What else can the Obama Administration do? It hailed the coming of "democracy" to Egypt; now it can only hope that few Americans notice that what is developing there is anything but democracy. Of course, the mainstream media will do its bit to make Obama look as good as possible and keep Americans clueless and complacent.
"White House downplays Islamist push for power in Egypt," by Neil Munro in the Daily Caller, December 5:
The White House released a short note on Tuesday downplaying rising concerns about the growing power of Islamist theocrats in Egypt....
Egypt’s president is an Islamist who is pushing a controversial draft constitution that would establish Islam as the foundation for the nation’s laws, society and business sector.
“National Security Advisor Tom Donilon met today with Assistant to the President of Egypt for Foreign Relations and International Cooperation Dr. Essam el-Haddad,” began the press statement, which was released 7.32 p.m. EST, after the evening TV news shows had aired.
“They discussed a broad range of issues, including our bilateral economic cooperation, joint efforts to promote regional security and build on the cease-fire in Gaza, and Egypt’s democratic transition and the need to move forward with a peaceful and inclusive transition that respects the rights of all Egyptians,” the statement said.
Since Nov. 22, when Egypt’s president declared himself exempt from judicial rulings, White House spokesman Jay Carney has said little about the coup and turmoil.
President Barack Obama has said nothing in public on the matter, even though he pressured Egypt’s army to remove the country’s secular autocrat in 2011 — a move that helped the Islamist group gain the presidency and a super-majority in the country’s parliament.
Tuesday’s brief announcement came as thousands of pro-democracy protesters pushed up against Egypt’s presidential palace, prompting a back-door exit by President Mohammed Morsi.
However, the anti-theocracy protesters are outnumbered by demonstrators organized by the Muslim Brotherhood group, whose affiliated Freedom and Justice Party won half the seats in the Egypt parliament in the 2011 and 2012 elections....