The U.S. government has decided privately to act as if the military takeover of Egypt was a coup, temporarily suspending most forms of military aid, despite deciding not to announce publicly a coup determination one way or the other, according to a leading U.S. senator. In the latest example of its poorly understood Egypt policy, the Obama administration has decided to temporarily suspend the disbursement of most direct military aid, the delivery of weapons to the Egyptian military, and some forms of economic aid to the Egyptian government while it conducts a broad review of the relationship. The administration won’t
I don´t know about the details but do agree, #2, that he is far from bumbling and far from the dumbo that many here inexplicably paint him as, vis-a-vis the transformation he has accelerated and all he has accomplished. If he weren´t effective, why are we all so concerned here about the state of the country?
That said, I wonder why the aid was "secretly" suspended.
With the billions of dollars that the Saudis, Kuwait and others are giving Egypt, our little pittance is meaningless either way. It is critical to relatively peaceful Middle Eastern countries to have the Brotherhood gone.
They still haven´t figured out whether it was a military coup or not. Nope,the real coup happened when Obama threw Mubarak out and installed his MB puppets,under the orders/directions of CAIR,who´s also responsible for us losing Afghanistan.
Obama didn´t have the guts to make a national announcement on this and instead let some loose lipped senator leak it to the media.
Obama can shove his aid anyway. All the Saudis have to do is cash in a gold fountain or two and have plenty of dough to help the military.
The events in Egypt are the most delightful things I´ve seen since Obama was elected.The media will never admit it but this is a huge defeat for Obama and other western liberals wo were hoping to see the end of Israel.
The left and the media crying about this crackdown makes me sick.
Do we have a congress? Do we have a republic? Or are we just another country sinking into debt while we pay these people who refuse to do their job and obey our Constitution? Gutless wonders. Really, we need to vote ALL these bums out.
The "suspended aid" was due to be paid in September. Since September is not yet here, is it really suspended? Additionally, the statement saying aid was suspended came from an underling in Senator "Leaky" Leahy´s office, I would not try taking that to the bank.
The American people have decided over the last few weeks, that we SHOULD have suspended aid to Egypt immediately after the military coup that occurred. As soon as Obama and his minions realized that was the publics sentiment, they backtracked and pretended that they had already done that.
It´s called leading from behind.
This administration is dishonest in just about everything they do. There is no way this was done in "secret".
I think many of us have learned by now that Obama seems to "run and hide" at any sign of foreign trouble. During the Benghazi attack he was nowhere to be found during the critical hours. After the Navy Seals helicopter disaster in Afghanistan he was nowhere to be found. During the coup in Egypt he was nowhere to be found.
He has managed to get all sides in Egypt to hate him. He sent millions of dollars in aid to pResident Morsi when he was in charge, yet now claims he "doesn´t take sides". The Generals now in charge hate him because he lied about not taking sides and cut off aid to them and helped engineer the overthrow of Americas friend, Hosni Mubarak. Obama didn´t say a word when he knew the MB was burning Christian churches in egypt and killing Coptic Christians. Does anyone not believe now that everything Obama touches turns into rubbish? He messed up the American economy after he got involved with it. He is messing up our healthcare after sticking his nose into it. It should be obvious by now he is a Left Wing fanatic. He constantly lies and blames Republicans for things he makes up in speeches. He breaks the Constitution all the time now. There seems to be nothing we can do unless he is impeached and the lily-livered Repubs are never going to do that. We are stuck with a madman for pResident.
The next time any DemocRAT tries to tell us one of our candidates is "not qualified" to be president, just laugh in their face. That lie won´t work any more.
The Russians will seize this opportunity. Obama´s "Obama Mask" is coming off. Remember this?...
Obama´s Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper:
Sue Myrick, North Carolina: "Do you consider the Muslim Brotherhood a danger based on their extremist ideology? And can you speak to the validity of the memorandum that I mentioned? And do you see the Muslim Brotherhood as a danger to America based on that?"
CLAPPER: Let me just speak briefly to the Muslim Brotherhood as an international movement. 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-Qaida as a perversion of Islam.
FTA: “Our ability to influence the outcome in Egypt is limited,” he said. “It’s up to the Egyptian people. And they are a large, great, sovereign nation. And it will be their responsibility to sort this out.” Disheveled Hagel strikes again! lol. Ha ha. Looks like no one told Obama this as he certainly did influence the Egypt outcome by insisting Mubarek step down immediately. But like a blow to the head, like poor Hillary got, he seems to have forgotten/amnesia. Gee Obama assured us the MB was non-secular. Right! Amateurs at it again, region in flames. Way to go Obama! Forget any US credibility-there is none! Again Obama takes sides with a minuscule % of population over the greater will of the majority, whether it be in Egypt or the US.
