Egypt will soon run out of food and money. America has already been driven out of Eastern Libya. Syria may soon be taken over by jihadi-like elements. Jordan is teetering. And Iran is shipping new rockets to Gaza. What are the odds for the “calm” that Victoria Nuland hopes for?
The president will be increasingly caught between preserving the very life of Israel and salvaging the ruins of his attempts to “lead from behind.” It is now turning out to be a case of “lead by the nose.” Hamza Hendawi of the Associated Press recounts how Morsi tricked Obama into letting him hold his wallet while he went for a dip in the public relations ocean.
CAIRO (AP) — The Gaza cease-fire deal reached Wednesday marks a startling trajectory for Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi: an Islamist leader who refuses to talk to Israelis or even say the country’s name mediated for it and finally turned himself into Israel’s de facto protector.
The accord inserts Egypt to an unprecedented degree into the conflict between Israel and Hamas, establishing it as the arbiter ensuring that militant rocket fire into Israel stops and that Israel allows the opening of the long-blockaded Gaza Strip and stops its own attacks against Hamas.
“I want to thank President Morsi for his personal leadership to de-escalate the situation in Gaza and end the violence,” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who met Morsi on Wednesday, said at a Cairo press conference with Egypt’s foreign minister announcing the accord.
Translation: “Thank you for leashing the pit bull you unleashed in the first place. And would you please hold my wallet while I take a walk? Gee, thanks, you’re such a nice guy.” Attagirl, Hillary!
It’s not as if the administration had no warning of trouble ahead. The attack on the Benghazi consulate was a big neon sign blinking the message “danger” in glowing red letters in the dark of the Obama administration’s night. But all they could think of in the face of that danger signal was to get Susan Rice to talk about a video. Anything to get Obama elected. Any lie, any deception, any debt to history. Now the bandages are coming off the mummy’s face.