The situation in Egypt is quickly becoming another example of Barack Obama's failed leadership. But honestly, what else have we come to expect from this president?
I've said over the last year that the Obama administration's support of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt was a colossal mistake. I remain outraged that this administration has sent tanks, F-16s and $1.6 billion in foreign aid to a man who believes Israelis to be the descendent of apes and pigs. Then John Kerry goes and meets with Morsi a few months ago and hands over even more aid. If Obama was truly concerned about the welfare and democratic stability of Egypt, then he should have also stepped up to condemn Morsi when he chose to scrap the Egyptian constitution. But that didn't really happen, because Obama has taken a passive role in Egypt since supporting the overthrow of Mubarak. The support of the Morsi regime was the path of least resistance but it was just plain dumb and lacked true leadership, and now we are seeing the results of Obama's handy work.
The White House's current lack of reaction to the coup in Egypt is not surprising, though it remains frustrating. As of earlier today, the White House still hadn't determined whether or not a coup had taken place in Egypt. Really? How much proof does one need in this case? Yesterday Jay Carney told reporters that the administration is “going to take the time necessary to review what has taken place.” It's amazing how this administration is so quick to react to certain things but painfully slow to react to others. What's clear is that politics is at play. Declaring what happened in Egypt to be a coup would mean that the United States would have to cut its aid (about $1.6 billion a year) to Egypt, if Obama decides to follow the law. The law says that if an elected head of government is deposed by a military coup d’état, non-humanitarian aid must be cut off.
Coup or no coup, Egypt still has a long way to go in order to restore stability and peace. The role America will play, or should play, in restoring that stability remains to be debated. As of today, the Muslim Brotherhood has rejected the proposed timetable for amending the constitution and holding a new presidential election early next year. There's a real shocker. What incentive do they really have to agree? They had power and the Americans were supportive of it. Now they don't have power and America is essentially leading from behind.