Morsi grabs dictatorial powers in Egypt; Update: Protests, clashes erupt in Egypt

posted at 9:46 am on November 23, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Say, how has Barack Obama’s Arab Spring policy worked out for us so far?  Well, we bombed one dictator out of power in Libya, which set that nation free … to have terrorist networks openly operate and control the eastern part of the country, which resulted in the sacking of our consulate in Benghazi, and four American deaths.  In Egypt, we pushed our longtime ally out of power after just eight days of peaceful protests, and then insisted on immediate elections in which only the radical Muslim Brotherhood could organize effectively — and they took over the government and the military.

But at least Egypt transitioned to democracy, right?  Right?  Er … didn’t The Who warn us about not getting fooled again?

Egypt’s president on Thursday issued constitutional amendments that placed him above judicial oversight and ordered the retrial of Hosni Mubarak for the killing of protesters in last year’s uprising.

Mohammed Morsi also decreed immunity for the Islamist-dominated panel drafting a new constitution from any possible court decisions to dissolve it, a threat that had been hanging over the controversial assembly. …

The Egyptian leader also decreed that all decisions he has made since taking office in June and until a new constitution is adopted and a new parliament is elected — which is not expected before next spring — are not subject to appeal in court or by any other authority. He also barred any court from dissolving the Islamist-led upper house of parliament, a largely toothless body that has also faced court cases.

But hey, these are just window-dressing issues, right?  Morsi is still accountable under the law, unlike that monster Hosni Mubarak, who only represented US interests and defended peace with Israel for over thirty years.  He’s still constrained by the new democratic law that the Muslim Brotherhood ushered into Cairo in the Arab Spring.

Actually … no:

The moves effectively remove any oversight on Morsi, the longtime Muslim Brotherhood figure who became Egypt’s first freely elected president last summer after the Feb. 11, 2011 fall of autocrat Hosni Mubarak. They come as Morsi is riding high on lavish praise from President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for mediating an end to eight days of fighting between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers.

Morsi not only holds executive power, he also has legislative authority after a previous court ruling just before he took office on June 30 dissolved the powerful lower house of parliament, which was led by the Brotherhood. With two branches of power in his hands, Morsi has had repeated frictions with the third, the judiciary, over recent months.

“Morsi today usurped all state powers & appointed himself Egypt’s new pharaoh,” pro-reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei wrote on his Twitter account. “A major blow to the revolution that could have dire consequences.”

So we went from having a US-friendly dictator who managed to keep a lid on the Muslim Brotherhood and enforced the peace treaty with Israel, to having a dictator from the Muslim Brotherhood in charge of the Suez Canal.  And the only people who couldn’t apparently predict this very outcome were the people in the White House proclaiming their foreign policy as “smart power.”

Update: Looks like the Egyptian people just figured out what The Who meant:

Opponents and supporters of Mohammed Morsi clashed across Egypt on Friday, the day after the president granted himself sweeping new powers that critics fear can allow him to be a virtual dictator. At least 15 were reported injured.

In a sign of deepening polarization, state TV reported that protesters burned offices of the political arm of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood group on several cities on the Suez Canal east of Cairo and in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, while Islamists engaged with fistfights with Morsi opponents in southern Egypt.

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy activists meanwhile converged on Cairo’s Tahrir Square, angered at the decisions by Morsi. The decrees include exempting himself from judicial review, as well as a panel writing the new constitution and the upper house of parliament, and the power to enact any other measure he deemed necessary to deal with a “threat” to Egypt’s “revolution.”

Morsi’s powers are supposed to be temporary — until a new constitution and new parliamentary elections take place — and feed on the belief among the public that judicial officials appointed under ousted President Hosni Mubarak are blocking the reform of state institutions.

Yes, because temporary dictatorships always end well.  If I recall correctly, Mubarak himself similarly used emergency decrees to rule Egypt for decades.  Meet the new boss, etc etc etc.

