Shoots First, Aims Later: Obama Admin Now Says Egypt is an Ally, Sort Of
President Barack Obama didn't intend to signal any change in the U.S.-Egypt relationship last night when he said Egypt is not an "ally," the White House told The Cable today.
White House spokesman Tommy Vietor told The Cable Thursday that the administration is not signaling a change in that status.
"I think folks are reading way too much into this," Vietor said. "‘Ally' is a legal term of art. We don't have a mutual defense treaty with Egypt like we do with our NATO allies. But as the president has said, Egypt is longstanding and close partner of the United States, and we have built on that foundation by supporting Egypt's transition to democracy and working with the new government."
The way events have gotten beyond our young president over the course of the week, "feckless" would be a compliment to him. He has all but abandoned his job.
There is a fact to face that the mainstream media will not bring up: Barack Obama has lost Egypt.