According to Reuters, President Obama invited Muslim Brotherhood-backed Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi to meet him in New York next week, but publicly snubbed a request from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to meet with him and discuss the escalating crisis over a nuclear Iran. The Egyptian president’s invitation follows upon repeated protests at the U.S. embassy in Cairo.
The initial protest at the Cairo embassy began on the eleven-year anniversary of the September 11th attacks, and led to the compound’s breach. An official U.S. flag was confiscated and burned. Renewed clashes with Egyptian protesters have led to more American flag burnings and the firing of tear gas to disperse the crowd.
Oddly enough, several protesters spotted at the Cairo embassy were wearing Guy Fawkes masks, which are popular with members of anarcho-socialist movements. It should be noted that the Muslim Brotherhood is an organization that can be justifiably described as a blending of socialist and Islamist traditions.
Even though the political situation in Egypt is fluid, President Obama forgave a billion dollars owed to the U.S. by the Egyptian government and guaranteed a billion dollar infrastructure loan for the country. A recent intelligence report disclosing increasingly closer ties between Egypt and Iran is a red flag that all effective military aid to the country should undergo further State Department review.
The reaction of the Cairo embassy has been a cause for concern for the Obama administration, which has separated itself from the besieged embassy’s public relations campaign. The Cairo embassy originally condemned “the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions.”
The embassy’s seemingly sympathetic missive was posted in reference to a widely panned movie criticizing Muslims made by an American filmmaker. The Egyptian President Morsi is now pushing for the Egyptian embassy in Washington to take legal action against the producers of the “Innocence of Muslims” film, as the country’s official news agency MENA reported.
It was not the first time that the embassy had apologized for the free speech behavior of American citizens. Earlier, the embassy condemned the burning of a Koran in Florida. Ironically, the burning of an official American flag on our sovereign territory is yet to be condemned by the embassy or the administration. This should not be a surprise from an embassy that spent $40,000 buying copies of Barack Obama’s book Dreams from my Father.
Meanwhile, a row has developed over the attack of the Benghazi, Libya consulate, which led to the murder of a U.S. ambassador and several civilians. One of the first public responses to the attacks by the Obama campaign was to condemn presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The presidential campaign and the complicit mainstream media have gone on an offensive against Mitt Romney in order to provide a smokescreen for the apparent failure of Barack Obama’s foreign policy.
On September 11th, for example, the same day as the Egyptian and Libyan protests, the President praised the “Arab Spring.” In Obama’s Cairo address to the Muslim World delivered early on in his presidency, he said “Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance.” The president also said that America and Islam “share common principles — principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”
President Obama later assisted with the rise to power of Mohammad Morsi when he pressured Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak out of power following the Tahrir Square uprisings as one flower of the Arab Spring. Martial law was declared shortly thereafter, and a struggle between the pro-Mubarak military and Islamist parties for a democratically elected parliament and presidency took place. The Muslim Brotherhood eventually gained a plurality of seats in the parliament and its president Mohammad Morsi installed in power.
Many political observers predicted that this would be the end result of removing Mubarak from power. The Obama administration’s now-obvious affinity for the Muslim Brotherhood follows upon a much-ridiculed request by Michele Bachmann to look into improper ties with the Islamist organization within the State Department and other national security agencies. These requests for a more thorough investigation into the matter should be taken much more seriously than they have been thus far.
In the big picture, Israel is becoming increasingly isolated in the Middle East region, and the Obama administration has demonstrated a noticeable chill towards the tiny Jewish state. So much for being a champion of the underdog.