good American foreign policy.

hawksruleva on September 13, 2012 at 10:59 AM

It was a stupid declaration. Even if it was true, you wouldn’t say that out loud. A major diplomacy fiasco.

rdbrewer on September 13, 2012 at 10:48 AM

It depends on what your motives are. I’m surprised anyone still thinks Obama’s motives have anything to do with the best interest of the USA.

The Rogue Tomato on September 13, 2012 at 10:59 AM

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.

The beauty of social media. Shame those bastards one hack at a time. Patriots on Twitter went to battle stations yesterday humiliating the journolists and forcing, twisting their narrative of ‘Mean Romney’ to ‘Incompetent Obama’ and ‘Irresponsible hyper-partisan press’.

Kudos to FOX for naming names and putting it front and center.

RepubChica on September 13, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Short answer – no, Einstein, it wasn’t worth it.

mojo on September 13, 2012 at 10:59 AM

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

Terry Jones says his site was hacked so he couldn’t post the video…

“The AP presents a portrait of a career criminal, one who additionally had an ethical blind spot large enough to lead some 80 actors and crew to believe they were involved in a generic dramatic film to avoid revealing its blasphemous-to-Islam intentions.

So — all we currently possess as evidence that Nakoula is a Copt: the doggedly dishonest Nakoula has proclaimed himself to be a Copt.

Prior to which, he proclaimed himself to be a Jew…”

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/09/12/nakoula-a-copt-says-nakoula/

workingclass artist on September 13, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Otay Peeps,hold down the Watch-Tower,I pulled an All-Nighter,
catch you all later=================================:)

canopfor on September 13, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Managing the exit of Mubarak

This is a typical cluster mess by this administration.

They have grandiose plans.

They pick friends and victims with pragmatism and respect for traditional U S principles well down the list of virtues in friends.

They move slowly and confuse delay with wisdom.

They lie a lot and do it internally which makes operations a real challenge.

They are bemused and never review operations for long term benefits.

They have the media help in creating success unless you have all these angry folks showing up at unemployment offices or embassy walls.

IlikedAUH2O on September 13, 2012 at 11:01 AM

SWalker on September 13, 2012 at 10:53 AM

President Nobel would never go for that.

Imagine Bark actually sending planes to bomb another nation, or surging troops in Afghanistan, or increasing drone attacks inside the borders of other countries….never going to happen. He has a peace prize and only a dumb cowboy like Bush would be so stupid to do those things.

Bishop on September 13, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Yea, one thing is certain, ole Barky is mighty damned light in the loafers when it comes to having what it takes to cowboy-up.

SWalker on September 13, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Our allies fear us and our enemies laugh at us…. the results of the Valerie Jarrett foreign policy construct.

a capella on September 13, 2012 at 10:50 AM

You mean putting a corrupt Chicago slumlord and her black puppet in the most powerful job in the world wasn’t a great idea?

Wow, if only there had been some clue . . . .

AZCoyote on September 13, 2012 at 11:02 AM

So tweets = news sources on Hot Air now? I know the standards are low to non-existent here, but damn.

Constantine on September 12, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Information published on official government computers by representatives of the US government (embassy staff) does represent official government positions and sources. Your argument is weak and indefensible . . . but that quite adequately speaks to all leftist positions.

rplat on September 13, 2012 at 11:02 AM

It was a stupid declaration. Even if it was true, you wouldn’t say that out loud. A major diplomacy fiasco.

From an idiot.

rdbrewer on September 13, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Give me a break. The US doesn’t need to waste any more time kissing Egypt’s arse through pointless diplomacy in light of recent events.

It’s time to signal to the Egyptian people that their extremist government has forged a rift with the USA while reminding the Brotherhood that no more diplomatic niceties are going to protect them from the consequences of their future actions and failure to protect Americans.

bayam on September 13, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Hostage video produced by the WH starring Richard Engel to follow soon.

djl130 on September 13, 2012 at 11:03 AM

That we are pu%%ies?

Sorry. But there it is.

The Secretary of State is on TV at this moment urging restraint.

God help us.

Tenwheeler on September 13, 2012 at 10:59 AM

It may as well get started. We all know what is coming.

VegasRick on September 13, 2012 at 11:03 AM

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.

The Bald Avenger! Championing middle-eastern dictators since 10:23 pm 9/11/2012!

I’m sure there is a picture of you somewhere you took with your webcam of you holding up a purple dyed finger. Craven isn’t descri[tive enough.

tommyhawk on September 13, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Give me a break. The US doesn’t need to waste any more time kissing Egypt’s arse through pointless diplomacy in light of recent events.

It’s time to signal to the Egyptian people that their extremist government has forged a rift with the USA while reminding the Brotherhood that no more diplomatic niceties are going to protect them from the consequences of their future actions and failure to protect Americans.

bayam on September 13, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Errr… yeah… about wasting time kissing butt, take that up with Hillary and her buds.

MeatHeadinCA on September 13, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Geez just let Bambi finish his waffles will you!!!

