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Obama's Supports "Democracy" a la Brotherhood

January 24th 2013

Mohamed Morsi Speaks at Press Conference

In his second inaugural address Obama's brief comment on foreign policy promised to support "democracy" in the Middle East and elsewhere. But as his inaugural celebration was taking place at the White House, the State Department delivered four F-16 fighters to the autocratic Brotherhood led government of Egypt. Senator James Inhofe (R., Okla.) request to cancel or delay of the "shipment" (or, rather, "fly in"), was refused by the State Department in early January, on grounds that the arms deal with Egypt "serves U.S. regional security interests."

But Egypt's regional interest, as voiced by its Muslim Brother President Mohammed Morsi, is to end the "Zionist" project. Does the State Department's declaration signals a departure from the U.S. long standing support of the "Zionist" project, the Jewish State of Israel? This statement all but assures the delivery of remaining twelve F-16s and 200 Abrams tanks that are to be given to Egypt before the end of 2013 under a 2010 deal with then-president Hosni Mubarak.

Wide-spread media reports on the Muslim Brotherhood's constant anti-Semitic and anti-American declarations, and Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi's slurs calling Obama a liar and the "Zionists...the descendants of apes and pigs," did nothing to dampen the administration's, or Senator's John McCain's congressional delegation's enthusiasm to accept and even prop up the charade of the new "Islamic democracy" of Egypt. In addition to the $1.3 billion in military aid and the annual $250 million in economic aid, McCain promised to lobby Congress to appropriate an additional $480 million in aid to Egypt.

Playing "hard to get" seems to work well for the autocratic government in Egypt. The despised Americans are increasing their aid, while Egypt forges new ties with the Islamic similarly "democratic" regime of Iran

FARS NEWS AGENCY reports that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will visit Cairo on February 6-7 on Mohamed Morsi's invitation: "Mr. Ahmadinejad will visit Egypt at the invitation of Mr. Mursi to take part in the summit of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and God willing the trip will be taken on February 6-7," [Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar] Salehi told reporters in Tehran today."

AP also reports Saleh saying that Iran has proposed Cairo as a venue for restarting talks with the U.S. and other countries regarding its nuclear program. His announcement "was the latest indication of Tehran's willingness to go back into the negotiations in hopes of wresting concessions from the West over stepped-up sanctions that have crippled the Iranian economy."

Despite the reams of op/eds and analytical pieces on the Sunni-Shiite divide, practicing political Islam provides a common ground between the Brothers' government Egypt and the Mullahs in Iran. A great deal of common ground can be imagined if one thinks of Tehran and Cairo as totalitarian capitals rather than competing Muslim infrastructures.

While Egypt and Iran cozy up, there's a small sign of new tension between Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Egypt's top Muslim cleric, Sheik Ahmed al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, angrily disembarked from a Saudi-bound jetliner because his entourage was only given economy class seats by their Saudi hosts. While it can be interpreted as a new zeal for equality, this hardly seems enough of a slight to interrupt a semi-official visit to the Saudi Kingdom.

Morsi's government's focus on the enforcement of sharia, left Egypt's economy is in shambles. David "Spengler" Goldman's, "Denial Still is a River in Egypt," in the Asia Times, reads "I refer not to the world's longest waterway, but the world's largest outpouring of pious expressions of confidence in Egypt by American and European politicians." On the economic and political ruin that is Egypt, Spengler says, "No nation the size of Egypt has become ungovernable except as a result of war during the whole of the modern period. The deterioration of the Arab Spring into societal breakdown constitutes a reproach to the Western foreign policy establishment, which could not envision this outcome before, and refuses to consider its consequences now."

The Brotherhood and the Jordanian Elections

King Abdullah's parliamentary election in Jordan, strove to affirm slow steps towards reform, such as parliament's right to name the prime minister. For most, however, the election is a referendum on the monarchy and its intention to stem corruption and democratize, and there's widespread doubt that the election is the beginning of real change.

For the Muslim Brotherhood, the election is a joke: "'The elections are a theatrical comedy, which we will not take part in,' said Zaki Bani Irsheid of the Islamic Action Front, the Brotherhood's political party. 'It is part of a royal gimmick to buy time and block any moves toward real and genuine reforms.'" Accordingly, the Brotherhood is boycotting the vote, as are four smaller parties, including communists and Arab nationalists.

As of last Friday, it did not however appear that the boycott move was leading to bigger and better things for the Brothers. A Brotherhood street demonstration, at which leader Hammam Saeed vowed that Jordan would soon become a "state in the Muslim Caliphate," brought out only about a thousand supporters. Middle East Monitor has reported that two days before the election, the Royal Palace threatened to disband the Brotherhood in Jordan if it disrupted the elections. Whatever is the case, the Brothers will not give up in Jordan. A great deal of damage has been done to the monarchy already, largely thanks to the MB.

Rachel Ehrenfeld, director of the Economic Warfare Institute (EWI), is author of "Funding Evil- How Terrorism is financed – and How to Stop It."

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