Update: Fox has some video of the clashes in Tahrir Square:


Looks like either smoke or teargas on the street.


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this calls for a bow, right?

ted c on November 23, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Egypt’s president on Thursday issued constitutional amendments that placed him above judicial oversight and ordered the retrial of Hosni Mubarak for the killing of protesters in last year’s uprising.

words fail me…

ted c on November 23, 2012 at 9:51 AM

In Egypt, we pushed our longtime ally out of power after just eight days of peaceful protests, and then insisted on immediate elections in which only the radical Muslim Brotherhood could organize effectively — and they took over the government and the military.

More like he made a deal with the military — though I guess the difference is mostly academic at this point.

Count to 10 on November 23, 2012 at 9:52 AM

How does Huma let Hillary go out looking like that?

And the only people who couldn’t apparently predict this very outcome were the people in the White House proclaiming their foreign policy as “smart power.”

Oh, Ed. You are always giving the White House the benefit of the doubt. This is the very outcome they desired.

The future must not belong to those who slander the profit of Islam.

Fallon on November 23, 2012 at 9:52 AM

There’s a shocker.

topdawg on November 23, 2012 at 9:52 AM


Obama backs the muslim radicals to take dowm Murbarck who kept the peace for 30 years, and now we get the muslim brotherhood who is an arch enemy of christians and jews. Nice trade Obama, proving once again he doen`t know his ass from his elbow

HAGGS99 on November 23, 2012 at 9:53 AM

…no no no no no no no no no no!…JugEars said it would be a democracy or something!…come on!…get with the program!

KOOLAID2 on November 23, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Like everything with this incompetent administration it’s……

unexpected.

Cody1991 on November 23, 2012 at 9:59 AM

“let me see, what else can we pile on? Is there any more SH!T we can pile on to the top of the outcome of this case? Is it possible?” –

Vincent LaGuardia Gambini.

HerneTheHunter on November 23, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Sean Hannity called it. He repeated it until even other Conservatives told him he was sounding unreasonably alarmist.

He can call him what you want, but he freaking called it as it was happening.

hawkdriver on November 23, 2012 at 9:59 AM

The left always says we back up dictatorships, I guess they were right.

rob verdi on November 23, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Fleshing out strategies for Obama in 2016.

p0s3r on November 23, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Dear Leader taking notes?

itsacookbook on November 23, 2012 at 10:01 AM

The big Oaf hasn’t ever even met with Morsi yet, has he? Didn’t he cancel a meeting with him and go off to do Letterman or some other foolish thing?

scalleywag on November 23, 2012 at 10:02 AM

I’m Shocked! ~:-O

/s

Joe Mama on November 23, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Morsi and Obama have a bet: which one’s gonna’ be Top Dictator and which one’s gonna’ be servin’ him up some mo’ white people to collar.

Lourdes on November 23, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Excellent – all according to plan.

We’ve replaced a pro Western benign dictator with a dictator who is a radical terrorist and an anti-semite.

Smart Power. Count it!

/

CorporatePiggy on November 23, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Morsi and Obama have a bet: which one’s gonna’ be Top Dictator and which one’s gonna’ be servin’ him up some mo’ white people to collar.

Lourdes on November 23, 2012 at 10:03 AM

O.K., that was racist, I admit it, but writing acerbic-racist-commenting is the only way I know to illustrate those two’s inherent racism and twisted politics.

Therefore, yes, comment was racist at 10:03 AM but it was in keeping with the racialist dictators currently harassing the world.

Lourdes on November 23, 2012 at 10:05 AM

He can call him what you want, but he freaking called it as it was happening.

hawkdriver on November 23, 2012 at 9:59 AM

I give Hannity a lot of credit for hammering away on this topic.

Most of us had the outcome figured out and watched with horror as this administration willfully promoted radical islamists into power.

Ultimately one can only assume that this is what the administration wanted.

Cody1991 on November 23, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Morsi: “I’m Pharaoh.”

