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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

In an audio-only statement from his vacation home on Martha’s Vineyard, President Obama “strongly condemned” the government violence in Egypt and offered America’s condolences for the loss of life. An estimated 525 people have been killed since the government began clearing camps where the Muslim Brotherhood had gathered to protest; thousands more have been injured.

“We do not believe force is the way to resolve political differences,” he said, noting that support for Egypt is guided both by values and interests, a subtle nod to the crucial role Egypt plays both politically as an Arab country that has found peace with Israel, and economically, with the Suez Canal’s importance in global trade.

“We deplore violence against civilians,” he said. “We support universal rights essential to human dignity, including the right to peaceful protest. We oppose the pursuit of martial law, which denies those rights to citizens under the principle that security trumps individual freedom or that might makes right.”

The president announced that the U.S. has canceled joint exercises with the Egyptian military scheduled for September, but made no comment about the billion-plus dollars of aid the United States offers the country per year.

“We appreciate the complexity of the situation,” the president said.

Notably, Obama referred to the military’s removal of Mohammed Morsi from office earlier this year as an “intervention,” not a coup. Morsi won the first presidential election held since Hosni Mubarack was arrested after decades of U.S.-backed rule.

Obama added that the government led by the Muslim Brotherhood had been elected, but not inclusive, and that “millions of Egyptians, perhaps even a majority of Egyptians, were calling for a change in course.” Since the military began its crackdown on the deposed group, it has reportedly set several state buildings on fire.

The president addressed conspiracy theories advanced by both sides of the fray in Egypt.

“We’ve been blamed by supporters of Morsi; we’ve been blamed by the other side as if we are supporters of Morsi,” he said. “That kind of approach will do nothing to help Egyptians achieve the future that they deserve. We want Egypt to succeed. We want a peaceful, democratic, prosperous Egypt. That’s our interest. But to achieve that, the Egyptians are going to have to do the work.”

He concluded by noting the sometimes rocky path to democracy that many nations — including the United States — have taken.

“From Asia to the Americas, we know that democratic transitions are measured not in months or even years, but sometimes in generations,” he said.


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  • Germansmith

    The military in Egypt is the only horse we have in that race…everybody else hate us
    44 soldiers died as well, so that tells me the MB were armed and probably started the armed violence. By chastising the Egyptian Army we are losing whatever influence we have there and Obama should not turn their back on them no matter what he is told.

    My sorrow is reserved for the parents and children of those islamists and soldiers who died because of the machinations of a would be dictator Morsi.

    • ObozoMustGo

      This whole situation was started by Obozo and his undermining of Mubarek to get him ousted. Then of course he supported the muzzy bro’hood once Mubarek was gone. Now he’s upset that the people of Egypt don’t want the muzzy bro’hood and their tyranny and violent intolerance anymore. I’m cheering for the Egyptian army to wipe out ALL of the muzzy bro’hood radicals. Every last one of them.

      Have a nice day, German!

      • Chrysippus

        Your comment is stupid, and you’re the Bozo. Get an education before you go running off at the mouth, you miserable dunderhead.

    • Chrysippus

      Rubbish. Morsi was no dictator. His problem was that he was supported by the Muslim Brotherhood.

      • ObozoMustGo

        uhhhhh… hey dummy! Morsi IS muzzy bro’hood… WTF is wrong with you?

      • Germansmith

        Anybody that makes themselves immune from prosecution and make arbitrary decisions without consulting the rest of the elected officials makes him a would be dictator in my book.
        Many millions of Egyptians also saw him as a dictator and that is why they went in masses to the street and demanded the army to take over.
        As far as the US is concerned, if Egyptians must have a Pharaoh, it better not be an islamist.
        Leaders that use religion to guide themselves are usually piss poor leaders, because man focus more in the restrictions and punishment from God than in his kindness, openness and understanding.

  • ObozoMustGo

    Question: What’s wrong with 4000 muzzy bro’hood radicals being attacked and 525 dead?…………

    Answer: 3,475 survivors!!!!!

    Have a nice day!

