In stark contrast to his behavior when crowds confronted our ally, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, President Obama is remaining silent today, refusing the weigh in as Egypt’s people and its army seek to overthrow an Islamist leader who, though democratically elected, was headed down the road toward tyranny.
During the last days of Mubarak’s regime, Obama got on the phone with the Egyptian leader to tell him to get out and took to the podium of the White House briefing room to declare that the transition of power “must begin now.”
But Obama today has nothing to say. The people of Egypt, once they seize power back from the Islamists, will as a consequence owe nothing to the United States, and they’ll feel justifiable hostility that we failed to help.
Obama clings to the illusion that Islamists are democrats. President Morsi and his coterie have not acted as democrats since seizing power and have violated the terms of their election. Democracy is gone for now in Egypt. The only one still clinging to it is Obama.