Egypt imposes month-long state of emergency after riots; Update: ElBaradei quits interim gov’t

posted at 12:01 pm on August 14, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

And so we come back full circle on the Egyptian edition of the Arab Spring.  When we got on board this merry-go-round in early 2011 to push our decades-long ally Hosni Mubarak under the bus, we demanded quick elections after a long period of emergency rule under military governance stretching back to Gamel Nasser.  Thanks in part to the push for quick elections, we’re now back to a military-imposed government ruling under emergency decree:

Egypt’s interim president has declared a monthlong state of emergency to combat worsening violence after riot police moved to clear two sprawling encampments of supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

A statement by the office of President Adly Mansour said Wednesday that the state of emergency takes effect at 4 p.m. (1400 GMT, 10 a.m. EDT). It didn’t provide details but says Mansour also ordered the armed forces to support the police in their efforts to restore law and order and protect state facilities.

This makes it even more difficult for the US and its Western allies to spin the situation in Egypt, and shows just how little influence outsiders have in this situation.  The US and Europe sent delegations nearly continuously since the non-coup coup earlier this summer attempting to get the Muslim Brotherhood and the military to negotiate a peaceful conclusion to the impasse, all while Mohamed Morsi’s supporters built encampments on the streets of Cairo for mostly peaceful protests.  That situation could not last forever, though, and the military move has cost more than a hundred lives — so far.

The time limit on the state of emergency is rather quaint, under the circumstances.  Egypt has been under “temporary” emergency law that allows the military to impose its will for most of the period between 1967 and 2011, mainly to suppress the Muslim Brotherhood and other organized political dissent.  That is what created the 2011 situation where the Brotherhood was the only group organized well enough for elections at the time of Mubarak’s fall, and why calling for quick elections instead of a transition to allow other groups to organize was a bad call by the West.  Don’t expect the state of emergency to end any time soon — or perhaps any time at all, barring another coup.

This will put even more pressure on Barack Obama to officially call the coup a coup and kill foreign aid to the military.  Some in Congress have already agitated for that outcome, even though the US sent aid to the Egyptian military for decades under precisely the same circumstances.  With Turkey calling for UN intervention and the likelihood of further deadly clashes in the foreseeable future, this state of emergency may end up being the last straw for the Obama administration — even though severing our contact with the Egyptian military will almost certainly do long-term damage to our goals in the region.

CNN provides more scenes from the crackdown:

Also, the death of at least one journalist on the ground in Egypt provides us another reminder of the danger in being a foreign correspondent in a war zone, which is what Cairo looks like at the moment:

Sky News cameraman Mick Deane has been shot and killed in Egypt this morning.

Mick, 61, had worked for Sky for 15 years, based in Washington and then Jerusalem.

The married father of two was part of our team covering the violence in Cairo. The rest of the team are unhurt.

The Head of Sky News John Ryley described Mick as the very best of cameramen, a brilliant journalist and an inspiring mentor to many at Sky.

“Mick Deane was a really lovely, lovely guy,” he said. “He was great fun to work with, he was an astonishingly good cameraman who took some brilliant pictures.

“But he also had a first class editorial brain. He had brilliant ideas.

“He was also good fun after the job was done. He was laid back, and I’m really going to miss him, like lots of people here.”

Say a prayer on behalf of Deane and his family and friends — and a prayer for the safety of those who remain on the ground to report what is happening in Egypt.

Update: This makes the situation even more complicated for the West:

The White House just issued a statement “strongly opposing” the emergency decree.  We’ll see if that has consequences for aid.


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faraway on August 14, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Why you would want to report on this hell hole is beyond my understanding. Must be like wanting to be a tightrope walker.

Deano1952 on August 14, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Come on, the President said it wasn’t a Coup. Everyone in the know agrees with him Ed.

Do I need it? /

Johnnyreb on August 14, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Is there anything Obama hasn’t screwed up outside of getting himself re-elected?

And if Bush was a doe eyed idealist for believing that after a managed transition to democracy that Iraq could succeed, what does that make Obama here?

18-1 on August 14, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Back when the Egyptian military decided they loved Egypt more than they loved Morsi, tossing out the MB and Morsi, I posted that Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was the next strongman of Egypt and was looking like Egypt’s last good hope.

I stand by that.

He has no easy route to take…the MB has done nothing good for Egypt over the many decades since it was founded…and has killed far more Egyptians over the years than most can imagine.

