President Obama, in a statement issued Wednesday night, said that only the people of Egypt can ultimately determine the future of the country, but that Washington is “deeply concerned” by the Egyptian military’s decision to remove President Egyptian constitution. He urged the military to “move quickly and responsibly to return full authority back to a democratically elected civilian government.” and suspend the
When he said Washington is “deeply concerned” by the Egyptian military’s decision to remove President Mohamed Morsi and suspend the Egyptian constitution, what he really meant was he is deeply concerned because his (and the Muslim Brotherhood’s) horse is now out of the race—permanently. And Obama was boiling over with chutzpah when he added the part about suspending “the Egyptian constitution” because he’s been suspending, ignoring, violating, and trampling all over our constitution since he first took office.
But who the hell listens to Obama these days besides his gaggle of criminal cronies? He’s a joke worldwide. Just ask the Germans, or the Russians . . . or most Americans. Screw Washington and especially Obama. Break out the tar and feathers, and commence with the ritual for a man disgraced. It’s the American people who matter, and the sane, intelligent ones among us view Morsi’s removal as good news. This is not to say any current alternative will be all peaches and cream because we’re dealing with Muslims here.
Inadvertently (and ironically), though, it’s now a good thing that Obama gave money, fighter jets and armored tanks to Egypt. Unfortunately, he did it to help his buddy Morsi, not the Egyptian military, but his plan backfired.
Morsi made the same mistakes Obama has been making: Wrecking the economy and trying to force too many changes on the citizens while working to undermine the constitution and push his personal dictatorial agenda. Morsi is now unemployed shortly after taking office. As a result, Obama and Morsi could be called bird-brains of a feather.
So much for the Muslim Brotherhood’s big chessboard move. Check and mate, you pack of desert dinosaurs. And two cheers for the Egyptian people who rallied against Islamofascism, took to the streets in great numbers to protest, revolted, and ultimately pressured the Egyptian military to seize power and oust Morsi.
We need the same thing to happen here in the U.S. to Obama and his criminal regime. Regrettably, most Americans have lost their fighting spirit or never had one in the first place, thereby surrendering our country to Muslim Obama and his hole-in-the-wall gang without a single shot fired.
However, Obama now has yet another black eye and he’s running out of lies . . . er . . . I mean eyes. He’s a failure domestically, a failure with foreign policy (intentionally or otherwise), and heavily sandbagged with multiple scandals. Perhaps he should step back down to what he’s good at, like organizing neighborhoods in the Chicago ghettos because—as president—he’s a blundering fool, a wanna-be dictator, a treasonous bastard, and a talking bobblehead who consistently contradicts himself.
Some say Obama has a silver tongue. If so, he probably picked that up in Chicago’s gay community where he was known to frequent.
We’ll see you in the funny papers, Morsi. Hopefully, you’ll be run out of Egypt with nothing but your copy of the Qrap’an, your humiliation, and, if you’re lucky, with your fat head still attached.
Egyptian people / Military – 1
Obama / Muslim Brotherhood – 0
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Egyptian Army Overthrows President in Coup
Egypt’s military has ousted the nation’s Islamist president, replacing him with the chief justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court, calling for early presidential election and suspending the Islamist-backed constitution.
Army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, in a televised address to the nation on Wednesday, said a government of technocrats will be appointed to run the country during a transition period he did not specify.
The road map appoints the head of the constitutional court as interim head of state, replacing the Muslim Brotherhood’s Morsi.
“We took this position and we took these decisions only so we stop the bloodshed of our people,” Galal Murra, Nour’s secretary general, said in a televised broadcast.
The United States declined on Wednesday to criticize Egypt’s military, even as it was ousting Morsi from power.
Minutes before Egypt’s army commander announced that Morsi, the country’s first democratically elected president, had been deposed and the constitution suspended, the U.S. State Department criticized Morsi, but gave no public signal it was opposed to the army’s action.
Asked whether the Egyptian army had the legitimacy to remove Morsi from power, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, “We’re not taking sides in this.”
