Obama released a terse statement today, expressing his displeasure with how things are going in Egypt, reiterating his threat to withhold aid if the military doesn’t meet his demands, which includes not arresting Morsi or any of his supporters. Is his Highness afraid of what Morsi might say about his dealings with the White House if interrogated while under arrest? *cough* Benghazi *cough* (yeah, I said it.)
President Bystander voiced his concern that the military suspended the Islamist constitution Morsi rammed down the country’s throats (sound familiar?) over the objections of its liberal, secular, and Christian members. The constitution Obama’s so “deeply concerned” about has been described as the “worst constitution in the whole history of Egypt and the Middle East.” Not a surprising position for a President who is in the process of inflicting deeply unpopular health care law on the nation that is so bad, they can’t even successfully implement it. I’m sure if Congress ever got around to repealing the P.O.S. he’d be deeply concerned about that, too.
Obama then warned Egypt that he had “directed the relevant departments and agencies to review the implications under U.S. law for our assistance to the Government of Egypt.” Which is his not so subtle way of threatening to cut off aid to the country. “You be nice to Morsy, or ELSE.”
All of this reminds me of what the Regime did when the Honduran Military along with their Supreme Court and Congress deposed their Marxist despot back in 2009. The Obama Regime took the side of all of the Communist dictators in the region and punished the poor, pro-American country for not allowing the Chavez wannabe back into power. It was mortifying. Thankfully, the Hondurans stuck to their guns and basically told the Obama, “up yours”, just like the Egyptian people are telling him, now.
This is year five of the Regime attacking America’s friends and kowtowing to our enemies…
“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.”
Hat tip: Doug Ross