El-Barradai resigning is not unexpected…he is a supporter of the MB, only he wears an Armani suit and flashy ties.

I wish Egypt fast and good success as it attempts to restore Egypt to sanity.

Just keep John Kerry and company the hell away from Cairo.

Obama, likewise.

coldwarrior on August 14, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Hey, are McCain and Graham still in Cairo?

Maybe the state of emergency means that Egypt won’t let them leave.

*crossing my fingers*

Bitter Clinger on August 14, 2013 at 12:11 PM

I’m not particularly fond of journalists and since I dont know enough about the guy who was shot, I wont pray for him. For all I know he could be one of these joo hating freaks that seem to dominate uk media.

Blake on August 14, 2013 at 12:11 PM

coldwarrior on August 14, 2013 at 12:09 PM

I thought el-Sisi has ties to the MB.

Bitter Clinger on August 14, 2013 at 12:12 PM

The fuse to explode the ME has been lit and I don’t see anyone in the near future having the ability to put it out.

Deano1952 on August 14, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Egypt imposes month-long state of emergency after riots; Update: ElBaradei quits interim gov’t

And the rat-eared coward and SecState are on vacation. Not that I think they should engage in shuttle diplomacy or anything but the fact of the matter the flip side of having to take an entourage to Martha’s Vineyard because the Presidency is a 24/7 job is that one is expected to work- even if the shaved Yeti is demanding you take her for lobster.

Egypt is burning, the region is in chaos, and neither situation can wait until the vacation is over.

Happy Nomad on August 14, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Egyptians showing Americans the way…
I’ll pray for the freedom loving Egyptians not the press…

d1carter on August 14, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Why you would want to report on this hell hole is beyond my understanding. Must be like wanting to be a tightrope walker.

Deano1952 on August 14, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Almost. First set the rope on fire, and you’re there.

ElectricPhase on August 14, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Sorry, way OT, but I’m on the run, and this is interesting.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/08/13/Boehner-s-hometown-sheriffs-show-down-with-Speaker-offer-local-opposition-to-immigration-efforts

I saw the head sheriff speak at a Tea Party gathering in Boehner’s district about two months ago. The picture of him in the article is very unflattering. He looks like a fat slob, when, in fact, he’s not. He’s essentially Ohio’s version of Joe Arpaio. He was very candid in saying that DC has sold us out. He said he’s fighting the good fight, but LE’s hands are tied at every turn. On top of that, they’re overloading the welfare system in the county in which Boehner resides–in a gated community, of course.

BuckeyeSam on August 14, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Wow, that “Arab Spring” sure’s bloomin’ intensely.

Have you ever met a bigger buffoon than obama?

Schadenfreude on August 14, 2013 at 12:21 PM

I’ll pray for the freedom loving Egyptians not the press…

d1carter on August 14, 2013 at 12:19 PM

+1…but it will be as chaotic as Syria, soon.

The entire region is going into a big fire. obama helped to expedite it all with his stupid speeches and actions.

His entire foreign and domestic idiocies are exposed, nakid.

Schadenfreude on August 14, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Bitter Clinger on August 14, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Morsi appointed al-Sisi to replace Tantawi, former head of the Egyptian military because Tantawi was too close to Mubarak and Omar Souleiman…the thinking seems to have been a career military officer with good links to both the north and south of Egypt and fairly clean overall would be a good addition to show Morsi’s government was legitimate.

However, al-Sisi was a protege of Omar Souleiman…and possessed of a critical thinking mind as well…something generally lacking in the region.

On the military side, al-Sisi’s credentials are rock solid.

Cannot recall nor presently find any info on any MB connections to al-Sisi.

coldwarrior on August 14, 2013 at 12:24 PM

White House spokesman Josh Earnest, briefing reporters as President Barack Obama was on an eight-day vacation, urged Egypt’s military leaders to respect the basic human rights of the Egyptian people.

But those rights do not apply to rodeo clowns.

rbj on August 14, 2013 at 12:27 PM

rbj on August 14, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Nor video makers.

coldwarrior on August 14, 2013 at 12:30 PM

But those rights do not apply to rodeo clowns.

rbj on August 14, 2013 at 12:27 PM

That rodeo clown dared mock Obama.

It is clearly a much bigger deal than the Egyptian riots, the US government spying on its citizens, or even an angry fat black woman being told no when she wanted to see a $40K purse.

