White House: On second thought, Egypt is still kinda sorta an “ally”

posted at 4:01 pm on September 13, 2012 by Allahpundit

I’m not sure what this has to do with Romney’s gaffes, but I thought I’d toss it out there while we’re waiting on more gaffe news.

Alternate headline: “‘Foreign-Policy President’ terrible at foreign policy.”

“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…

“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.”…

Administration sources told The Cable that Obama’s “ally” comment was not pre-arranged or prepared by staff and that the question was not anticipated.

Egypt is indeed a U.S. ally as a matter of federal statute, although I wouldn’t put anything past a guy who defied the War Powers Act on Libya when it comes to ignoring laws duly enacted by Congress. In fairness to him, though, (a) statute or no, a country run by the Muslim Brotherhood is in no meaningful sense an “ally” of the United States and (b) I think his point last night, that at the moment Egypt isn’t an ally in the meaningful sense of the word, was clear enough. If you want to be annoyed with him, be annoyed that he apparently dropped that rhetorical bomb spontaneously, without discussing it with his diplomatic staff first. Who knows how the Muslim Brotherhood or the Salafists might exploit a cold shoulder like that from the president of the United States to consolidate power in Egypt. Obama wasn’t thinking of that, of course; he was thinking, as always, of his own reelection, knowing that he had to say something mildly disapproving of Egypt while voters here are ticked off over the swarming of the embassy. So he covered his own ass and gambled that what he said won’t come back to bite him later. Because he’s the Foreign-Policy President, you see.

For your entertainment, one of the more awkward press conference exchanges you’ll ever see. The State Department still considers Egypt an ally, it’s just their boss who’s a little iffy on the concept. Let’s call this clip “Smart Power.”


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Dire Straits on September 13, 2012 at 7:09 PM

President Obama: Egypt is not an ALLY!!

—-What does the polling data say now? Numbers are going down????

President Obama: Egypt is an ALLY!!!!

—-What does the polling look like??? Still Slipping!?!?!?

President Obama: Egpyt is not an Ally nor an Enemy or Libertarian/Green Party/Roseanne Bar.

Well at least Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan know what an ALLY looks like and last I checked Ally’s don’t throw Rocket Propelled Grenandes at you.

Varchild on September 13, 2012 at 7:14 PM

ROFL!!! Check out the headline on Drudge!!!!

RedRedRice on September 13, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Pelosi says that withholding funds to Egypt is not a good idea (What does she know?), but I really prefer VDH’s reasoning about how we should treat Morsi’s fledgling “democracy.”
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/316839/ally-enemy-or-none-above-victor-davis-hanson#comments

onlineanalyst on September 13, 2012 at 7:33 PM

When Carter corrects you, there is a problem.

ORconservative on September 13, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Via Drudge flashing light:

US Knew of attacks on embassy 48 hours beforehand, and did nothing.

portlandon on September 13, 2012 at 7:52 PM

What gaffes,RINO?

redware on September 13, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Totally O/T: I’m really hoping the Bears get creamed, watching Cutler get sacked is almost as entertaining as watching my favorite teams win.

Lawdawg86 on September 13, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Via Drudge flashing light:

US Knew of attacks on embassy 48 hours beforehand, and did nothing.

portlandon on September 13, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Just saw that…can you say ‘MAJOR Fx#KING MELTDOWN!!!’???

BigWyo on September 13, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Incident? He calls this an incident?

Mr_Magoo on September 13, 2012 at 8:24 PM

OK, y’all listen up:

Here’s link to the official whitehouse.gov website.

I’m trying to pull up the president’s schedule for Saturday, Sept. 8, Sunday, Sept. 9, and Monday Sept. 10.

I want to see what the president was doing.

There is nothing listed on the schedule.

This means that 0bama’s time is unaccounted for when the warning supposedly came.

Can anyone account for the president’s whereabouts on Saturday Sept. 8 and Sunday, Sept. 9?

I want to know the physical location of the Commander-in-Chief around the day the attack warning supposedly came in.

Let’s nail him for absenteeism.

cane_loader on September 13, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Here’s the LINK to the president’s schedule.

cane_loader on September 13, 2012 at 8:25 PM

OT
How would you go about firing the entire State Department?

BL@KBIRD on September 13, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Can anyone account for the president’s whereabouts on Saturday Sept. 8 and Sunday, Sept. 9?

I want to know the physical location of the Commander-in-Chief around the day the attack warning supposedly came in.

Let’s nail him for absenteeism.

cane_loader on September 13, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Check all registers of the golf courses around washington wc that day :).. Am sure you will find your answer….

jimver on September 14, 2012 at 8:09 PM

this guy as commander in chief with the nuclear trigger makes me cry

please un=elect the mistake of 08

losarkos on September 15, 2012 at 3:30 AM

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