Obama: “I’m The One, meld with me.”

Lourdes on November 23, 2012 at 10:07 AM

You know how it is that those once-celebrity guys look entirely ridiculous in the times when their “celebrity stars” have since set? You know, like in the times after their shows/records/reputations have plummeted back-to-normal-average and there aren’t any more screaming crowds o’ teens running after them?

That’s how Morsi and Obama are going to look in the future. But I bet that their key followers will still have the posters up on their walls and they’ll still be dressing and acting like they were twenty years ago.

Lourdes on November 23, 2012 at 10:09 AM

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/11/22/Belgium-On-Its-Way-To-Becoming-An-Islamic-State

davidk on November 23, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Looks like the University of California faculty are leading their campuses in the same state of “toward fail”.

Lourdes on November 23, 2012 at 10:10 AM

…this administration willfully promoted radical islamists into power.

Ultimately one can only assume that this is what the administration wanted.

Cody1991 on November 23, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Yes, exactly so.

Thus, explained, the “Obama phenomenon” of his “rapidly rising political star” and as to just what star was/is involved.

Lourdes on November 23, 2012 at 10:12 AM

davidk on November 23, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Here’s a link that is interesting although not surprising. French youths are fed up:

http://www.therightscoop.com/awakening-french-youth-declare-war-on-multiculturalism-social-debt-and-racism/

Cody1991 on November 23, 2012 at 10:14 AM

One man, one vote, one time…

As Erdogan said: “Democracy is like a train, once you have reached your destination, you get off.”

If Barack Hussein Obama wanted to promote the demise of freedom and democracy worldwide, what would he do differently?

Antivenin on November 23, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Thus, explained, the “Obama phenomenon” of his “rapidly rising political star” and as to just what star was/is involved.

Lourdes on November 23, 2012 at 10:12 AM

It’s so obvious what’s going on. It has been for the last four years.

However, we’re not allowed to discuss the malignant nature of this administration because most pundits are determined to continue with the false meme that, “He’s well intended. No president would act against American interests…..Blah, blah, blah, blah….”

They’re living in a fantasy world and continuing to make fools of themselves.

Cody1991 on November 23, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Enough of this.Bo gave the Islamist what they want and nothing can be done about it now.I just hope there is videos when the pyrimids are brought down.

docflash on November 23, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Here’s a link that is interesting although not surprising. French youths are fed up:

http://www.therightscoop.com/awakening-french-youth-declare-war-on-multiculturalism-social-debt-and-racism/

Cody1991 on November 23, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Let’s hope our youth have the same awakening.

I sent the link to tips@hotair.com

davidk on November 23, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Another reminder at how very blessed and fortunate this country was to be gifted with our founding fathers who understood and respected the rule of law.

MessesWithTexas on November 23, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Cody1991 on November 23, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Amazing video and public statement.

I wonder how big their movement is.

hawkdriver on November 23, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Morsi today usurped all state powers & appointed himself Egypt’s new pharaoh,” pro-reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei wrote on his Twitter account.

Wait, I thought Mubarak was supposed to be the Last Pharoh, or something. Because Egypt has such a long tradition of democracy. . .

rbj on November 23, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Obama is a SCOAMF.

jawkneemusic on November 23, 2012 at 10:26 AM

I wonder how big their movement is.

hawkdriver on November 23, 2012 at 10:22 AM

That’s a good question. No one seems to know yet.

I’ve been wondering if it’s begun to sink in that as things stand now the USA is no longer the last refuge for those seeking freedom. Perhaps people are figuring out that it’s time to take a stand where they are. Seems to me the complaints of these French youths are legitimate and also reflect what many are thinking here.

Cody1991 on November 23, 2012 at 10:26 AM

The Arab Spring endures!

dczombie on November 23, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Cody1991 on November 23, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Many of us, shortly after Obama’s ’08 election, were trying to explain that Obama’s goal was control, and were mocked by others.

