Egyptian General Al-Sissi Slams Barack Obama
Barack Obama and Mohamed Morsi: Birds of a Feather?
Ambivalence - a state of having simultaneous, conflicting feelings toward a person or thing.
On the one hand, my reaction was: Hey, General, don’t go beating up on our president — only we can do that!
On the other hand, the general makes some pretty good points, so it’s hard to be wholly unsympathetic. In fact, there are some eerie similarities between his remarks about the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi and what we have come to learn about Barack Obama.
Here are a few excerpts from the Washington Post interview with the general, with my comments inserted:
Sissi’s comments are a measure of just how thoroughly the Obama administration has alienated both sides in a profoundly polarized and unsettled Egypt, all while trying to remain neutral. Morsi’s supporters in the Muslim Brotherhood regularly accuse the United States of acquiescing to a military coup.
[Neutral? I had the impression Obama’s administration clearly favored Morsi. Perhaps the Post writer should have said “trying to appear to remain neutral”.]
Sissi said that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel calls him “almost every day” but that President Obama has not called since Morsi’s ouster.
[Maybe Obama is trying to maintain “plausible deniability” for his next “phony scandal”? Or maybe he just doesn’t want to upset his allies in the Muslim Brotherhood?]
“The U.S. administration has a lot of leverage and influence with the Muslim Brotherhood, and I’d really like the U.S. administration to use this leverage with them to resolve the conflict,” Sissi said.
[Perhaps the general already accepts what many Americans have long suspected about where Obama’s loyalties lie?]
Sissi said he had recognized problems with Morsi from the day he was inaugurated. The president, Sissi said, was “not a president for all Egyptians but a president representing his followers and supporters.”
[Gee — does that sound like any other president we know?]
One of Morsi’s first major acts in office was to sweep away an older generation of military leaders.
[Perhaps this is similar to Obama’s removal of officers who might hesitate to fire on fellow Americans?]
[In] the interview, the 58-year-old Sissi was unsparing in his criticism of the Muslim Brotherhood, saying that Brotherhood members are more devoted to their Islamist beliefs than they are to Egypt. “The idea that gathers them together is not nationalism, it’s not patriotism, it is not a sense of a country,” he said.
[Does the former Morsi administration sound similar to an administration that has been packed with Leftist ideologues?]
So all in all, General, you may have some kindred spirits here in America. Your issues with Mohamed Morsi sound a lot like the issues many of us have with Barack Obama. Perhaps those two are birds of a feather? I’ve come away from your interview with a new appreciation for you, the Egyptian military, and your sincerity in fighting for your cause, which you summarized as:
The most important achievement in my life is to overcome this circumstance, [to ensure] that we live peacefully, to go on with our road map and to be able to conduct the coming elections without shedding one drop of Egyptian blood.