Friday, January 28, 2011

Could Egypt Become For Obama What Iran Was To Carter?

Violent protests are heating up across the Middle East, in Egypt and now in Yemen and Jordan as well.

Since the Bubarak regime is using force and other means to try and shut down the protests, the Obama Regime is hinting they are looking into reducing US aid to Egypt (AP).
The Obama administration threatened on Friday to reduce a $1.5 billion program of foreign aid to Egypt based on President Hosni Mubarak's response to swelling street protests in Cairo and other cities.

"Violence is not the response" to the demands for greater freedoms, said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs.

Gibbs said President Barack Obama had been briefed extensively about the fast-unfolding events but had not tried to speak with Mubarak by phone.

The White House spokesman's repeated calls for the government of Egypt toabandon violence was the latest response along those lines by the administration, struggling to keep abreast of a growing crisis inside a nation that has long been an ally in Middle East peace-making efforts, yet also has long denied basic rights to its own people.

Earlier, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the government in Egypt should restore access to the Internet and social media sites.

"We are deeply concerned about the use of violence by Egyptian police and security forces against protesters, and we call on the Egyptian government to do everything in its power to restrain the security forces," Clinton told reporters at the State Department.

Asked about aid to Egypt, currently running at about $1.5 billion a year, Gibbs said the review would include both military help and other assistance.
Granted, even though Mubarak is an ally, it is true that Egypt could use more democratic reforms. However, there are indications that the Muslim Brotherhood may be part of and leading some of the demonstrations. The Muslim Brotherhood has been banned in Egypt and is linked with jihad as well as promoting an Islamic state under Shariah law. So there's a lot to be concerned about.

What's interesting to me, is how the Obama Regime refused to side against the Iranian mullahs last year during the green uprising, but are now going after Mubarak's government for using violence against the protesters. What if it might mean the loss of an ally, and the possibility that Egypt might become radicalized, turning not only against us, but against Israel as well.

Which poses the question: Could Egypt become to Barack Obama what Iran was to Jimmy Carter? An ally who may not have had the cleanest hands, but was overthrown and replaced by an Islamic regime who was a threat to the US and our allies in this region.

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