Protester and former ambassador agree: US getting it wrong in Egypt

posted at 9:01 am on January 25, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Today is the second anniversary of the start of the Arab Spring protests in Cairo that brought down Hosni Mubarak, with the blessing and demand of the Obama administration.  Two years later, have the Egyptian people been liberated — or have they traded one oppressive regime for another, while the US loses influence in the region?  Former US ambassador to the Netherlands Cynthia Schneider says it’s the latter:

Opposition to Morsy’s authoritarianism is broader than the world recognizes. In making accommodations for Morsy’s government, the United States is — once again – out of step with the Egyptian people.

Egyptians may not know exactly what they want, but they know what they don’t want. Although an effective political opposition has yet to coalesce, Egyptians from all sectors of society are united in their refusal to accept another repressive regime.

Egypt is on a collision course. An ever growing, if periodically discouraged, portion of the population opposes the government and Morsy’s Muslim Brotherhood, and supports the revolution’s goals of social and economic justice, accountable government, and basic freedoms, including freedom of expression and protection of minorities. Yet the government is moving in exactly the opposite direction, with its authoritarian control over political, social, and religious life.

The government’s investigation of the wildly popular “Egyptian Jon Stewart” Bassem Youssef – charged with insulting Morsy and undermining his command — and the forced “retirement” of respected journalist Hani Shukrallah, editor of state-owned Al-Ahram’s English-language website, are just two very public examples of the vice tightening on freedom of expression.

While the US media has mostly focused on Morsi’s anti-semitic remarks, they seem to have missed the crackdown on dissent in the Egyptian media.  Not only do we now have a regime more openly hostile to our ally Israel — which was the point of supporting Mubarak, who kept a lid on security issues — we haven’t traded up in terms of liberty, either, at least not much.

At least one protester agrees with Schneider, and wants to find a way around the US media coverage of the Arab Spring’s results in Egypt.  Via Twitchy, if a picture paints a thousands words, what about the words in the picture?

 

We’ll get a better idea just how widespread these sentiments are after the protests today. The early arrivals number in the hundreds, but after Friday prayers, they are expected to ramp up significantly.


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The guy has it all wrong. Egypt is not Muslim Brotherhood, but Obama is.

Archivarix on January 25, 2013 at 9:03 AM

This is what Democracy looks like.

nobar on January 25, 2013 at 9:05 AM

The guy has it all wrong. Egypt is not Muslim Brotherhood, but Obama is.

Archivarix on January 25, 2013 at 9:03 AM

He does call obozo a jerk and idiot so I wouldn’t say he got it all wrong.

Flange on January 25, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Yes, but we (Obama and his sponsors) are looking for reasons to put more and more US troops.and assets on the African continent. What better way than to create crises not to be wasted?

It’s about oil passing around the Horn, and it’s about natural resources on the continent itself. 21st Century Banana Wars- for much higher stakes.

M240H on January 25, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Yes, but the future SHALL NOT belong to those who speak ill of the Prophet Moohammed or marxists such as Barrach Hussein Obama

FlaMurph on January 25, 2013 at 9:08 AM

…or have they traded one oppressive regime for another, while the US loses influence in the region?

what difference does it make?

forest on January 25, 2013 at 9:10 AM

…just wait until JugEars gives the Muslim Brotherhood a nuke “by mistake”!
(…somehow a “perfectly good” drone plopped into Iranian hands!)

KOOLAID2 on January 25, 2013 at 9:10 AM

I wonder when Egyptians will realize, like we do, that everything BHO does in N. Africa has been according to his purpose of reducing US standing?

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 25, 2013 at 9:11 AM

The guy has it all wrong. Egypt is not Muslim Brotherhood, but Obama is.

Archivarix on January 25, 2013 at 9:03 AM

He does call obozo a jerk and idiot so I wouldn’t say he got it all wrong.

Flange on January 25, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Yes, but he calls him so for a totally wrong reason. He believes that Ogabe will help the Egyptians fight against the MB. In that, I’d say he is very, very mistaken.

Archivarix on January 25, 2013 at 9:14 AM

So the platitudes of political speech are being met head on by the iron fist of reality. Who knew that would happen?

rsherwd65 on January 25, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Now Mubarak was no saint, but the Egyptians have exchanged relative peace and security under him for chaos under the MB.

I would tell people I know who were cheering the Arab Spring ‘I told you so’, but they lost interest in Egypt as soon as Obama did.

mjk on January 25, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Nice sign, you poor, deluded man. The only thing that matters to this administration is Muslim Brotherhood control. To this White House (and , consequently, to the Ministry of Socialist Messaging), allowing the new regime to rid the country of those who would oppose MB hegemony in the region is a , not a bug.

Five minute’s application of inductive logic to the American and UN tactics in the Middle East would remove any doubt of that from the mind of any rational human being.

Seriously, how can so many not have figured this out already?

ROCnPhilly on January 25, 2013 at 9:18 AM

We brought democracy and peace to a nation once ruled by a dictator. I think most reasonable people understand that Smart Power works.

All hail Barky Bark.

CorporatePiggy on January 25, 2013 at 9:20 AM

That brave man is risking his life, folks.

Obama and Hillary don’t care much about lives. The wreckage and pain they are leaving behind is incredible.

It is an outrage of gigantic proportions.

Sherman1864 on January 25, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Archivarix on January 25, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Don’t see where you get that idea from. Looks to me like a guy holding a sign telling the world that obozo is an idiot and a jerk. At best he’s asking obozo to not back the muslim panthers brotherhood. But that hardly looks like a man asking obozo for help.

Flange on January 25, 2013 at 9:29 AM

If the average Egyptian citizen is not well armed, (including simi-automatic weapons with big clips), they are a lost cause, no matter what they want for a representative government.

Rovin on January 25, 2013 at 9:32 AM

It is a FEATURE, not a BUG!

Goddammit, I f_cking HATE ANDROID VIRTUAL KEYBOARDS!!!!!!!!

This damn thing absolutely WILL NOT cooperate with the HotAir response app! Even with a stylus!

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ROCnPhilly on January 25, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Ministry of Socialist Messaging

Why didn’t you just say Main Stream Media in the first place?

College Prof on January 25, 2013 at 9:53 AM

If you think about it, there is only one Political / Religious group that has become stronger over the last four years. Coincidence?

Whiterock on January 25, 2013 at 9:57 AM

The irony that women overwhelmingly support Obama who gives FREE F-16′s to Morsi to help him suppress the secularists who support rights for women apparently escapes the progressive left.

KW64 on January 25, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Protester and former ambassador agree: US getting it wrong in Egypt

Welcome to your standard “No Sh!t” moment.

SWalker on January 25, 2013 at 10:00 AM

That brave man is risking his life, folks.

Obama and Hillary don’t care much about lives. The wreckage and pain they are leaving behind is incredible.

It is an outrage of gigantic proportions.

Sherman1864 on January 25, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Barack Obama mode on: You can’t build an Islamic Caliphate without killing a few Infidels.

SWalker on January 25, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Anytime Demwits mewl about Repubs’ War on Wimminses, remind them that they are the ones who handed Egypt over to Zawahiri’s boys.

Christien on January 25, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Obama is a brother from the hood.

What’s the prob?

profitsbeard on January 25, 2013 at 12:01 PM

A ‘vice’ doesn’t tighten, a ‘vise’ does.

slickwillie2001 on January 25, 2013 at 12:17 PM

I like his sign.

listens2glenn on January 25, 2013 at 3:41 PM