In this case, the US is $1.5 billion short.
Egypt’s president Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, last Thursday, November 22, “issued constitutional amendments that placed him above judicial oversight,” and “decreed immunity for the Islamist-dominated panel drafting a new constitution from any possible court decisions to dissolve it.” Morsi did all this after receiving “lavish praise from President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for mediating an end to eight days of fighting between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers.” As Andrew C. McCarthy wrote, “Hamas is the Muslim Brotherhood.” That is the same Muslin Brotherhood that, in October 2010, called for a jihad against the US.
President Barack Hussein Obama, in his infinite wisdom, released $1.5 billion of military aid (money we don’t have) to Egypt, now controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi. He did this despite the wishes of Congress.
Now it seems that Obama, Hillary Clinton’s State Department, and the rest of the Obama administration are having second thoughts.
The State Department, on Friday, November 23, issued a statement of “concern” about Morsi’s power-grab. The statement, by State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, while not specifically naming Morsi, said:
The decisions and declarations announced on November 22 raise concerns for many Egyptians and for the international community. … The current constitutional vacuum in Egypt can only be resolved by the adoption of a constitution that includes checks and balances, and respects fundamental freedoms, individual rights, and the rule of law consistent with Egypt’s international commitments.
Have I somehow missed a statement from Obama and/or Clinton pledging (or even offering) support for all the Egyptians who took to Tahrir Square to protest for democracy? After all, the MSM has said that an “Arab Spring” of democracy has broken out across the region.
The European Union (EU) also joined the condemnation. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said, “It is of utmost importance that democratic process be completed in accordance with the commitments undertaken by the Egyptian leadership.”
The Supreme Judicial Council, Egypt’s highest judicial authority, said the decree was an “unprecedented attack” on the independence of the judiciary.
As DaTechGuy says, “Hmmmm: sounds like we’ve replaced a Pro-American dictator, with a pro-Islamist dictator.” Is Morsi going to give the $1.5 billion back? Has he already done so, and I just missed it? Or can Obama pick ‘em, or what?
But that’s just my opinion.