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May 16, 2014 - 8:46 am

Retired Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former Egyptian army chief who ousted Mohammed Morsi and is now running for president, said President Obama could do more to help fight Islamist terrorism.

In an exclusive interview with Reuters, al-Sisi was asked if he had a message for Obama. “We are fighting a war against terrorism,” he replied.

The White House froze $1.3 billion a year in military aid to Egypt after Moris was ousted in a people’s revolt and the interim government cracked down on the Muslim Brotherhood.

“The Egyptian army is undertaking major operations in the Sinai so it is not transformed into a base for terrorism that will threaten its neighbors and make Egypt unstable. If Egypt is unstable then the entire region is unstable,” al-Sisi said. “We need American support to fight terrorism, we need American equipment to use to combat terrorism.”

It’s not just the Sinai that’s a big threat, he stressed, but the growing power of jihadis in neighboring Libya.

“The West has to pay attention to what’s going on in the world – the map of extremism and its expansion. This map will reach you inevitably,” he said.

He defended his intervention in the huge 2013 protests as fulfilling the army’s sworn mission to protect the people.

“The more time passes the more the vision gets clearer to everyone. People and the world realize what happened in Egypt was the will of all of the Egyptian people,” al-Sisi said. “The army could not have abandoned its people or there would have been a civil war and we don’t know where that would have taken us. We understand the American position. We hope that they understand ours.”

He also stressed that in his government the question of whether the peace treaty with Israel would hold wouldn’t be a question like it was in the Morsi administration.

“We respected it and we will respect it,” al-Sisi said. “The Israeli people know this … The question of whether we would be committed to the peace treaty is over with.”

And his current thoughts on the Brotherhood? “Unjustified violence towards Egyptians made them not only lose sympathy among Egyptians, but also meant they have no real chance of reconciliation with society.”

Al-Sisi faces one opponents in the May 26-27 election, secular leftist Hamdeen Sabahi, who finished third in the 2012 presidential election with 21 percent of the vote.

More than 100,000 expatriates have already voted. A poll earlier this month found al-Sisi with 72 percent backing, compared to 2 percent supporting Sabahi and 22 percent undecided. Eighty-five percent of respondents said they planned on voting.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran 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 is an NPR contributor and 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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Egypt's al Sisi [ or whoever his successor may be] will go the same way as Maliki and Karzai. That is not a compliment.

Yes, indeed, Egypt needs United States military equipment, it's probably the best in the World. Yes, indeed, Egypt needs United States' taxpayers' dollars...bales upon bales of 'em, as does everyone else in the Third World. More, more, more United States Dollars right now!

However, our long range Muslim policy should be to let these Muslims and their factions and tribes and warring militias of their own subtle distinctions slit each others' throats. We Americans will only be caught in the crossfire. We're being played for fools.

Keep America out of Muslim controlled areas. They need to be quarantined. Those Muslims already infiltrated and patiently standing by here inside America...if they remain Muslims at all....are going to be the cause of mammoth social troubles if they are allowed to grow in numbers. Look at their slowly and quietly growing numbers of mosques and madrassas in America. Ask what exactly are they teaching and proclaiming to each other ...in Arabic. Notice the already growing demands for Americans to comply with Muslims' cultural norms. Look at Londonistan.

Forget what passport these Muslims carry in their pockets. They're merely traveling papers of convenience; they're most certainly not indicators of any American loyalty.

A Muslim's loyalty is only toward their Koran and the associated sharia law which is totally trans-national.

Let al Sisi scold Obama as much as he wants. We, some of us anyway, recognize what a disaster Obama is for our America.


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Islam is terrorism. Why all the fuss with distinctions?
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Do they have the slightest idea of who Obama is? Obama is the face of the Muslim Brotherhood in America, a fascistic, Nazi-sympathizing group that' exists to destroy the west and Israel. He and the Muslim Brotherhood have been doing the same thing since 2009: toppling secular governments and replacing them with Sharia-pushing Muslim Brotherhood. He has American troops in 5 secular African countries at the moment, and using the excuse of Boko Harum, will soon move into one more. He is the 21st century Hitler.
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I love this! Things like this make American Liberals' heads explode! They've deluded themselves into thinking that only white Americans oppose Islamic terrorism, so this will not compute with them!
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What makes Egypt's al Sisi think obama would ever consider anything contrary to his vision of his fantasized perfect world? obama has yet to listen to anyone that hasn't bought into his "vision" for America and the world hook, line, sinker, fishing pole, and boat.
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Egypt's al Sisi [ or whoever his successor may be] will go the same way as Maliki and Karzai. That is not a compliment.

Yes, indeed, Egypt needs United States military equipment, it's probably the best in the World. Yes, indeed, Egypt needs United States' taxpayers' dollars...bales upon bales of 'em, as does everyone else in the Third World. More, more, more United States Dollars right now!

However, our long range Muslim policy should be to let these Muslims and their factions and tribes and warring militias of their own subtle distinctions slit each others' throats. We Americans will only be caught in the crossfire. We're being played for fools.

Keep America out of Muslim controlled areas. They need to be quarantined. Those Muslims already infiltrated and patiently standing by here inside America...if they remain Muslims at all....are going to be the cause of mammoth social troubles if they are allowed to grow in numbers. Look at their slowly and quietly growing numbers of mosques and madrassas in America. Ask what exactly are they teaching and proclaiming to each other ...in Arabic. Notice the already growing demands for Americans to comply with Muslims' cultural norms. Look at Londonistan.

Forget what passport these Muslims carry in their pockets. They're merely traveling papers of convenience; they're most certainly not indicators of any American loyalty.

A Muslim's loyalty is only toward their Koran and the associated sharia law which is totally trans-national.

Let al Sisi scold Obama as much as he wants. We, some of us anyway, recognize what a disaster Obama is for our America.


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Sisi will not go that way. There is no comparison to the other two situations whatsoever. In Afghanistan there are old ethnic and intra-Sunni religious fractures. In Iraq a Sunni-Shia fracture. Egypt is a homogeneous nation aside from it's 10% Christians. There are virtually no Shia.
19 weeks ago
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Islam is terrorism. Why all the fuss with distinctions?
19 weeks ago
19 weeks ago Link To Comment
Do they have the slightest idea of who Obama is? Obama is the face of the Muslim Brotherhood in America, a fascistic, Nazi-sympathizing group that' exists to destroy the west and Israel. He and the Muslim Brotherhood have been doing the same thing since 2009: toppling secular governments and replacing them with Sharia-pushing Muslim Brotherhood. He has American troops in 5 secular African countries at the moment, and using the excuse of Boko Harum, will soon move into one more. He is the 21st century Hitler.
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