They DC loons might have no intention of cutting off US aid, they just float this "leak" out there to see if it gets popular appeal. They don´t know what they are doing or what to do.
Didn´t Egypt already get the F16´s and the M1 Abrams tanks? General Si Si is no fool(NO Obama not the owner of the pizza chain). Even without continuing US aid, Si Si has the resources at his disposal to wipe out Muslim Brotherhood, so GO for it. As Obama is learning the hard way, when the US abandons an ally, the other local players fill the void and yes sometimes in a good way. More money will stream in to fight Muslim Brotherhood from other sources.
The egyptian military and the muslim brotherhood both know that whoever takes control in Egypt will kill all the leaders on the other side regardless of any prattling from Obama about human rights democracy etc. The motivation for this outweighs the need for US Aid. The real change is that Putin schedules joint military exercises with Egypt a few hours after Obama cancels similar exercises. Obama leadership will result in pushing Egypt ( Suez Canal ) back into the Russian Sphere of influence. In his mind it is worth it to help the muslim brotherhood and destroy the west. Obama´s interference in the Sunni Shia Muslim divide is no doubt a major part of the Benghazi debacle as well.
Egypt has received the lion´s share of our aid already. Urkel is merely holding up the 15% they haven´t received yet. And instead of 4 fighter jets, they´re getting 2. The presstitutes are trying to make this sound like urkie is taking charge here. Big whoop.
Agreed he´s brighter than some seem to believe him, but he´s no evil genius. He´s way too stupid to be a genius. No, the geniuses are in charge of the country, and to be honest it´s taking a bunch of them AND a gelded, lazy congress to achieve it.
Why does Caligula come to mind ?. Because the senators were in shock at what he was doing. They´d never dealt with a ruler who did whatever he pleased and didn´t even bother to ask. To make matters worse, their new ruler was a depraved despot. They came to the conclusion they´d simply have to wait and let him collapse under his own weight. We know what happened. Time will tell if this scenario repeats itself.
Obe seems to believe it´s a matter of his will be done and he can retaliate anyway anytime in secret if his orders fail. What happens Obe if Saudi cuts off all oil shipments to your country to hand you your backside? Perhaps your progressives and MB and other allies will be forced to retreat and let America use our resources once again.
The good news, Egypt´s got plenty of $ help and they´ve given the world the first clear signal that Islamic Supremacists, would-be caliphate world dominators, are going down with a fullblast Egyptian shoot to kill war. Obama has a tough role being both a closet jihadist and a stealth communist. Give him credit for being a double dealng puppet dictator. He and his New World Order puppeteers are planning now for his move to the UN. If that dosn´t work out, he and the family can go full violent and take over the world attacking Muslim Brotherhood with all the money he´s stolen out of the Fed, and left it in banks all over the world.
I think the useless republican clowns in congress should just go home. They have ceased to participate in any meaningful manner in this out of control dictatorship. That said, the Egyptians have my support in their endeavors to save their country from obama and his people. If they can do it with saudi dollars, all the better.
DETROIT — In a ruling that could reverberate far beyond Detroit, a federal judge held on Tuesday that this battered city could formally enter bankruptcy and asserted that Detroit’s obligation to pay pensions in full was not untouchable. The judge, Steven W. Rhodes, dealt a major blow to the widely held belief that state laws preserve public pensions, and his ruling is likely to resonate in Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and many other American cities where the rising cost of pensions has been crowding out spending for public schools, police departments and other services.
You should really just read the entire piece by Amy Goldstein and Juliet Eilperin in today´s Washington Post, which is a great account of where things stand now with HealthCare.gov. These two paragraphs, taken together, jumped out at me especially in explaining the challenges that the website now faces. Paragraph one: The enrollment records for a significant portion of the Americans who have chosen health plans through the online federal insurance marketplace contain errors — generated by the computer system — that mean they might not get the coverage they’re expecting next month.
