White House downplays Islamist push for power in Egypt
The Daily Caller
The White House released a short note on Tuesday downplaying rising concerns about the growing power of Islamist theocrats in Egypt.
The White House note instead played up the relatively minor issue of economic trade, even as a pro-democracy riot broke out at Egypt’s presidential palace…
…Since Nov. 22, when Egypt’s president declared himself exempt from judicial rulings, White House spokesman Jay Carney has said little about the coup and turmoil.
President Barack Obama has said nothing in public on the matter, even though he pressured Egypt’s army to remove the country’s secular autocrat in 2011 — a move that helped the Islamist group gain the presidency and a super-majority in the country’s parliament.
Tuesday’s brief announcement came as thousands of pro-democracy protesters pushed up against Egypt’s presidential palace, prompting a back-door exit by President Mohammed Morsi.
The complete article is at The Daily Caller.
At Breitbart’s Big Peace, Cairo: Blood in the Streets, Obama Silent
…Over 350 people have been injured and four have died in these clashes, the Egyptian health ministry reports. Riot police have been unsuccessful at restoring order. Meanwhile, Muslim Brotherhood vehicles are moving through the chaos, calling via loudspeaker: “This is not a fight for an individual, this is not a fight for President Morsi. We are fighting for God’s law, against the secularists and liberals.”
Morsi has fled the presidential palace when secular crowds assembled there; the Muslim Brotherhood has already chased them off.
President Obama is stuck between a rock of his own making and a hard place of his own creation. The rock is the Arab Spring, which he declared a flowering of democracy, and which resulted in the election of the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Obama administration’s legitimization of an Islamist regime. The hard place is the current secular protests occurring. Clearly, the United States’ best interest lies in backing the protesters. But Obama has not done so, because it would undercut his credibility on the Arab Spring, and on his acceptance of Morsi…
Right now in the streets of Cairo, people are rising up against the dictatorial actions taken by President Morsi. Glenn Beck has been critical on the lack of response from President Obama and the mainstream media, as the people are clearly standing up against the Muslim Brotherhood, Shariah Law, and above all tyranny. What’s the latest on this new wave of protests? Author Diana West and PJMedia National Security and Terrorism Correspondent Patrick Poole joined Pat and Stu on the Glenn Beck Program Wednesday night to discuss events in Egypt and what could happen next.
“The President, I’m sorry but it is very clear that the president of the United States has an agenda and the agenda is the Muslim Brotherhood. Because there’s no reason. I mean, this is the time now to stand up, to stand with the people of Egypt and say, you know what? We stand with the people on the streets. They didn’t want a dictator named Mubarak and they don’t want one from the Muslim Brotherhood. The people on the streets are risking their lives for freedom and the ones who are supposed to stand up for freedom are saying nothing. We have to say it, on Twitter, on Facebook. We have to say it loudly and proudly. Stand with people who love freedom.”
Read the article at the link.
It’s just like Iran’s “green movement” all over again…
But there is that all-important Christmas holiday to prepare for–the one that’s going to cost us $4 million.
…Another vacation coming up this Christmas for the Obama’s will cost American taxpayers over $4 million dollars. So how much is it costing us to support the first family? The number is much worse than you could possibly imagine.
“Every year (taxpayers in England) have to spend $57.8 million for the first family of Great Britain to make sure that everything’s maintained and everything is taken care of and their security and everything else, $57.8 million. And the people in England are upset about it,” Glenn explained this morning.
“How much did we pay our royal family? How much did it take to maintain our royal family, the Obamas, just last year? Now, this is really interesting, especially as we come up for another vacation for the Obamas. This one is going to cost us $4 million. This vacation in Hawaii for Christmas is going to cost you $4 million. How much did we spend last year? Remember, the royal family cost $57.8 million. Would you be stunned if I told you it was $50 million? Would you be ‑‑ would you be bowled over if it was $100 million? How much do we spend? The total last year, a little higher than $57.8 million.”
So what was it? $60 million? No. $100 million? Nope. $250 million? Not even close…
Watch the video here.
After writing a book a book about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a courageous German pastor whose faith led him to stand up to Adolf Hitler (and pay the ultimate price), Eric Metaxas got the surprise of his life: He would be speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC.
What is more, President Obama would be on stage with him — as a captive audience — so to speak.
Given this tremendous opportunity, Metaxas delivered a stirring speech about faith and courage and the right to life.
“I had a very keen sense that God had put me in this position,” Metaxas told me during a recent interview. “And I thought, if God had put me there, then he has something he wants to say to President Obama — to the assembled leadership there — and by his grace, I will say it.”
“It ultimately ended up that I spoke about Bonhoeffer and [William] Wilberforce,” he continued, “because these are the figures that, to me, represent what I call real faith — as opposed to dead religion.”…
You can listen to Matt Lewis interview Eric Metaxas here.
Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.