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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Israel warns US against weakening Tantawi

Israel has warned the United States against weakening the military government of Egyptian general Hussein Tantawi (link in Hebrew).
Diplomatic circles in Israel expressed criticism of the White House, which called on Friday for the Egyptian government to transfer the reigns of authority to a civilian government at the earliest possible time. "The U.S. is repeating the same mistake it made during the first revolution in Egypt, when it called on Mubarak to turn over the government." The Foreign Ministry is now operating through Israel's ambassadors in France, Germany, and Britain to pass a message that nothing should be done which shakes up the structure of government in Egypt and which could plunge it into a civil war.
It's not just Israel that thinks that the Obama administration's populistic approach to Egypt is wrong. So does former US Ambassador to Israel and peace processor Martin Indyk.
“What we’re now doing is saying to the military that if you think you’re going to maintain military power, we’re not going to support that,” said Martin S. Indyk, director of foreign policy at the Brookings Institution and the former United States ambassador to Israel. “We want you to play the role of midwife to democracy, not the role of military junta.”

But the strategy “is a high-risk one, because the ones who benefit most from it are the people who don’t necessarily have our best interests in mind — the Islamists — who might not be as wedded to the peace treaty as the military,” Mr. Indyk said. “We are essentially coming down on the side of democracy.”

The strategy risks straining Washington’s deep ties with Egypt’s military, as well as a potential backlash in Egypt if the United States, which is not popular from a long history of supporting the former president, Hosni Mubarak, is seen to be meddling. But administration officials were apparently judging that the bigger risk may be to the Egyptian public, which will need to be won over if Egypt becomes fully democratic, as the administration says it hopes.
Isn't it amazing how little the Obama administration learns from their mistakes. What could go wrong?

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At 2:27 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Carl.
Why do you think that the obama Administration are making 'mistakes'?It might be intentional they're support for the Muslim brotherhood is more than obvious.Financially he has already pledged 1.57 $ Billion to them for 2012.


At 3:19 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

"learns from their mistakes". Well, I think the issue is thinking that this is some "mistake". The Obama posse INTENDS what has happened. They see no mistake.

At 5:25 PM, Blogger HaShaliach said...

I agree with the others: The actions of this administration are too consistent to be classified as 'mistakes'.

Mistakes are errors that crop up every now and again, not a series of uniform actions that do not deviate from an established policy.

At 6:16 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Hmmm. I still wish there were some way to check out the connections between Obama and people in Africa. I can't find any reports re Odinga in Kenya... a machete man who said in speeches that they are going to arrest gay people. This item, if it has been done and we can put up youtubes about it, could actually turn some votes in the '12 elections. Also, the al Shabaab / al Qaida involvement with the Libya rebels could be a useful campaign ad. So, here we have Herman Cain, who people even on our side are trying to say is Out because he hesitated talking about Libya. But once he stopped stuttering for one minute in the video, the first substantial sentence out of his mouth was calling for finding out who the "rebels" are. And they should have done that definitively before using the U.S. military. BINGO. Cain nailed it. Because these Obama people are providing military services to (WHO?) al Shabaab? Odina and Soros? That weird announcement of sending troops into the jungle (they do this all the time - why announce it and WHO are they working on behalf of?). Everything these people do makes sense if you review it with the assumption that the Obama posse is on the side of the marxist caliphate people, not the Americans or our normal allies.

At 1:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

At 4:21 AM, Blogger Sunlight said...

StWD, it doesn't advocate passivity. But also doesn't say how to tell which time it is...


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