Det er opplest og vedtatt at det er republikanske presidenter som tråkker i salaten og ikke forstår sin samtid. Det er vanskeligere å svelge at det er tidenes mest omsvermede liberale president som gjør det.
It’s reminiscent of the worst moments of the first Bush presidency, when George H.W.B. called on the Ukrainians to resist the temptations of independence and stick with the just-become-former-Soviets in his infamous “Chicken Kiev” speech. Like Bush The Elder, Obama is sticking with the tyrant he knows and likes, rather than rallying to the side of Morsi’s suffering people, who cheekily embrace American values, even as they express their contempt for an American leader who supports the Brotherhood.
Obama is hoping that Egypt 2013 will be a replay of Iran 2009, that the people will be crushed, and that the regime will survive.
In Syria, Obama’s supporting the largely Islamist opposition, and says “Assad must go.” In Egypt, he’s with the Islamist Morsi and the Brothers. In Turkey, he’s with the Islamist Erdogan. Can you spot a trend? They’re all radical ideologues who condemn the United States as a force for evil. (To be sure, the Syrian case offers no attractive “solution,” but that is largely because Obama failed to support the opposition when it was seemingly politically and religiously moderate). His guys are under siege, as is Obama himself, and not just in the Middle East.
At Obama håper på at Egypts opposisjon vil bli knust er kanskje feil. Men hva ville han sagt om Morsi hadde hatt en lydig hær og var villig til å bruke den? Neppe særlig mye. Det ville vært deres rett som lovlig myndighet. Nå sier historien at Obama angret på at han ikke støttet den iranske folkelige oppstanden sommeren 2009, men i så fall: hvorfor husker han ikke lærdommen når folkehavet fyller Kairo?