President Obama is striking a dangerous balance. Starting today, he must simultaneously refocus Americans on the potential benefits of Obamacare without shredding his credibility further by minimizing its flaws. That dilemma had White House officials twisted in knots Monday. On one hand, they acknowledged that the cornerstone federal website is not working as smoothly as it should. But you could hardly hear the disclaimer over the din of spin, as the White House launched an aggressive "offensive" from a defensive crouch. "Healthcare.gov met our self-imposed November 30th deadline and even as we continue to make improvements to the website, we´ll also remind
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President Obama intends to enroll for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Monday. “I know that he will, and has said that he will, or the White House has said that he will,” Carney said, “but I don’t have any update.” White House officials did not clarify whether the president’s interest is part of a public relations demonstration aimed at touting an improved HealthCare.gov website, or if Obama intends to alter his federally provided medical coverage. As with his predecessors, Obama’s health care is provided through the Defense Department as a federal
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The Obamacare insurance marketplace is even more vulnerable to security breaches since the administration “fixed” Healthcare.gov, according to a cyber security expert.Health and Human Services (HHS) released a progress report on Sunday following its self-imposed Nov. 30 deadline to repair the website, saying that the “team has knocked more than 400 bug fixes and software improvements off the punch list.” The administration said that the “site capacity is stable at its intended level,” though the site continued to crash on Monday. The eight-page report made no mention of the website’s numerous security flaws, which experts say put Americans’ personal information at risk. “It
The White House is denying a report that President Obama is hatching plans for a visit to Tehran. We wouldn’t want to say we don’t believe the White House. But neither would be surprised if a presidential trip is being explored. A summit with the Iranian mullahs, or their “democratically elected” front-men, must be awfully tempting to Mr. Obama. How else to avoid a debacle in the 2014 by-election, after the end of illusions in respect of Obamacare? The report that Mr. Obama is planning a trip was reported by one of the three biggest Kuwaiti papers, Al-Jarida. It plays into
Winds were calm in the capital on Monday, except in the immediate vicinity of the White House, where gale-force exhalations were blowing out of the West Wing. After the administration’s claim Sunday that star-crossed HealthCare.gov had been repaired with “private sector velocity,” and the site’s relatively smooth functioning on Monday, Obama administration officials moved with aerospace-sector velocity to celebrate meeting their self-imposed deadline.
Maybe someone can explain to me how, exactly, conservatives are the aggressors in the culture war? In the conventional narrative of American politics, conservatives are obsessed with social issues. They want to impose their values on everyone else. They want the government involved in your bedroom. Those mean right-wingers want to make "health care choices" for women. Now consider last week´s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to consider two cases stemming from Obamacare: Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius and Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores. Democratic politicians and their fans on social media went ballistic almost instantly. That´s hardly unusual these
The UN´s senior counter-terrorism official is to launch an investigation into the surveillance powers of American and British intelligence agencies following Edward Snowden´s revelations that they are using secret programmes to store and analyse billions of emails, phone calls and text messages. The UN special rapporteur Ben Emmerson QC said his inquiry would also seek to establish whether the British parliament had been misled about the capabilities of Britain´s eavesdropping headquarters, GCHQ, and whether the current system of oversight and scrutiny was strong enough to meet United Nations standards. The inquiry will make a series of recommendations to the UN general assembly
President Obama needs to fire himself. Not literally, of course, but practically: He needs to shake up his team so thoroughly that the new blood imposes change on how he manages the federal bureaucracy and leads. A series of self-inflicted wounds during his fifth year in office, capped by the botched launch of the Affordable Care Act, have Americans questioning the president´s competence and credibility. History suggests that second-term presidents rarely recover after their approval ratings fall as much as Obama´s have this year. History also suggests that there are two types of White House shake-ups. The first is mostly cosmetic and
President Obama will cast growing income inequality and a decline in economic mobility as a “fundamental threat to the American dream” during a speech Wednesday in Washington. The speech will serve as an early preview for next year’s State of the Union address, according to a White House official, who said Obama would focus much of his energy over the next three years on the issue. “The decisions we make over the next few years will determine whether or not our children will grow up in an America where, if you work hard, you can get ahead,” the official said.
Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers).(Snip)That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him
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MSNBC has announced that Chris Matthews, Barack Obama´s most excitable fan, will be interviewing the President on Thursday´s Hardball. Fawning over the liberal politician is incredibly common among journalists, but Matthews has taken it to a whole new level. According to the network host, Obama is a "perfect," "cool," brilliant figure who is comparable to Jesus, Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. The verbose Matthews has no filter when it comes to the Democrat, even once bizarrely blurting out that an Obama speech made him "forget" that the commander in chief "was black." To prepare you for the likely love-fest
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MSNBC´s Chris Matthews will interview President Barack Obama this Thursday, the network announced Tuesday. The interview is part of Matthews´ "Hardball College Tour," and will take place at American University in Washington, D.C. According to a news release from MSNBC, Matthews, along with university students, will "discuss a variety of topics with the president including voter suppression, healthcare, the decline of confidence in the government and the overall political dysfunction in Washington." On Monday our colleagues Carrie Budoff Brown and Jonathan Allen reported that the White House is launching a coordinated campaign to return attention to why the Affordable Care Act