Egyptian army orders protesters away from presidential palace

posted at 1:11 pm on December 6, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

The protests in Egypt have turned violent, but so far the Egyptian army has remained mainly on the sidelines.  The Republican Guard deployed armored vehicles and elite troops to the presidential palace yesterday, but stood by while opponents to Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood attacked each other in the street.  Today, the army has demanded an end to protests at the palace, but stopped short of explaining what would happen if they continue:

The Egyptian army sealed off the presidential palace with barbed wire and armored vehicles Thursday as protesters defied a deadline to vacate the area, pressing forward with demands that Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi rescind decrees giving himself near-absolute power and withdraw a disputed draft constitution. …

The army’s Republican Guard, an elite unit assigned to protect the president and his palaces, surrounded the complex and gave protesters on both sides until 3 p.m. (1300 GMT, 8 a.m. EDT) to clear the vicinity, according to an official statement. The statement also announced a ban on protests outside any of the nation’s presidential palaces.

But a group of several dozen anti-Morsi protesters continued to demonstrate across the street from the palace past the military’s deadline Thursday afternoon, chanting slogans against the president. And organizers called for a larger evening rally. Meanwhile, members of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists supporting Morsi withdrew from the area after an overnight sit-in.

Morsi remained holed up in the palace as the clashes continued, consulting his advisers on how to proceed.  The number of advisers has declined in the last day, however.  Four more resigned yesterday, following two others who had previously left, leaving only 11 members of his advisory panel in place.  The political ground under Morsi appears to be eroding, perhaps more rapidly than when he first announced his dictatorial decrees and the Muslim Brotherhood rammed their new constitution through the objections of practically everyone else.

The army may not be entirely under his control yet, either.  The commander of the Republican Guard pledged not to use violence against protesters, which made the deadline for enforcement questionable enough for them to plan for more demonstrations later today:

Six tanks and two armored vehicles belonging to the Republican Guard, an elite unit tasked with protecting the president and his palaces, were stationed Thursday morning at roads leading to the palace in the upscale Cairo district of Heliopolis. The guard’s commander, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Zaki, sought to assure Egyptians that his forces were not taking sides.

“They will not be a tool to crush protesters and no force will be used against Egyptians,” he said in comments carried by the official MENA news agency.

We’ll see whether that remains the policy of the Republican Guard, or whether Morsi may need them to start imposing an end to opposition demonstrations.

You know who used to be very sensitive to the use of troops to quell political demonstrations?  Barack Obama, who has been oddly silent over the last two weeks.  Michael Ramirez sums up the situation nicely for Investors Business Daily:

Also, be sure to check out Ramirez’ terrific collection of his works: Everyone Has the Right to My Opinion, which covers the entire breadth of Ramirez’ career, and it gives fascinating look at political history.  Read my review here, and watch my interviews with Ramirez here and here.  And don’t forget to check out the entire Investors.com site, which has now incorporated all of the former IBD Editorials, while individual investors still exist.


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Good one Ramirez! That shows that worthless spineless gutless worm bho as I see him also!
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letget on December 6, 2012 at 1:16 PM

WHO YA GONNA CALL???

not him…

Marcola on December 6, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Anyone still believes the U.S. Army will not issue the same order to the torches-and-pitchforks crowd?

Archivarix on December 6, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Right now it’s a competition comparing Ocommie’s foreign policy success with his damfastic performance on the economy.

Galt2009 on December 6, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Anyone still believes the U.S. Army will not issue the same order to the torches-and-pitchforks crowd?

Archivarix on December 6, 2012 at 1:17 PM

My thought as well.

Fighting is not an option when half the nation votes for a Halfrican tribal king. We really need to start practicing going underground – literally and figuratively.

MelonCollie on December 6, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Anyone still believes the U.S. Army will not issue the same order to the torches-and-pitchforks crowd?

Archivarix on December 6, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Speaking of:

After Obama re-election, gun owners clinging to Second Amendment
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/12/06/after-obama-re-election-gun-owners-clinging-to-second-amendment/

To many gun-rights activists, those two phenomena – Obama’s re-election, and the apocalypse – amount to the same thing. “Obama is coming right at us,” warned David Keene, president of the National Rifle Association, soon after the election. “This will be an all-out assault on the Second Amendment.”

Obama expected to push gun control in second term
http://washingtonexaminer.com/obama-expected-to-push-gun-control-in-second-term/article/2515196

The president has been preoccupied with negotiations over a deficit-reduction deal since last month’s election, but activists said they expect Obama to become a much more vocal proponent of gun control in 2013. On their wish list is a ban on assault weapons, mandatory background checks for gun buyers and the closing of private-sale loopholes.

