See Egypt Melting Down? Blame the US
White House stood by as Morsi made his power grab: Jeffrey Goldberg
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 3, 2013 1:52 PM CDT
Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie, left, meets with US Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson in Cairo in 2012.   (AP Photo/Mohammed Abu Zaid)

(Newser) – The throngs massing in Tahrir Square and elsewhere in Egypt aren't just livid at Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood—they're angry at the US, too, writes Jeffrey Goldberg at Bloomberg. And what's more, they should be, he adds. The US, in particular ambassador Anne Patterson, did nothing as Morsi shut out the opposition from his government in a bid for absolute power. Patterson has tried to justify the look-the-other-way policy by saying that Morsi won the election and is thus entitled to respect.

But she and the US have given the Muslim Brotherhood, whose motto includes the phrase "jihad is our way," far too much deference, writes Goldberg. The mess now unfolding "might have been avoided had the Obama administration used its leverage—the $1.5 billion in aid the US is giving Egypt this year, for starters—to force Morsi to include the opposition in his government from the outset," he writes. "It didn’t. And the Egyptian masses noticed." Click for Goldberg's full column.

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Jul 4, 2013 9:42 AM CDT
Life in this world might be simpler if the U S Government quit building a military empire
Jul 4, 2013 12:15 AM CDT
Okay people. We can go around and around for hours, maybe even weeks about this article that was put out there for just this reason. For us to go around and around and...well you know what I mean. If any of you listen to BBC radio at night, where I live that is, when a BBC radio personality interviews usually anyone in the Middle East, and most people on the streets vs. someone in political office, they say, "Why haven't the Americans gone in and done something," or "How come America is just sitting by," or "If America would have just intervened, none of this would have happened." Gee, America gets criticized for intervening and we're the big bad wolf or the lousy Americans who just sat there. Where was all the help from ALL over the world during hurricane Sandy, or hurricane Katrina, or hurricane Andrew or Ted Bundy or the Green River Killer or Charles Manson, etc.. America was right to sit out until we, America, feel it's necessary to go in. Period..
Jul 4, 2013 12:11 AM CDT
Another Obama disaster. How will he and his media blame this on whomever? Fopr sure the Kenyan Closet Muslim will.