Obama Silent In the Wake of Egyptian Prez Morsi’s Executive Power Grabs

On Fox News Sunday, Arizona Sen. John McCain  called on the President to renounce Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s move to seize full control of the country through executive fiat.

“First we must condemn it,” McCain, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, told “Fox News Sunday.” “Then we can outline what actions might be taken.”

Morsi announced the power grab Thursday, just one day after he helped broker a cease-fire agreement in Israel between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas in the Gaza strip.

“This kind of power is not acceptable to the United States,” McCain said. “Renounce the statement and the move that (Morsi) just made.”

Rather than condemn the move, the Regime on Friday meekly asked Egypt to adopt a constitution complete with checks and balances.

“We call for calm and encourage all parties to work together and call for all Egyptians to resolve their differences over these important issues peacefully and through democratic dialogue,” said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.

Kumbaya.

McCain is requesting a stronger response since “the United State has leverage” in any effort to persuade Morsi to back down because of the billions it gives Egypt in financial aid, as well as forgiving its debt.
Mohamed ElBaradei weighed in, as well:
“I am waiting to see, I hope soon, a very strong statement of condemnation by the U.S., by Europe and by everybody who really cares about human dignity,” declared Mohamed ElBaradei, who is one of Egypt’s more visible non-Islamist politicians.
So far, no word from the President, but the US Embassy Cairo continued to epically fail on Twitter, as captured by Twitchy:
The U.S. Embassy in Cairo appears to have been given the keys to its Twitter account back after being given a long time-out, and weighs in.
Riots  continue in Egypt this morning, and they have spread to the U.S. embassy in Cairo. As Twitchy reported, protests started against the Muslim Brotherhood and President Morsi after he granted himself dictatorial powers.

Wow. As Twitchy reported yesterday, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo somehow managed to get the keys to its Twitter account back, after being thrown under the bus for its disgraceful apologism on September 11. Yesterday, the embassy tweeted, during protests and riots in Egypt that had spread to the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, that the revolution was a “positive step.” Today, the embassy is continuing its pattern of being a textbook example of what not to do. After announcing it was glad that Mubarak is gone, the embassy doubled down on the idiocy.

Perhaps the embassy should read this piece by Commentary magazine.

The full implications of Morsi’s ascendency are not yet apparent. But we can draw a few rather obvious conclusions from these events. The first is this makes the region a much more dangerous place and peace even more unlikely. the second is that the much ballyhooed Arab Spring turned out to be an Islamist triumph, not an opening for democracy. And third, and perhaps most disconcerting for Americans, it looks like the Obama administration has shown itself again to be a band of hopeless amateurs when it comes to the Middle East. While President Obama shouldn’t be blamed for toppling Mubarak, this episode is more proof of the gap between his foreign policy instincts and a rational defense of American interests.

As you can imagine, the media has been all over this story…….(Just kidding…)

Newsbusters reports: IBD and WSJ Editorials Make Morsi Power Grab-U.S. Praise Linkage the Rest of the Press Won’t:

As a Friday IBD editorialpointed out, Morsi is now “using America’s stamp of approval to oppress his own people” (bolds are mine throughout this post):Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tom-blumer/2012/11/26/ibd-and-wsj-editorials-make-morsi-power-grab-us-praise-linkage-rest-pres#ixzz2DMI1O0we

Obama Won’t Fight Morsi ‘Coup’ In Egypt

Cairo’s streets are filled with demonstrations against Egypt’s president. It sounds awfully familiar, but since the grievances are against an Islamist this time around, don’t expect “the people” to enjoy U.S. support.

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, who came to power as leader of the “civilizational jihadist” Muslim Brotherhood, is besieged with protests from his people after giving himself Pharaoh-like powers that include a ban on challenges to his decrees and the weakening of Egypt’s judiciary.

… Gee, isn’t Morsi a man of the people, personifying the “new beginning” of President Obama’s 2009 Cairo University “apology to Muslims” speech? And didn’t Morsi, just a day before his power grab, become the Peacemaker of Palestine by joining with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in forging an Israeli-Hamas cease-fire?

Morsi has become just as tyrannical as his predecessor, Hosni Mubarak — except Mubarak was a staunch U.S. ally who maintained peace with Israelis and kept the Mideast powder keg stable for decades, while Morsi so reviles the Jewish homeland he won’t let the word “Israel” pass his lips.

… don’t expect White House press secretary Jay Carney to announce that the Egyptian people’s “grievances have reached a boiling point, and they have to be addressed,” as his predecessor Robert Gibbs did when Mubarak was on the ropes.

And don’t hold your breath for Clinton — or whoever her successor is at the State Department — to call for “an orderly, peaceful transition to real democracy.

It took 24 hours for Morsi to take advantage of the prestige Obama and his secretary of state handed him. Now he’s using America’s stamp of approval to oppress his own people.

Today marks the fifth day since Morsi’s dictatorial power grab.

Seton Motley of the Daily Caller thinks he may have identified the reason for the Regime’s weak response, thus far:

Don’t Forget Obama’s Imperial Fiats

President Morsi has been busy.

(Muslim Brotherhood) Egypt President (Mohamed) Morsi Grants Himself Far-Reaching PowersEgypt’s president on Thursday issued constitutional amendments that placed him above judicial oversight….

Morsi also decreed immunity for the Islamist-dominated panel drafting a new constitution from any possible court decisions to dissolve it, a threat that had been hanging over the controversial assembly….

Sound familiar?

