Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Harvard professor destroys Obama's handling of Egypt crisis

Harvard professor and visiting fellow at Oxford University, Niall Ferguson, absolutely destroyed Obama for his handling of the situation in Egypt on MSNBC's Morning Joe yesterday. Watch...

Ferguson also wrote about Obama's Egypt debacle in an article for Newsweek.
...The result has been a foreign-policy debacle. The president has alienated everybody: not only Mubarak’s cronies in the military, but also the youthful crowds in the streets of Cairo. Whoever ultimately wins, Obama loses. And the alienation doesn’t end there. America’s two closest friends in the region—Israel and Saudi Arabia—are both disgusted. The Saudis, who dread all manifestations of revolution, are appalled at Washington’s failure to resolutely prop up Mubarak. The Israelis, meanwhile, are dismayed by the administration’s apparent cluelessness.


These were his words back in June 2009:

'America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles—principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.'

Those lines will come back to haunt Obama if, as cannot be ruled out, the ultimate beneficiary of his bungling in Egypt is the Muslim Brotherhood, which remains by far the best organized opposition force in the country—and wholly committed to the restoration of the caliphate and the strict application of Sharia. Would such an outcome advance “tolerance and the dignity of all human beings” in Egypt? Somehow, I don’t think so.

The entire article can be read HERE

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