Framing the Dialogue

A Few Words About Egypt

It is hard to even a few hours without hearing troubling news about the events in Egypt.  I have a few thoughts that you may have already heard and wanted to share them without deep analysis that can only reasonably come after the dust has settled.

  • I find it telling that the Obama Administration has delved deeply into the struggles of a nation ruled by a man seemingly unpopular with his people.  A man who rules with an iron fist, but is friendly to the west and Israel.  Obama’s daily calls for another country’s leader to step down is unsettling in that I thought he was against interference with the governance of other countries.
  • I find it telling that the Obama Administration had NOT delved deeply into the struggles of a nation ruled by a man seemingly unpopular with his people.  A man who rules with an iron fist, but is not friendly to the west and particularly HATES Israel.  Obama’s SILENCE for this country’s leader to step down is unsettling in that this ruler has been rather open about his wishes to destroy the United States. 
  • The parallels between Egypt and Iran are quite staggering.  We seem to be on the precipice of allowing the Suez Canal, where approximately forty percent of oil from the Middle East passes, fall into the hands of Muslim extremists.  Jordan, another country more friendly to the West, is also under pressure from extremists.  This White House was silent when pro-American protesters where violently subdued in Iran, and has become very vocal in support when anti-American protesters are wreaking havoc in a friendly nation.
  • Much has been made of whether Mubarak is a dictator, is violent, is cruel, is iron-fisted.  The evidence seems to point there, but America (including Obama) has “used” Egypt to achieve our goals in the Middle East.  It is my understanding that the threat of being interogated by the Egyptians is sometimes enough to make the most staunch terrorist’s tongue to start wagging. 
  • One thing that Mubarak said that sticks with me.  He noted that should he leave as soon as Obama wants (he did not call out Obama) Egypt would likely fall into chaos and fall into the hands of extremists.  Sounds a lot like the Jimmy Carter- Shah of Iran- Ayatolah triangle of more than thirty years ago.
  • Something that I have not heard brought up and wondered whether there is any connection between the wikileaks release of U.S. State Department documents and this latest trouble in the Middle East.  Was there some document that signaled what Obama’s position might be should this happen?  Was a signal given to extremists that Obama/Clinton would support the removal of America-friendly leaders? 
  • Has the Obama Administration been meeting with the Muslim Brotherhood?  Any such meeting with a terror organization would give them great stature in the Middle East.  The naivete of this administration of all things foreign policy has been on ample display these past two years.
  • Why doesn’t the main-stream media, liberal groups, and Hollywood express concern when a group like the Muslim Brotherhood rears its racist head.  They should, perhaps, look at countries like Iran that are ruled by strict Muslim laws.  Who do you think will be the first to be stoned?  My bet would be on media, far left liberals, gays, lesbians, and Hollywood types.  Remember the chilling words of Mahmoud Imanutjob that Iran did not have gays like in America. 

Can there be any more convincing evidence that this is in fact the second term of Jimmy Carter?

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