Sisi: Egypt backs US strikes on ISIS, will participate in coalition, if

posted at 2:41 pm on September 23, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

But don’t expect that assistance to come free of charge. In an interview this morning with CBS’ Charlie Rose, the Egyptian president whose coup took down the Muslim Brotherhood government favored by the White House says that his country would be happy to join the anti-ISIS coalition, including militarily, and expects to do so. Just as soon as the US coughs up the fighter jets that the Obama administration held up after the coup, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi says with repeated laughter, Egypt will be delighted to help fight terrorism:

Alternate headline: Why are these men laughing? Rose seems to be responding to Sisi’s amusement, which springs from the vast difference in the Obama administration’s perspective since July 2013. When Sisi seized control of Egypt after the Muslim Brotherhood’s attempt at creating an Islamist state, the White House slapped sanctions on Egypt’s military, including the suspension of transfers of those weapons Sisi cites here. Now the Obama administration has to find partners to fight the radical Islamists, which are at least indirectly related to the same movement Sisi overthrew in Egypt. And Sisi knows leverage when he sees it.

That’s not to say that the calculation is entirely mercenary. Sisi gave an interview to Morning Star while in New York for the UN conference, and says that Obama’s fight against terrorism has to go wider than just ISIS:

The former Egyptian military commander, in his first interview in the U.S. since formally taking power in June, also cautioned the administration against “washing its hands” of the Middle East at a time when the region’s borders are in flux and the threat of militancy is growing with the instability.

Mr. Sisi cited terrorist threats in Libya, Sudan, Yemen and the Sinai Peninsula as mirroring the danger posed to the Middle East and the West by Islamic State, which is also known as ISIS or ISIL.

He also said he is pursuing economic development, education and the promotion of religious tolerance as tools that were just as important for neutralizing Islamic State and other radical groups as military strikes.

“We can’t reduce the danger lurking in the region to ISIL. We have to bear in mind all the pieces of the puzzle,” Mr. Sisi said in a nearly hourlong interview at a Manhattan hotel. “We can’t just limit the confrontation to checking and destroying the Islamic State.”

Sisi also notes that the quid pro quo has begun:

The Obama administration, despite stating concerns about Cairo rolling back democratic reforms and the freedom of the press, has also increasingly sought to woo Mr. Sisi as a key ally in the fight against Islamic State.

To support this effort, the U.S. is preparing to deliver 10 Apache helicopters to Egypt that were placed on hold after Mr. Sisi and his military overthrew President Mohammed Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood politician, in July 2013.

In return, Sisi proposes that the Egyptian military train Iraqi forces in counter-terrorism. If Obama wants more than that, he may have to give up those fighter jets and ensure the restoral of the funding for the Egyptian army, too. There is no such thing as a free ride in this part of the world. But at least Obama doesn’t have an Islamist regime in Cairo that’s giving ISIS political cover, and for that he can thank Sisi … even if those thanks come through clenched teeth.


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It’s insane that Obama cut off support to Egypt after they managed to boot out the radical Muslim Bortherhood that was fixing to end democracy and turn Egypt back to the 11th century.

anotherJoe on September 23, 2014 at 2:47 PM

To misquote Schadenfreude, “Smart Power!” And something about how Egypt is now the Daddy in our relationship, thanks to Obama, whose failed policies are everywhere.

Vanceone on September 23, 2014 at 2:47 PM

There is no such thing as a free ride in this part of the world. But at least Obama doesn’t have an Islamist regime in Cairo that’s giving ISIS political cover, and for that he can thank Sisi … even if those thanks come through clenched teeth.

I’ll take a secular dictator over an Islamist dictator any day over there. 5000 years of history there and they still need a strongman at the top.

rbj on September 23, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Hey, 10 Apaches deployed against ISIS could do a lot of up close and personal damage, the kind you can’t do from 35,000ft.

If they wanna use them, let’s get it done.

I think a squadron of American A-10s, and a few C-130 gunships could get some great results when these subhuman jackals try to move any convoys on the highways out in the wide open, featureless desert.

Anybody remember the Highway of Death, circa 1991?

Brian1972 on September 23, 2014 at 2:52 PM

the Egyptian president whose coup took down the Muslim Brotherhood government favored installed by the White House

A little historical clarity Ed.

[email protected] on September 23, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Looks like ” fight against ISIS terrorism” will be the new
tagline + excuse
used to justify+ extort
anything form/by Hussein .
I will fight ISIS terrorism, give me nukes.
We want to fight ISIS terrorism, give us amnesty.
I want to fight ISIL terrorism, don’t question Fast and Furious ME edition.
We want to fight ISIS terrorism so STFU about _____.

burrata on September 23, 2014 at 2:55 PM

It’s insane that Obama cut off support to Egypt after they managed to boot out the radical Muslim Bortherhood that was fixing to end democracy and turn Egypt back to the 11th century.

anotherJoe on September 23, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Obama is insane because he supports the Muslim Brotherhood…..

Muslim Brotherhood Leader Meets Obama in White House

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/muslim-brotherhood-leader-meets-obama-in-white-house/

redguy on September 23, 2014 at 2:56 PM

This is a BS war, predicated on BS lies and is just cover to take Assad out in Syria. The last time we took out a dictator was in Libya and look what happened. There are so many factions over there it’s hard to tell who is friend or foe. Mostly, they are all foes, with the possible exception of the Kurds.