Happy Nomad on August 14, 2013 at 12:34 PM

We’ll see if that has consequences for aid.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Stop it!! You’re killing me…

JohnGalt23 on August 14, 2013 at 12:35 PM

I have a suggestion for the White House. Take your “strongly worded statement,” fold it into a paper airplane, and sail it at an Egyptian tank.

Does anyone think BHO might be able to get a job as, say, a rodeo clown, when his faux presidency is finally over?

IndieDogg on August 14, 2013 at 12:35 PM

coldwarrior on August 14, 2013 at 12:24 PM

I may be conflating a couple things.

I do believe he had made a statement in favor of Islamism though I can’t recall what exactly it was he said. I think I conflated that statement with him being tied to MB.

Bitter Clinger on August 14, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Rubber Bullets!!

Ben Hur on August 14, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Arabic-speaking former PLO member Walid Shoebat has translated the report by the Turkish News Agency Anatolia as follows:

In an interview with the Anatolia News Agency, Saad Al-Shater, the son of a Muslim Brotherhood leader, the detained Khairat Al-Shater, said that his father had in his hand evidence that will land the head of United States of America, President Obama, in prison. He stressed that the senior U.S. delegation currently visiting Egypt, knows full well that the fate, future, interests and reputation of their country is in the hands of his father, and they know that he owns the information, documents and recordings that incriminate and would condemn their country. Such documents, he says, were placed in the hands of people who were entrusted inside and outside Egypt, and that the release of his father is the only way for them to prevent a great catastrophe. He stated that a warning was sent threatening to show how the U.S. administration was directly connected. The evidence was sent through intermediaries which caused them to change their attitude and corrected their position, and that they have taken serious steps to prove good faith. Saad also said that his father’s safety is more important to the Americans than is the safety of Mohamed Morsi.

Writing in his blog, Shoebat noted that six different Arabic sources confirmed the interview with Saad Al-Shater and the report of Al-Shater’s claims.

Resist We Much on August 14, 2013 at 12:43 PM

This will put even more pressure on Barack Obama to officially call the coup a coup and kill foreign aid to the military. Some in Congress have already agitated for that outcome, even though the US sent aid to the Egyptian military for decades under precisely the same circumstances. With Turkey calling for UN intervention and the likelihood of further deadly clashes in the foreseeable future, this state of emergency may end up being the last straw for the Obama administration — even though severing our contact with the Egyptian military will almost certainly do long-term damage to our goals in the region.

Egypt seems like a very unstable country right now, and the military could eventually be infiltrated by Salifists or Brotherhood members. We probably don’t want any weapons WE sell or give to Egypt being used against us, like those 400 mysteriously missing surface-to-air missiles from Benghazi.

Since it was reported last week that Israel’s military was cooperating with the Egyptian military in taking out some al Qaeda camps, why don’t we stay out of Egypt entirely and ask Bibi what needs to be done? If Israel needs arms, we can sell them to Israel, since it’s no secret that the US has supported Israel militarily for decades. If Israel then decides to use them to help the current Egyptian regime in its own interest, that’s their decision, not ours.

Steve Z on August 14, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Does anyone think BHO might be able to get a job as, say, a rodeo clown, when his faux presidency is finally over?

IndieDogg on August 14, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Egypt is burning. And despite what our libertarian friends think, it does matter to the United States.

Obamacare has proven to be even worse public policy than even the Demonrats imagined.

There are so many scandals it is hard to keep them straight (Benghazi, NSA, IRS, etc) but the underlying themes are that our government is lying to us and spying on us in violation of our civil rights.

And yet……… The state of MO is in an uproar over a rodeo clown’s performance. Switzerland is all but mobilizing their army because an angry fat black woman heard the word “no” when she demanded to see a handbag that cost about the same as the average for US annual income. The White House can’t find the money to open the People’s House for public tours but the Obama’s dog was flown in on a flight of his own for the multi-million dollar vacation of the First Family (the brats are flying in by themselves too).

WHAT WE HAVE HERE IS NOTHING MORE THAN A BUNCH OF SKEWED PRIORITIES ABOUT WHAT IS IMPORTANT AND WHAT IS NOT. RIOTS IN EGYPT IS IMPORTANT. A PISSED OFF OPRAH IS NOT. It seems to be something that Washington and the rat-eared devil doesn’t get.

Happy Nomad on August 14, 2013 at 12:53 PM

OT- Jesse Jackson Jr. gets 30 months in prison. Not nearly long enough.