We could see it by Obama’s support of the Honduran president who tried to remain in power after term limits and a democratic election removed him from office. We saw that as Obama’s goal.

If the “opposition” isn’t vigilant, Obama will try that–and succeed.

davidk on November 23, 2012 at 10:30 AM

“Hey, this gives me an idea….”

-Bark

Bishop on November 23, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Most of us had the outcome figured out and watched with horror as this administration willfully promoted radical islamists into power.

Ultimately one can only assume that this is what the administration wanted.

Cody1991 on November 23, 2012 at 10:06 AM

I think you give P.BO too much credit — nothing he has ever done has ever succeeded. He was pulled across the finish line in every election he has won by the campaigns that set him up as figurehead, and every piece of legislation that has past during his term has been nothing more than what Peloci and Reed decided it should be for him. That he has some secret agenda to promote Islamists stretches credulity, if only because you would have to believe that he was actually succeeding at something.

Count to 10 on November 23, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Obama backs the muslim radicals to take dowm Murbarck who kept the peace for 30 years, and now we get the muslim brotherhood who is an arch enemy of christians and jews. Nice trade Obama, proving once again he doen`t know his ass from his elbow

HAGGS99 on November 23, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Or worse, he knows exactly what he’s doing.

jnelchef on November 23, 2012 at 10:35 AM

have some morsi on hillary willya guys.

renalin on November 23, 2012 at 10:36 AM

davidk on November 23, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Yep. I tried to explain to people what the 2008 election would bring. My research extended back to 2004.

They thought I was crazy. Now they seem to think I’m a psychic.

Cody1991 on November 23, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Today Cairo…Tomorrow Dearborn! – Bronco

Mr. Arrogant on November 23, 2012 at 10:36 AM

At some point, you really have to consider that this was all part of the plan.

It’s virtually impossible that a man elected President of the United States -twice- couldn’t see this coming. They had to know. So in doing nothing to alter this path, it must have been the preferred one.

BKeyser on November 23, 2012 at 10:37 AM

We’re marching along towards the New World Order, headed by the UN (or other similar organization) quite nicely.

The first step of the NWO is to put all sovereign states at the same level economically, militarily, and socially. This prevents any single power from stopping the institution of planetary rule.

Bring down the great powers, push up the 3rd world countries (by any means, dictators included), turning the whole world into a great big stew of discontent. This leads to major conflicts which reduces population making it easier to control the total number of persons, demolishes production centers so that nothing is available for open, free trade and all remaining manufacturing must be nationalized for the production of food and other items deemed necessary for survival.

It must be destroyed in order to control it.

BobMbx on November 23, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Morsi and Obama have a lot in common: They both believe they are kings.

Islamic Republic of Egypt, here we come.

Philly on November 23, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Here’s a link that is interesting although not surprising. French youths are fed up:

http://www.therightscoop.com/awakening-french-youth-declare-war-on-multiculturalism-social-debt-and-racism/

Cody1991 on November 23, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Hmmm… I might have to get a hoodie. Seriously, thanks for posting this. It is very interesting. I wish I’d retained the little bit of French I took in school.

Fallon on November 23, 2012 at 10:49 AM

It’s virtually impossible that a man elected President of the United States -twice- couldn’t see this coming. They had to know. So in doing nothing to alter this path, it must have been the preferred one.

BKeyser on November 23, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Agreed. The State Dept. is well known for its Arabist slant. My opinion is that this administration is as well (I’m understating my opinion here.)

What has occurred is their preferred outcome. Many of the people who are leading this country seem to be old 60′s radicals or share that ideology.

For those who feel the administration is clueless I can see that argument although I disagree.

Ultimately, it’s like watching pyromaniacs observe someone pouring fuel on a simmering disaster and deciding to finish things off by tossing burning matches just to enjoy the flames.

They’ve made a real hash of things. I’m glad I’m not living in Israel, but not so sure I feel particularly safe here.

