Cairo protesters throw rocks at US Embassy, clash with police in Tahrir Square

posted at 11:21 am on November 27, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Say, this has a familiar ring to it.  Protesters fill Tahrir Square to demonstrate against the head of state who uses an “emergency” to claim dictatorial powers, police deploy teargas, and rocks get thrown at the US Embassy.  The last time this happened, Barack Obama demanded the resignation of the Egyptian head of state.

What are the odds for diplomatic consistency in this case?  The Magic 8-Ball says … long:

Thousands flocked to Cairo’s central Tahrir square on Tuesday for a protest against Egypt’s president in a significant test of whether the opposition can rally the street behind it in a confrontation aimed at forcing the Islamist leader to rescind decrees that granted him near absolute powers.

Waving Egypt’s red, white and black flags and chanting slogans against President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood, the protesters joined several hundreds who have been camping out at the square since Friday demanding the decrees be revoked.

Even as the crowds swelled, clashes erupted nearby between several hundred young protesters throwing stones and police firing tear gas on a street off Tahrir leading to the U.S. Embassy. Clashes have been taking place at the site for several days fueled by anger over police abuses, separately from the crisis over Morsi.

The Associated Press has a brief video of the protest at the US Embassy:

No word on whether this was prompted by an obscure and badly-produced YouTube video yet.

Will this situation reach a tipping point soon?  It might, but don’t expect the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi to follow Mubarak’s example in a peaceful exit.  If they can’t contain the protests, the police and the army will get used to roll into the streets to put down the insurrection, and then the turmoil will really start.  Morsi might end up reversing his decrees of effective dictatorship as a way to calm the situation, but don’t expect that to change his situation materially.  The Muslim Brotherhood used democracy to gain power, but they’re not going to allow anyone to use it to take power away from them.


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Better hurry up and pull security out of there. It would be awfully inconsistent of the administration to protect anyone there.

Flange on November 27, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Quick…somebody find a movie on YouTube to blame this on…

crazywater on November 27, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Obama’s response? Fore!!!

ShainS on November 27, 2012 at 11:26 AM

first?

GhoulAid on November 27, 2012 at 11:26 AM

TahrirGate coming. Quick, make a sweeping speech and hit the golf course. Hey, Jay-Z, where my Kristall?

NapaConservative on November 27, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Maybe they are they still smarting over that video?

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Vera71 on November 27, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Bush’s fault.

ctmom on November 27, 2012 at 11:29 AM

So I can see where to place blame, which movie should I be looking for on Youtube?

Mitoch55 on November 27, 2012 at 11:29 AM

What the f*** are they doing, throwing rocks at our Embassy? Fire some warning shots.

thebrokenrattle on November 27, 2012 at 11:30 AM

No word on whether this was prompted by an obscure and badly-produced YouTube video yet.

Small wonder. Hillary is out of the country and Susan Rice spent the morning explaining why she lied her ass off on September 16th. It’s far too early for the administration to figure out just how this latest attack on the United States Embassy is not reflective of the fact that the peace-loving Muslim animals adore our rat-eared leader for bringing them democracy. My guess this will be explained as something inherited from GWB.

Happy Nomad on November 27, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Before: They had a US-backed dictatorship.

Now: They have an Egyptian quasi-democracy.

Whatever goes wrong now, it would be their fault. Nobody can pin it on us, and that’s good.

lester on November 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM

obama’s plan is really coming to fruition.

Pork-Chop on November 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Hillary will straighten this out.

forest on November 27, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Jeez, all I said was that Mohammed, pea soup be upon him, was a murderous pedophile.

rbj on November 27, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Just have a few pigs roaming around on embassy grounds and nobody would want to come near it. Problem solved.

NapaConservative on November 27, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Thing is, in the middle east, once you step over the line and assume dictatorial powers you are committed for life. Resignation often equals a death sentence.

Mord on November 27, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Smart Power?

kingsjester on November 27, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Whatever goes wrong now, it would be their fault. Nobody can pin it on us, and that’s good.

lester on November 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM

You’re kidding, right? We’re the Great Satan, no matter what happens, it will be blamed on us.

