Obama's Claim To Support Democracy and Rule of Law In Egypt Belied By Record
Andrew C. McCarthy
An excellent and thorough report at the Daily Beast by Josh Rogin and Eli Lake on President Obama’s revisionist history of his administration’s promotion of real democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Egypt. As the writers observe:
In nearly every confrontation with Congress since the 2011 Egyptian revolution, the White House has fought restrictions proposed by legislators on the nearly $1.6 billion in annual U.S. aid to Egypt. Twice in two years, the White House and the State Department fought hard against the very sorts of conditions for aid that Obama claimed credit for this week. When President Mohamed Morsi used the power of his presidency to target his political opponents, senior administration officials declined to criticize him in public. Many close Egypt observers argue that the Obama administration’s treatment of Morsi has been in line with the longstanding U.S. policy of turning a blind eye to the human-rights abuses of his predecessor, Hosni Mubarak.