How’s that “Arab Spring” workin’ out for ya?

Well, actually, it’s working out pretty much like the last five “recovery summer’s” have worked out for the US economy. In other words, not so much.

Let’s rewind a bit, to 2009, shortly after the Pretender President took office. Since any semblance of reliable reporting about this administration by US sources is pretty much out of the question, let’s turn to the UK’s The Guardian for a trip down memory lane.

On 4 June 2009 Barack Obama bounded on to the stage at Cairo University to deliver a speech which promised to seek “a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world”. It was, he said solemnly, a time of great tension.

Speaking from a lectern set against a backdrop of plush red curtains, Obama sought to move beyond the toxic legacy of the 9/11 attacks, the US-led invasion of Iraq, the “war on terror” and the long and occasionally bloody impasse on the Palestinian issue.

Expectations were enormous. Even at the time it was hard to imagine that this young African-American president with Muslim roots could meet them all. …

The 55-minute speech was widely praised for its eloquence and ambition, but the reviews were mixed. For one commentator, the key was to get beyond the courtesies – mujamalat in Arabic – to the beef.

In other words, President Obama’s most important friend and advisor – his Tele-Promp-Ter – did a great job. The President reads well, you’ll not find much criticism about that. On the other hand as the article notes prophetically with respect to everything this President has touched, where’s the beef?

In Cairo, Obama touched on the broad issue of political change in a sclerotic Arab world whose rulers sold themselves as guarantors of stability and western interests. That required an especially delicate balance. Watching as he spoke was Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, a US ally for whom democracy was a dirty word. And Obama had spent the previous night at the desert ranch of the octogenarian King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, the indispensable guardian of cheap western oil supplies.

America, the president said, with a humble nod to these ageing Arab autocrats – and in a lightly coded reference to Bush’s controversial “freedom agenda” – did “not presume to know what is best for everyone”.

Two important points right here. Hosni Mubarak, and Egypt, have been allies of the US in the Middle East for a long time and through some very tough times. That doesn’t necessarily mean that Mubarak is anything approaching a “good guy”, he’s not. He was, however, an Arab leader who generally acted in the best interests of the US in the region, and at the very least, he did not actively oppose US interests. Egypt is also the only Muslim nation in the Middle East that has accepted Israel’s right to exist as a nation.

Obama noted that he didn’t know what was right for everyone, a veiled reference and criticism of President Bush’s “Freedom Agenda”. Whether or not you agree with Bush’s agenda, one thing is certain, President Bush had a very good sense of what was right for the citizens of the US, especially in his administration’s dealings all over the world. The same cannot be said for our current President, and I would expand that to include the idea that he doesn’t know what’s best for Americans here at home either. And he doesn’t give a damn.

After watching five years of his Presidency and reflecting on the years in Chicago prior to his election, Barack Obama is driven by nothing more than a desire, no, a desperate need to be liked. The longer he’s in office, that need to be liked is morphing into a need to be adored. Beyond that fragile surface, there’s not much more than an empty suit. Or chair, Clint Eastwood was right.

Fast forward to September 11, 2012.

As President Obama released a 9/11 message praising the Arab Spring, protesters in Cairo, Egypt were storming the U.S. embassy and ripping down the American flag. In shades of Jimmy Carter’s hostage crisis in 1979 that put the exclamation mark on a failed presidency, the disparity between rhetoric and reality in Obama’s foreign policy will add a precarious dimension to his re-election bid. …

The mainstream media will do their best to bury the Egyptian uprising story the way they buried the “fast and furious” scandal [and Benghazi]. Or else they will attempt to spin the protesters as “far, far, far right religious extremists” and “ultra-conservatives” and thus not representative of the Egyptian populace …

But Barack Obama has been a vocal supporter of the “democratic” Arab Spring movement, which brought to power radical Islamist groups across the Middle East, including the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. President Obama intervened in Egyptian politics to help remove former president Hosni Mubarak, which ushered in martial law and a stand-off between the military government and competing Islamist parties.

A couple of thoughts here. I’m old enough to remember Jimmy Carter. Carter’s overriding trait was, and is, being a coward. He couldn’t make difficult decisions and when he tried, the decision had so much waffle room that it was doomed to failure. That same trait is evident in Obama.

President Obama is probably the most totally out of touch President who’s ever held the office. He’s busy praising the Arab Spring while protesters in Egypt are ripping down the American flag and our Ambassador in Libya is being murdered in Benghazi. Please note that the linked article makes no mention of the YouTube video.

