Friday, July 5, 2013

White House Calls For Swift Return to Civilian Rule in Egypt


President Barack Obama met with members of his National Security Council today at the White House to discuss the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi in Egypt, NSC spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said. 

Administration officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, also placed calls to their counterparts in Egypt to stress the “importance of a quick and responsible return of full authority to a democratically elected civilian government as soon as possible,” Meehan said by e-mail.

Officials also told Egyptian leaders they needed to have a “transparent political process that is inclusive of all parties and groups” and that Morsi and his supporters shouldn’t be arbitrarily arrested, according to Meehan.

The calls came as U.S. officials weigh how to respond to the Egyptian military’s overhaul of their elected government, while avoiding the word “coup” that could cost Egypt more than $1.5 billion in military and humanitarian U.S. aid.

Obama said yesterday he has “directed the relevant departments and agencies to review the impact under U.S. law for our assistance to the government of Egypt.” Earlier in the day, administration officials refrained from describing the tumult that was under way in Cairo as a coup and underscored long- standing U.S. ties to the Egyptian military.

Egypt’s Military

Egypt’s military has $1.3 billion a year in U.S. aid riding on the Obama administration and lawmakers not calling the ouster of President Morsi a coup.

Few in Washington were eager to use that label in light of a U.S. law that blocks directly financing “any assistance to the government of any country whose duly elected head of government is deposed by a military coup d’etat or decree,” or a coup “in which the military plays a decisive role.”

By the letter of the law, yesterday’s ouster of the democratically elected Morsi and suspension of the constitution could cost Egypt the military aid that it receives, as well as about $256 million a year in economic assistance. Obama requested a total of $1.55 billion in U.S. aid to Egypt in his fiscal 2014 budget.

Rather than condemning the day’s events as a coup, members of Congress underscored yesterday their distaste for Morsi in light of his roots in the Muslim Brotherhood and his refusal to share power once he was elected.

Congressional Views

Morsi “was an obstacle to the constitutional democracy most Egyptians wanted,” House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, a California Republican, said in a statement. “I am hopeful that his departure will reopen the path to a better future for Egypt.”

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Virginia Republican, said in a statement that “the Egyptian military has long been a key partner of the United States and a stabilizing force in the region, and is perhaps the only trusted national institution in Egypt today.”

An exception was Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the State Department and foreign operations.

While Leahy called Morsi’s time in office a “great disappointment,” he said, “Our law is clear: U.S. aid is cut off when a democratically elected government is deposed by military coup or decree.”

Leahy’s Focus

Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, focused on the future, pledging to “review future aid to the Egyptian government as we wait for a clearer picture.” Neither the House nor the Senate has acted on foreign aid funding for the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.

Less than two hours before the Egyptian military announced Morsi’s ouster, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki declined to say whether overthrowing him would amount to a coup.

“With respect to the ongoing situation in Egypt, it’s premature to suggest that we have taken steps, we’re thinking about taking steps,” Psaki told reporters. “I’m not going to get ahead of, of course, events on the ground. But clearly, assessments would be made based on the facts on the ground and choices made by all parties, if needed.”

Data Mining and Elections

The Obama administration has been collecting enormous amounts of communications and other data on Americans. The justification which is offered (and which is being accepted on both sides of the aisle) is the need to monitor this information to protect us in the age of modern terrorism.

The most credible complaint we hear is that they’re gathering data on their political opposition. The IRS scandal gives weight to this thought.

But an overlooked motive will play a pivotal role in 2014: this data-mining effort, in significant part, is a vehicle for getting votes.

We’re told that no one is listening in on our phone calls, that only meta-data is being collected. But meta-data alone provides an ideal profile of your associations, affiliations and leanings.

From there it’s a few simple steps to deduce your personal preferences – and if you’re unregistered but likely to vote a certain way.

A lower-tech effort with the same purpose was pulled off last year in Arizona. A national left-wing advocacy group, Mi Familia Vota, sought to register new voters with as much certainty as possible that they would vote for Democrats.

Calls were made with the promise of home improvement store gift certificates if the respondent would answer a list of questions. The freebies never came. Instead, union members and paid activists canvassed and registered likely prospects in key congressional and legislative districts.

The results were dramatic. In the 13 offices where state-wide voting occurs, there’s not a single Democrat. But red-state Arizona’s congressional delegation, elected by district, was turned blue.

A left-wing takeover was also achieved in Colorado, as detailed in a 2010 book, The Blueprint. That effort was funded by four mega-donors. But that funding will be dwarfed by what’s in store.

The Left’s Holy Grail is both Senate and House majorities in 2014, and a recent Investor’s Business Daily article by Betsy McCaughey, former Lieutenant Governor of New York and forceful critic of federal healthcare (Using ObamaCare To Create A Permanent Democratic Majority), details how Obamacare and your tax money will bankroll the process nationally: the health care exchanges will function as Democrat voter registration boards and a chunk of the dollars will be used for get-out-the-vote efforts.

