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Could you ever imagine that the leading American newspaper would openly advocate siding with radical Islamist forces in the Middle East against all of America’s allies and friends, and with eyes wide open, with full awareness that the radicals seek to overthrow them? Well, the day has come.

How has the argument for this strategy, which the Obama administration is already pursuing, been made? A New York Times July 30 editorial titled “Egypt’s Dangerous Slide” advocates a real catastrophe for the United States. Amazingly, it should take an informed person less than five minutes to deconstruct this, the Obama administration’s Middle East policy; but be wary that if you do this — even once — you will be ineligible for 95 percent of mass media and academic jobs.

What’s amazing about the previous sentence is that it is accurate. The public debate is this bad. After all, we are at a moment when Israel-Palestinian talks haven’t even agreed on pre-conditions — a point which is usually reached before two sides begin talks — yet Secretary of State John Kerry predicts success … within nine months, and the mass media quotes him without snickering.

“Deadly blundering by Egypt’s military rulers is making a bad situation much worse,” the editorial begins. One of the most blatant, arrogant views of the American foreign policy establishment today is the frequency with which its members insist that leaders know nothing about their own countries. Thus, Obama, a man who has spent a few hours in Israel and has no empathy with it, can dare to say that he knows better what the country needs than does Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Western policymakers and reporters never seem to read the Egyptian or any other Arab or Israeli press.

“Last weekend’s massacre of marchers supporting the deposed president, Mohamed Morsi, will make national reconciliation and a return to democracy far more difficult.” No kidding. First of all, there was never going to be conciliation. Second: the Muslim Brotherhood isn’t exactly eager to get national conciliation, a point the editorial and the Obama administration never mention. Third: the military wants massacres, because it seeks to intimidate the Brotherhood. That’s how things work in Egypt. In fact, that’s what happened last time, when the Brotherhood was crushed in the 1950s and 1960s, with its leaders sent to concentration camps, tortured, and hung. And that’s what the Brotherhood would be doing to its opposition if its regime had survived.

Fourth: the Brotherhood is also provoking a lot of violence, which is neither reported or protested by the U.S. government. The Brotherhood is portrayed simply as the victim. That’s why millions of Egyptians now say they hate Americans. See here. And here. And a brutal murder of an anti-Mursi demonstrator here.

Al-Ahram writes: “The current misinformation campaign bears the hallmarks of a fully-fledged psychological warfare campaign aimed at deceiving the population.” Funny — it hasn’t fooled Egyptians, but it has fooled the American elite.

By the way, we should notice that Yusuf Qaradawi, the leading Sunni Islamist in the world, has just accused the military government of recruiting Egyptian Christians to kill helpless Muslims. Look for massacres of Christians in other Arab countries and Egypt. Perhaps the Obama administration better worry about that. It is already happening.

It is not Egypt’s leaders who don’t understand Egypt, but rather America’s current leaders.

The editorial continues: “The stakes are too high for any country to give up on the search for a peaceful resolution.”

No! Egyptians know that the stakes are too high not to give up on the search for a peaceful resolution. This is the Middle East. And this is true just as with the Syrian civil war, the Israel-Palestinian conflict, and every secular/nationalist/traditionalist versus give-up-on-the-search-for-a-peaceful-resolution Islamist battle in the region.

Washington’s leverage has been limited, despite … its good intentions undermined by years of inconsistent American policies. President Obama urgently needs to rebuild that trust. And he cannot hope to do so by maintaining a cautious diplomatic silence while the Arab world’s most populous and most important country unravels.

Where to begin? First, American leverage has not been undermined by inconsistent policies. Doesn’t anyone know Egyptian history?

1952-1956: America supported the Egyptian military coup and even saved the regime. Only when President Gamal Abdel Nasser behave aggressively — not so much toward Israel, but conservative Arab states — and allied with the USSR did America turn against him.

1956-1973: An anti-American regime allied with the Soviet Union and aggression against America’s friends was opposed.

1974-2011: The United States was allied with a moderate regime.

Get it? It must be hard for the current establishment to understand, so let me capitalize it and put in bold:

IT WASN’T AMERICA’S FAULT U.S. POLICY WAS “INCONSISTENT.” IT WAS EGYPT’S.

