Yesterday the White House leaked the fact that the Israeli Air Force had struck a target in Latakia, Syria. This action seems particularly bizarre in light of the fact that Israelis and Palestinians are currently in peace talks in the USA under American auspices. There can be no doubt that such a betrayal of trust from the White House will impact the relationship between the two countries.
It isn’t the only action the US has taken of late that has seemed to be out of character, verging on incomprehensible from the US. Looking to Syria and the removal of Chemical weapons from the hands of Assad the world saw a President Obama who appeared utterly unsure of himself. When the most powerful man in the world declares something to be a “Red line” the assumption tends to be that there will be consequences for crossing it. Assad must have been laughing when big brother Russia stepped in and threw an Obama who clearly didn’t want to launch a military strike a lifeline.
The fact that Assad has ‘agreed’ to give up his store of chemical weapons can only be called a good thing, the fact that the leader of the free world seems to have gotten there by accident less so. The fact that the very man who murdered so many people using chemical weapons is still in place and using the biggest weapon of mass destruction of all time, bullets, to kill people is even more disconcerting.
In Egypt, where Muhammad Morsi’s trial starts today, US policy has been nothing short of catastrophic. The White House has chosen to voice its displeasure at the overthrow of the former President by dramatically reducing the supply of arms. Over and above the fact that US sales of arms to Egypt are a huge factor in the peace deal between Egypt and Israel, guaranteeing a balance of power, Obama has left a void of patronage to be filled by anyone with the money and guns who chooses to dive in.
This out of opposition to the fact the Muhammad Morsi was forced from power?!
In his one year as President of Egypt Morsi managed to set the cause of democracy back so far that millions of Egyptians came out onto the streets to get rid of him. Here’s just one of the many reasons;
Gamal Eid, the executive director of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, reported that there had been four times as many charges of insulting the president filed in Morsi’s first 200 days in office than in Mubarak’s 30-year rule.
Morsi’s affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood is well known, he didn’t hide that he was ‘their’ candidate for a second. In fact he used it as a tool to get elected. So it shouldn’t have come as a suprise to anyone (and it didn’t to most people) when he made his infamous 7 point decree presidential degree. One of those 7 points stated the following;
“The president is authorized to take any measures he sees fit in order to preserve and safeguard the revolution.”
Perhaps there are some people who give Morsi the benefit of the doubt that this is something other than a grab for dictatorial powers, but not the 15 million Egyptians who signed a petition calling on him to step down. The Muslim Brotherhood reveled in the authoritarian decrees, claiming they were necessary for the good of the country.
“This level of immunity for presidential decrees is indeed unprecedented, but it is necessary, and it is controlled by a time frame” that ends with the election of a new parliament, said Gehad el-Haddad, a senior Muslim Brotherhood adviser.
It would appear that very few Egyptians agreed with him as millions soon came out onto the streets and forced him out of office. For some reason Obama has chosen to punish the Egyptian people for forcing this dictator out of office. Around the world Muslim Brotherhood activists lamented the speedy demise of democracy that they claimed his ouster represented. The White House agreed, the rest of the world watched in horror as the head of the free world punished Egypt for removing a dictator.
I wonder, had Germans removed Hitler just one year after he was democratically elected would the United States have condemned it? Would Obama?
How is possible that the same President of the United States who made a speech about peace, love and unity in Mubarak’s Cairo shortly after being elected is the same man who would have forced those hopeful Egyptians to live under Morsi’s dictatorial shadow indefinitely. Just how long after being democratically elected is it considered “Okay” to force a dictator out of office?
But we should have known, we should have known from his silence when hundreds of thousands of Iranians poured into the streets to demand reform from one of the most callous, bloodthirsty theocracies ever to grace the planet. We should have known when he did nothing to help the Syrians right at the beginning or 2 years in. We should have known when he walked away from Iraq facilitating the descent of the country into bloodletting and civil war.
We should have known!
From Syria to Iraq to Pakistan to Yemen to Egypt to Iran and beyond, the affect of Obama’s bizarre and contradictory foreign policy is being felt by people struggling for freedom everywhere. They are being punished for putting their faith in Obama’s America.
Now it’s Israel’s turn.