And it’s not even necessary to target a great number of congressional districts – just enough of them in amenable areas to take over the US House. With that would go all the necessary federal levers of power.

In the current climate this may seem an unattainable goal. But the achievements in Colorado and Arizona are harbingers of what may lie ahead.

Some still assert that domestic data collection has thwarted multiple attacks.

But when the hardest of data was received from the Russians, this administration couldn’t keep its eye on the ball long enough to get a clue about the Boston bombings. Likewise the flashing lights prior to the Fort Hood massacre.

In view of those failures, claims that this data is being used just for security ring hollow.

All incumbents want to retain power. But these anything goes, Alinsky acolytes now have access to data, and its electoral ramifications, which Nixon couldn’t begin to dream of. And this administration can’t be trusted not to use it.

There are questionable concerns being voiced about the Feds acquiring domestic SWAT vehicles or stocking up on ammunition. Folks with those worries are missing something more compelling – and sinister.

The Left is attempting a bloodless coup.

Syria Hails Fall of "Political Islam" in Egypt

Night Watch

Armed Forces Commander in Chief General al Sisi announced the following measures.

• The Constitution shall be temporarily suspended

• The head of the Supreme Constitutional Court shall take oath before the court's general assembly

• Early presidential elections shall take place

• The head of the Supreme Constitutional Court shall run the affairs of the country during the transitional period until a new president has been elected

• The head of the Supreme Constitutional Court shall have the authority to pass constitutional declarations during the transitional phase

• A national technocrat government - which shall be both strong and competent - shall be formed and shall enjoy all the powers needed to run the current phase

• A committee shall be formed comprising figures from various expertise and spectrums to review the proposed amendments to the Constitution, which has been temporality suspended

• The Supreme Constitutional Court is hereby urged to pass the draft law on parliamentary election and to embark on preparing for parliamentary election

• A media charter of honor (honor code) shall be designed in a way that ensures media freedom; observes professional rules, credibility, and neutrality; and advances the homeland's top interests

• Practical measures shall be taken to empower young people and integrate them into the state's institutions so they can be partners in the decision-making process on the various levels of the executive authority

• A higher committee for national reconciliation shall be formed. The committee shall comprise figures who enjoy credibility and acceptance from all national forces, and who represent all affiliations

On the dais with al Sisi were the senior military commanders, the leader of the most important mosque in Cairo, the Coptic Pope and Mohammed el Baradei, former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency and spokesman for the National Salvation Front.

The head of the Supreme Constitutional Court and the new interim president is Adly Mansour. He is a Mursi appointee to the court, but also served as a judge under Mubarak. His relative obscurity was a factor in his selection.

Comment: The list of measures in the road map matches the "initiative" to which ex-president Mursi referred in his speech last midnight. Mursi admitted he agreed to the initiative and then reneged. In his statement, General al Sisi mentioned that Mursi's rejection of the road map last night was the trigger for his ouster.

Some background. A commentary in al Ahram, other press reports and General al Sisi's remarks corroborated and updated the NightWatch analysis of behind the scenes maneuvers mentioned in Mursi's speech. Al Sisi said that since November 2012 the armed forces leadership has warned the presidency repeatedly about the danger of civil war.

Egyptians blame Obama for Morsi repression

From Jihad Watch / Posted by Robert Spencer

by David Lev for Israel National News

And with good reason...