As for “good intentions”? May I remind you that Obama did not have good intentions at all. Just like any British or American imperialist in some previous century, Obama has sought to overthrow the regime and replace it with a Muslim Brotherhood, and thus inevitably a Sharia regime. How’s that for “good intentions”?

If Obama wanted to rebuild trust — as opposed to protecting the Br0therhood’s interests — he would rebuild trust with the Egyptian army and people by supporting the new government, rather than seek to empower an anti-Christian, anti-Western, anti-Semitic, anti-American, homophobic, genocidal, anti-woman, totalitarian-destined regime.

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Obama and Morsi - Brothers From Another Mother.
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until I saw the check which said $4334, I accept that my cousin was like realie making money part-time at there labtop.. there sisters roommate started doing this for less than 21 months and just now repayed the morgage on their mini mansion and bought audi. read more at,http://www.wep6.com
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When I was a kid one of the few places you could get helpful and thought provoking commentary was...the New York Times. I read Barry because as an old man I still can recognize good commentary when I read it. How fitting that the New York Times now is the leading mouthpiece for the 95% that hold sway in academia and the media.
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If Kerry spent as much time educating himself about the realities of the Middle East as he does with his coiffure, we would be better served. Instead we have Ground Hog Day. Only in the Middle East must the victor accede to the demands of the vanquished. That's a crime against nature.
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What we are seeing is the implementation of Obama policies on the Middle East. If they are not carried out now in his second term then when? As far as Israel is concerned it is about to be treated like Czechoslovakia before WW2. Cut down to size, rendered impotent and then dismembered. The equivalent in human terms of being hung drawn and quartered. Israel must stop trying to appear reasonable. Appointing Livni to negotiate in secret on behalf of Israel is a rerun of Beiilin negotiating the Oslo accords in secret. Look where that got Israel. To survive, Israel must display what to the West will appear to be intransigence and irrationality because of its refusal to compromise on core issues,viz no return of Palestinian Arab "refugees" to Israel and no division of Jerusalem. If Abbas will not negotiate on those terms then no more talks. If Israel is to go down then let it go down fighting its corner.
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Obama would be on the wrong side of a circle.
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This is what happens when the media is an appendage of an anti-American POTUS, the most revolutionary forces gain cover.

The fact of the matter is that the Mid east is usually a basket case, however, it has become a RAGING fireball under the 'guidance' of Obama Inc. There is no getting around said fact - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/07/04/the-islamist-in-chief-lit-a-fuse-his-embrace-of-the-muslim-brotherhood-mafia-set-egypt-mid-east-alight-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

The Islamist-in-Chief, in tandem with his surrogates, set the region alight, and are now openly siding with Morsi's Brotherhood Mafia, in fact, threatening Egypt's military with repercussions, if Morsi is not allowed back into the 'democratic' process.

Alas, they are giving Obama Inc the finger and THAT is a good thing! Wish PM Netanyahu would follow suit, instead of hitching Jerusalem's wagon to the most anti-American/western regime in Washington!

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

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New thought. I wonder if the sudden rush to put the screws to Israel and force their capitulation is due to the realization that if the Israelis manage to become net energy exporters,tech exporters and agricultural exporters then our beloved internationalists (EU,UN,DNC) will lose their ability to so blatantly screw the Jews?
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Good insight. This is part of it. The 'elites' in the EU and the Obama Admin would logically be in a panic over emerging, actual Israeli independence. Of course, they are forcing Israel to gradually display that independence instead of just quietly doing it. The prisoner release may be one of the last, desperate attempts to control Israel..at least that would be nice.
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How screwed up is the middle east,where israeli-Palestinian peace is considered low hanging fruit in diplomatic circles? An egypt where the military rules but must look over its shoulder for MB knives is probably the best outcome for Israel. It is interesting thAt the generals can ignore Obama but bibi can't. What is this adminstration threatening? Too bad we"weren't allowed to make O's intentions towards Israel " a wedge issue" during the last election.
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Other Arab states, particularly Saudi Arabia and its allied Persian Gulf emirates, are unlikely to help.

What an idjit ignoramus. It is EU and US that didn't financially helped Egypt during and post Morsi but on the other hand Qatar has supported MB while Saudi Arabia is currently supporting the army.
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