Obama on Egypt: As I’ve consistently said, we support a core set of principles about which we’re deeply concerned

posted at 7:41 pm on July 3, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

Please feel free to hash out the meaning of this in comments. There’s a dash of “let me be clear” mixed with a classic “I’ve consistently supported a vague framework within which this happens to totally fall,” seasoned with an emphasis on non-violence and a mild brow-furrowing over use of force. The statement does not come to a conclusion on Allah’s approve/disapprove question, but notes “deep concern” and a promise to “review” law governing assistance to Egypt.

As I have said since the Egyptian Revolution, the United States supports a set of core principles, including opposition to violence, protection of universal human rights, and reform that meets the legitimate aspirations of the people. The United States does not support particular individuals or political parties, but we are committed to the democratic process and respect for the rule of law. Since the current unrest in Egypt began, we have called on all parties to work together to address the legitimate grievances of the Egyptian people, in accordance with the democratic process, and without recourse to violence or the use of force.

The United States is monitoring the very fluid situation in Egypt, and we believe that ultimately the future of Egypt can only be determined by the Egyptian people. Nevertheless, we are deeply concerned by the decision of the Egyptian Armed Forces to remove President Morsy and suspend the Egyptian constitution. I now call on the Egyptian military to move quickly and responsibly to return full authority back to a democratically elected civilian government as soon as possible through an inclusive and transparent process, and to avoid any arbitrary arrests of President Morsy and his supporters. Given today’s developments, I have also directed the relevant departments and agencies to review the implications under U.S. law for our assistance to the Government of Egypt.

The United States continues to believe firmly that the best foundation for lasting stability in Egypt is a democratic political order with participation from all sides and all political parties —secular and religious, civilian and military. During this uncertain period, we expect the military to ensure that the rights of all Egyptian men and women are protected, including the right to peaceful assembly, due process, and free and fair trials in civilian courts. Moreover, the goal of any political process should be a government that respects the rights of all people, majority and minority; that institutionalizes the checks and balances upon which democracy depends; and that places the interests of the people above party or faction. The voices of all those who have protested peacefully must be heard – including those who welcomed today’s developments, and those who have supported President Morsy. In the interim, I urge all sides to avoid violence and come together to ensure the lasting restoration of Egypt’s democracy.

No transition to democracy comes without difficulty, but in the end it must stay true to the will of the people. An honest, capable and representative government is what ordinary Egyptians seek and what they deserve. The longstanding partnership between the United States and Egypt is based on shared interests and values, and we will continue to work with the Egyptian people to ensure that Egypt’s transition to democracy succeeds.

Update: National security reporters Eli Lake and Josh Rogin, both experts in their field and Eli a former resident of Egypt, report on the administration’s inconsistencies on Egypt. The whole thing is a great read, but here’s a key part. Obama had this to say in Tanzania this week about the administration’s approach to Egypt: “The way we make decisions about assistance to Egypt is based on are they in fact following rule of law and democratic procedures.” But the record looks very different.

In March 2012, Clinton waived restrictions passed by Congress on aid to Egypt “on the basis of America’s national-security interests.” That decision came in the midst of the Egyptian government’s crackdown on foreign NGOs, which included the raiding of the offices of several American organizations, including the National Democratic Institute, the International Republican Institute, and Freedom House.

In April of this year, Kerry again waived all congressional restrictions on aid to Egypt, but did so secretly and without any explanation. The State Department later explained that aid to Egypt’s military was necessary because of U.S.-Egyptian cooperation on things like counterterrorism.

Five senators in March proposed changes to the way the U.S. gives aid to Egypt in the hopes of using the aid to pressure Morsi to improve his record on democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. But the Obama administration, led by Kerry and U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson, fought those changes, and none was ever passed into law.

That same month Kerry delivered to Morsi an additional $190 million of U.S. aid based on Morsi’s pledge to implement economic reforms, part of a $1 billion debt-relief package Obama pledged to Morsi.

“This is simply an inaccurate description by the president of his administration’s decision-making process with regard to U.S. assistance to Egypt,” says Stephen McInerney, the executive director of the Project on Middle East Democracy. “The administration’s decisions about U.S. aid to Egypt have been based primarily on short-term conceptions of preserving security. There is no evidence that such decisions have ever been made based on whether the Egyptian government is following the rule of law and democratic procedures, as the president claims.”

