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No Fear, Just Loathing In Egypt

18 August 2013 @ 19:41

Of The United States government, that is.

I’ve been so busy with things in RealLife™ that I haven’t had time to offers some thoughts on the situation in Egypt.  And I fear I will not find the time in the coming days.

Fortunately today, Mark Steyn published a post over at NRO that I agree with totally, so here it is, quoted in full:

Further to Andy’s and David’s observations on Egypt this weekend, I would add only that everywhere except Washington people are thinking strategically: General Sisi has made a calculation that he has a small window of opportunity to inflict damage on the Muslim Brotherhood that will set them back decades and that it is in Egypt’s vital interest to do so. Grasping that, the Brothers are pushing back hard.

For the same reason, the Gulf monarchies, having weathered the immediate storms of the Arab spring and understanding the longer-term threat the Brotherhood represents, have supplanted Washington as Cairo’s principal paymasters: The $1.5 billion subvention to Egypt was always a drop in the great sucking maw of the US Treasury; compared to what the Saudis and the Emirs are ponying up, it’s looking less and less consequential from the Nile end, too.

Out in the wider world, Putin figures there’s a regional power play to be made, and that Moscow can be back in Cairo in a big way for the first time in four decades.

All these parties are pursuing their strategic interest. Does the United States have such a thing anymore? Not so’s you’d notice. As a result, the factions in Egypt are united only in their contempt for Washington. Obama is despised by Sisi and the generals for being fundamentally unserious; by the Brotherhood for stringing along with the coup; by the Copts for standing by as the Brothers take it out on them; and by the small number of genuine democrats in Egypt for his witless promotion of Morsi’s thugs as the dawning of democracy. Any “national-unity government” of the kind the usual deluded twits are urging on Egypt would be united only in its unanimous loathing of Obama, his secretaries of state, and his inept ambassador.

Meanwhile, out on the streets, Washington is reviled both for standing by Mubarak too long and for pushing him out too soon (eighty per cent of Egyptians say things are worse than under the old man). And, with the 2011 “Facebook Revolution” all out of “Likes”, the King of Jordan and the Gulf emirs understand the meaning of the ailing, abandoned strongman in his military prison cell in purely geopolitical terms – that (as Bernard Lewis once warned) America is harmless as an enemy but treacherous as a friend.

Whatever regime emerges in Cairo, it will be post-American.

A year before the fall of Mubarak, David Pryce-Jones, in a conversational aside, quoted to me Lord Lloyd, British High Commissioner to the old Kingdom of Egypt in the Twenties: “Ah, the jacarandas are in bloom. We shall soon be sending for the gunboats.” There’s more wisdom about Arab springs in that line than in all the blather of Obama, Clinton, Kerry and Anne Patterson combined.

Those who voted for Obama and those elected officials of the national government who refuse to even consider impeaching the feckless rat bastard should be ashamed of themselves.  But they won’t be until the Day Of Judgement.

  1. M. Thompson permalink
    19 August 2013 @ 17:24 17:24

    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    We have forgotten that it used to be the military might of major powers kept the world inline. It was not kind words or thinking the right way that defeated the Barbary Pirates, but a pair of naval campaigns.

    • 20 August 2013 @ 21:15 21:15


      I wrote something along those lines in a Comment to a post by Smitty over at The Other McCain:

      Once the British dominated the seas and began to police the world, this planet became a much safer place and, most importantly, The West was more secure. They had the Will to do what it took to enforce the Pax Britannia.

      When The United States took over that role we had the Will – sometimes – to enforce the Pax Americana, and, when we did, the world was a safer place.

      But there have always been two problems that have made us less effective then the British in their heyday: (1) our hearts were never in it because we foolishly misunderstood, from the beginning of the nation, that constitutional republics cannot long afford to isolate themselves from the Real World and that lovely ideals don’t mean much in the non-Western World, and (2) by the time we took over the old British role, the corrosive influence of Leftist Thinking had gained a firm foothold in the minds of our officials and Leftism breeds indecision, Chaos, mental weakness, and it’s policies are but flights of dangerous fancies.

  2. 19 August 2013 @ 19:10 19:10

    Steyn is one of two or three reasons to read NRO. Steyn is superbly educated in history and he can connect teh dots in ways that those bumptious youngsters Goldberg and Lowry can only envy.

    Krikorian is good on immigration, and they have an occasional guest that wanders in now and again, but the rest is a wasteland.

    • 20 August 2013 @ 21:16 21:16

      Let me put in a word for Andrew McCarthy who seems to have his heaad on his shoulders.

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