Exactly what part of "Islamist" does this president not understand? He has already thrown Israel under the bus on numerous occasions, now it seems that he intends to run over them a couple of times. Geez, The Muslim Brotherhood are the very people that have brought us Hezbollah, Fatah, Hamas, and our old friends, al Qaeda - they're figgin' terrorists! In fact, they are the very people behind the whole Islamic terrorist movement! Expecting them to "renounce violence and support democracy" would be laughable were it not so tragic. But the Muslim Brotherhood must renounce violence and support democracy, the White House says.
Reporting from Washington — The Obama administration said for the first time that it supports a role for groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, a banned Islamist organization, in a reformed Egyptian government.
The organization must reject violence and recognize democratic goals if the U.S. is to be comfortable with it taking part in the government, the White House said. But by even setting conditions for the involvement of such nonsecular groups, the administration took a surprise step in the midst of the crisis that has enveloped Egypt for the last week.
The statement was an acknowledgment that any popularly accepted new government will probably include groups that are not considered friendly to U.S. interests, and was a signal that the White House is prepared for that probability after 30 years of reliable relations with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Remember the lamentations about Obama's lack of experience during the Presidential Election? This is exactly why. I will allow some time for any president to become oriented and "learn the ropes". Alas, it's been two years now and his inexperience has blossomed into full-blown incompetence.
Yes, we can only do so much, but President Obama seems to have been caught unaware by this entire crisis and has yet to catch up. He and his administration were virtually silent for days, then proceeded to issue what seemed to be pre-canned comments. Our position has been incomprehensible because we have had none; we have chosen reaction to the status quo as our policy, whatever the status quo is at the moment.
We cannot allow this to play out like Iran in '79, but we seem on course to do just that. Many have called The Obama administration "Jimmy Carter's second term" and that characterization is looking more prescient by the day, including the loss of yet another Middle East ally.