Cody1991 on November 23, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Yes, the “I Told You So’s” will continue to fly everywhere! The Traitor-in-chief, is most proud of his Frankenstein Monster. muslim brotherhood shows they’re no different then Al-Qaeda! Way to go Benedict Obama! The Butcher of Benghazi, will now have egyptian blood on his hands as well as, Mexican, Honduran and American Blood on his foul hands! The destruction wrought, by the end of the Murderer-in-chief’s term will make history. The collusion of his minions in the Obama Enemy media, should require, new jails to be built to house all the Traitors that have shown their hand & their hatred & betrayal of America!

http://www.paratisiusa.blogspot.com

God Bless America!

paratisi on November 23, 2012 at 11:01 AM

The Obama people gloatingly tell us that elections have consequences. They certainly do.

*Dictatorial, pro-Al Qaeda, anti-Israel Muslim fanatic established in Egypt.
*Murder of 4 Americans and subsequent mayhem and coverups in Libya.
*Defeat now all but assured in Afghanistan and increasing chaos in Iraq.
*Iran on verge of atomic bomb through mismanaged neglect.
*American generals acting like drunken schoolboys on spring break.
*GAO officials spending hundreds of thousands on exorbitant Vegas junkets.
*A national debt on steroids-up to 6.6 billion dollars a DAY.
*Failed government subsidized energy companies.
*Fast & Furious fiasco and coverup.
*An imminent depression lying on the horizon.
*T^he looming Third-World Maker called Obamacare.
*ENJOY THE RIDE!!!

MaiDee on November 23, 2012 at 11:06 AM

No one could have predicted this other than anyone with an ounce of common sense and not learning disabled.

RadClown on November 23, 2012 at 11:12 AM

That Bilderberg raybeam has worked out very well – Bronco B

Mr. Arrogant on November 23, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Morsi and Obama have a bet: which one’s gonna’ be Top Dictator and which one’s gonna’ be servin’ him up some mo’ white people to collar.

Lourdes on November 23, 2012 at 10:03 AM

O.K., that was racist, I admit it

Lourdes on November 23, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Well, OK, but it points up my main complaint, which is a touchy one — the danger of narrow group identification. These days, it’s your race or religion. In the US we are so blessed to have the Constitution, in the Islamic world it’s all about Islam versus the rest of the world. And I’m afraid Obama with his dividing based on race and class is encouraging a society here of division, of identity politics. That’s my main fear.

Someone said Obama smashed the country into pieces and then cobbled together a 52% majority with those pieces. I agree. That’s no way to unite a country, to run a country. How can he govern now.

Paul-Cincy on November 23, 2012 at 11:16 AM

I won. Get used to it. Everywhere…

Aplombed on November 23, 2012 at 11:20 AM

So, here we have a politician democratically elected to the most powerful leadership position in the government soon afterwards seizing dictatorial power, in concert with his buddies.

I’ve heard this story before, many times.

It has been postulated based on history that this is the way all democracies inevitably end. Some a lot quicker than others. Some very, very quickly. Like this one.

Closer to home we are hearing the following, usually implicitly but sometimes explicitly… If only Obama did not have to deal with Republican “obstructionism” all would be well. That is the only reason why his glorious plans for fundamentally transforming the US into a much better and more socially just country have not yet panned out.

farsighted on November 23, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Yeah now its official: Its 1979/80 all over again and we just reelected Jimmy Carter.

Valkyriepundit on November 23, 2012 at 11:24 AM

“We Can’t Wait.”

Why, it’s almost like the latest war in Gaza and Morsi’s peace plan with Bams and Hillary was a big set up to increase his power!

PattyJ on November 23, 2012 at 11:27 AM

All that needs to be said :
Hamas and Morsi were bribed with our tax money !

