You would think Obama would’ve learned from our involvement in Iraq what happens when a Middle Eastern dictator is deposed only to have Islamic fundamentalists rise up and take his place. Hint: it’s not pretty. At least in the case of Iraq there was good reason for Bush to get rid of Saddam Hussein – for an American President the threat of a WMD armed crackpot dictator is too great to ignore. Whether or not actual WMDs were found in Iraq, and there is good reason to believe Hussein shipped them all to Syria before the start of the war, Iraq had the resources to reconstitute a WMD weapons program quickly and the will to use them. Every day we face the possibility of a nuclear armed Iran proves the wisdom of Bush’s actions.
On the other hand Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak not only was not a threat to the U.S., he was a stalwart ally of ours for over 30 years. He was a reliable partner in the war against terror and respected the peace with Israel. He also kept the radical Islamists at bay, especially the Muslim Brotherhood with its ties to terrorist organizations Hezbollah and Hamas.
Unlike Obama, every other administration since Jimmy Carter’s learned from the Iran revolution that in the Middle East dictators were preferable to Islamists. As explained by Walid Shoebat, a former Islamist now converted to Christianity:
It’s a formula leftists simply don’t seem capable of comprehending. It happens every time. After aligning with Islamists to overtake a government or power structure they view as repressive, these leftists are always shocked when the Islamists cast them aside once they’re no longer useful. Just take a look at Iran; leftists aligned with Islamic radicals to overtake the Shah and once the Ayatollah came to power, leftists were executed.
Obama has consistently ignored the danger the Brotherhood poses to minority Egyptians and Egypt’s neighbors and has gone out of his way to legitimize the group. He invited the outlawed Brotherhood to his 2009 speech in Cairo and his administration has gone out of their way to cast the Brotherhood as “moderate” since the deposing of Mubarak. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in February 2011:
The term ‘Muslim Brotherhood’…is an umbrella term for a variety of movements, in the case of Egypt, a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has decried Al Qaeda as a perversion of Islam.
It didn’t take long for Islamists to turn on their fellow citizens following the step down of Mubarak. In October 2011 during a peaceful march by Coptic Christians protesting the firebombing of a church, 26 were killed and hundreds injured when protestors “were attacked by ‘thugs’ with sticks… the violence then spiraled out of control after a speeding military vehicle jumped up onto a sidewalk and rammed into some of the Christians.” Since then dozens of Christian homes have been burned to the ground while hundreds of Islamists have rioted at church construction sites in southern Egypt. In November 2011 the “police stood by and watched without doing anything” while Muslim youth threw bottles and bricks at Coptic Christians marching in Cairo.
Despite predictions by Obama that the Brotherhood was only “one faction” that doesn’t have “majority support in Egypt” and handing over $200 million in American taxpayer money to support secular candidates, elections in late 2011 and early 2012 gave the Brotherhood and the ultra-Islamist Salafis control over 70% of the Egyptian Parliament.
The spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Imam Yusuf al-Qaradawi, has openly called for Muslims to finish the work of the Holocaust:
Throughout history, Allah has imposed upon the [Jews] people who would punish them for their corruption. The last punishment was carried out by [Adolf] Hitler… Allah willing, the next time will be at the hand of the believers.
The Egyptian parliament voted in March 2012 to name Israel its “number one enemy” and vowed to support Palestinian resistance “in all its kinds and forms”. Demands for war against Israel are now pervasive in Egypt and should the Brotherhood have its way, it will lead the entire region to ruin.
Things came to a head on the 11th anniversary of 9/11. Islamists overran the U.S. embassy in Cairo in response to a video posted on YouTube that was insulting to Muhammad. Rather than stand up for the cherished American freedom of speech, Obama and the State Department were quick to place all the blame on the filmmaker and cast the demonstrations that have spread throughout the Middle East, which included the murder of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens in Libya, as having nothing to do with Obama’s failed foreign policy.
After two days of riots in Cairo, that the Egyptian authorities did absolutely nothing to stop, Obama was humiliated into calling Egyptian President Morsi and begging him to end the violence.