Egyptians blame Obama for Morsi repression

With good reason. “CNN: Egyptians Blame Obama for Morsi Repression,” by David Lev for Israel National News, July 4:

Egyptians have been protesting by the millions against now ex-President Mohammed Morsi, but there have been other noticeable themes among protesters — specifically, the anti-American theme. While Morsi’s dictatorial ways and bumbling of the economy have been the central complaint of protesters, the image of U.S. President Barack H. Obama has been prominent on many protest signs.

Obama, it will be recalled, was a principal backer of the revolution against Hosni Mubarak, and enthusiastically endorsed the election of Morsi as the first democratically elected leader of Egypt ever. When Morsi was elected in June 2012, Obama called him to congratulate him on his victory. In a statement, the White House said that the U.S. “will continue to support Egypt’s transition to democracy and stand by the Egyptian people as they fulfill the promise of their revolution.” The statement also “emphasized [Obama’s] interest in working together with President-elect Morsi, on the basis of mutual respect, to advance the many shared interests between Egypt and the United States.”

It later became clear that the Egyptian people did not necessarily appreciate Obama’s expressions of support for Morsi. In September, an Egyptian mob stormed the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, at the same time the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya was attacked. In an interview, Obama said of Egypt that “I don’t think that we would consider them an ally, but we don’t consider them an enemy.” Regardless, he said, the current government in Egypt was “democratically elected. I think it’s a work in progress.”

As protests began to mount towards the end of 2012, Obama began expressing concern over Morsi’s repressive ways. In a statement on December 6, the White House said that “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… He reiterated the United States” continued support for the Egyptian people and their transition to a democracy that respects the rights of all Egyptians.”

Still, Obama was clearly on Morsi’s side; in May 2013, he overrode a Congressional effort to withhold military funding to Egypt, issuing a waiver authorizing transfer of the aid over restrictions imposed by Congress, which had sought to tie the assistance to progress in human rights efforts. According to senior Congressional officials, it was unlikely Egypt could have met those criteria.

The funding was not widely publicized in the U.S., but it was noticed by the Egyptian people, who began blaming the U.S., and particularly Obama, for supporting the repressive Morsi regime. During the recent protests that led up to Morsi’s ouster, many signs and shouts accusing Obama of supporting repression could be seen in Tahrir Square, and in other protest centers.

The phenomenon was clear to CNN’s Reza Sayah, who on Wednesday night commented on the signs claiming that Obama “had allied himself with terrorists,” “Obama backs a fascist regime in Egypt,” “Obama is killing Egyptians,” and others. “Egyptians love Americans,” Sayeh said, “but they don’t love U.S. foreign policy. Remember, they will never forget that for decades, it was Washington that supported the dictator Hosni Mubarak and his brutal police state.”…

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  1. says

    Egyptians blame Obama for Morsi repression
    With good reason.
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    With good reason, indeed”Obama was wringing his hands over Morsi’s ouster’something he did not do over Mubarak. It is like his lack of support for the demonstrators in Iran in 2009, despite the fact that they promised to be, if not actual liberals, at least somewhat better than the Mullahs.

    Sickeningly, Obama has both consistently backed the most Islamic factions, and also has consistently regarded them”or claimed to regard them, at any rate”as the legitimate representatives of their people.

    He is now reconsidering our massive aid package to Egypt in light of new events, in a way he never did with Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.

    More:

    Egyptians have been protesting by the millions against now ex-President Mohammed Morsi, but there have been other noticeable themes among protesters – specifically, the anti-American theme.
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    To be honest, it’s difficult to know how to regard this. Is this a realization of how Obama has enabled the vile Muslim Brotherhood, or a reflexive, across-the-board hatred of the United States, in much the same way that both anti-Mubarak and anti-Morsi protesters emblazoned their foreheads with Stars of David”a reflexive hatred of Israel and the Jews, even when it made little sense.

    More:

    It later became clear that the Egyptian people did not necessarily appreciate Obama’s expressions of support for Morsi. In September, an Egyptian mob stormed the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, at the same time the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya was attacked…
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    Again, I believe this has less to do with Obama’s disgusting support fro the “Islamists”, and more a general hatred of the Kuffar West, as exemplified by the United States.

    Still, there is no doubt that Obama’s”I won’t say America’s”support of Morsi and Shari’ah has been absolutely appalling, and a black eye on our (admittedly sometimes spotty) tradition of supporting freedom.

  2. says

    Actually, regardless of the reasons, stopping American jizya to Egypt – *all* of it – would be an excellent idea.

    And how about stopping the jizya paid to Pakistan, as well?

    And the jizya paid to the Pooooor Palestinians [tm]?

    I’m sure that if the USA simply *ended* all the ‘aid’ that it is currently pouring into assorted gaping and insatiable Mohammedan maws, the US national budget would begin to look just a little bit healthier.

  3. says

    Obama should take a nice big bite on his Nobel Peace prize medallion because he will quickly find out that it’s filled with Chocolate and merely covered with a faux-gold looking tin foil wrap.

    You see Obama, in the Olympics you have to spend over three years proving your mettle and skills to qualify , then , during the actual events you have to show people you can do what you asserted for 3 years , but now infront of over 1 billion people globally.
    The Olympics for Politics has allowed you to lie for almost 4 years with the dillusion that you can lift-up the World like Atlas and bring peace to everyone, 7 billion people assumed you told the truth and bought your lies, but Egypt,Syria,Tunisia,and other nation just proved that on that Day in the Staduim with everyone watching you, your lie was exposed and the Hope&Change “Migical Posion Cure-All Tour” flopped as Detroit and Chicago dies . You can’t even lift up people spirits anymore because when you speak it is implied you are lying.

  4. says

    As long as Egypt is now rounding up the top leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood, perhaps it would also be appropriate for them to issue and international arrest warrant for GLITCH “I am not a dictator” Obama.

  5. says

    While we blame president Obama lets not forget that it was a white, conservative, republican president who started the cash flow to Egypt.

  6. says

    ) the “peace” prize is the sop used by the Nobel Committee to deflect political pressure from the real awards although the literature prize is very susceptible to leftist lobbying but not totally as is the Peace prize.

    2) Islam is NOT compatible with democracy and in an Islamic state a benevolent dictator is the best that you can expect unless “Islam” finds enlightenment and we all know how likely that is. Idiots who spout about the “proven” virtues of democracy in reality have No idea that it is (as practised in the west) a totally artificial construct based upon a nebulous. historical Greek democracy(where slaves did all of the work.

    When many of the population are subject to ideological conditioning from early childhood on, there can be NO such thing as even the vague western variant in an Islamic state.

    Even Politics 101 knows this but obviously most western leaders do not. Scary?