“Morning Joe” Crew Left Shell-Shocked by Professor’s Dismantling of Obama Foreign Policy on Egypt – Video 2/14/11
Here is a realistic view on the state of things in Egypt.
It comes from Niall Ferguson – Professor of History at Harvard University, and a Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University – who appeared on Morning Joe yesterday and just burst the bubble of the sycophant Obama supporters who have been hailing Obama for producing the 2nd American Revolution in Egypt! He just destroyed Obama and his lack of of coherent Foreign Policy every way possible. You just have to watch it to believe it. By about the 7:30 mark of the video, all the air was out of the room for the Morning Joe crew who had just about run out of things to try and counter him with. They were completely shell-shocked.
Here is how Ferguson sums things up pretty well:
“I think the execution during the crisis was ‘flip followed by flop followed by flip.’ . . . . It was a shambles. . . . . Right now we have a six-month period of military rule. Right now, we have as far as I can see, virtually no organization on the part of secular democrats. The only organized opposition force in Egyptian politics right now is the Muslim Brotherhood. Now, if you look closely at what the Muslim Brotherhood stands for, it is the imposition and enforcement of Sharia Law and the restoration of the Caliphate. Anybody who counts this as a major breakthrough for United States Foreign Policy hasn’t got a clue about what happens in the wake of a revolution like this. It’s far too early to say this is a triumph. On the contrary, the risks are extremely high that between now and the end of the year, the Muslim Brotherhood will get into power, and then we will be staring at something in its magnitude to 1979 in Iran. . . . . .
President Obama is one of the least experienced men in terms of Foreign Policy to ever occupy the White House. And yet, he has advisers around him who are, frankly, second, if not third-rate. . . . . Some of us said this when he ran for election that it was a huge risk to put somebody with that kind of inexperience into a position like Commander-in-Chief of the United States. I think what we’re seeing unfold in Egypt reveals the truth of that statement. . . . .
I do think the President regards making touchy-feely speeches as a substitute for having a strategy, and I want to emphasize the risks that are currently being run in that region. If you look at history – and I’m a historian – most revolutions lead not to happy-clappy democracies, but to periods of internal turmoil, often to periods of terror, and they also lead to external aggression, because the simplest way to mobilize people in a relatively poor, and not very well educated country like Egypt, is to point to the alleged enemy within, and then of course to the enemy abroad. . . . .
As far as I can see, Obama’s strategic concept is, ‘I’m not George W. Bush – love me.’ . . . .
Remember what was said incidentally in that Cairo Speech going back to 2009. Mr. Obama said that in his view, ‘Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance.’ Well, we’ll just see how peaceful and tolerant the Muslim Brotherhood is if it is successful in getting into power in the months ahead. I think those words will come back to haunt Mr. Obama.”
There’s not much else to add to that.
NOTE: I have corrected Ferguson’s first name. I spelled it “Neil” originally, when it should be “Niall.” Be sure and read Ferguson’s Newsweek piece on Obama and the situation in Egypt.