Timin203 on November 27, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Before: They had a US-backed dictatorship.

Now: They have an Egyptian quasi-democracy US-backed dictatorship.

Whatever goes wrong now, it would be their our fault. Nobody Anyone can pin it on us, and that’s good.

lester on November 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM

You got some things wrong.

Doomberg on November 27, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Cairo protesters throw rocks at US Embassy, clash with police in Tahrir Square

When there aren’t enough flowers around, I guess you would have to throw rocks to show just how much you care.

MessesWithTexas on November 27, 2012 at 11:40 AM

You’re kidding, right? We’re the Great Satan, no matter what happens, it will be blamed on us.

Timin203 on November 27, 2012 at 11:39 AM

And the Zionist Entity (which controls the Great Satan).

CorporatePiggy on November 27, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Too bad I can’t bring my units in Napoleon: Total War to life…I bet ‘a whiff of grapeshot’ followed by a cavalry charge would do wonders.

MelonCollie on November 27, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Say, wasn’t today the day the MB was supposed to get its supporters to the streets in droves to show solidarity with Morsi?

What happened to that?

And as to why these protestors are throwing stuff at the US Embassy, lets rip a page from the Leftists out on this one: they are protesting that the US has supported a DICTATOR in their Nation and refuses to do ANYTHING about it.

That has been the decades long, reliable anti-US junk thrown up against the nasty anti-commie dictators the US supported, so lets just flip that right around on the Left and point out that it is now the LEFT that is getting the bottles, bricks and brick-bats thrown at them for their guy supporting an autocratic group that put a dictator into power. And Obama is unwilling to try and moderate the guy down to allow pluralism and diversity of religion without religious oppression in Egypt. I mean, really, the Left used this as criticism for DECADES so fair is fair: their guy wanted this dictator in power and now they get to see the results.

Maybe the US should stop supporting dictators, you know?

But that has been my answer to everyone on the Right and Left for as far as I can remember. Doesn’t matter who they are a stooge for, they are a dictator and bad news and we have no business supporting any dictator of any stripe nor any allegiance as they are anti-liberty and anti-freedom. But that, apparently, never flies in the good old US of A. But I’m willing to take the ammo laying around and deploy it against those who have left it laying around! More than happy!

So how about it, those on the moralist Left. Care to suck it up and just say this guy is bad news and we should not be supporting him? Or didn’t you believe that when you were saying it against the exact, same sorts of guys the Right supported? Your chance NOT to be a hypocrite in at least one field! Mind you, that puts you against Obama, but he is the one who wanted all this junk to happen and didn’t try to smooth out a path for Mubarak and put in an accountable government at the start. Ditto that in Libya, BTW. Jump right in and feel what its like when your brethren turn against you for purely political reasons as you hold a flag up for human liberty, freedom and non-persecution. Do it for the gays of Egypt! The women of Egypt! You can do it! You aren’t even required to get up off your butt, just take a stand, hold it, and then take the heat for what you believe in… oh, wait… this is the Left I’m talking to. The crickets that blow in the wind.

ajacksonian on November 27, 2012 at 11:47 AM

No problem here. Susan Rice will be on top of this in the flashes of flashes, and Morsi and the MB will run for the hills, er, desert.

TXUS on November 27, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Hmmm…Egyptian strong man declares absolute power. No one could have guessed this was going to happen./s

dirtseller on November 27, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Maybe the people of Cairo don’t like the lame US Embassy Twitterer.

Dasher on November 27, 2012 at 11:52 AM

lol TXUS…

CoffeeLover on November 27, 2012 at 11:52 AM

God damn all who don’t like freedom, starting with Obama, Carney and all the fools who ‘lead’ the US at the moment.

Is this the stand of a free and strong country?

Such weasels the land has never had, nor ever will.

Schadenfreude on November 27, 2012 at 11:52 AM

After his inaugeration Obama needs to go over there and give another speech in Cairo. They love him there and it should require about the same level of protection he afforded Chris Stevens.

