August 17, 2013
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His plans for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt seem to be hitting some snags. Boulder size snags.
H/T PJMedia - Richard Fernandez at the Belmont Club - The Narrative Implodes
Events in the Middle East suggest that perhaps God does bless America in a way. Checks and balances are coming in the form of rivalry between the foreign patrons of American politicians. The moneybags are fighting among themselves. The crisis in Egypt is a case in point. Washington is torn between the support for the Muslim Brotherhood (as supported by Qatar) and for the Egyptian military (read Saudi Arabia). Since this thread runs through Syria as well the Russians are trying to pull on it. If they pull hard enough the whole fabric may unravel. Foreign Policy's Zachary Keck writes: -Continue reading as the world turns HERE.On Thursday afternoon President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. would be cancelling a joint military exercise with the Egyptian Army over its violent crackdown on supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood.What could be a more blatant attempt than that? If true then Putin's openly trying to grab Egypt. Breitbart reports Egypt is sending a diplomatic mission to Russia. "Sadat threw Russia out of Egypt," the source told Breitbart News. "Peace came from that. If Russia reenters Egypt, they reenter the world." Are the reports true? But things may have reached a crisis. The Egyptian military is planning to outlaw the Muslim Brotherhood.
Shortly afterwards, Egypt Independent reported that Putin had called an extraordinary session in the Kremlin to put "all Russian military facilities 'at the Egyptian military's disposal.'" The report, which cited several sources without providing any further details about them, also said that "Putin will discuss Russian arrangements for joint-military exercises with the Egyptian army."
That would put Obama's hand squarely in a vise. He may be forced to do what he loathes most: to take a definite, public stand that must alienate part of his international coalition. He has thrived so far by selling the same real estate to all comers; by being the blank slate who is each and every supplicant's friend.
But now he must anger somebody. Now somebody's asking for a refund. The web is rife with rumor that one side or the other is holding a scandal over the administration's head. There is no proof that any such scandal exists. But given the parade of scandals already too numerous to mention it cannot wholly be discounted that some such exists.
Posted by LadyR at August 17, 2013 10:22 PM
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