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October 11, 2013

Egypt to Obama: Keep Your Aid And Shove It

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives, Political News and commentaries


"There is a saying among us that 'whoever is covered by the Americans is in fact naked'
... which pretty well sums up the amount of trust and faith Egypt's military has in Obama's 'Muslim Brotherhood-embracing' America.

So, needless to say, they have no trust of the U.S. now and they're reviewing their other options ... as in Russia and elsewhere in the region.

[...] Support from Gulf Arab states such as Saudi Arabia, which were happy to see Morsi go because of their loathing of the Brotherhood, could give Egypt room for maneuver if it decides to move away from the United States.

After Morsi was deposed, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates promised Egypt a total of $12 billion in loans, grants and fuel shipments. The aid has kept the economy afloat and may give Egypt some policy flexibility.

"Compared to Gulf aid, American aid is peanuts. It won't financially affect Egypt and could easily be filled by Gulf countries," said Abdullah al-Askar, chairman of the foreign affairs committee in Saudi Arabia's Shoura Council, an appointed parliament that has only advisory powers.

"People in the Gulf do not see (cutting the aid) as a democratic message. Otherwise why is America allowing the Syrian regime to continue killing people every day?"

Both Saudi Arabia and Egypt -- Washington's most important allies in the Arab world -- are frustrated with U.S. policy and see Washington as an indecisive superpower.

"The U.S. position is not clear and not understood and comes at a time when Egypt needs help," a government official said. "For sure the U.S. will lose the support of the Egyptian people and it is natural that the void it leaves by its loss of the Egyptian people will benefit another power in the world."

Read the whole thing here.

As Bill Gertz reported last month at the Washington Free Beacon, the Obama administration support for Muslim Brotherhood Islamists in Egypt is driving the powerful military there against the United States and toward Moscow and China:

The pro-Muslim Brotherhood stance is undermining decades of U.S. policy toward the Middle East state and prompting concerns that the United States is about to "lose" Egypt as a strategic partner, said officials familiar with intelligence reports.

[...] "The Obama administration's blatant Islamist support is risking the decades-long security arrangement with Egypt," one U.S. official told the Washington Free Beacon.

"The Egyptians are so upset they might very well give up our support," the official added, noting the military regime is currently leaning toward seeking backing from Russia, and possibly China in the future.

As the article goes on to point out, one Egyptian official summed up the situation as "Any inch Obama loses, another power will gain and we will not mind" Put another way, Obama has lost Egypt. What's next?

Interestingly Haaretz predicted back in Jan 2011 that Obama would go down in history as the president who lost Egypt.

Posted by Hyscience at October 11, 2013 5:00 PM

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