DanMan on November 27, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Jeebubzezz!!!

I told Ole Svensen that if he put “Of Lutefisk & Lutherans” up on YouTube something like this wuz gonnz happen…

Bruno Strozek on November 27, 2012 at 12:02 PM

“Leading from his ass(behind)”

Tater Salad on November 27, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Just have a few pigs roaming around on embassy grounds and nobody would want to come near it. Problem solved. NapaConservative on November 27, 2012 at 11:35 AM

I nominate Whoopi Goldberg and Roseanne Barr.

Akzed on November 27, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Mursi “played an important role,” in bringing “about a ceasefire, so that lives could be saved and the possibility of moving forward on negotiations for a more enduring peace could be realized,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told a briefing of reporters.

“Separately we’ve raised concerns about some of the decisions and declarations that were made on November 22,” he added. “And we continue to engage with the Egyptians on this. And I think the important issue here is the Egyptian people want a government that reflects their will.”

Obama getting ready to really fruck the world, the US first.

Schadenfreude on November 27, 2012 at 12:08 PM

The Muslim Brotherhood used democracy to gain power, but they’re not going to allow anyone to use it to take power away from them.

Precuser to Obama.

Obama and Morsi are brothers. Obama made Morsi possible.

World, you are blind.

AmeriKa, you are the once freest, and now stupidest, land on Earth.

Schadenfreude on November 27, 2012 at 12:11 PM

I nominate Whoopi Goldberg and Roseanne Barr.

Akzed on November 27, 2012 at 12:08 PM

You, dear Sir, will soon hear from the Pigs Union. If I were you I’d pre-empt the coming lawsuit by apologizing to all pigs worldwide.

NapaConservative on November 27, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Obama’s response? Fore!!!

ShainS on November 27, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Imagine what a real man, see RR, would say…then read this.

Schadenfreude on November 27, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Before: They had a US-backed dictatorship.

Now: They have an Egyptian quasi-democracy.

Whatever goes wrong now, it would be their fault. Nobody can pin it on us, and that’s good.

lester on November 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM

You utter fool!

Before: non-Sharia, not scrooming the dead women for up to 6 hours

After: Sharia, all Obama madea and backed.

YOU own it, you compete freedom-haters. I hate you all with a passion not to be surpassed. YOU are never liberal or progressive, you hyenas of the world. YOU are oppressors of the first rate.

Schadenfreude on November 27, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Obama made.

Obama own the Arab ‘Spring’, in full.

Wake up fools of the world – you will be enslaved, one at a time. May all the leftist heads be chopped off first.

Schadenfreude on November 27, 2012 at 12:16 PM

In all sincerity, I just hope we have an exit strategy to get our diplomats out of Egypt safely if things really turn south.

I will be praying for their security.

weaselyone on November 27, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Whatever goes wrong now, it would be their fault. Nobody can pin it on us, and that’s good.

lester on November 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM

SNORK. You mean like how you and your dimwitted travelers still believe Bush is responsible for the economy?

Like that?

Grab a wit and join the party. Sheesh.

kim roy on November 27, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Obama getting ready to really fruck the world, the US first.

Schadenfreude on November 27, 2012 at 12:08 PM

That man is nothing but a giver.

kim roy on November 27, 2012 at 12:37 PM

If only George Bush and Dick Cheney hand’t gone and created Climate Change, NONE of this would have happened.
Quick, someone give those protesters some ambassadors to feed on, while we get our security and intelligence people outta there.

orangemtl on November 27, 2012 at 12:47 PM

lester gets silver for the Einstein award of 2012.

tommyhawk took the gold, fer sure.

Schadenfreude on November 27, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Obama calls Mubarak moves inadequate, warns against crackdown

In his strongest criticism of Egypt’s government, Obama aligns more firmly with protesters. His statement doesn’t mention Mubarak but shows a deeper divide between the U.S. and the Egyptian leader.

February 10, 2011|By David S. Cloud and Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Washington — Caught off guard by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s efforts to cling to power, President Obama on Thursday condemned Mubarak’s latest concessions to protesters as inadequate and again warned against a violent crackdown.