Finally, what sort of warped thought process could drive someone to support a process that would give massive political power to a radical Islamist group like the Muslim Brotherhood?

Fast forward to this week. Think of it as Bummer Summer for the President. First there was the petition in Egypt…

Egypt braced for protests against Islamist President Mohamed Morsi on Sunday, the anniversary of his turbulent first year in office, after a week of violence that has killed eight people, including an American.

US President Barack Obama expressed concern at the mounting violence and urged Morsi to be “constructive” with the opposition.

The grassroots movement Tamarod — Arabic for rebellion — said it has gathered an unverified 22 million signatures of Egyptians who want Morsi to resign and snap elections held.

“Expressed concern…” Mr. Obama’s found his niche. Expressing himself. He won’t be actually “doing” anything. And, the total population of Egypt is 82.5 million.

And yesterday

CAIRO (AP) — Tens of thousands of opponents of Egypt’s Islamist president massed in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and in cities around the country Sunday, launching an all-out push to force Mohammed Morsi from office on the one-year anniversary of his inauguration. Fears of violence were high, with Morsi’s Islamist supporters vowing to defend him.

Waving Egyptian flags, crowds packed Tahrir, the birthplace of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak, and chants of “erhal!”, or “leave!” rang out.

On the other side of Cairo, thousands of Islamists gathered in a show of support for Morsi outside the Rabia al-Adawiya Mosque near the Ittihadiya presidential palace, which the opposition planned to march on in the evening. Some Morsi backers wore homemade body armor and construction helmets and carried shields and clubs — precautions, they said, against possible violence.

Here’s the scene in Tahrir Square…

Arab Spring - Tahrir Square

This won’t end well. If you need something to be thankful for today, be glad you’re not working in the US Embassy in Cairo.

********** UPDATE **********

A close up of the crowd…

Arab Sprint - Wake Up America

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  • jim_m

    It’s working out exactly as obama had hoped with an increasing number of anti-US, pro-islamic regimes springing up throughout the middle east and a generally weaker image for the US and less influence globally.

    • jim_m

      As if on cue, the protesters in Tahrir Square hang a banner in protest of obama’s policies Of course, what obama supports in Egypt is exactly what he supports at home.

      • America’s second shameful excursion into fascism…

      • Commander_Chico

        Funny that you advocate imposing a dictator like Mubarak, who also stole a shitload of money from Egypt, yet you call the democratically-elected government “fascist.”

        • jim_m

          Idiot. I did no such thing. obama has acted in support of the Muslim Brotherhood at every turn. He supported a rush to elections that favored the brotherhood and hurt more liberal groups (liberal in the classical sense) because those groups did not get sufficient time to organize.

          This is not about favoring Mubarak. It is about obama’s favoring of islamic fascism over democracy,

        • Rdmurphy42

          Does anything whatsoever about fascism prevent it from being democratically elected?

  • GarandFan

    “Barack Obama is driven by nothing more than a desire, no, a desperate need to be liked.”

    Nailed it. Freud would have had a field day with him. Rejected by Mom and Dad. Raised by grandparents. Always told he was ‘special’.

    As for his “Smart Diplomacy”……yeah, it’s working out about as expected.

    Is Lurch going to go back to Russia with another “reset” button?

    • jim_m

      I think it is a misreading to say that obama wants desperately to be liked. That sounds far more like Bill Clinton. I think that obama is so arrogant that he believes that he is liked or deserves to be liked and that anyone who opposes him is therefore ignorant or evil because they do not recognize his innate goodness and genius.

      With obama it is a desire to be held in high esteem, for people to be in awe of him. This is the man who thought so much of himself that he thought by merely deigning to present himself in Copenhagen, that he would sway by the force of his presence the vote for the next Olympics in 2016. This is the man who was able to say with a straight face that his nomination would mean that the seas would begin to recede and the world would begin to heal. What arrogant, idiotic crap.

      obama is a narcissistic megalomaniac who believes in, accepts and encourages the cult of personality that surrounds him and elevates him to near deity status.

      His view of the world is not one that says “I need to be liked” it is one that says, “I know better than you do”. His view of government is that it exists to control and shape society. People are the servants of government and not vice versa. Years ago he stated in a radio interview that our constitution was deeply flawed because it was a “constitution of negative liberties”. He complained that it only said what the government could not do and did not say what the government could do against the will of the people (ostensibly for their benefit).

