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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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The take from Egyptian media is that the neighborly meetings were more of a debate between the U.S. and the interim government about Egypt’s future.

According to Al-Ahram, Burns and Patterson met with al-Sisi, the general who announced both Morsi’s ultimatum and his ouster, for two hours Monday, where al-Sisi reportedly had to explain to Burns why the Muslim Brotherhood was bad and leading the country on the road to ruin.

“US aid was touched on during the meeting, where the army claimed that the US is more keen than Egypt on keeping the military aid as an assurance of the continuation of military ties between the two countries,” Al-Ahram reported.

Egypt’s new cabinet began to take shape with appointments including World Bank veteran Ahmed Jalal as finance minister and soccer legend Taher Abouzeid as sports minister. The cabinet, which will be formally unveiled this week, is free of Muslim Brotherhood members and Salafists. A handful of women and two Copts are said to be among the appointees, including the appointment of Inas Abdel Dayem as the first female culture minister in a move guaranteed to anger Islamists.

And the presence of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II and Al-Azhar Grand Mufti Ahmed al-Tayeb at al-Sisi’s side when the ouster of Morsi was announced is more than a photo op — representatives of the two faith leaders will be at the center of a new reconciliation committee to make progress on the “road map” for a new Egypt.

An adviser to the mufti told Asharq Al-Awsat that the reconciliation committee “will endeavor to reunite the parties and bring together those who have shed blood.”

Egyptian prosecutors ordered the arrests of more Muslim Brotherhood members today for “inciting violence, funding violent acts, and thuggery,” according to Al-Ahram.

The fever of Tamarod rebellion — and first-stage petition-gathering — seen by many as the needed completion of the Arab Spring has spread to Libya as well, where residents in the post-Gadhafi era are frustrated by a weak government that’s proven ineffectual at countering the Islamist brigades trying to gain a foothold in the power vacuum, and to Tunisia, where Islamists rule and Salafists intimidate political opponents.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas) said Sunday that he’s “encouraged” by the developments in Egypt as pro-Morsi demonstrators continue their protests.

“When the Arab Spring occurred in Egypt and Libya and across northern Africa, and now we’re dealing with this in Syria, to see the Muslim Brotherhood come to the heights of power, suspending all other authorities in the government and then imposing Sharia law on their people, I’ve been greatly troubled by this Arab Spring really becoming an Arab winter,” McCaul said on Fox. “I think the military in Egypt is the most stabilizing factor in Egypt. And I think we should support the military in their efforts in ousting the Muslim Brotherhood, and arresting the Muslim Brotherhood and bringing a more secular, moderate form of government to Egypt.”

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Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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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!
39 weeks ago
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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.
39 weeks ago
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Insanity. And not on the part of the Egyptians.
39 weeks ago
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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.
39 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/
39 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.
39 weeks ago
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Herr Obama loves Herr Adolf Morsi and the Muslin Nazihood
39 weeks ago
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Not as much as he loved Trayvon, of course.
39 weeks ago
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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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