In his strongest criticism of the Egyptian government to date, Obama aligned himself more firmly with the protesters in a lengthy written statement that did not mention Mubarak by name but indicated a deepening divide between the White House and the Egyptian leader.

“The Egyptian people have been told that there was a transition of authority, but it is not yet clear that this transition is immediate, meaningful or sufficient,” Obama wrote after meeting with his senior national security advisors late Thursday.

U.S. officials were hopeful earlier in the day that Mubarak was planning to announce that he was stepping down, only to see that hope dashed when the Egyptian leader declared that he was delegating authority to Vice President Omar Suleiman but planned to remain in office until September.

The administration’s growing frustration with Mubarak more than two weeks into the crisis was underlined when Obama urged the Egyptian government to “move swiftly to explain the changes that have been made, and to spell out in clear and unambiguous language the step-by-step process that will lead to democracy.”

OxyCon on November 27, 2012 at 12:49 PM

You got some things wrong.

Doomberg on November 27, 2012 at 11:39 AM

You forgot that Before they had no sharia and now they do.

Schadenfreude on November 27, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Schadenfreude on November 27, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Darwin awards would be better.

chemman on November 27, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Hey dumb@sses… Morsi is your doing – not ours.

So if you want to throw rocks, aim them at your fellow Egyptians who are carrying the water for your new Pharaoh.

Hill60 on November 27, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Obviously all US Embassies must construct a protest/rock throwing area. This would provide an appropriate place for violent anti-US demonstrations.

BobMbx on November 27, 2012 at 1:18 PM

What do you think would happen here if our president were to give himself absolute power? What if he were to extend his term another twelve years? Would we take to the streets like the Egyptians, or just shrug?

scalleywag on November 27, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Would we take to the streets like the Egyptians, or just shrug?
scalleywag on November 27, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Half would APPLAUD
1/3 would write messages of outrage on the blogs, then go on feeding the Beast.
1/6 might shrug…
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as In Atlas Shrugged.

LegendHasIt on November 27, 2012 at 1:35 PM

LegendHasIt on November 27, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Yea, that’s what I’m afraid of. I also think that if there WERE to be protests in large numbers, this president would be fully prepared to launch counter protests and bring in the military, just like Egypt.

scalleywag on November 27, 2012 at 1:58 PM

So, as the Egyptians fight like Americans, for Freedom from a Tyrannical Power Mad Despot, Americans Surrender like the French! What an embarrassing show of a total lack of testicular fortitude, on the part of Americans here. The shame of knowing we’ve become a country full of Cowards, unwilling to fight for our Freedom, while the Egyptians show the American People that some in this world, have what it takes to “Live Free Or Die!” This does show that we deserve to be humiliated & oppressed, by the Traitor-in-chief, at least until we have the COJONES to do something about it, you know, like the Egyptians!

http://www.paratisiusa.blogspot.com

God Bless America!

paratisi on November 27, 2012 at 2:16 PM

This is NOT possible. With Obama as our president, the world LIKES, if not LOVES us again since he is The ONE. Also, Benghazi didn’t happen, and for the same reason.

AmericanDad on November 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM

scalleywag on November 27, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Yep. That is why he is purging the military of people who might honor the Constitution, and have heard the term “Posse Comitatus”

LegendHasIt on November 27, 2012 at 3:15 PM

What the f*** are they doing, throwing rocks at our Embassy? Fire some warning shots.

thebrokenrattle on November 27, 2012 at 11:30 AM

You didn’t get the memo that security personnel don’t get to carry ammunition anymore? Only CIA contractors get to have loaded weapons. This will not doubt change now that Petraeus is gone.

KW64 on November 27, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Before: They had a US-backed dictatorship.

Now: They have an Egyptian quasi-democracy.

Whatever goes wrong now, it would be their fault. Nobody can pin it on us, and that’s good.

lester on November 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM

…who helps you dress in the morning?

KOOLAID2 on November 27, 2012 at 9:53 PM