Update: Thomas Donnelly wonders “Where’s America?”

Update: Leading from Cape Cod. Or, not? The State Department says Kerry was not on his yacht today.

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Dear President Obama,

I’m not sorry your brothers in the Brotherhood were overthrown, I would not be sorry to see the same thing happen here. You are vile president you care nothing for the citizens of America and your fundamental transformation has gone way further than a rational public would allow. That being said, I’ve come to realize that you Sir are not the problem causing America’s decline and possible demise. You are the symptom of a civilian society that has totally lost touch with its roots and values. You Sir are no more than a maggot taking advantage of an open wound.

Philo Beddoe on July 4, 2013 at 7:57 AM

“Yeah, our support of the Muslim Brotherhood was just a botched joke. I’m sorry if it offended anyone who was too stupid to get it.”

forest on July 4, 2013 at 8:01 AM

Blah, blah, blah, . . . blah. Give it up Obama your words are empty.

rplat on July 4, 2013 at 8:07 AM

“As I have said since the Egyptian Revolution, the United States supports a set of core principles, including opposition to violence, protection of universal human rights …” – B. Hussein Obama

Except when it comes to CHRISTIANS, women, and/or “rights” of any kind.
BUT of course, the “right” for Obama to be a meddlesome incompetent.
~(A)~

Karl Magnus on July 4, 2013 at 8:20 AM

Is he flapping his gums again? Shaddup, Obama. You are irrelevant and nothing more than a pimple on the World’s Stage. Get off.

Key West Reader on July 4, 2013 at 8:23 AM

How I feel after every Obama Speech.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hfYJsQAhl0

ratherbskiing on July 4, 2013 at 8:36 AM

What “core set of principles” might that be?

driguana on July 4, 2013 at 8:44 AM

What “core set of principles” might that be?

driguana on July 4, 2013 at 8:44 AM

If and when you ever find out, let us know, willya?
You might have to plumb the depths of Valerie Jarrett’s sink hole.
eeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwww Gird yer loins!
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on July 4, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Consistently standing on the shifting sands of the desert, perhaps.

Too bad we don’t have a majority of the electorate that is paying attention. Too busy Real Housewives of Big Brothers or something.

ProfShadow on July 4, 2013 at 9:22 AM

ProfShadow on July 4, 2013 at 9:22 AM

New season of “Honey Boo Boo” started…otherwise ‘Merica would be all over this.

coldwarrior on July 4, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Obama: the Waive President.

Count to 10 on July 4, 2013 at 9:29 AM

According to Walid Shoebatt it looks like there may be a real link to Benghazi via Egypt.
Things appear to have gone down more or less like this:
Zero/Valjar whomever gives money and/or instructions to the MB/Morsi/Egypt, they hire Ansar al Shaira to do the dirty work at Benghazi and the video gets all the blame. There are several really good links on all this really worthwhile looking into.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3039033/posts

rodguy911 on July 4, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Obama’s dream of a Muslim Brotherhood lead Middle East caliphate has been peed on harder than a tourist camel relieving himself on a hot day at the Pyramids…

albill on July 4, 2013 at 10:07 AM

http://youtu.be/ss2hULhXf04

what every Obama speech sounds like to me.

theflyonthewall on July 4, 2013 at 10:08 AM

What “core set of principles” might that be?

driguana on July 4, 2013 at 8:44 AM

That would be Marxist/Communist. I’m on the fence about which.

dogsoldier on July 4, 2013 at 10:09 AM

According to Walid Shoebatt it looks like there may be a real link to Benghazi via Egypt.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3039033/posts

rodguy911 on July 4, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Good Job, rodguy.
Ironclad: Egypt Involved in Benghazi Attacks
The report that used to be entitled, Hostage Crisis: The Blind Sheikh, Benghazi and Smoking Guns … has just become the far more comprehensive report entitled, IRONCLAD: EGYPT INVOLVED IN BENGHAZI ATTACKS
Emperor Oligula will ignore it of course. He and his filthy peeps tried to distract from their complicity, not mere incompetence, but prior knowledge. Meanwhile, the “video” maker still rots in a cell.
I am not one to usually call for impeachment, but what more does it take?
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on July 4, 2013 at 10:11 AM

When Bo starts with “As I’ve consistently said…….”, hilarity ensues.