The muted U.S. response – at least thus far – to the dramatic events in Cairo suggested that Washington may be willing to accept the military’s move as a way of ending a political crisis that has paralyzed Egypt, a long-time U.S. ally.
Still, the distant attitude toward Morsi, who has come under U.S. criticism in recent days, could open up President Barack Obama to complaints he has not supported democracy in the Arab world.
There was no immediate reaction from the White House or the State Department to the military’s announcement that it was installing a technocratic government to eventually be followed by new elections.
But the fact that the Egyptian military announced plans for elections and a constitutional review, and that those plans were immediately backed by the country’s leading Muslim and Christian clerics, could help the transition roadmap earn Washington’s backing.
The Arab world’s most populous nation has been in turmoil since the fall of Mubarak as Arab Spring uprisings took hold in early 2011, arousing concern among allies in the West and in Israel, with which Egypt has a 1979 peace treaty.
The elected Muslim Brotherhood president, in office for just a year, remained out of sight in a Republican Guard barracks surrounded by barbed wire, barriers and troops, but military sources denied media reports that he was under arrest.
“For the sake of Egypt and for historical accuracy, let’s call what is happening by its real name: military coup,” Morsi’s national security adviser, Essam El-Haddad, said in a statement, warning of “considerable bloodshed” to come.
Another presidential aide, Yasser Haddara, said it was unclear whether Morsi was free to return to the palace where he spent the previous night. His message to supporters was to resist the “military coup” peacefully and not use violence against troops, police, or other Egyptians.
Military chiefs, vowing to restore order in a country racked by protests over Morsi’s Islamist policies, earlier issued a call to battle in a statement headlined “The Final Hours.” They said they were willing to shed blood against “terrorists and fools” after Morsi refused to give up his elected office.
Armored vehicles took up position outside the state broadcasting headquarters on the Nile River bank, where soldiers patrolled the corridors and nonessential staff were sent home.
In a show of force, several hundred soldiers with armored vehicles staged a parade near the presidential palace, and security sources said Morsi and the entire senior leadership of his Muslim Brotherhood were banned from leaving the country.
Security sources told Reuters the authorities had sent a list of at least 40 leading members of the Brotherhood to airport police.
In a last-ditch statement a few minutes before the deadline, Morsi’s office said a coalition government could be part of a solution to overcome the political crisis. But opposition parties refused to negotiate with him and met instead with the commander of the armed forces.
Jubilant crowds across Cairo cheered, chanted pro-army slogans and set off fireworks after the military suspended the constitution and overthrew President Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday.
Men, women and children waved red-white-and-black Egyptian flags as confetti twirled in the air, protesters stood on each other’s shoulders and families snapped pictures in Tahrir Square, the centre of demonstrations that drew millions out against Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood.
“The people and the army are one hand,” they chanted.
Over two years ago, Tahrir saw similar celebrations after an uprising toppled Hosni Mubarak, paving the way for Morsi to become Egypt’s first freely elected president.
But Morsi’s popularity slid in the year since he took office. His liberal and leftist opponents accused him of spurning compromise and failing to deal with the country’s urgent economic and political problems.
“We ousted one dictator and now we’ve ousted a second one. We’ll do it again if necessary, we are experienced now,” said Adal El-Bendary, a 45-year-old public relations employee, sitting at a cafe near Tahrir.
“This will be in the minds of the army or any politician in the future – they will not want to face the same destiny as Morsi or Mubarak.”
Haisam Haggag, an engineer, said Morsi’s fall was “a victory for the people”.
“This is not a coup,” he said. “Look at the people on the streets. The people said this is a revolution.”
Protesters unfurled large flags and danced in circles and blew horns when word of the army’s statement reached Tahrir.
“Egyptians are telling the world, ‘We are not afraid of anyone’,” Hassan Amar, 22, said, his small daughter sitting on his shoulders. “We defeated Morsi, thank God.”
