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Sissi Blasts Obama Administration as Egyptians Turn on US


“You left the Egyptians. You turned your back on the Egyptians, and they won’t forget that,”  Gen. Abdel Fatah al-Sissi said angrily in a rare interview with a Western newspaper. “Now you want to continue turning your backs on Egyptians?”

Given the state of public opinion in Egypt, it makes lots of sense for Sissi to stress his differences with the US. Nobody wants to look like our friends there. But Sissi is probably not as unhappy with Washington’s scolding as he lets on and this Post article confuses a few things about the relationship between Washington and Cairo.

This sentence in particular seems a bit strained: “The Egyptian military has long received critical support from the United States, and in return has upheld Egypt’s decades-old peace treaty with Israel while serving as a key regional ally.” The idea that observing the treaty with Israel is something the US “buys” from the Egyptian military with aid is a typical US liberal media construct. It magnifies our importance and flatters our narcissism, distorts the nature of our relationships with Israel and its neighbors, and provides a simplistic picture of both Egypt and US policy. The Egyptian military supports the peace treaty with Israel because stability on its eastern frontier (and the return of Sinai, which came with the treaty) are in Egypt’s national interest.

The US values the treaty not just because it protects Israel, but because it (with the work of the Egyptian military) ensures the stability of a vital waterway, the Suez Canal, and the Egyptian military is an important part of regional security and stability for reasons that have nothing to do with Israel.

[Egyptian flag image courtesy of Shutterstock]

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  • Pete

    ““You left the Egyptians. You turned your back on the Egyptians, and they won’t forget that,” Gen. Abdel Fatah al-Sissi said angrily in a rare interview with a Western newspaper. “Now you want to continue turning your backs on Egyptians?”

    Who is this guy to be barking at the U.S. as if we owe him and the Egyptians something?

    I long for the day when true Jacksonians run Washington. Then respect will be shown for the grossly generous Uncle Sam. Until then, the mutts will continue their barking and ankle biting.

    • LouAnnWatson

      and obama will continue to funnel money to the muslim brotherhood

  • Corlyss

    An important column from Kaplan in the National Interest.

  • bpuharic

    Nothing we can do will change the Arab’s world view of the US. Caught between Islamist fundamentalism, and hatred of Israel, one of the largest industries in the Arab world is conspiracy theories. They were anti-American 50 years ago, they’re the same today and will be so tomorrow. That can not and will not change until Arab culture starts looking at its own religiously inspired pathologies.

    • Jeff Jones

      For once we agree. I would love to minimize our involvement in that area of the world.

    • Thirdsyphon

      The glaring inability of Islamist governments to deliver material progress will hopefully speed this process along. Perhaps (and hopefully) there’s some WRM-analog in Tehran discussing the failure of the “green social model”

    • LouAnnWatson

      but obama was historic and was going to change that…at least some of us knew he was a fraud from the start

    • Ritchie The Riveter

      IMO, the primary pathology is the requirement in Islam for total submission to the clerical hierarchy … the same pathology that existed in pre-Reformation Christianity.

      The idea of a “priesthood of the believer”, where the believer is primarily accountable to their god instead of to that hierarchy as the gatekeepers to Paradise, is alien to the dominant sects of Islam from what I see.

      It’s the kind of submission that leads people into terrorism and suicide bombing, instead of telling their leaders that they are bloody daft and can go take a long walk off a short pier.

      Islam, at a minimum, needs its Reformation … whether or not it would survive as a belief system after that, is another question entirely.

    • Fred

      Until the last sentence, you actually made sense for a change. But the Arabs are not barbarians because they are Muslim; they are Muslim because they are barbarians. The violent, oppressive, primitive religion is a natural outgrowth of a violent, oppressive, primitive culture.

  • LouAnnWatson

    how do you say “reset” in egyptian. i guess the administration went up against a people well versed in the tactics of “community organizers”

  • cubanbob

    Forget the Arab histrionics. What we are paying for is an Egypt stable enough to keep an indispensable waterway open, the Suez Canal open. The Egyptians also get a fig-leaf, a reason to have a “peace” with Israel. Something they really need but can’t sell to the Arab masses. The professor is spot on.

  • nadadhimmi

    Obama fully desired and expected the islamist’s to be firmly in control in Egypt by now.

  • Mr. French

    Sissi is quoted in the story but what did Buffy and Jody have to say about this?

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