Lucano on November 23, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Paul-Cincy on November 23, 2012 at 11:16 AM

I’m not convinced he intends to govern. IMHO I think he is actually trying to foment rebellion.

chemman on November 23, 2012 at 11:59 AM

sacking of our consulate in Benghazi, and four American deaths

Significant as these are, they are less important than other affects which are likely to result in orders of magnitude more American deaths. These include a big victory for Jihadists with associated enhanced recrutment and loss of a major part of our ability to monitor the jihadists.

burt on November 23, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Yes, because temporary dictatorships always end well. If I recall correctly, Mubarak himself similarly used emergency decrees to rule Egypt for decades. Meet the new boss, etc etc etc.

Well there was Cincinnatus.

jarodea on November 23, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama said of President Morsi tht he is “…a cornerstone of regional stability and peace.”

It would seem like dictators are at that.

BigGator5 on November 23, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Thank Allah that Barack Obama was re-elected so that he can go deliver another Cairo speech!

More SM4RT P0W3R!

profitsbeard on November 23, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Uh Huh …
Americans, all of you who believe this Obama FUBAR was a good idea, raise your hands.
Uh huh, Uh huh, Uh huh …

TEACHER: “Okay, Barack, you can stop jumping up and down and put your hands down too.”

What a disgrace.
(where’s an asp when ya need one?)
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on November 23, 2012 at 12:26 PM

The old guy was not pro Sharia.

Obama loves green energy and muzzies. They are his brothers.

How stupid the entire world is, and how blind.

May all the Utopian heads be chopped off first.

Schadenfreude on November 23, 2012 at 12:29 PM

I believe Robert Spencer, Pam Geller and GLlnn Beck from the start..this was never a democracy movement(the Arab Spring)This is just Islam being pushed by the Muslim Brotherhood into it’s ultimate goal..the global caliphate..who do we have to thank for this? our dear leader Barack Hussein Obama, MMM MMM MMM

sadsushi on November 23, 2012 at 12:51 PM

The idea that State is simply Arabist is not exactly true. The Arabist State in the 50s and 60s saw US support of Israel as allowing the USSR an opening into the Middle East. Those FSOs who held there positions did not do so out of any respect for Islam, but out of a sense,mistaken IMO, that supporting the Nassers and Husseins, and Sauds over Israel would keep them from joining with the Soviets. Today’s State FSOs and secretaries may seem to support the same nations in conflict with Israel, but for reasons that are somewhat more suspect.

xkaydet65 on November 23, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Ha, this makes Hillary look like an idiot….
Unless you support Dictators???
I am sure many Obama supporters would have no problem if the ONE did the same thing.

redguy on November 23, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Lourdes on November 23, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Well, OK, but it points up my main complaint, which is a touchy one — the danger of narrow group identification. These days, it’s your race or religion. In the US we are so blessed to have the Constitution, in the Islamic world it’s all about Islam versus the rest of the world. And I’m afraid Obama with his dividing based on race and class is encouraging a society here of division, of identity politics. That’s my main fear.

Someone said Obama smashed the country into pieces and then cobbled together a 52% majority with those pieces. I agree. That’s no way to unite a country, to run a country. How can he govern now.

Paul-Cincy on November 23, 2012 at 11:16 AM

And, OK, Paul-Cincy, you are right.

Obama’s “slant” is not even subtle. And what goals he either represents or is assisting are not subtle, either. And they do fall into place with Islam’s ongoing intrusion onto the rest of us.

It’s not coincidental, accidental or just co-occuring, it’s part of a process. Which is, I guess, what I was getting at in 10:05 AM comments. It seems to obvious to me, it’s difficult not to lapse into snarking about it, the sad, horrible reality of what is transpiring today in our world.

Lourdes on November 23, 2012 at 1:11 PM

I believe Robert Spencer, Pam Geller and GLlnn Beck from the start..this was never a democracy movement(the Arab Spring)This is just Islam being pushed by the Muslim Brotherhood into it’s ultimate goal..the global caliphate…

sadsushi on November 23, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Yes, me, too, have always found their interpretations of events plausible, in this regard as to Arab Spring.

