US Middle East Allies Split with Obama on Egypt
Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 25, 2013
The Obama Administration once again finds itself taking the opposite position of its allies. As reported in the Wall Street Journal in Allies Thwart America in Egypt, America’s allies in the region oppose Obama policies towards Egypt and more specifically the Muslim Brotherhood.
President Obama’s overall policies towards in Middle East have been a dismal failure. This started with his apology tour to Cairo shortly after his election to his first term. Since then the Arab Spring has led to civil war in Syria with over 100,000 being killed. In Libya, after helping takedown Dictator Qaddafi, the American consulate in Benghazi was attacked with four Americans including the US Ambassador murdered. The violence in Iraq has grown and Iran continues marching down the path towards obtaining nuclear weapons. Adding insult to injury, Obama played a key role in downward spiral in Egypt when he threw former ally Hosni Mubarak under the bus, which led to the Muslim Brotherhood taking control.
Not surprising given the chaos in the Middle East, our closest allies in the region are long past being nervous with American policies. This has led to an unlikely alliance of policy between Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and yes Israel. All have the clarity of vision to understand what Obama either ignores or is unconcerned with: the Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist organization that cannot coexist with secularists. While the Obama Administration threatens Egypt with America’s $1.5 billion in annual aid, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have given Egypt $12 million of emergency aid. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to decide who is more important to Egypt.
As reported by the Journal, prior to Egyptian military’s overthrow of the Morsi government the Obama Administration tried to persuade the military not to intervene. The Egyptian military ignored this request. After the overthrow the Administration asked the military to negotiate a political solution with the Muslim Brotherhood. The military has done the opposite, harshly cracking down on the Brotherhood. This led Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to state the obvious: “Our ability to influence the outcome in Egypt is limited.” Seemingly to put an explanation point on this obvious reality, the Egyptian military released former Egyptian leader Mubarak from jail.
While President Obama continues with the mistaken belief that the Muslim Brotherhood can coexist with secularists, Saudi King Abdullah has appropriately labeled them terrorist and extremist. This demonstrates just how out of touch Obama is with the realities of the Middle East. The Obama position with the Brotherhood is akin to suggesting the Ku Klux Klan should be a part of the American government.
It is not surprising that the President finds himself on the opposite side of our allies’. This has been his modus operandi since the day he became president.