Happy Nomad on August 14, 2013 at 12:58 PM

What did Colin Powell tell President Bush?

“You break it, you own it.” ???

Well, Mr. President, you own Egypt… and Libya (including Benghazi)… and what is becoming of Iraq… and what will become of Afghanistan…

And you’ve had your eye on Syria.

Ask Oprah, it’s too expensive, you don’t want to buy that.

Droopy on August 14, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Steve Z on August 14, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Funny thing about that military aid to Egypt…and to Israel

Under Camp David, both Israel and Egypt agreed, with the United States as guarantor, to “accept” a set amount of military aid and credits annually for as long as the Camp David Agreements held.

Either side could step away from Camp David…and face whatever consequences that might bring…but the United States could not step away…as a guarantor…and if the US stopped aid from one or both nations, then Camp David was dissolved in its entirety.

The moment the White House decides to “step away” from Camp David by stopping the promised military aid, then there is no Camp David…and suddenly the entire situation out there gets a lot more complex real fast…which is why after Obama’s original statement about a military “coup” in Cairo has been back peddled so many times since…if it is a coup, then by other Federal law, the aid must stop….but if it stops, so does Camp David.

Now…to the smart guys in the room…Israel and Egypt…cooperation…yes, they have been for decades, in many many areas, at times with others, such as the Saudis and the Turks, Jordanians and others…and yes, even on the military side.

That al-Sisi would work with Israel to stop AQ and others in the Sinai from making a mess of things…shows al-Sisi is a pretty sharp player…and understands realpolitik. Something the clown at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and the other clown down at Foggy Bottom will never understand.

coldwarrior on August 14, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Update: ElBaradei quits interim gov’t……..GOOD, U.N. creep.

I wouldn’t be surprised if this whole Muzzie Brohood group is being supported behind the scenes by the Administration (McCain/etc).

Has anyone seen any Surface to air missiles missing from Benghazi?

PappyD61 on August 14, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Thank you President Obama.

crr6 on May 1, 2011

steebo77 on August 14, 2013 at 1:14 PM

If Obama does this during the recess……

……would it prompt a similar crisis like is happening in Egypt?

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=277_1376438631

http://bearingarms.com/obama-plans-to-sign-un-arms-treaty-during-congressional-recess/

Over the past couple of months pro-gun groups have spent large quantities of resources fighting the United Nations Arms Treaty. If ratification were to occur, the US gun market could be subjected to international regulation, leading to obvious increases in gun restrictions.

According to Obama’s trusted Press Secretary, Jay Carney, the president will sign the treaty before the end of this month. Of course, his signing comes during a the only time in which Congress takes leave, adding yet another case of skulduggery to the president’s legacy.

From a letter written by CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gotlieb,

The uncertainty begins in the discussion of small arms. Where will the regulations on our small arms start, and where will they stop? They are even trying to include ammunition regulations in the Arms Trade Treaty! Will the United Nations try to impose international licensing requirements, an international registry, or international?

The last negotiations for an Arms Trade Treaty took place in July 2012, just four months before the Presidential election. Obama did not want to take a big stance for global gun control just months before his re-election but now he has made it clear he is for total gun control. He also told voters he would not be re-visiting negotiations for an Arms Trade treaty but here we are.

Since his re-election it has become clearer than ever what is at the top of his agenda; taking our guns away! The Obama Administration has been exploiting tragedies since the election to push gun control at the city, state, federal, and now GLOBAL level.

Our Senate took a stance before the Presidential election when 51 of them wrote Obama a letter saying they would not support an Arms Trade Treaty. We must let our entire U.S. Senate know we do not support international gun control. They must not ratify this international treaty.

What has Rahm Emmanuel said “never let a crisis go to waste”?

PappyD61 on August 14, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Resist We Much on August 14, 2013 at 12:43 PM

OMG

NJ Red on August 14, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Wonderful

Plus, lots of Christians are slaughtered in Egypt. obama says nothing.

Schadenfreude on August 14, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Cannot recall nor presently find any info on any MB connections to al-Sisi.

coldwarrior on August 14, 2013 at 12:24 PM

The thesis Al-sisi wrote at the U.S. Army War College shows his views (this is from Foreign Affairs website):

Sisi’s thesis goes beyond simply rejecting the idea of a secular state; it embraces a more radical view of the proper place of religion in an Islamic democracy. He writes: “Democracy cannot be understood in the Middle East without an understanding of the concept of El Kalafa,” or the caliphate, which Sisi defines as the 70-year period when Muslims were led by Muhammad and his immediate successors. Re-establishing this kind of leadership “is widely recognized as the goal for any new form of government” in the Middle East, he asserts. The central political mechanisms in such a system, he believes, are al-bi’ah (fealty to a ruler) and shura (a ruler’s consultation with his subjects). Apologists for Islamic rule sometimes suggest that these concepts are inherently democratic, but in reality they fall far short of the democratic mark.

