Egypt’s useless friend in Washington

In President Obama’s latest statement on events in Egypt, he does not swerve from the position he has maintained from day one: that of a concerned but impotent spectator.

“In these difficult times, I know that the Egyptian people will persevere, and they must know that they will continue to have a friend in the United States of America.”

But does this friend intend to do anything other than express beliefs and hopes about a desirable outcome?

“As we have said from the beginning of this unrest, the future of Egypt will be determined by the Egyptian people.” And in another nod to people power: “The Egyptian people have made it clear that there is no going back to the way things were: Egypt has changed, and its future is in the hands of the people.”

And yet the whole world knows that the US is not an impotent and innocent onlooker — it is deeply invested in supporting Egypt’s military.

The White House claims it supports democracy in Egypt and that the US should have no role in determining who governs, yet Obama can certainly make the continuation of military aid contingent on the existence of a democratic government.

At this decisive moment when the Egyptian military has to choose between supporting an embattled and increasingly desperate president or siding with the people, the risk of losing one third of the country’s military funding could bring some much-needed clarity to the generals’ thinking.

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4 thoughts on “Egypt’s useless friend in Washington

  1. Vince J.

    It has been a while now that the War Criminal Obama turned his “Cairo speech” into a Diarrhea pile.

    Glad that this article said it all: “the US is not an impotent and innocent onlooker”.

  2. Mike G

    It seems clear to me that Obama’s erstwhile magnificent speeches about democracy from Cairo and other places were always directed at the home audience and electorate. Israel continues to call the shots in the White House, so that what Obama can’t say is that they are sabotaging the Egyptian revolution. My guess is that Mubarak made his announcement today – that he is staying on – at the behest of the White House, and that there is a conflict within the military between the old guard who identify with Mubarak (and the US military funding) and a younger group who identify with the protesters. If my supposition is right, the real contest is now taking place out of the media glare, within the military.

  3. Norman

    If Egypt explodes Friday, if there are killings, no matter how many, then the blood will be on the “O”‘s hands as well as on the ones, Army?, who will probably carry out the dirty deeds. I think I’d be cautious right here in the U.S.A. of something similar taking place in the not too distant future if the sycophantic dilettantes in both political parties don’t get their heads out of where the sun don’t shine and start fulfilling their sworn constitutional duties of governing this country first, above all the cash bearing people who only have the extremely narrow interests of the paymaster who funds them. All those outside & inside individuals are betraying this country in their way they sell their office. As the saying goes, “the genie is out of the bottle and never be put back”. It’s later than they think. Only naive fools believe it can’t happen here. As has been shown in Egypt, the planning was in place before it started. So too, here in the U.S. is the planning, preparation, discipline being implemented. So, as the Republicans have learned already, “don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched”.

  4. dickerson3870

    RE: “the whole world knows that the US is not an impotent and innocent onlooker” – Woodward
    FROM FIREDOGLAKE: Please sign our petition to Congress to immediately vote to cut off any American military aid to the Egyptian government. –
    FROM USAction/ – SEND AN E-MAIL: Tell Congress to invest in civilian, not military aid for Egypt –
    If you want to help Egypt, start by asking Congress to invest in its people, not it’s military. ~ Congress is about to set a new budget for 2012, and how much and what kind of aid we give Egypt and other countries is under discussion.

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