Graffiti and posters around the city supported this sentiment. One poster near Tahrir read: “This is the end of Brotherhood colonisation”.
Another read: “Day 22 of the revolution,” implying the protests that started on Sunday were an extension of the 18 days of demonstrations it took to push out Mubarak.
“He didn’t have the charisma of a head of state. He didn’t believe in our citizens. He didn’t work for the people,” said Amani, a 43-year-old woman with her husband and daughter in Tahrir
U.S. oil prices rose to a 14-month high above $100 a barrel partly on fears that unrest in Egypt could destabilize the Middle East and lead to supply disruption.
The massive protests showed that the Brotherhood had not only alienated liberals and secularists by seeking to entrench Islamic rule, notably in a new constitution, but had also angered millions of Egyptians with economic mismanagement.
Tourism and investment have dried up, inflation is rampant and fuel supplies are running short, with power cuts lengthening in the summer heat and motorists spending hours fueling cars.
In what may have been his last official statement, Morsi’s spokesman said it was better that he die in defense of democracy than be blamed by history.
“It is better for a president, who would otherwise be returning Egypt to the days of dictatorship, from which God and the will of the people has saved us, to die standing like a tree,” spokesman Ayman Ali said, “Rather than be condemned by history and future generations for throwing away the hopes of Egyptians for establishing a democratic life.”
Liberal opponents said a rambling late-night television address by Morsi showed he had “lost his mind.”
The official spokesman of the Muslim Brotherhood said supporters were willing to become martyrs to defend Morsi.
“There is only one thing we can do: We will stand in between the tanks and the president,” Gehad El-Haddad told Reuters at the movement’s protest encampment in a Cairo suburb that houses many military installations and is near the presidential palace.
Yet despite Islamist talk of martyrdom and warnings of civil war, the dominant mood in Cairo streets was one of elation rather than foreboding.
Army commander Sisi held a lengthy meeting with the main liberal opposition leader, Nobel peace laureate Mohamed El Baradei, the top Muslim and Christian religious authorities and leaders of smaller Islamist parties and of the youth protest movement that led the anti-Morsi protests.
State media said they would make a joint announcement of a new political road map, with a short transition period to be followed by presidential and parliamentary elections.
The Brotherhood’s political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, refused an invitation to meet Sisi, saying it only recognized the elected president.
Military and political sources were at great pains to deny that the army intervention amounted to a coup. Western diplomats said the international community was bound to condemn the first toppling of a democratically elected president since the Arab Spring uprisings began and to face calls to impose sanctions.
The U.S. State Department, in comments made after the military ultimatum expired, said the United States was “very concerned” about the situation in Egypt but could not confirm that a military coup was under way.
As if Morsi were still in charge, it said he must do more to be responsive to the concerns of the Egyptian people.
The state-run Al-Ahram newspaper said Morsi was expected to either step down or be removed from office and the army would set up a three-member presidential council to be chaired by the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court.
At least 16 people, mostly supporters of the president, were killed and about 200 wounded when gunmen opened fire overnight on pro-Morsi demonstrators at Cairo University.
The Brotherhood accused police of the shooting. The Interior Ministry said it was investigating and the governor of Giza province, where the clash occurred, submitted his resignation.
In central Cairo, many stores were shuttered and traffic unusually light. The stock market index recovered losses to close just 0.3 percent lower on hopes of a rapid solution to the crisis.
The Egyptian pound weakened against the dollar at a currency auction, and banks closed early, before the army deadline.
For the first time in many months, uniformed police were back patrolling the streets, and the Interior Ministry said in a statement it would “confront all forms of violence”.
“I could tell that the police are back with their full power on the streets like the old days before the Jan. 25 revolution,” said Amir Aly, 25, a protester outside the presidential palace.
Military sources told Reuters the army had drafted a plan to sideline Morsi, suspend the constitution and dissolve the Islamist-dominated upper house of parliament.
Coordinated with political leaders, an interim council would rule pending changes to the Islamist-tinged constitution and new presidential elections, the military sources said.