  • Obama Executive Privilege Claim ‘Like Setting Off A Nuclear Bomb’

  • President Barack Obama…blocked a House Republican subpoena of Justice Department deliberations over a botched gun trafficking investigation and set up a potentially explosive political confrontation just as the presidential election heats up.

  • House Finds Atty. Gen. Eric Holder in Contempt of Congress

  • The votes approved in the Republican-controlled House covered two contempt of Congress citations — one as a criminal matter referring the issue to the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington for prosecution, the other authorizing the House to hire a special attorney to bring a civil lawsuit.

Ramifications?  Nah.

Eric Holder To Stay In Obama Administration Beyond First Term

The parallels between Presidents Morsi and Obama grow.

  • With two branches of power (Executive and Legislative) in his hands, Morsi has had repeated frictions with the third, the Judiciary, over recent months.

And our Pharaoh Obama?

Network Neutrality never passed Congress – the President just imposed it, in December 2010.  Ditto the Administration’s power grab of wireless cellular phone networks.

The Administration is being sued on both of these.  Having – like Morsi – usurped Legislative Branch powers, it is left to the Judiciary to restore legal order.

Etc. Read on as Motley expounds on the disturbing similarities of the two leaders.

Jay Carney is expected to face media questions about the administration’s response at today’s press briefing at 2:15 Eastern.
UPDATE:
Carney did not take the opportunity to make a major pronouncement about Morsi’s power grab.
He said something about Obama being “engaged with Egypt substantially”, but it’s a “process”.
He said Obama has not spoken with Morsi  since the cease fire.
Most of the briefing has been about budget negotiations.
UPDATE II:
Keith Koffler of White House Dossier was there for the briefing.

Carney: Egypt Having “Internal Deliberations”

by Keith Koffler on November 26, 2012, 5:41 pm

The White House today continued to soft-pedal its reaction to the power grab by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, failing to publicly pressure the Islamist leader to back off from a move toward one-Party rule long feared by those who question to Muslim Brotherhood’s commitment to democracy.

“There’s a process underway in Egypt,” Carney blandly told reporters today.

Kirsten Powers: Rice Nomination May be Obama’s Undoing (Video)

Kirsten Powers is the rare Democrat who is willing to hold Obama’s feet to the fire on a number of issues, most notably, the Benghazigate scandal, lately. She appeared with Liz Cheney and Juan Williams on Fox News Sunday to discuss the scandal.

On the question of whether or not Obama will nominate Suzy Rice for Sec of State, Powers opined that it would be such a show of arrogance on the President’s part, it could be his undoing. (Wishful thinking, IMO. He knows the MSM will let him get away with anything.)

“Because if she is put under oath and is forced to go through and answer all of these questions about Benghazi, it’s going to put the administration into a really bad position. And I don’t think she was the frontrunner. I don’t understand where this came out of… It’s now become almost a sense of pride… His defense of her was fine but then it kind of went into an area that didn’t make sense.”

Video via Gateway Pundit

See, I don’t necessarily think nominating Rice would put the regime in a bad position. Holder made it through the Fast and Furious hearings, was held in Contempt by Congress, forced the President to invoke Executive Privilege to cover-up his culpability and Obama was so impressed with all that, he asked him to stay on for an additional year, (Yes – Holder accepted. )

I take issue with Kirsten’s feeling that Obama is sticking with Rice, now, as a matter of pride.  I think  his motive is actually vengeance and spite. Contempt, you know, has been the defining characteristic of the Obama presidency. He has no respect for Republicans and enjoys sticking it to us every chance he gets.

Powers continues to channel Pat Caddell vis a vis Benghazi and the blatant complicity of the MSM in helping the Regime cover up the scandal. Juan Williams, on the other hand, has proven himself to be a useful Obamacrat lackey, willing to run interference for the regime on any number of scandals.

“I love you Juan…but when you say that Benghazi needs to go away…what’s so frustrating about this is the lack of skepticism, first of all, that people have…when there’s been so many things that  have been said that don’t add up”, Powers began.

“There are just things that don’t make sense…We need to be skeptical, we need to ask questions, and we need to have answers from our leaders regardless of the party, and they have not provided those answers, she went on, displaying rare intellectual honesty among Democrats, who these days, seem only interested in fooling voters, gaining power using any means possible, and sweeping scandals under the rug with the help of Obama’s media toadies.

She concluded glumly; “I think it’s going to be sad if that’s what happens, but I think that unless they can get more people interested in this, it’s probably going to go away.”

Video via The Right News

Bonus videos: Johnny Mac  also talked Benghazigate  on Fox News Sunday and he sounded defiant in the face of blistering attacks from the left. He doubled down on his call for a select committee on Benghazi to find out what happened, and welcomed the chance to question Rice at her nomination hearing, especially the chance to ask her why she said in her Fox News interview that al Qaeda had been decimated(!) when it’s on the rise all over the Middle East.

Video via Massteaparty

And when asked about the charges of racism for his criticism of Susan Rice,  Senator Lindsey Graham retorted, “the only color I’m worried about when it comes to Benghazi is red – BLOOD red – the death of four Americans.”

FLASHBACK to May 12, 2005 when Senator Obama slammed UN Ambassador John Bolton at a Foreign Relations Committee hearing for – get this – “massaging intelligence to fit an ideological predisposition.” Oh yes he did.

“At a time when it is critical that we have sound intelligence, we should be sending a message to our intelligence officers that, in fact, we want them to play it straight, and to tell us stuff even when we don’t necessarily want to hear it,” the good Senator lectured.

Video via ReidBaerPoetry

Contrary to popular opinion, Obama is and always has been the ultimate Etch-a-Sketch politician.

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