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Morsi Dictates While Obama Lights Xmas Tree

The Islamist leader who just seized dictatorial powers in Egypt gave protestors the finger tonight, saying he would stand by the decree under which he ceded himself control of the country, and declaring he would not tolerate efforts to overthrow him.

Obama phoned the newly minted tyrant, Mohamed Morsi, and asked him to try to be nice. From the White House:

President Obama called President Morsi today to express his deep concern about the deaths and injuries of protesters in Egypt.  The President emphasized that all political leaders in Egypt should make clear to their supporters that violence is unacceptable.  He welcomed President Morsi’s call for a dialogue with the opposition but stressed that such a dialogue should occur without preconditions.

The President noted that the United States has also urged opposition leaders to join in this dialogue without preconditions.  He reiterated the United States’ continued support for the Egyptian people and their transition to a democracy that respects the rights of all Egyptians.  The President underscored that it is essential for Egyptian leaders across the political spectrum to put aside their differences and come together to agree on a path that will move Egypt forward.

Instead of such rank evenhandedness, what Obama should have said is: RESCIND YOUR SEIZURE OF POWER OR DO WITHOUT U.S. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, JERK.

It might be worth reviewing the highfalutin verbiage that emerged from Obama as he spoke to the Egyptian people from the Grand Foyer of the White House February 1, 2011. He pretended he was standing strong for universal values. But really, he was just shoving aside a long-standing U.S. ally, Hosni Mubarak, whom he had supported just days before.

Because if Obama was about freedom for the Egyptian people, we’d be hearing similar words from him tonight as well.

This is what he said as he pulled the rug out from under Mubarak:

We stand for universal values, including the rights of the Egyptian people to freedom of assembly, freedom of speech, and the freedom to access information . . . And going forward, the United States will continue to stand up for democracy and the universal rights that all human beings deserve, in Egypt and around the world . . .

All of us who are privileged to serve in positions of political power do so at the will of our people . . .

The process must include a broad spectrum of Egyptian voices and opposition parties.  It should lead to elections that are free and fair.  And it should result in a government that’s not only grounded in democratic principles, but is also responsive to the aspirations of the Egyptian people . . .

Over the last few days, the passion and the dignity that has been demonstrated by the people of Egypt has been an inspiration to people around the world, including here in the United States, and to all those who believe in the inevitability of human freedom.

To the people of Egypt, particularly the young people of Egypt, I want to be clear:  We hear your voices.

This was, we can now see for certain, a bunch of – well, gosh – a bunch of crap.

Apparently, we don’t stand for universal values. We stand for whomever we think is in a position of power.

The Egyptian revolution didn’t result in a government that’s “grounded in democratic principles.” It resulted in what is surely the beginning of a new tyranny, although somehow one Obama finds less inhospitable than Mubarak’s.

While the Egyptians struggle to keep alight the last embers of their fading revolution, here’s what Obama was up to tonight:

Instead of trying to shore up Mubarak or arrange a transfer of power to a government friendly to the United States and better for the Egyptian people, Obama vacillated and then fell in with the protestors. In the years before, he – and George W. Bush, by the way – did nothing for press for reforms in Egypt that might have depressurized the situation before it blew up into an Islamic revolution.

Obama’s failure in Egypt will haunt the United States for years, perhaps decades. And his hypocrisy will serve as a warning to those who in the future put trust in his promises to support freedom.

19 Responses to Morsi Dictates While Obama Lights Xmas Tree

  1. He does not care Keith. How do I know? Because the people he reflects does not IE the American people. They could care less what happens in Egypt or anywhere else in the Middle East. To them it might as well being happening on a different planet.

    Sad but true.

    • Let me add, JustSaying12, that when Israel is building a new apartment, then he is all over them like white on rice. But seizure of powers, chemical warfare, rockets, etc just causes a “deep concern” from him.

  2. So, who didn’t see this coming for Egypt? There will never be “democracy” or a representative government for a country whose people support their religion above all, and have no patriotic allegience to their country. The Egyptian’s religion unites all of them in it’s discriminatory, brutal tenets that won’t allow for equal rights, free speech or anything other than a dictator who rules under a cloak of Sharia law.

  3. Damn, that is a devistating compare and contrast! The rank hopocracy of Obama and his ulterior motivation is really shocking sometimes, everyone understands the politicians are “flexible” when it comes to principles but Obama seemingly ties himself in knots of contradiction. The whole Arab Spring was a lie from the begining, who in their right mind would imagine that people whose very religion’s name is translated in Arabic as “submit” would be capable of respecting the freedom and liberty to not “submit”? It’s going to be a long century of conflict I hope the founders ideal of liberty can survive.

  4. My Egyptian friends are NOT happy with this..They feel Mubarek, with his faults, was a good leader. And they didn’t like seeing him in a gurnee outside of court proceedings. Last time I was in Egypt was 1982, and I felt safe with Sadat in power, would have if I visited with Mubarek too. But never would consider a trip there, ever again.

  5. It’s too bad that the Egyptian people were naive enough to vote for Morsi…..good thing we’re smarter here in the U.S…….oh wait!

    • This is the fifth year in a row that they have transmitted their distain for our Christmas tradition of green and red by showing up in Halloween and pastel colors. The mother-in-law went out of her way to look like she was attending a funeral in her drab navy blue and gray.

      As for Obama and Morsi – birds of a feather. Obama showed his true colors during the Green Revolution nearly four years ago when he stood with the Mullahs, His dictatorship has already begun with the end run around Congress on Libya, not to mention the unilateral Dream Act bribe for millions of illegals just prior to the election. Next up – no limits on the debt ceiling. All of this before he begins his second term. Fasten your seat belts – it’s going to be a bumpy ride!


  6. well, I for one am shocked, shocked to hear that Obama isn’t putting his foot down against an Islamist would-be dictator from the Muslim Brotherhood.