Not as bad as the others
But he didn’t say what they wanted him to say. New respect for John Kerry: “Exclusive: John Kerry Defies the White House on Egypt Policy,” by Josh Rogin for the Daily Beast, November 18 (thanks to Kenneth):
The secretary doesn”t agree with Obama”s team, especially Susan Rice, on how to deal with Egypt. Unfortunately for Rice, Kerry is the one on the ground””and he”s doing things his way.
Before Secretary of State John Kerry”s recent trip to Cairo, National Security Adviser Susan Rice told him to make strong statements in public and private about the trial of deposed President Mohamed Morsi. On his own, Kerry decided to disregard the White House”s instructions.
The tension between the national security adviser and the secretary of state spilled over into public view in the past week, when Rice laid out her critical appraisal of the Egyptian government, which contradicted Kerry”s assessment that Egypt was “on the path to democracy.” The now public rift has been simmering behind the scenes for months and illustrates the strikingly divergent Egypt policies the White House and the State Department are pursuing.
The turf battles and internal confusion are hampering the administration”s approach to Egypt, say lawmakers, experts, and officials inside both governments.
“John Kerry doesn”t agree with Susan Rice on big portions of our Egypt policy, and he made a deliberate and conscious decision not to mention Morsi in his Cairo meetings,” an administration official told The Daily Beast. “Susan Rice wasn”t happy about it.”…
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations State and Foreign Ops subcommittee, told The Daily Beast in an interview that he is opposed to giving the government of Egypt any more aid until it takes major steps toward restoring the rule of law.
“I”m not going to authorize more assistance to Egypt until they march toward a transition to a civilian-controlled government,” he said. “My goal is to not reinforce the coup but to reinforce the transition.”
Asked about the Kerry-Rice split on Egypt policy, Graham said, “I”m in the Susan Rice camp.”
What a surprise.