Galt2009 on December 6, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Archivarix on December 6, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Didn’t bho say sometime in his first term that he wanted ‘his’ army to be as well funded as our military so he would have control of them in case an event like a morsi take over here citizens would be held at bay/and or killed? Not quotes, but that is what bho said?
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letget on December 6, 2012 at 1:27 PM

^ s/b in case an event like a morsi take over by bho here
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letget on December 6, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Anyone still believes the U.S. Army will not issue the same order to the torches-and-pitchforks crowd?

Archivarix on December 6, 2012 at 1:17 PM

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He could try but who will implement the order?
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http://www.gingpac.org/500-retired-admirals-generals-reject-obama

diogenes on December 6, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Fighting is not an option when half the nation votes for a Halfrican tribal king. We really need to start practicing going underground – literally and figuratively.

MelonCollie on December 6, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Republic is a dead-end regime when media access can be purchased for a minuscule fraction of tax money at stake, and votes are counted by a computer program that nobody can see or validate.

I lived under socialism – first in Russia all the way through the Perestroika, then in Israel in the nineties. It’s not a pleasure but not a death sentence, either. It is, in a sense, like being raped: you live to tell the story but get the lifelong mental scar to carry. It may come as a shock to today’s patriots that any resistance will not only be futile but actively rejected by the general population.

Archivarix on December 6, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Morsi is toast. Only question is whether he will get Qaddafied with a dagger up the bum.

Christien on December 6, 2012 at 1:33 PM

You folks better get ready for a fight! Whether you like it or not, the Traitor-in-chief, will bring it to you! Unless your plan to keep your family safe, involves the surrender of your ability to protect them, you will have a decision to make. There is no logical way around this. Only shortsighted, wishful thinking or preparedness and willingness to fight! Take your pick. just don’t act like your being thoughtful or logical in thinking your way of life & your family’s safety, are not in play. You’ve seen firsthand what the Butcher of Benghazi thinks of protecting American lives. You know Benedict Obama’s Ideology trumps you or your family’s safety/lives. If you chose to be the Traitor-in-chief’s victim, without a fight, well, that’s certainly up to you, but don’t try to justify that “French Surrender Cowardice”, as some kind of logical position. It’s about as logical as a screen door on a submarine!

http://www.paratisiusa.blogspot.com

God Bless America!

paratisi on December 6, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Believe me, it isn’t over, yet. The internal divisions in Egypt are too deep.

SC.Charlie on December 6, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Let the “moderation” begin…../

ted c on December 6, 2012 at 1:38 PM

He could try but who will implement the order?

http://www.gingpac.org/500-retired-admirals-generals-reject-obama

diogenes on December 6, 2012 at 1:30 PM

That’s why they are all retired, and so is Gen. Carter Ham (any relation to MKH, I wonder?). Just like the Soviets promptly replaced all army generals who won the war, Obama will fill the army’s top with yes-men whose main goal will be to reach out to Muslims and homosexuals.

Moreover, it’s not the top brass that will make this kind of decisions, but mid-rank officers. And if you have close friends or relatives in the Army, they can tell you who gets promoted these days.

Archivarix on December 6, 2012 at 1:38 PM

doesn’t the 3am phone ring at Val Jarrett’s apartment

ted c on December 6, 2012 at 1:38 PM

You know who used to be very sensitive to the use of troops to quell political demonstrations? Barack Obama, who has been oddly silent over the last two weeks.

Well, to be fair, he didn’t seem to mind it at all when Iran’s Revolutionary Guard was used to quiet the 2009 demonstrations in Tehran./s

Neda Aghan-Soltan is unavailable for comment.

Hill60 on December 6, 2012 at 1:39 PM

diogenes on December 6, 2012 at 1:30 PM

The current leaders would just like the current leaders of the time did for Hoover and the Hoovervilles. Some of the very highly esteemed WWII leaders were part of the the cadre that opened fire on vets in the Hoovervilles. Trust the military leaders of today at your own risk.

chemman on December 6, 2012 at 1:39 PM

The ME is descending into the abyss, Israel is surrounded, Assad is planning to throw chemical weapons across the ME. This is the beginning of Sorrows. The demon in the WH is one of the ten horns. The world economy is ripe for consolidation. The push for global governance is actually gaining traction. Worldwide famine and pestilence, earthquakes and wars, are rampant. This is truly unfolding before our very eyes. And, if it wasn’t happening so quickly, I wouldn’t have believed it myself. Be ready….

HomeoftheBrave on December 6, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Didn’t bho say sometime in his first term that he wanted ‘his’ army to be as well funded as our military so he would have control of them in case an event like a morsi take over here citizens would be held at bay/and or killed? Not quotes, but that is what bho said?
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letget on December 6, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Yep. Every dictator that isn’t an active-duty army officer starts with that. If DHS purchasing 450 million hollow-point rounds wasn’t a hint, I really don’t know what is.