NotEasilyFooled on July 4, 2013 at 10:21 AM

New season of “Honey Boo Boo” started…otherwise ‘Merica would be all over this.

coldwarrior on July 4, 2013 at 9:28 AM

It’s even in smell-a-vision now. Who needs to worry about 30 million Egyptian rabble-rousers with entertainment like that?

oldroy on July 4, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Egypt began, we have called on all parties to work together to address the legitimate grievances of the Egyptian people, in accordance with the democratic process, and without recourse to violence or the use of force.

Zero, you don’t give a rats backside about the democratic process.

dogsoldier on July 4, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Just shutup and watch……errrrrrr lead from behind.

Red Creek on July 4, 2013 at 10:37 AM

In honor of US relations with Egypt, I have summarized a Benghazi writeup by Walid Shoebat, ex MuslimBrotherhood, which he has updated

People can discount security documents as bogus but the players are real. 6 members of Ansar al-Sharia arrested by Libyan security were Egyptions
1. 9/6 video trailer sent to “journalists around the world”. Some of the video was translated into Arabic. – Wall Street Journal
2. 9/7 Egypt’s Wisam Waris denounces video. (same Waris tied in by libyan security if document real)
3. 9/8 Al-Nas talk show host airs translated video. Reuters calls this flashpoint for Cairo riots
4. 9/9 interview with Egyptian Waris put on Youtube about insults to islam
5. Sam Bacile, AKA Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, maker of video had had 2 videos on his site. The famous one, and a video of Nader Bakkar, the official spokesman of the Salafist Nour Party. Bakar connected to Waris on 9/7 effort
6. 9/10 Stevens arrives Benghazi. State Department had hired the February 17th Martyrs Brigade (F17MB)for security (allegiances to Al-Qaeda and one of the groups in that Libyan Intelligence document)
Interim Progress Report by the House Oversight Committee:

Numerous reports have indicated that the Brigade had extremist connections, and it had been implicated in the kidnapping of American citizens as well as in the threats against U.S. military assets.

Almogaz News reported that Ansar Al-Sharia of Egypt is a “Salafist group” (keep in mind that Al-Nas is also Salafist). The mission of Ansar al-Sharia – according to Almogaz – is to “release Islamist prisoners”.

…on September 8, 2012, just days before Ambassador Stevens arrived in Benghazi, the February 17 Martyrs Brigade told State Department officials that the group would no longer support U.S. movements in the city, including the Ambassador’s visit.

9/11 Stevens supposed to meet F17MB but postpones. Attacked that evening. Sean Smith killed. Stevens body taken to

hospital under the control of Ansar al-Sharia, according to the testimony of Gregory Hicks, who became the highest-ranking State Department official in Libya after Stevens passed away.

At the Washington Free Beacon, Bill Gertz reported on the shocking but unconfirmed claim made by an al-Qaeda terrorist named Abdallah Dhu-al-Bajadin:
An al Qaeda terrorist stated in a recent online posting that U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens was killed by lethal injection after plans to kidnap him during the Sept. 11, 2012 terror attack in Benghazi went bad.

9/15 Rice talking points scrubbed of ansar al sharia references. Petraeus disagrees on scrubbing
9/16 Libyan President alleges attack planned by outsiders (Egyptian).
Rice hits the talk shows same day. Made statements that Mursi was not involved

Whistleblower Hicks says Rice did this to stop Libyan gov from talking

11/7/12 Petraeus affair outed. FBI knew for months. Holder knew for weeks

Walid Shoebat implies video was a hoax. Shoebat is first cousin of video maker’s partner Eiad who hates Copt Christians. Eiad was incarcerated in Canada. LAPD wanted him, but FBI said no. Despite Benghazi US would not extradite him for other charges. Instead the US requested he be sent back to Palestine

9/28/2012 450 million aid pkg to Egypt announced
3/2013 250 million more aid to Egypt
One blind Sheik exchanged for one boggled pre election hostage crisis. If so, costly

entagor on July 4, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Obama loves Morsi because Morsi was democratically elected. But even the US Declaration of Independence includes the statement:

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government

ss396 on July 4, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Thanks Karl. Hard to tell what it will take to get house pubbies off their duffs and actually go after the poser.

rodguy911 on July 4, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Great stuff entagor an assassination by lethal injection,unbelievable.

http://freebeacon.com/possible-poisoning/

Here’s a snippet or two

“An al Qaeda terrorist stated in a recent online posting that U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens was killed by lethal injection after plans to kidnap him during the Sept. 11, 2012 terror attack in Benghazi went bad.

