Barack Obama pushed for early elections in Egypt knowing that it could lead to an Islamist victory.
Sure enought, last week the Islamist parties won 60% of the seats in parliament. The reformist youth movement was decimated in the elections.
Egyptian women gather outside a polling site to vote in the parliamentary elections in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. Voting began on Monday in Egypt’s first parliamentary elections since longtime authoritarian leader Hosni Mubarak was ousted in a popular uprising nine months ago. The vote is a milestone many Egyptians hope will usher in a democratic age after decades of dictatorship. The banner in Arabic, top left, is the name of a candidate Bahiya Mohammed Ahmed. (AP/Bernat Armangue)
The Obama administration offered tempered praise this week as millions of Egyptians cast ballots in an election likely to be the country’s freest and fairest ever — a vote the U.S. insisted go forward despite objections by pro-democracy street protesters.
The administration wanted timely elections even though they risked leaving the U.S. with less influence and fewer friends in the Middle East.
After two days of largely peaceful voting marked by high turnouts, U.S. spokesmen termed Egypt’s first vote since Hosni Mubarak’s ouster a success. They focused on the openness of the parliamentary election and not on the Islamic hardliners who may end up the big winners — or what that might mean for U.S. policy or U.S. ally Israel.
“As much as it’s important to protest in Tahrir Square, the real future — the democratic future — of Egypt will be decided in the ballot box,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said. “The Egyptian people are now exercising their democratic right in a peaceful fashion that will lead to real democratic change in the long term for Egypt. That’s a very good thing.”
The Obama Administration knew that holding early elections would favor the Islamist parties. They pushed it anyway. Now the Islamists are in charge of Egypt.
Caroline Glick added this on Israel’s new Islamic neighbors:
Until the US-supported overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, Egypt served as the anchor of the US alliance system in the Arab world. The Egyptian military is US-armed, US-trained and US-financed. The Suez Canal is among the most vital waterways in the world for the US Navy and the global economy. Due to Mubarak’s commitment to stemming the tide of jihadist forces that threatened his regime, under his rule Egypt served as a major counter-terror hub in the US-led war against international jihad.
GIVEN EGYPT’S singular importance to US strategic interests in the Arab world, the Obama administration’s response to the calamitous election results has been shocking. Rather than sound the alarm bells, US President Barack Obama has celebrated the results as a victory for “democracy.”
Rather than warn Egypt that it will face severe consequences if it completes its Islamist transformation, the Obama administration has turned its guns on the first country that will pay a price for Egypt’s Islamic revolution: Israel.
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