Archivarix on December 6, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Republic is a dead-end regime when media access can be purchased for a minuscule fraction of tax money at stake, and votes are counted by a computer program that nobody can see or validate.

I lived under socialism – first in Russia all the way through the Perestroika, then in Israel in the nineties. It’s not a pleasure but not a death sentence, either. It is, in a sense, like being raped: you live to tell the story but get the lifelong mental scar to carry. It may come as a shock to today’s patriots that any resistance will not only be futile but actively rejected by the general population.

Archivarix on December 6, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Over the years I’ve met many nice folks like yourself who have lived the nightmare of socialism – they tend to be the ones who resist it the most.

Sadly those who have no clue tend to be the target of socialist slime.

The attitude of ‘It can’t happen here’ has to have been the case in other regimes infested with the disease of collectivism and yet it did happen and can.

Galt2009 on December 6, 2012 at 1:43 PM

BHO is busy packing for Hawaii. Can’t be bothered with this foreign policy stuff.

vcferlita on December 6, 2012 at 1:43 PM

The parasites class President lost Egypt to the islamic extremists the same way Carter lost Iran to the islamic extremists in 1979… Both men are the two most incompetent Presidents ever… The question is who is more incompetent Obama or Carter? I will say with certainty that it is Obama…

mnjg on December 6, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Yup, big government adding regulation helps big business and hurts smaller competitors and decimates start-ups.

Great job, lester.

blink on December 6, 2012 at 11:40 AM

And spending $ 4 million of tax payers money on his vacation… However neiher the parasites who voted for him, nor the the left wing socialist lunatics who voted for him, nor the liberal elite give a damn about it because all what they care about is welfare money and power… In fact they applaud him spending so much of tax payers money… Imagine what they would do if a Republican President does this…

mnjg on December 6, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Imagine what they would do if a Republican President does this…

mnjg on December 6, 2012 at 1:47 PM

We wouldn’t get to this point. A scandal even half as corrupt as Fast and Furious would have de-railed a GOP president.

Happy Nomad on December 6, 2012 at 1:51 PM

The attitude of ‘It can’t happen here’ has to have been the case in other regimes infested with the disease of collectivism and yet it did happen and can.

Galt2009 on December 6, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Unfortunately, I think the actual thought is “It can’t happen to ME”

This tends to isolate the “thinker” from the reality that it can indeed happen.

Jabberwock on December 6, 2012 at 1:51 PM

The attitude of ‘It can’t happen here’ has to have been the case in other regimes infested with the disease of collectivism and yet it did happen and can.

Galt2009 on December 6, 2012 at 1:43 PM

What you call “it” has, in fact, already happened here. In fact, we get to celebrate the centennial of “it” in a few months…

“The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.” –Vladimir Lenin

Archivarix on December 6, 2012 at 1:52 PM

That’s why they are all retired, and so is Gen. Carter Ham (any relation to MKH, I wonder?).

Archivarix on December 6, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Ham is not retired.

U.S. Africa Command Finally Receives Spec Ops Unit

JPeterman on December 6, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Ham is not retired.

U.S. Africa Command Finally Receives Spec Ops Unit

JPeterman on December 6, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Read your own link to the end:

Ham is preparing to leave Africa Command as soon as Army Gen. David Rodriguez, who has been tapped to replace him, is approved by the Senate. Rodriguez was nominated by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Oct. 18 to replace Ham, who has served at AFRICOM commander since March, 2011.

Archivarix on December 6, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Archivarix on December 6, 2012 at 1:57 PM

But he is still not retired as of today, right?

JPeterman on December 6, 2012 at 2:01 PM

But he is still not retired as of today, right?

JPeterman on December 6, 2012 at 2:01 PM

It’s a mere formality. He cannot be sent into forced retirement immediately, and a dishonorable discharge would inevitably put him into forceful opposition to the regime, which would be “not optimal” three weeks before the election. The replacement order came on the fateful day when he refused to bend over and take it stand down and ordered an attempt to save Ambassador Stevens.

Archivarix on December 6, 2012 at 2:08 PM

It may come as a shock to today’s patriots that any resistance will not only be futile but actively rejected by the general population.

Archivarix on December 6, 2012 at 1:32 PM

^^^THIS!^^^

Solaratov on December 6, 2012 at 2:13 PM

… The question is who is more incompetent Obama or Carter? I will say with certainty that it is Obama…

mnjg on December 6, 2012 at 1:44 PM

You’re correct if you make the stretch of an assumption that Zero has the best interests of the nation in mind. By other measures, he is extremely accomplished at destroying the country I love.

freedomfirst on December 6, 2012 at 2:21 PM

The attitude of ‘It can’t happen here’ has to have been the case in other regimes infested with the disease of collectivism and yet it did happen and can.

