Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Obama Silent On Egypt President's Power Grab, But Got In Front Of Calls For Mubarak To Step Down

While we were enjoying our Thanksgiving dinner in America, Egypt's new President Mohamed Morsi made a power grab to seize full control of the country (Nice Deb).

On Fox News Sunday, Arizona Sen. John McCain called on the President to renounce Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s move to seize full control of the country through executive fiat.
“First we must condemn it,” McCain, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, told “Fox News Sunday.” “Then we can outline what actions might be taken.”
Morsi announced the power grab Thursday, just one day after he helped broker a cease-fire agreement in Israel between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas in the Gaza strip.
“This kind of power is not acceptable to the United States,” McCain said. “Renounce the statement and the move that (Morsi) just made.”
Rather than condemn the move, the Regime on Friday meekly asked Egypt to adopt a constitution complete with checks and balances.
“We call for calm and encourage all parties to work together and call for all Egyptians to resolve their differences over these important issues peacefully and through democratic dialogue,” said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.
McCain is requesting a stronger response since “the United State has leverage” in any effort to persuade Morsi to back down because of the billions it gives Egypt in financial aid, as well as forgiving its debt.
Mohamed ElBaradei weighed in, as well:
“I am waiting to see, I hope soon, a very strong statement of condemnation by the U.S., by Europe and by everybody who really cares about human dignity,” declared Mohamed ElBaradei, who is one of Egypt’s more visible non-Islamist politicians.
So far, no word from the President, but the US Embassy Cairo continued to epically fail on Twitter, as captured by Twitchy:
In fact, word is that Obama has been so disengaged from the whole process that he hasn't spoken to Morsi since the power grab.
Compare that to when the so-called "Arab Spring" happened, and Obama got in front of the calls for Morsi's predecessor, Hosni Mubarak, to step down.
President Barack Obama warned Tuesday of "difficult days ahead" for Egypt and said the transition following President Hosni Mubarak's earlier announcement that he won't run for re-election in September must begin immediately.
In a brief statement to reporters at the White House, Obama pledged continuing U.S. support for both a longtime ally and the aspirations of protesting Egyptians, whose eight days of growing demonstrations led to Mubarak's dramatic announcement on state television.
"We've borne witness to the beginning of a new chapter in the history of a great country and a long-time partner of the United States," Obama said of the Mubarak statement less than three hours earlier.
Noting that he and Mubarak had just spoken by phone, Obama said Mubarak "recognizes that the status quo is not sustainable and a change must take place." Repeating earlier calls for an orderly transition in Egypt from Mubarak's nearly three decades of repressive rule to a fully representative democracy, Obama said the transition "must be meaningful, it must be peaceful and it must begin now."
"Furthermore, the process must include a broad spectrum of Egyptian voices and opposition parties," Obama said. "It should lead to elections that are free and fair. And it should result in a government that's not only grounded in democratic principles but is also responsive to the aspirations of the Egyptian people."

So Obama helped pave the way for this to happen, and if Morsi wants to act in a way Obama would love to, then it's no wonder that Hollywood's "Lord and Savior" is silent.

Silence is consent.

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