The veracity of the claim made by Abdallah Dhu-al-Bajadin, who was identified by U.S. officials as a known weapons experts for al Qaeda, could not be determined. However, U.S. officials have not dismissed the terrorist’s assertion……”

…………However, according to the March 14 posting on an al Qaeda-linked website, Abdallah Dhu-al-Bajadin, the al Qaeda weapons expert, stated that Stevens was given a lethal injection and that the injection was overlooked during the medical autopsy.

According to Dhu-al-Bajadin, “the plan was based on abduction and exchange of high-level prisoners.”…………

………………The article did not say what substance was used in the lethal injection. It also stated that the State Department had come under criticism for not providing adequate security in Benghazi prior to the attack.

Dhu-al-Bajadin also said he had further details of the attack and the assassination but would not reveal them in the posting.

The Washington Free Beacon obtained a copy of the translation of Dhu-al-Bajadin’s posting in Arabic.

The article stated that use of lethal injection is done “more than one place in the human body that autopsy doctors ignore when they see that the symptoms are similar to another specific and common illness.”

“Anyone who studied the art of silent assassination that spies applied during the Cold War would easily identify these parts of the body,” he said…………….

rodguy911 on July 4, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Since rich Republicans are supposedly distant from the average American but rich Democrats are just like the rest of us, it was reassuring to read that the State Dept. says Kerry was not on his yacht

Yakko77 on July 4, 2013 at 11:57 AM

When Bo starts with “As I’ve consistently said…….”, hilarity ensues.

NotEasilyFooled on July 4, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Agreed. Especially after the vocal support for status quo for Egypt during the past three/four weeks, while Morsi circled the porcelain fixture.

socalcon on July 4, 2013 at 12:00 PM

I get so bored with liberals who have supported Islamic tyranny on the thin gruel of “democracy”. All anyone had to do before the last Egyptian elections was to crack a paper and they could have SEEN that the Muslim Brotherhood was the only organized faction on the ground. Isn’t that how Obama finds things out?… reading the paper?

There’s no “democracy” without political competition. There’s no freedom in religious tyranny. It cannot have been a mistake that Obama didn’t know that.

Murf76 on July 4, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood, Salafis attack church, loot Christian homes in revenge for toppling of Morsi

This followed a “proliferation of calls on social networking sites to retaliate against the Copts, claiming they brought down the President.”

“The Muslim Brotherhood group is part of this people and are invited to participate in building the nation as nobody will be excluded, and if they responded to the invitation, they will be welcomed,” the new president said.

nazo311 on July 4, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Moreover, the goal of any political process should be a government that respects the rights of all people, majority and minority [unless they want a tax exemption to sponsor protests to my policies]; that institutionalizes the checks and balances upon which democracy depends [which I will ignore if I can use and Executive Order to circumvent the laws enacted by Congress]; and that places the interests of the people above party or faction ["the people" consisting sole of myself and my buddies]

.

What you know Obama really meant to say.

AesopFan on July 4, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Obama wanted an Islamic wave to swallow the Middle East. He threw Mubarak under the bus to start the wave in Egypt. The Egyptians just told him to go “blank” himself.

Obama also likes chaos, as did his teachers who were fans of Mao.

He is out of his depth with a lot of bad ideas in his quiver.

Nothing but trouble.

archer52 on July 4, 2013 at 7:17 PM

John is giving face-lift yips to Morsi…
At least he can do SOMETHING!

shorebird on July 5, 2013 at 2:28 AM

An Egy kills and Egy I have no problem. Nore should our taxes pay for them and better weapons. Since in the long they hate us anyways. It is a joke, but more real. If you have cash and power in the mid east. It means you have (wives). And if a guy has no opportunity to have his own family. Why not blame it on another?

If you are ugly in face in the Mideast…Well At least they do have religion. Or Tarnished people in their minds.

It’s just sad how a religion can handcuff a nation and a world.

Gedge on July 5, 2013 at 6:41 AM

Do I need the President’s propaganda to understand this situation? Not really. just look at the protesters signs which largely condemn Mr. Obama by name.

Some of that may indeed be general “hate” for American vis a vis’ our President, but I doubt that is a majority of it. The Egyptian people have watched as the Brotherhood, with President Obama’s full support have tried to “transform” a secular Egyptian society into an Islamist State.