Lourdes on November 23, 2012 at 1:13 PM

All that needs to be said :
Hamas and Morsi were bribed with our tax money !

Lucano on November 23, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Yeah, I was talking with my sister in-law over Turkey and she felt
that the whole Hamas-Israel blow-up was instigated by Obama
so that Hillary could swoop in and “save the day”.
Obama owes her big time for being a loyal liberal solider and
she needs some “street cred” for 2016…..

But this move by Morsi kinda shows he is giving Obama the big middle eastern finger…..

redguy on November 23, 2012 at 1:14 PM

I believe Robert Spencer, Pam Geller and GLlnn Beck from the start..this was never a democracy movement(the Arab Spring)This is just Islam being pushed by the Muslim Brotherhood into it’s ultimate goal..the global caliphate…

sadsushi on November 23, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Yes, me, too, have always found their interpretations of events plausible, in this regard as to Arab Spring.

Lourdes on November 23, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Obama will keep paying lip-service to Israel but stab them in the back behind closed doors…..
Obama’s goal is to create the United States of Arab countries and then use that power
to create the American caliphate. It will then be a three-way between US of Arab vs. China vs. Russia…..
Obama will stiff the countries that have bought our debt.
Global economic crash with armed thugs in control….

Watch – just watch…..

redguy on November 23, 2012 at 1:18 PM

LEADING FROM BEHIND!

SMART POWER!!

BURN BABY BURN!!!

novaculus on November 23, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Anyone who is surprised by any of this is an idiot.

Alas it looks like we have a bunch of those in our government, which should not surprise any of us either. Look at the bright side hopefully one day this will end the all the financial and military aid we send to Egypt.

Lesson: Next time the Israelis, or British & French for that matter, take the Suez Canal….let them keep it.

William Eaton on November 23, 2012 at 2:16 PM

The link below is a lengthy and thoughtful explanation of how the Arab Spring is just an extension of the Cold War. The Soviets cultivated the anti-Western ideology of the ME and continue to do so in the interests of expanding its communist/socialist philosophy.

http://berlinski.com/node/176

onlineanalyst on November 23, 2012 at 2:32 PM

That linked article ^^^ explains that contrary to the accepted narrative that the Arab Spring was generated by anti-colonialist sentiment, it has been orchestrated from the outset by the Soviets. Note how the alliances have shaped up. Note the fellow travelers in our administration who are/were committed Leftists of the Soviet-sympathizing mold.

The socialism of the Muslims differs little from that of the communists. Only a “faith” differentiates them. Yet Islam is really a political system as well as a faith.

onlineanalyst on November 23, 2012 at 2:45 PM

I’m sure the Obama will be taking notes

Wood Dragon on November 23, 2012 at 3:00 PM

MORSI…….the Progressive dream for America!!!!

……don’t tell them…….they could probably get away with it.

PappyD61 on November 23, 2012 at 3:01 PM

The elites and regular schmoes who thought this time was an ‘Arab Spring’ were the same brainless tools who thought the revolution that threw the Shah out of Iran was the dawning of freedom in Iran.

You really can’t fix stupid. It goes on forever, with the idiots always certain they’ve got it right this time and that those of us who express doubts are just negative and mean.

fadetogray on November 23, 2012 at 3:18 PM

The protests began after Friday prayers?????? Wow – that has never happened before….

LL

Lady Logician on November 23, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Well, is there any surprise with this turn of events …………. Hell, No!!!!!!!!!!!!

SC.Charlie on November 23, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Were the rest of us uncommonly perceptive or was the Obama administration blatantly stupid . . . I think the latter.

rplat on November 24, 2012 at 8:17 AM

i am just waiting for Muslims to cast off their horrid regilon and adopt the ideals of The Rights of Man. I will be long dead in my grave before that ever happens, if it ever does happen.

SC.Charlie on November 24, 2012 at 12:52 PM