Thursday, September 13, 2012

Egypt "not an ally"

President Barack Obama sat down on Wednesday with Telemundo anchor José Diaz-Balart, host of Noticiero Telemundo.  Portions of the interview aired during The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC.

I think that what happened in Libya was much different than what happened in Egypt.  What happened in Libya was a terrorist attack against the American embassy.  It was a group of people that did not speak for the Libyan government as evidenced by what Libyan leader Mohammed Magarief did in apologizing to the United States and condemning the killings.

We are dealing with a very different Egpyt than in years past.  The Muslim Brotherhood is not a peace partner and is most definitely, in the president's words, not an ally of the United States.  Are they an enemy?  It depends on what they do in response to the attack on the American embassy in Cairo.

The President told Diaz-Balart:
"Certainly in this situation, what we're going to expect is that (the Egyptian government is) responsive to our insistence that our embassy is protected, our personnel is protected, and if they take actions that they’re not taking those responsibilities, as all countries do where we have embassies, I think that’s going to be a real big problem."
It's a much different language than when Anwar Sadat was in charge or even when Hosni Mubarak was in charge of Egypt.

The Cable looks into the public relations disaster that happened on Wednesday as a result of what happened in Cairo at the embassy.  It was what happened there that led to Mitt Romney having his John McCain moment.

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