Corporal Tunnel on September 23, 2014 at 3:00 PM

It’s insane that Obama cut off support to Egypt after they managed to boot out the radical Muslim Bortherhood that was fixing to end democracy and turn Egypt back to the 11th century.

anotherJoe on September 23, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Why? We have members if the Mus Bros all through our government.

Techster64 on September 23, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Sisi: Egypt backs US strikes on ISIS, will participate in coalition, if …

Let me quess! Let me quess!

…. if Barack Obama and John McCain stop fellating the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood.

VorDaj on September 23, 2014 at 3:04 PM

This is a BS war, predicated on BS lies and is just cover to take Assad out in Syria. The last time we took out a dictator was in Libya and look what happened. There are so many factions over there it’s hard to tell who is friend or foe. Mostly, they are all foes, with the possible exception of the Kurds.

Corporal Tunnel on September 23, 2014 at 3:00 PM

You may be right, but for the time being I am not really worried about anything other than ‘sploding IslamoNazis.

That, my friends, is way overdue.

Brian1972 on September 23, 2014 at 3:06 PM

This is a BS war, predicated on BS lies and is just cover to take Assad out in Syria. The last time we took out a dictator was in Libya and look what happened.
Corporal Tunnel on September 23, 2014 at 3:00 PM

100% correct, it’s all about killing Assad and 4 real arabs and one very expensive CinC they purchased to protect their oil wells , dynasties and mecca.

burrata on September 23, 2014 at 3:12 PM

The A-10, with it’s 3,000rpm 30mm cannon could be a very useful teaching tool for the IslamoNazis.

Brian1972 on September 23, 2014 at 3:16 PM

This is a BS war, predicated on BS lies and is just cover to take Assad out in Syria. The last time we took out a dictator was in Libya and look what happened. There are so many factions over there it’s hard to tell who is friend or foe. Mostly, they are all foes, with the possible exception of the Kurds.

Corporal Tunnel on September 23, 2014 at 3:00 PM

I wouldn’t count the Kurds as our friends quite yet. Right now their interests lie with ours but I am not convinced they have the same goals as we do. They remind me of the Chechens, friends only while they want something from you.

Johnnyreb on September 23, 2014 at 3:19 PM

AH-64 Apache in action.

Oh, by the way, if the Redskins have to change their name then the Army has to change this name as well.

Because raaaaciiiissst!!!

Brian1972 on September 23, 2014 at 3:24 PM

It is amusing that Obama openly supports the MB even while fighting it’s offshoots, al Qaeda, ISIS, and all the other such groups.

Maybe “amusing” isn’t the right word. Maybe “moronic” is the right word.

MTF on September 23, 2014 at 3:24 PM

You may be right, but for the time being I am not really worried about anything other than ‘sploding IslamoNazis.

That, my friends, is way overdue.

Brian1972 on September 23, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Cake and circus .
I’d watch what his other hand is doing and what his black heart is scheming !

burrata on September 23, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Obama still wants his muzzie bro Mursi restored to power.

ConstantineXI on September 23, 2014 at 3:28 PM

It’s insane that Obama cut off support to Egypt after they managed to boot out the radical Muslim Bortherhood that was fixing to end democracy and turn Egypt back to the 11th century.

anotherJoe on September 23, 2014 at 2:47 PM

That’s why he cut them off – Obama is MB.

Ward Cleaver on September 23, 2014 at 3:30 PM

sit back, relax, and watch how a smart war is won easily, kiddies.

you’ll only make yourselves look sillier by yelling and screaming about it.

everdiso on September 23, 2014 at 10:56 AM

lolz.

ISIS Hasn’t Lost Any Ground Since Obama Began Airstrikes Six Weeks Ago…

The New York Times:

BAGHDAD — After six weeks of American airstrikes, the Iraqi government’s forces have scarcely budged the Sunni extremists of the Islamic State from their hold on more than a quarter of the country, in part because many critical Sunni tribes remain on the sidelines.

Although the airstrikes appear to have stopped the extremists’ march toward Baghdad, the Islamic State is still dealing humiliating blows to the Iraqi Army. On Monday, the government acknowledged that it had lost control of the small town of Sichar and lost contact with several hundred of its soldiers who had been besieged for nearly a week at a camp north of the Islamic State stronghold of Falluja, in Anbar Province.

By midday, there were reports that hundreds of soldiers had been killed there in battle or mass executions. Ali Bedairi, a lawmaker from the governing alliance, said more than 300 soldiers had died after the loss of the base, Camp Saqlawiya. The prime minister ordered the arrest of the responsible officers, although a military spokesman put the death toll at just 40 and said 68 were missing.

Keep reading…

Resist We Much on September 23, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Cake and circus .
I’d watch what his other hand is doing and what his black heart is scheming !

burrata on September 23, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Well, yes The One is a problem but there is no real solution to him at the moment so I am going to enjoy the cake and circus because as I said, these particular IslamoNazis really, really need ‘splodin.

A broken clock is right twice a day.

Our Military-Industrial-Complex a.k.a. The Arsenal of Democracy is really good at ‘splodin bad guys once we let them loose.

Brian1972 on September 23, 2014 at 3:45 PM

The good news is that it wasn’t a coup coup.

corona79 on September 24, 2014 at 11:21 AM