Cruz: US ‘Entrenched as Enemy of the Secular, Pro-Democracy Opposition’ in Egypt

Ben Shapiro
Big Government
3 Jul 2013

On Thursday, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) penned a scathing editorial in Foreign Policy ripping President Obama’s ambiguous foreign policy on Egypt. The Obama administration has hinted that it will cut aid to Egypt should the military depose Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi.

“Unlike the angry, disaffected youth who raged through the Arab Spring in 2011, these crowds, like those in the recent protests in Turkey, were made up of middle-class citizens protesting against a regime with an unpleasant tendency to trample on the rights of women, Christians, and Jews — and to stifle the independence of the press and judiciary, ruining the economy in the process,” wrote Cruz. “One would expect to find the United States standing firmly with these people …. In what has to be one of the most stunning diplomatic failures in recent memory, the United States is — in both perception and reality — entrenched as the partner of a repressive, Islamist regime and the enemy of the secular, pro-democracy opposition.”

Cruz pointed out that Morsi’s election provided Obama an opportunity to express “strong reservations about a member of the Muslim Brotherhood taking control of the country.” He didn’t. Instead, as Cruz said, “Emboldened by U.S. support, Morsy consolidated his power — removing the traditionally pro-American military leadership, imposing an Islamist constitution, marginalizing the judiciary, and turning a blind eye to brutal attacks against religious minorities, including Coptic Christians and Shiite Muslims.”

Cruz recommended that Congress immediately cut off all aid to Egypt that will go toward supporting the Muslim Brotherhood. “And,” Cruz continued, “we should find the courage to speak out forcefully on behalf of those advocating secular democratic reforms in Egypt.”




Update:  ‘Deeply Concerned’ Obama Searches for Egypt Strategy

As the Egyptian military effectively declared a coup, overthrowing the elected government of repressive Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi, the Obama administration struggled to come up with a coherent strategy to deal with the situation. President Obama released a statement on Morsi’s ouster, suggesting that his administration “does not support particular individuals or political parties, but we are committed to the democratic process and respect for the law.” With those principles in mind, Obama declared himself “deeply concerned” and called for a transition to civilian rule.


Would that be secular civilian rule? Or Islamic fundamentalist civilian rule? What would Thomas Jefferson do?

…What is missing from U.S. coverage of events in Egypt is any sense of history–and, perhaps, a Burkean conservatism that realizes the folly of destroying institutions. The Muslim Brotherhood destroyed them, and now the military has destroyed them, too. This is a revolution in the French mould, not the American one–and while the departure of Morsi is much to be excited about, the way it happened ought to give greater pause.

Read the article here.


Also, from The Gateway Pundit:


That would be your tax dollars at work.




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