    “If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.” ― Mark Twain

    • Chrysippus

      That’s what you amount to Bozo, a simple-minded cartoon. How about your having heartburn to go along with your vitriolic temperament?

      • ObozoMustGo

        So you support the muzzy bro’hood? Just like your messiah, Obozo does?

  • Dominick Vila

    Hopefully our involvement in Egypt will be limited to condemnations and expressions of sympathy. Unfortunately, tangible changes on issues such as the economic and military aid we have been giving to Egypt since the Six-Day war, ostensibly, to serve as a power broker to avoid attacks against Israel, and to help our weapons industry, is not going to change any time soon. Egypt is the most influential Islamic nation in the region and we need their help to maintain a semblance of stability of avoid widespread chaos a lot more than they need us. We will continue to pay them bribes to protect Israel, and in a futile attempt to make people to love us and embrace our values and way of life.

    • Chrysippus

      Why so cynical, Dominick? Why is it futile to try to steer a middle course? If you’re such a hot-shot political commentator, why don’t you run for office instead of pontificating?

  • bikejedi

    Morsi’s supporters and the Muslim Brotherhood are not blaming Obama for supporting the Egyptian people . Why would they ? They know Obama stands with them and that was the purpose of his talk today . It was Obama’s way of letting the Brotherhood know he deplores the action taken to end their protests . Look stay out of it OK …let Egypt settle their own problems Mr President …after all YOU are responsible for a lot of them .

    • Chrysippus

      Did you listen? He said that Egypt needed to solve its own problems. Obama was not responsible for Egypt’s problems. If you want to blame someone, start with George W. Bush, the war criminal.

      • bikejedi

        Obama has been supporting the Muslim Brotherhood since his Cairo speech . During the uprising there he gave Mubarak absolutely no backing knowing full well the Brotherhood would overthrow him . As soon as his guy Morsi took power he offered money tanks and planes …Why ? The people of Egypt are carrying sign all over the country imploring Obama to stay out of Egypt’s politics but he is such a narcissist he still thinks it’s all about him and decided to make these comments . Why didn’t he do the same thing in Iran when they were having their uprising ? He offered no support even verbal for the people who wanted Democracy there probably because he was happy with the radical Muslims over there who are developing Nukes …That whole situation may have been resolved had he backed the people fighting to over throw the Mullahs and Ahkdaminijed ( purposely misspelled ) Same in Syria except recently when he has now decided to aid the rebels a lot of whom are factions of Al QAEDA …No sir he has a track record of backling radical Islam and not emerging Democracies ..And once again Bush has nothing to do with this other then you want to use him to spin and deflect this onto someone else …

        • Chrysippus

          Your comments are inane. You have no grasp of political realities, and you show your stupidity by saying that you purposely misspelled ‘Ahmadinejad’ because you’re too bloody lazy to look up the correct spelling.

          The trouble with people like you is that they think that just because they have an opinion it’s worth expressing. But all you’re doing is expressing your unfounded, ignorant prejudices.

          • bikejedi

            You stated
            ” Your Comments are inane ”
            They are so inane that you cant dispute them …why ? They are facts and not opinion ..You seem to be the one who doenst have a grasp of Political reality because you don’t know any of the facts or the reasons that events are occurring in Egypt . Hell you don’t seem to grasp Obama’s intent in opening his mouth on the subject .
            You got me on the AhjKDUMBMEANYJED But it wasn’t because if laziness but rather because I have this thing called a business that I run and didn’t think that Muslim Terrorist deserved any of this AMERICAN’S time.. So I did it to be purposely disrespectful because unlike Obama I have absolutely no respect for Muslim Terrorists bent on OUR death K !
            The trouble with people like you is that you don’t even have an opinion but get mad at others who have informed opinions . You get mad not because these opinions are wrong but rather just because you don’t like the truth told about your idol . All you are doing is expressing your ignorant unfounded prejudices and the famous intolerance of the left at someone who offered informed opinion and fact .
            What you did do is what Alinsky touted …When you cant debate on merit just try to debase the opponent with ridicule . It didn’t work and you made yourself look small