Sisi concludes that a tripartite government would be acceptable only if the executive, legislative, and judicial branches are all sufficiently Islamic; otherwise, there must be an independent “religious” branch of government. He acknowledges that it will be a challenge to incorporate Islam into government, but concludes that there is no other choice.

kcewa on August 14, 2013 at 1:53 PM

O T :

In an interview with the Anatolia News Agency, Saad Al-Shater, the son of a Muslim Brotherhood leader, the detained Khairat Al-Shater, said that his father had in his hand evidence that will land the head of United States of America, President Obama, in prison. He stressed that the senior U.S. delegation currently visiting Egypt, knows full well that the fate, future, interests and reputation of their country is in the hands of his father, and they know that he owns the information, documents and recordings that incriminate and would condemn their country.

Writing in his blog, Shoebat noted that six different Arabic sources confirmed the interview with Saad Al-Shater and the report of Al-Shater’s claims.

Resist We Much on August 14, 2013 at 12:43 PM

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OMG

NJ Red on August 14, 2013 at 1:36 PM

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If this “carries water”, … look out . . . . . . . . .

listens2glenn on August 14, 2013 at 2:13 PM

“Chaos is good.” -Pres. 0rodeoclowna

Akzed on August 14, 2013 at 2:22 PM

kcewa on August 14, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Interesting…wonder how much, if any, has been tempered by time and experience…though he went to the C&GS school in the mid-2000′s. And then there is this rejection of the Islamist MB government…has he turned practical? Or just opportunistic? As a protege of Omar Suleiman, would have thought al-Sisi would have become more worldly wise. Omar sure as hell was.

As for his thesis…”but concludes that there is no other choice” ignores that this may be true until there is another choice.

Realpolitik over el Kalafa?

coldwarrior on August 14, 2013 at 2:24 PM

ElBaradei resigns….
best news the Egyptian people have had all month.

Another Drew on August 14, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Oops…War College, not C&GS.

coldwarrior on August 14, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Government (and those who want control of government) doing what it does best – kill people.

I wish Egypt would denounce any and all central ruler but of course, doing so would lead the rest of the world in to crush and control them. Ultimately this is the true purpose of government. To control and kill people.

fatlibertarianinokc on August 14, 2013 at 2:26 PM

This Administration is still backing the MB. The Egyption army knows a lot more of what it’s doing than those on the outside. As far as I can see they are trying to clean up the islamic radicals.

It’s good El Baradei is out. He’s too much of a UN stoolie.

TerryW on August 14, 2013 at 2:38 PM

OK, this is getting serious. Time to send in Dennis Rodman.

Galtian on August 14, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Resist We Much on August 14, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Nonie Darwish translated the attackers’ words upon entering the Benghazi compound “Don’t shoot! Morsi sent us!” and believes it was a kidnap attempt. She said Morsi’s life may be worth very little now to the US administration. It seems al-Shater is in the same boat. If the Ikhwan can’t be reinstated then its leadership looks likely to be decapitated by “unknowns”.

Liam1304 on August 14, 2013 at 3:19 PM

The more of these islamofascist Brotherhood-types they kill, the better it is.

http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/2671

They are infiltrating everywhere. With the help of Hussein Obama…

Antivenin on August 14, 2013 at 3:24 PM

“Spring”, indeed

Schadenfreude on August 14, 2013 at 3:25 PM

The White House just issued a statement “strongly opposing” the emergency decree. We’ll see if that has consequences for aid.

Obama “governs” in America as if he had an emergency decree, so he can just stuff it.

VorDaj on August 14, 2013 at 6:18 PM

If this “carries water”, … look out . . . . . . . . .

listens2glenn on August 14, 2013 at 2:13 PM

We can only hope!

dogsoldier on August 14, 2013 at 7:15 PM

So the Egyptian military is killing the MB. GOOD! What I don’t get is where all the hand wringing is coming from. They are killing our enemies. Send more bullets and some cold beer.

DaMav on August 15, 2013 at 12:01 AM