      In light of that last part, that he sees government as controlling the people, it is not surprising that he has aligned himself with all sorts of oppressive dictatorships, condoned islamic fascism and has shit all over all of our democratic allies. Governments that are democracies are opposed to his world view of what governments ought to be.

  • jim_m

    Let us please shed any pretense that obama is against islamic fascism in any form.

    “We are very critical of the Obama administration because they have been supporting the Brotherhood like no one has ever supported them,” Shadi Al Ghazali Harb, a 24-year-old member of Egypt’s Revolutionary Youth Coalition, told the Washington Free Beacon on Friday afternoon during a telephone interview from Cairo.

    The White House is “the main supporter of the Brotherhood,” he said. “If it wasn’t for the American support this president would have fallen months ago.”

    Al Ghazali Harb specifically dubbed (US ambassador) Patterson “the first enemy of the revolution,” claiming “she is hated even more than Morsi.”

    More of that smart diplomacy (TM). obama does not and has never supported freedom anywhere at any time.

  • Actually its not looking so good for Obama. He did want the Muslim Brotherhood to control all of the middle east.Thats one reason he’s willing to back the rebels, or Al-qada in Syria. Only problems Obama didn’t see is that he expected most of the Muslim population of Egypt to go along with the Brotherhood. But since Morsi has taken command, the economy of Egypt has tanked. This while Obama was sending Morsi and his Brotherhood Anti American regime F16 fighter jets and Abram A1 tanks. Will those jets and tanks end up being used against the demonstrators? Its quite possible. Will Obama speak out against the Brotherhood and Morsi? Don’t count on it. He has these bastards in the White House on a daily basis. Wouldn’t want to upset his Muslim Brotherhood friends. At this point I bet the Egyptians wish Mubarrak was back in power.

    • stan25

      The major funding for Al-quada comes from the Muslim Brotherhood. That has been the case since Usama bin Laden was made irrelevant and finally put on ice. The Muslim Brotherhood was started by agents of the Hitler regime before the start of WW2 and has continued to function every since in one form or another in the last 80 odd years.

      • Brucehenry

        Since the Muslim Brotherhood began in 1928, those “agents of the Hitler regime” must have started it before the start of the Hitler regime, lol.

  • One person thats laughing his ass off today. Vladimir Putin. He realized what an a-hole and stuff suit Obama is.

    • stan25

      He knew that the first time they met.

  • LiberalNightmare

    I wonder.
    When all those folks from the middle east were taking advantage of the lax security on the obama campaign’s website to make illegal contributions to his campaign, do they think they are now getting what they paid for?

  • Commander_Chico

    Ha ha. I see all of the armchair warriors are out. What do they think the USA should do, invade?

    Morsi won an election. It’s best to stay out of Egyptian affairs. The Egyptians will sort it out one fouled-up way or another, as they have for centuries. Interfering just makes them hate us.

    • Walter_Cronanty

      I don’t see anyone here suggesting an invasion. Instead, they’re ruing the fact that our, at best inept, at worst pro-Islamist, President has once again sided with theocratic, fascist thugs. He’s as good at picking winners in the middle east as he is at picking winners in the solar energy field.

      • Commander_Chico

        Where’s the fascist part? Did they massacre the demonstrators yesterday?

        There’s more free speech now than under Mubarak, when the papers were censored by the government and people were routinely locked up for politics. And shooting at protestors.

        The USA has a long program of giving the same amount of money to Egypt as we give to Israel – that comes out of Camp David accords. It would be better if we didn’t give either of them any money.

        As far as “backing” Morsi, is the USA is supposed to break a long-time relationship because “we” think the winner of the election is too religious? It’s like defunding federal road construction in a Texas county because the commissioners voted to ban alcohol sales and porn shops.

        • jim_m

          NO. The US is supposed to stop supporting the actions of the government that favor the Muslim Brotherhood and disfavor more democratic organizations. By supporting the too early elections obama helped make it impossible for supporters of democracy to organize. His actions enabled the muslim brotherhood to gain near despotic control of the nation.

          There is a way to support democracy without going to war you dimwit. Not everything is the choice between appeasement and going to war. Just because you believe that the best way to peace is to appease fascists doesn’t mean that the rest of us want war with them

          • Commander_Chico

            Yeah, have the USA put pressure to delay elections indefinitely. Way to support democracy.

            All you have is talking points given out by your neocon masters.