Galt2009 on December 6, 2012 at 1:43 PM

What you call “it” has, in fact, already happened here. In fact, we get to celebrate the centennial of “it” in a few months…

“The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.” –Vladimir Lenin

Archivarix on December 6, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Yes, I was speaking generically of course – It and much much worse can happen.

Take a look at the History channel’s “The Third Reich”.

‘The rise’ part of the series depicts the people fully behind the regime. This is contrasted with ‘The fall’ part o the series were everyone suddenly turned against the regime.

Some people just tend to go along to get along until the situation becomes untenable – denial can be a powerful force for evil.

Galt2009 on December 6, 2012 at 2:32 PM

U.S. Africa Command Finally Receives Spec Ops Unit

JPeterman on December 6, 2012 at 1:54 PM

The European-based CIF was on a training mission in Croatia when the call from the Pentagon came in, but within hours they had positioned to Sigonella Naval Air Station in Sicily, Italy, where they gathered up pre-positioned stocks and prepared to fly the 500 miles to Libya.

“Those forces worked as advertised, and they were in position,” Special Operations Command (SOCOM) deputy commander Lt. Gen. John Mulholland told a special operations conference in Washington Nov. 28. “I’ll leave it at that because other decisions came into play that perhaps aren’t privy to SOCOM.”

Coming back to the subject later in his talk, Mulholland would only say that once the CIF landed at Sigonella, “other decisions took place subsequent to that that other commanders can speak to.”

Solaratov on December 6, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Some people just tend to go along to get along until the situation becomes untenable – denial can be a powerful force for evil.

Galt2009 on December 6, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Reminds me of a book review in the WaPo this weekend. Focusing on the Silesian town 25 miles from Auschwitz. The half of the town that was Jewish was gone by the end of the war. And yet, the collective claim is that they didn’t see anything happen to their Jewish neighbors nor did they happen to notice the millions sent to the gas chambers near by.

Happy Nomad on December 6, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Wake up, Bammy! It’s 3AM and Michelle ain’t there!

Shy Guy on December 6, 2012 at 2:57 PM

The red phone is not in little Bammie’s bedroom, it’s in Valerie Jarrett’s bedroom. She decides whether to roust his honor.

slickwillie2001 on December 6, 2012 at 3:35 PM

doesn’t the 3am phone ring at Val Jarrett’s apartment

ted c
on December 6, 2012 at 1:38 PM

.

The red phone is not in little Bammie’s bedroom, it’s in Valerie Jarrett’s bedroom. She decides whether to roust his honor.

slickwillie2001 on December 6, 2012 at 3:35 PM

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Dittos.

listens2glenn on December 6, 2012 at 4:35 PM

The cigarette on the bedside table is a nice touch.

KS Rex on December 6, 2012 at 4:52 PM

President Obama’s foreign policy in the Middle East:

1.) Bowed to oppresive Saudi Arabian King. Check.
2.) Removed a U.S./Isreal friendly dictator in Egypt and installed the Muslim Brotherhood. Check.
3.) Removed a U.S. friendly and somewhat reformed dictator in Libya and installed Al Queda. Check.
4.) Ignored the democratic movement in Iran (thus helping to quash it) and thus supporting the oppresive Islamic regime there. Check.
5.) Ignored the brutal slaughter of Syria’s people by the oppresive Islamic regime there. Check.

The only conclusion that one can reach from his actions is that President Obama is Islamist friendly and hates any U.S./Isreal/Freedom interests in the region. He admires/upholds the worst regimes there and he helps to tear down any freedom loving, U.S. friendly ones. Sigh.

Theophile on December 6, 2012 at 5:11 PM

On their wish list is a ban on assault weapons, mandatory background checks for gun buyers and the closing of private-sale loopholes.

1. Define “assault weapon”

2.mandatory background checks for gun buyers

Would this involve a photo ID? What if I set up voter registration kiosk in a gun store…hmmmmmmmm.

3. closing of private-sale loopholes

Erh….uh…exactly what does that mean?

BobMbx on December 6, 2012 at 5:26 PM

…when are they going to sodomize him?

KOOLAID2 on December 6, 2012 at 7:09 PM

You know who used to be very sensitive to the use of troops to quell political demonstrations? Barack Obama, who has been oddly silent over the last two weeks.

Schadenfreude on December 6, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Schadenfreude on December 6, 2012 at 7:18 PM

It bears repeating: Obama is testing the waters. He has visions of being an african tribal king. That’s what happens when you promote a half-black manchild like him to a position of ultimate power…

MelonCollie on December 6, 2012 at 7:57 PM