PackerBronco on September 13, 2012 at 10:45 AM

He still in vegas???

jimver on September 13, 2012 at 11:05 AM

I got the idea that the WH went nuts when it read the “apology” and realized what Gov. Romney could do with it. Maybe a Reaganesque attack?

And they got all those people to fly off the handle over timing?

Wow.

You can apply the list above to electric cars and lots of other things.

IlikedAUH2O on September 13, 2012 at 11:06 AM

The obamatards are on overdrive, spinning for Dear Leader.

wargamer6 on September 13, 2012 at 11:06 AM

He still in vegas???

jimver on September 13, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Maybe he’s jetting off to Deerborn as we type.

MeatHeadinCA on September 13, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Well if Egypt is in no mans land they certainly get better treatment than Israel.

http://thehill.com/blogs/global-affairs/middle-east-north-africa/236649-report-obama-invites-new-egyptian-president-morsi-to-visit-us

Cindy Munford on September 13, 2012 at 11:07 AM

The Bald Avenger! Championing middle-eastern dictators since 10:23 pm 9/11/2012!

I’m sure there is a picture of you somewhere you took with your webcam of you holding up a purple dyed finger. Craven isn’t descri[tive enough.

tommyhawk on September 13, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Are you always this head up your ass stupid?

SWalker on September 13, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Governor Romney!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What about your gaffes?

OxyCon on September 13, 2012 at 11:04 AM

How long did it take you to dig up that irrelevant, childish crap?

rplat on September 13, 2012 at 11:07 AM

I’m surprised that Upchuck Todd didn’t cut this guys mike.

BettyRuth on September 13, 2012 at 10:46 AM

He was pre-disposed with his head up Obama’s azz at
that particular moment….

ToddPA on September 13, 2012 at 11:07 AM

With an honest media this election would not even be close.

Grunt on September 13, 2012 at 11:08 AM

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

1) If we like you, then you are on your own.

2) If we don’t like you, we will take you out a la Mubarak and Gaddafi.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on September 13, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Silly me. I thought a foreign correspondent for a major TV network was supposed to report the news. Not opine about what someone said will affect the region.

And they scream FOX News blurs the line between hard news and opinion?

Mitoch55 on September 13, 2012 at 11:09 AM

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

Ugh. Nice of Engel to throw Israel in there, considering that Obama is treating “not an ally, not an enemy” Egypt with more deference than he is treating “ally, (wink wink)” Israel. In fact, the U.S. has had five main allies in the region: Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, and Turkey. Yes, Turkey is somewhat off the beaten path as far as the Middle East is concerned, but they should be in there. Perhaps Engel left Turkey out because, like Egypt, it is now in the “not an ally, not an enemy” column, being, like Egypt, ruled by cranky, volatile Islamists.

With the Jordanian monarchy now facing a major Islamist/Muslim Brotherhood problem of its own, and largely innefective, the U.S. is down to two major allies in the region, Israel and Saudi Arabia. With Obama and Netanyahu barely on speaking terms, and the Saudi’s apoplectic about Obama’s appeasement of historical enemy Iran, I’d say our influence in the region is at its lowest ebb since, say, 1979.

Interestingly, in the bad old days of the Bush Presidency, Libya had moved from the enemy column to “benign and cooperative”. That was because Gaddafy was afraid of being bombed off the face of the earth. When Obama came in, Gaddafy, sensing a cream puff, started acting up again. Unfortunately for him, he didn’t anticipate that Obama would throw his hat into the ring with people more ruthless and belligerent than he.

Kosovo should have taught us that the Muslim world will never feel the need to be grateful for Western favors. That entire disfunctional civilization is on a life support line that runs with oil. Time to become energy independent and cut them off, or leave them to the Europeans. Live and let live, I say.

Mr. Arkadin on September 13, 2012 at 11:09 AM

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

For Obama, the only thing that matters is his political hide. He will throw anyone one and anything under the bus to maintain the facade that he is in charge and knows what he is doing.

paulsur on September 13, 2012 at 11:09 AM

tommyhawk on September 13, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Your hysterical shrieking is music to my ears. Sorry scooter..your messiah screwed the pooch on this one…and then he ate it.

HumpBot Salvation on September 13, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Give me a break. The US doesn’t need to waste any more time kissing Egypt’s arse through pointless diplomacy in light of recent events.

It’s time to signal to the Egyptian people that their extremist government has forged a rift with the USA while reminding the Brotherhood that no more diplomatic niceties are going to protect them from the consequences of their future actions and failure to protect Americans.

bayam on September 13, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Yeah, but, but, but…we gave them the billions already….well, ghe billions borrowed from the chinese and that we will pay interest rate on, well your children will, hehe…but hey, Bush was bad looool :)… Time for barry to own this carteresque SNAFU foreign policy disaster…in other words, time for him to go…

jimver on September 13, 2012 at 11:10 AM

So, we know how Obama will respond to the U.S. deaths in Libya: drone strikes.

How many of you think we’ll take out the actual killers? How many think he’ll just order some random strikes to make it look like he’s solved the problem?

hawksruleva on September 13, 2012 at 11:11 AM

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