Charles Krauthammer, appearing on the O’Reilly Factor, had some pointed advice for the President, ” I would put Robert Gibbs under house arrest until the crisis is over…” He took great umbrage at Gibbs’s suggestion that “any new government has to include a whole host of ‘non-secular’ actors”, (i.e. Muslim Brotherhood). He goes on to say that Biden should join Gibbs in house arrest for his idiotic statements, and questions why Hillary Clinton, the Secretary of State, would go on all of the Sunday talk shows.
I have to disagree with the Hammer’s analysis of Gibbs’ statements. I don’t think the Press Sec. was off the reservation with his comments, but simply reflecting the administration’s position on the Muslim Brotherhood.
The conventional wisdom amongst liberals is that the Muslim Brotherhood are moderates who have “renounced violence”, so there’s nothing to fear.
Andrew McCarthy at NRO says, oh yes there is:
One might wonder how an organization can be thought to have renounced violence when it has inspired more jihadists than any other, and when its Palestinian branch, the Islamic Resistance Movement, is probably more familiar to you by the name Hamas — a terrorist organization committed by charter to the violent destruction of Israel. Indeed, in recent years, the Brotherhood (a.k.a., the Ikhwan) has enthusiastically praised jihad and even applauded — albeit in more muted tones — Osama bin Laden. None of that, though, is an obstacle for Mr. Riedel, a former CIA officer who is now a Brookings scholar and Obama administration national-security adviser. Following the template the progressive (and bipartisan) foreign-policy establishment has been sculpting for years, his “no worries” conclusion is woven from a laughably incomplete history of the Ikhwan.
Keep reading at link.
Mark Levin, interviewing Caroline Glick of the Jerusalem Post , referred to an LA Times report that says the Obama administration supports a role for the Muslim Brotherhood, as long as they swear off violence, exclaimed, “What are they thinking?! :
Glick and Levin list the nations that have turned Islamic under Obama’s watch: Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon….
“Quite an amazing track record for someone who has been in office for two years….he really does have a special relationship with that part of the world – the only people he wants to have a relationship with are America’s enemies…”
The Other McCain for analysis of Obama’s Tuesday speech: Egypt: Crisis Averted? Obama’s Speech: Transition ‘Must Begin Now’ (VIDEO)
The Daily Caller has video of Krauthammer’s comments on Special Report, tonight, after Obama’s speech:
“But why does he pop up on television after the president of Egypt speaks? He did that on Friday. He does it again today. How does it advance our policy? I think the only reason he did it, as understand it, is a way to express the general solidarity for people of the streets but I’m not sure he ought to inject himself, especially after there’s a decision that Mubarak announces because it looks as if it was our decision, our pressure and I’m not sure we want a direct connection between our president and Egypt.”
Because everything has to be about Obama. He wants it to look like it was his decision – that he’s running the show.
President Obama’s dramatic speech in Cairo in June of 2009 — intended to sway the Arab masses to the side of the United States, one supposes — was called “A New Beginning“. It certainly was, just not the beginning we’d hoped for.
Excerpts from a letter from an Egyptian student via The American Thinker:
Today the Egyptians are scared. They have been given a glimpse of hell and they don’t like what they see. Contrary to Al Jazeera’s propaganda, the Egyptian masses are not demonstrating anymore. They are protecting their homes and families. The demonstration last night had 5,000 political activists participating and not 150,000 as Al Jazeera insists. At this moment, no one outside of those political activists cares less now if the President will resign or not. They have more important concerns now; security and food.
So where are we today? Well the answer is still not clear, yet a couple of conclusions are evident.
1. The Gamal inheritance scenario is finished.
2. Mubarak will not run for another Presidential term. His term ends in October and either he will serve the rest of his term or will resign once things cool down for health reasons, which are real. He is dying.
3. The army is in control now. We are heading back to the “golden age” of army rule. The “kids” are no longer in charge. The “men’ are.
4. Until the economy fails again, the neo-liberal economic policies are over. Forget about an open economy for some time.
Immediately the task of the army is to stabilize the situation and enforce order. The security forces have been ordered to reappear in the streets starting tonight. The next task will be to deal with the political activists and the Muslim Brotherhood which now dominates the scene. It is anyone’s guess how that will be done, but in a couple of days the Egyptians will probably be begging the army to shoot them. Third stage will be to return to normal life again with people going back to their jobs and somehow food being made available. Later on however will come the political questions.
Linked by Michelle Malkin, thanks!