Egyptians have been protesting by the millions against now ex-President Mohammed Morsi, but there have been other noticeable themes among protesters – specifically, the anti-American theme. While Morsi's dictatorial ways and bumbling of the economy have been the central complaint of protesters, the image of U.S. President Barack H. Obama has been prominent on many protest signs. 
Obama, it will be recalled, was a principal backer of the revolution against Hosni Mubarak, and enthusiastically endorsed the election of Morsi as the first democratically elected leader of Egypt ever. When Morsi was elected in June 2012, Obama called him to congratulate him on his victory. In a statement, the White House said that the U.S. “will continue to support Egypt’s transition to democracy and stand by the Egyptian people as they fulfill the promise of their revolution.” The statement also “emphasized [Obama's] interest in working together with President-elect Morsi, on the basis of mutual respect, to advance the many shared interests between Egypt and the United States.”
It later became clear that the Egyptian people did not necessarily appreciate Obama's expressions of support for Morsi. In September, an Egyptian mob stormed the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, at the same time the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya was attacked.
In an interview, Obama said of Egypt that “I don't think that we would consider them an ally, but we don't consider them an enemy.” Regardless, he said, the current government in Egypt was “democratically elected. I think it's a work in progress.”
As protests began to mount towards the end of 2012, Obama began expressing concern over Morsi's repressive ways. In a statement on December 6, the White House said that “President Obama called President Morsi today to express his deep concern about the deaths and injuries of protesters in Egypt. The President emphasized that all political leaders in Egypt should make clear to their supporters that violence is unacceptable. He welcomed President Morsi’s call for a dialogue with the opposition but stressed that such a dialogue should occur without preconditions... He reiterated the United States’ continued support for the Egyptian people and their transition to a democracy that respects the rights of all Egyptians.”
Still, Obama was clearly on Morsi's side; in May 2013, he overrode a Congressional effort to withhold military funding to Egypt, issuing a waiver authorizing transfer of the aid over restrictions imposed by Congress, which had sought to tie the assistance to progress in human rights efforts. According to senior Congressional officials, it was unlikely Egypt could have met those criteria.
The funding was not widely publicized in the U.S., but it was noticed by the Egyptian people, who began blaming the U.S., and particularly Obama, for supporting the repressive Morsi regime. During the recent protests that led up to Morsi's ouster, many signs and shouts accusing Obama of supporting repression could be seen in Tahrir Square, and in other protest centers.
The phenomenon was clear to CNN's Reza Sayah, who on Wednesday night commented on the signs claiming that Obama “had allied himself with terrorists,” “Obama backs a fascist regime in Egypt,” “Obama is killing Egyptians,” and others. “Egyptians love Americans,” Sayeh said, “but they don’t love U.S. foreign policy. Remember, they will never forget that for decades, it was Washington that supported the dictator Hosni Mubarak and his brutal police state.”...

Even More Reasons To Hate Obamacare

by Personal Liberty Digest

Even More Reasons To Hate Obamacare
Tick, tick, tick. That’s the sound of the clock ticking down to when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPAACA) — the monstrosity known as Obamacare — will go into effect. If you think there are good reasons to detest this legislation now, just wait until you actually have to begin obeying it.

As we celebrate this Independence Day weekend, I’ve got a suggestion on how the House of Representatives could take a giant step toward gaining our independence from this massive government takeover of our healthcare system. More on that later in this column. But first, let’s look at some additional reasons why we must drive a stake through the heart of this beast.

Remember when then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said we had to pass Obamacare to find out what’s in it? At the time, the bill was more than 2,700 pages long. You can bet your bottom dollar that not a single member of Congress had read the darned thing, much less understood what implementing it would mean for this country.

Since then, more than 20,000 pages of new regulations have been issued by the Federal government to interpret and enforce the legislation’s new requirements. That’s more than twice as many pages as the Internal Revenue Service tax code — and you know how easy it is to understand and comply with that Federal juggernaut.

Speaking of the IRS, it should send chills up and down your spine to realize that this is the agency that will be responsible for enforcing many of the provisions of Obamacare. The IRS says it will have to hire 17,000 new agents to insure compliance. Oh, boy. I can hardly wait.

Meanwhile, we’re starting to get a better idea of just how expensive this Federal takeover of our healthcare system will be. This past Monday, the lead story in The Wall Street Journal carried the headline, “Insurance Costs Set for a Jolt.” The first sentence began: “Healthy consumers could see insurance rates double or even triple when they look for individual coverage under the federal health law later this year.”

Don’t say we didn’t warn you. The article adds that many of the most cost-effective plans currently available may disappear: “The exchanges, the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s health-care law, look likely to offer few if any of the cut-rate policies that healthy people can now buy, according to the Journal’s analysis.”

Op-ed: Kudos to the Egyptian people...job well done

By: Diane Sori
As Egyptians continue to celebrate the take back of their county, remember this started on the grassroots level with those who said NO to sharia law and islamic oppression.

About a year ago the people of Egypt also rallied en-masse, and the three decades long regime of Hosni Mubarak came to an end. When at the ballot box the people thought they were voting for freedom and rights, and instead got Muslim Brotherhood controlled puppet Mohamed Morsi, it soon became apparent that they went from ‘supposed’ bad to most definitely worse.

And Barack HUSSEIN Obama sided with, aided, and supported the worse…the Muslim Brotherhood…and still does.

Mohamed Morsi was elected by a small majority, in elections as full of fraud as that of our 2012 presidential election, but even with that Morsi had a chance with his win to show NOT only the Egyptian people but the world that the Muslim Brotherhood was NOT just fundamentalist ideologues (we all know they are), but instead was a party ready to work for the good of the entire nation, and a party that would respect the rule of law laid down under Egypt’s constitution. Morsi also promised to get Egypt’s ailing economy back on its feet but failed miserably as Egypt is financially worse off today than before he took office.

