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U.S. Pushing for Inclusivity in Cairo as New Government Shuts Out Islamists

Egyptian general reportedly had to explain to State Department's Burns why the Muslim Brotherhood was bad and leading the country on the road to ruin.

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Bridget Johnson

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July 15, 2013 - 5:59 pm
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Nearly two weeks after the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi, the Obama administration appears to be quietly trying to mop up some of the mess it created with its handling of the revolution against the Muslim Brotherhood.

But it’s still insisting that the Islamists who were the impetus for the massive protests and ouster in the first place be part of the solution.

America’s diplomatic presence in Egypt has been seriously soured by missteps including Ambassador Anne Patterson discouraging the epic protests against Islamist rule on June 30 and reportedly trying to discourage Coptic Christians from taking part.

Both President Obama and Patterson were lambasted by protesters as propping up the Muslim Brotherhood and sanctioning the Islamists’ abuses against the Egyptian people.

Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns went to Cairo on Saturday for a visit scheduled through Tuesday. Burns is the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit since the overthrow. “In all these meetings, he will underscore U.S. support for the Egyptian people, an end to all violence, and a transition leading to an inclusive, democratically elected civilian government,” the State Department said in its announcement, noticeably urging the inclusivity that signaled in the administration’s first responses that they want the Muslim Brotherhood to remain part of the political picture.

Burns maintained that the U.S. “as outsiders” would not “support particular political personalities and particular parties.”

“What we’re going to continue to try to do is to support an open inclusive, tolerant democratic process,” he told reporters. “We hope it will be a chance to learn some of the lessons and correct some of the mistakes of the last two years.”

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said today that Burns has met with Interim President Adly Mansour, interim vice president for international relations Mohamed ElBaradei, and Defense Minister Abdul Fatah Al-Sisi, as well as “a group of business leaders, a group of human rights activists, a group of Coptic bishops.”

“He has not met with a member of — or a representative from the Muslim Brotherhood. Again, I don’t have an update beyond what he’s done to date,” she said. “As you know, we are in very regular contact with all groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood.”

“The message that he has been communicating to all the officials is about the importance of having an inclusive process and the steps that they take from here towards that.”

Psaki had no comment on the Tamarod opposition movement’s boycott of a roundtable hosted by Patterson for Burns’ visit. The rebel movement refused to participate out of protest over the way the U.S. approached their revolution.

“He did say that despite our concerns about the developments of the past two weeks, we believe that the ongoing transition is another opportunity, following the January 25th revolution, to create a democratic state that protects human rights and the rule of law, and that enable economic prosperity among all of its citizens,” Psaki said of Burns’ meetings. “And he encouraged the interim government to continue to take steps to be inclusive of all sides as they work toward the process moving forward.”

She wouldn’t disclose whether the U.S. knew of Morsi’s whereabouts, but said the U.S. continues to call for his release.

The CIA’s regularly updated online database of world leaders still lists Morsi as president of Egypt.

“It’s for the Egyptian people to decide what his role will be moving forward,” Psaki added. “…We believe that President Morsi was democratically elected. The question is the steps that were taken from there, and we have talked about quite a bit the voices of 22 million people.”

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Oh, the irony of it all....a mooslim country wants to exclude islamists (mooslim bruthahood) from their government, but the U.S.A. cannot get ENOUGH islamists not only INTO our government, but also into the most sensitive areas of State and Defense - Huma Abedin and the mooslim bruthahood operatives infesting State and Defense (and FBI, NSA, DIA, DHS, etc...). Absolute insanity....If Obama actually admitted he wanted to intentionally destroy our nation, what would he do differently from what he is doing now?

Remember BENGHAZI!
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So, Obambi is still pushing the Morsi was Democratically elected bull huh? Wasn't it Obambi that kept pushing them to hold their elections as soon as possible? Unless he is a total id10t he knew the MB along with the Salifists were the only group in Egypt that was organized enough to win an election. Even then they had to stuff the ballot boxes, intimidate the rest of the people, and still had to lie about the number of votes they got. Once in they hurried through a Constitution that assured they would be in control forever. Just thank God or Allah or whoever that the Army stepped in again.
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Funny guy Obama. The hardline grass roots MB supporters of Morsi arguably aren't much larger than the 10% Coptic Christian population of Egypt. In saying that, I am not including the Salafis, who've long entirely abandoned the MB, or the orthodox Al-Ahzar Sunnis.

Yet you don't have American diplomats worried about Christian inclusion in gov't. They can't even legally run for frickin' President in their own country. Think about that: 10 million Christians in Egypt can't be the President of Egypt.

And now Obama wants Egyptians to explain why they're Islamophobes. Hello, Obama. I'll tell you why. Morsi only ever had the support of half of Egypt. He almost immediately lost half of that and acted like he had some giant mandate to do things like appoint a governor in Luxor associated with the group that murdered 58 tourists and 4 Egyptians AT Luxor in 1997. That amounts to saying to tourists, "Don't come here." In 2009, Luxor was only just recovering and there were tons of tourists.
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Insanity. And not on the part of the Egyptians.
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Jimmy Carter had a hand in giving Rhodesia to the communist Mugabe, and thus a big hand in the murder and starvation of thousands upon thousands of people and then, of course, in Iran having a big hand in giving that country over to the most extreme Muslims. Barack Obama wants to reprise Jimmy Carter's role there except with Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood in a much bigger Muslim country, Eqypt, with maybe millions murdered and starved as a result, if he's successful. Of course, concurrently Obama's working on bringing disaster to America too.
40 weeks ago
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There should be little mystery, as to why the Islamist-in-Chief is pushing for 'inclusivity'. In fact, his 'Brothers' are germane to the entire overhaul of the Mid East, and beyond its borders as well. And those who think this is conspiracy-talk have no idea about the nexus between Obama and his band of 'Brothers', as well as regional geo-politics.
In a nutshell - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/07/06/egypts-brotherhood-mafia-defanged-for-now-yet-muslim-brotherhood-calling-the-shots-in-america-how-did-this-happen-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

Besides, when one spends years investigating Islamic jihadi groups, one often finds nuggets leading back to radical leftists.

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
40 weeks ago
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Prediction: The Muslim Brotherhood sends it's military arm to hit US interests, until the US government helps them control region 4 of the WTO.

You read it here first.
40 weeks ago
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Herr Obama loves Herr Adolf Morsi and the Muslin Nazihood
40 weeks ago
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Not as much as he loved Trayvon, of course.
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"The CIA’s regularly updated online database of world leaders still lists Morsi as president of Egypt."

I think all those with a brain and a clue left CIA some years ago.
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Hey Michelle...
for the first time in my adult life I'm truly ashamed of my country. Thank the hubby, won't you?
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