Blatant, unconstitutional and dictatorial moves with an imperialist heavy-hand such as changes to Egypt’s constitution and the removal of a Supreme Court judge were met with indifference and obfuscated in meaningless statements. Either way, the result was the same; it was supported by the President largely through inaction and the lack of strong support for the rights of ordinary Egyptians whose liberties were being trampled in pursuit of political power. Sound familiar? It should, replace the issues with some of Mr. Obama’s domestic actions and we have a very similar political philosophy in action within our own country.

It’s pretty clear that Mr. Obama has supported the Brotherhood not just in Egypt, but in other places where their pernicious, destructive organization has sought to co-opt and ultimately corrupt democratic process to further their ends. This should help stop that advance in its tracks, which is why Mr. Obama and like minded people across the globe worry about it. Revolution is never pretty or within the boundaries of political calculations imperial despots use to seize power. That is the reason it is often a very effective means of restoring balance to an otherwise corrupt government.

That latter point should be the lesson everyone takes away from this example. In fact, in my opinion that’s why even people in our country are interested in a revolution thousands of miles away. It ultimately resonates with people who love freedom no matter where they live. It’s the ultimate relief from despots who have stolen the mantle of liberty and forged it into a yoke of servitude.

Marcus Traianus on July 5, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Obama on Egypt:

Obama Speeches Now Being Written By The Random Platitude Generator — H/T The Other McCain

petefrt on July 5, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Let’s see…naive, sophomoric, dizzy, high schoolish, clueless. Taught foreign policy by people who’ve never done a darned thing outside an Ivy League setting…bookish, self-aggrandizing snobbish, know-it-all a-holes…

bill glass on July 5, 2013 at 10:09 AM

I’m going to need to see this in the Arabic.

Steve Eggleston on July 3, 2013 at 7:51 PM

المستعمرون يمارس الجنس مع الثناء على الله أن يكون

(f*ck colonialists praise to be allah)

Nutstuyu on July 5, 2013 at 11:00 AM

“We support a core set of principles”.

What does that mean?
Whose core set of principles?
Who determined the core set of principles?
Where are they written?
Do we not support anyone anymore, only principles.
Do we no longer stand with any “ONE PERSON”.
Do we no longer have tolerance for any point of view BUT ours.
Do not count on us if the polls go against you.

These policy makers of ours are getting worst with every day.
Maybe it is time that we apply the Egyptian “Core set of principles” to our government.

jpcpt03 on July 5, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Does anyone really understand what he said?

I don’t think he understands what he said.

TerryW on July 5, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Barack Obama wouldn’t know consistency (or honesty) if it bit him in the ass. He only sounds smart because he uses a lot of multisyllable words to say absolutely nothing. He’s the incarnation of that old saw: “If you can’t dazzle ‘em with brilliance, baffle ‘em with bullsh**.”

RebeccaH on July 5, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Professor Irwin Corey

bill glass on July 5, 2013 at 5:43 PM

…This entire Administration can be summed up in about three minutes of video…

Anyone ever see the ‘Dreams’ episode of M*A*S*H*? ..

Winchester’s dream…where all he can do is fakey magic tricks, and dance with sparklers…while the patient in front of him dies.

At the end of the day…”O” is nothing but a cheap, fake, nightclub magician. And not even a good one of those.

a5minmajor on July 5, 2013 at 9:55 PM

In a few months there may be elections in Egypt, so let Obama go sell his core principles over there. We’re not interested in his core principles of lawlessness and cronyism in the US.

Even his supporters are wondering now if anything they worked for meant anything (Obamacare train-wreck, Gun-control impotence, GITMO still open, IRS political corruption, phone companies, google, facebook, twitter and the NSA snooping on them too).

Good campaigner, terrible leader. He needs to go. Erhal, erhal.

virgo on July 5, 2013 at 11:15 PM

Hope and Change!
Change and Hope!
Chope and Hange!
Ange and Poche!

Umm… Is This Teleprompter on?

shorebird on July 6, 2013 at 1:32 AM

As I’ve consistently said, we support a core set of principles about which we’re deeply concerned

Declaration of Incompetence.

realitycheck on July 6, 2013 at 1:57 AM

I’d heard about the Thomas Friedman Op/Ed Generator, but had no idea an Obama Speech Generator exists. Good to know.

ConservativeLA on July 6, 2013 at 11:29 AM

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