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  • Tarek Fatah
    Ostensibly the coup is not being called a æcoupÆ to save Egypt from financial ruin. However, the fact is most of the $1.3 billion in American aid to Egypt
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 10, 2013
      "Ostensibly the coup is not being called a ‘coup’ to save Egypt from financial ruin. However, the fact is most of the $1.3 billion in American aid to Egypt aid is a subsidy to U.S. weapons manufacturers ... the General Dynamics plant in Lima, Illinois, that makes the Abrams tanks “would shutter its doors and General Dynamics’s bottom line would take a serious hit” without the Egyptian contract ... a cable from the U.S. embassy in Cairo says, U.S. military planners are “especially concerned” that without the tank sale to Egypt, Allison Transmission Corp. may not be able to “maintain its transmission line’s profitability.”

      July 10, 2013

      The Corpse of American Diplomacy lies among 51 dead Egyptians

      Tarek Fatah

      By the time the Egyptian army stopped firing on demonstrators in Cairo on Sunday, 51 people lay dead with 400 wounded. Among the Egyptian bodies, lay the corpse of American diplomacy and President Barack Obama’s initiative to “reach out”to the Muslim world.

      Long after the Egyptians bury their dead, the stench of Obama’s failed Egyptian adventure will still reek in the air.

      After taking over as president, Obama was right to try and undo the damage done to America’s relations with the Muslim World by the invasion of Iraq. But instead of making overtures to like-minded liberal Muslims in Iraq and countries such as Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim nation and where Obama grew up as a child, he was advised to appease the Islamists of the Arab world.

      That led to the June 2009 visit to Egypt, where Obama told a university audience: “I’ve come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world.”

      It is what happened behind the scenes leading up to the speech that is significant. At the insistence of the White House, ten members of the Muslim Brotherhood were invited as the president’s special guests.

      Former U. S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey summed up the effect of Obama’s message to Egyptians this way:

      “Obama’s Cairo speech was precisely about encouraging Middle Easterners to redefine their identity from a national one — principally Arab — to an Islamic one.”

      America’s relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood is not new and Obama is not the first president to have embraced them. America and the Brothers were close allies throughout the Cold War starting from the time when President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953 met with Said Ramadan, the son-in-law of the Brotherhood’s founder Hassan Al-Banna and also the father of the controversial Swiss Islamist, Tariq Ramadan.

      But there was a crucial difference. While Eisenhower’s White House and much later U.S. President Ronald Reagan, used the Brothers as foot soldiers against communism, Obama seems to be more motivated by ideology and the influence of Islamists in his circles.

      Today, the strategy of appeasing the Islamists while placating the military is in tatters. Obama has accomplished the impossible: the enmity of both the conservative as well as the liberals in Egypt.

      The White House may have been caught off guard, but it is steadfast in refusing to admit the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi was a ‘military coup’. Ostensibly the coup is not being called a ‘coup’ to save Egypt from financial ruin. However, the fact is most of the $1.3 billion in American aid to Egypt aid is a subsidy to U.S. weapons manufacturers.

      An article in Foreign Policy magazine notes, the General Dynamics plant in Lima, Illinois, that makes the Abrams tanks “would shutter its doors and General Dynamics’s bottom line would take a serious hit”without the Egyptian contract.

      The Foreign Policy article also mentions a cable from the U.S. embassy in Cairo that says, U.S. military planners are “especially concerned” that without the tank sale to Egypt, Allison Transmission Corp. may not be able to “maintain its transmission line’s profitability.”

      And as Egypt burned, on Tuesday, President Obama had the audacity to wish us Muslims a happy Ramadan. He tweeted:

      “I wish Muslims across America & around the world a month blessed with the joys of family, peace & understanding.”

      His tweet triggered a swift and apt response from one @SherryofEgypt:

      “How am I supposed to, when you’ve endangered my peace, threatened the safety of my family and confused so many.”
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