the powers that be

the powers that be

THE "POWERS-THAT-BE" ARE LOSING CONTROL!

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When Morsy was "elected" more than a year ago, President Obama could have expressed "reservations" about a member of the so called "Muslim Brotherhood" taking control of the country. He should have also been more "aggressive" about using American aid to "extract concessions" from the Egyptian government on human rights, as well as economic and political reform. Instead, Obama made a personal call to congratulate Morsy, characterized his election as a "milestone" in Egypt's progress toward democracy, and pledged $1 billion in U.S. taxpayer-funded aid.. In the ensuing months, Morsy received a "steady stream of assistance" from the United States in the form of arms sales, unconditional financial aid, and visits from high-level officials such as Secretary of State John Kerry - all of which enhanced the strength and legitimacy of his regime.. So emboldened by U.S. "support", Morsy consolidated his power - removing the "traditionally 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.. Morsy also began to agitate for the release of the "blind sheik" Omar Abdel Rahman, who "orchestrated" the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Offensive remarks describing Jews as "bloodsuckers" and "the descendants of apes and pigs" soon came to light.. Still, the United States continued to place its resources at his disposal - apparently on the grounds that a budding Islamist dictator with a healthy hatred of Israel and America was the appropriate recipient of Abrams tanks and B-16 bombers.. More recently, as opposition to Morsy coalesced around the Tamarod movement, the Obama administration "missed the opportunity" to support its efforts and further the interests of the United States without firing a shot. Instead, the sole priority seems to be to "defuse the situation and preserve the status quo". Ambassador Patterson has assumed the leading role in implementing this policy, meeting with members of the opposition not to encourage them to pursue a true secular democracy in Egypt but to try to persuade them to tone things down. Patterson has said she is "deeply skeptical" of their movement.. Obama, traveling in Africa on the eve of the protests, offered no words of support. Instead, he admonished the demonstrators to remain peaceful and made the tepid recommendation that Morsy engage in a "constructive conversation" about reform, since the president of the United States could not take a side in this debate.. The president's comments fall into an all-too-familiar pattern. We are witnessing a moment of real opportunity for reform in Egypt right now, just as we witnessed hopeful moments in Iran in 2009 and Syria in early 2011. In both cases, meaningful change might have been encouraged through robust economic and moral support for the protesters and diplomatic pressure on the regime. But in both cases, the United States opted for a "policy of troubled silence"...