            If the people of Egypt want the MB, so what? It’s not our business.

          • jim_m

            Who said indefinitely? No one, just you.

            As for the people of Egypt wanting the muslim brotherhood, I don’t think they would be having the largest political demonstrations in the history of the earth (according to the BBC) protesting the MB government if the people of Egypt wanted them. The whole point was that the other parties were not given sufficient time to organize. obama pushed for swift elections knowing that this tilted the playing field in the favor of the radical islamists.

            Maybe you could misrepresent the other side a little more. The fact is that you are supporting fascism, as usual.

          • Commander_Chico

            The elections were held three and four months after Mubarak left – how much time did they need?

            Fact is, it would not have made any difference. The Egyptians voted for who they wanted.

          • jim_m

            In the US we take over a year.

            Fact is that it was impossible for fledgeling organizations to mount any sort of coordinated campaign compared to your fascist favorites. Just admit that you are in favor of fascism and be done with your silly posing.

        • Walter_Cronanty

          Sorry I’m late to reply – no access at work. “Where’s the fascist part?”

          Well, in addition to the banner shown at the top, there’s this: “Egyptian Twitter users are comparing his power grab to another famous dictator, granting him the nickname “Morsilini.” It’s even become a popular hashtag. The President, who sprang from Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, last week granted himself sweeping powers including shielding himself from judicial review in order to “protect the revolution.” Egypt’s judiciary is calling his decrees an “unprecedented assault.”

          Then there’s this: “‘Egypt’s Jon Stewart’ Stands Up To ‘Fascist’ Morsi Regime On CNN Following Interrogation”

          Then there’s this: “The Egyptian Social Democratic Party (ESDP) condemned the actions of President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood regarding the clashes that took place in front of the Brotherhood’s headquarters in Moqattam. …Morsi’s reaction to “the kidnapping, torture and murder of protesters, as well as the transformation of mosques into torture house by the Brotherhood under the nose of security forces” was to make what the ESDP describe as “an unprecedented declaration in the history of fascism”.

          Then there’s this: “An opponent of Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi speaks on a mobile phone at a railway station decorated with a banner reading: Obama Stop supporting MB (Muslim Brotherhood) fascist regime in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 1, 2013. Hundreds of thousands thronged the streets of Cairo and cities around the country Sunday and marched on the presidential palace, filling a broad avenue for blocks, in an attempt to force out the Islamist president with the most massive protests Egypt has seen in 2½ years of turmoil.”

          Then there’s this: ” A recent human rights report warned that Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi has set a new record in the country’s history as the number of legal cases charging media figures and journalists for allegedly insulting the leader has glaringly risen.The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information said that the number of filed legal cases against journalists was four times more than the number of files reported during former President Hosni Mubarak’s era and24 times more in comparison to late President Anwar Sadat.

          The 12 pages report, which will be officially released on Sunday, will highlight violations against the media and the press during the first 200 days of Mursi’s reign, the network’s official website said.”

          But, hey, if you want to support Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, be my guest.

          • Jwb10001

            Paging Commander Chico, paging Commander Chico. You’re request to identify the fascist part has been fulfilled. Might want to check in for new tactics and talking points. Gary Johnson unavailable for comment.

          • jim_m

            The thing is, Chico doesn’t object to the fascist part. He only objects to it being identified as fascist.

          • Commander_Chico

            Yeah, compared to the Mubarak days when they were jailing and torturing journalists and bloggers and shooting demonstrators.

          • jim_m

            Yes and you are in favor of more of the same just by islamic militants.

          • Jwb10001

            How is that any kind of reasonable position? Compared to Ted Bundy, John Gacy wasn’t so bad. Compared to Stalin, Pol Pot wasn’t too bad. Compared to an idiot Chico is fairly smart. Don’t get me wrong here, I don’t really care, the folks in Egypt can deal with their own crap, but to say one form of oppression is better than another is just plain dumb.

          • Commander_Chico

            John Gacy was a lot worse than Ted Bundy.

          • Jwb10001

            Point demonstrated.

    • Rdmurphy42

      Best to stay out of Egyptian affairs? Obama didn’t seem to think that when the Ouster of Mubarak was going on.

  • Toni Foul

    He’s too idealistic to lead this country.
    super hero action

    • jim_m

      There is a difference between being idealistic and being an ideologue. obama is the latter. And if you are saying that he is too much of an ideologue to lead this country, you are absolutely correct.