Instead Morsi did everything to forward the strict islamic agenda of his party, including implementing sharia law. This total betrayal of his campaign promises led Egyptians, just one year into his presidency, to organize for his removal before things got even worse; before women were stripped of all their rights; and before the economy deteriorated into total bankruptcy.

Remember, before Morsi Egypt was predominately a secular nation whose economy was fueled by tourism…a nation at peace with Israel…a nation that was an ally and friend of the US. Under Morsi tourism came to a screeching halt, Israel was again an enemy as Egyptian children were being taught that Jews were the offspring of swine, and our president was funding a regime hell bent on throwing aside the Camp David Accords and aiding in wiping Israel off the map…and doing it with weapons funded by our taxpayer dollars.

And as protests grew in size NOT only in Cairo but across all of Egypt, and after refusing to honor a time frame for reform and compromise set down by the military, a predominately peaceful coup was staged that removed Morsi from office, put him under arrest along with many Muslim Brotherhood leaders including supreme leader Mohammed Badie, and issued security travel bans against all Muslim Brotherhood leaders.

And what say Barack HUSSEIN Obama about all this…the man who initiated the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ when he ignored our constitution’s War Powers Clause and butt into Libya’s internal conflict…the man who said he supported democracy but who instead supported his terrorist brethren in the Muslim Brotherhood. These were his first comments, issued in a written statement, as it became evident that Morsi’s government would fall:

“During this uncertain period, we expect the military to ensure that the rights of all Egyptian men and women are protected, including the right to peaceful assembly, due process, and free and fair trials in civilian courts,” he said.

And of course Obama expressed ‘deep concern’ about the military’s removal of his buddy Morsi and the arrests of his supporters (but for the wrong reasons of course), as he called for a swift return to a democratically elected civilian government…forgetting that what he called a ‘democratically elected civilian government’ was as corrupt as his administration is.

But now that Morsi’s government has indeed fallen to the military, and with Egypt’s top army commander Abdel Fattah al-Sisi saying that the army agreed with opposing political forces to temporarily suspend the constitution and swear in Adli Mansour, the head of Egypt’s Constitutional Court, as the country’s interim president until new presidential elections are held, Obama pipes in and says, “I have also directed the relevant departments and agencies to review the implications under US law for our assistance to the Government of Egypt.”

Of course he does as now he won’t be funding his brethren and their dual dream of islamicizing yet another nation, and believe me that irks him no end.

Remember, the US gives Egypt about $1.5 billion in annual aid, of which $1.3 billion is in the form of military assistance, and much of that aid is mandated by the 1979 peace treaty with Israel (and pray tell how does that justify Obama giving muslim terrorists…the enemy…F-16 fighter jets and Abrams tanks…it doesn’t), but US law prohibits aid going to military controlled governments, but with a new president, albeit a temporary one, his argument is basically a mute point.

And with Mansour now in place as interim president (saying in his inaugural speech that the massive anti-Morsi protests that began Sunday, June 30, had “corrected the path of the glorious revolution of Jan. 25,” referring to the 2011 uprising that toppled Mubarak), the question as Egypt slowly moves towards democracy is how to include the once banned and now ousted Muslim Brotherhood into the new government…if to include them at all. Remember, Mubarak and previous regimes banned the group, but pro-reform Muslim Brotherhood critics say they must be included in the government if Egypt is to be truly free.

But now add into all this that islamic extremists, including those in the Muslim Brotherhood, have vowed violence…lots of violence…in retaliation for Morsi’s removal. “We declare our complete rejection of the military coup staged against the elected president and the will of the nation,” said Muslim Brotherhood senior cleric Abdel-Rahman el-Bar.

“Friday of Rage,” it has been dubbed as Morsi supporters vow that today they will instigate violence if the military does not back down. And they will do just that as violence is all islamic extremists know for they do NOT honor diplomacy nor the rule of civilized men…and Barack HUSSEIN Obama, president (gag) of the United States, supports these barbarians, for democracy is NOT and NEVER was his hope for Egypt just like democracy is NOT his goal for Syria, for if it was he would NOT have sent weapons to either Morsi’s government nor to Syria’s al-Qaeda supported rebels.

And with the old adage that even a broken clock is right twice a day, in comes Bashar al-Assad (who is NO fan of the Muslim Brotherhood or of Morsi as the Syrian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood was one of the factions behind the mostly Sunni muslim uprising against him) to say, “The summary of what is happening in Egypt is the fall of what is called political islam.”

And I for one can only hope he’s right for the fall of Morsi and his string pullers in the Muslim Brotherhood might have just ignited a real flame of discontention that could spread throughout the Arab world…a flame that could signal the start of a true road to democracy and the will of the people.  And after Wednesday’s events Barack HUSSEIN Obama just might have to start sleeping with one eye open for if he continues as he is, trampling our Constitution and the will of ‘We the People’, Egypt might just have ignited that flame here in America as well.