As the Obama administration quietly transferred $1.3 billion in U.S. military aid to the Islamist government of Egypt, Syria is burning and totalitarian Islam continues its march in the Middle East and North Africa.
President Obama’s manmade disasters continue to mount.
It turns out Secretary of State John Kerry surreptitiously gave Egypt U.S. military aid last month, rewarding that country’s Islamofascist dictatorship for its increasingly vicious assaults on foreign workers, religious minorities, and civil society.
Kerry authorized aid to the violent, totalitarian, anti-American regime despite finding in a May 9 memo that “we are not satisfied with the extent of Egypt’s progress and are pressing for a more inclusive democratic process and the strengthening of key democratic institutions.”
In order for the aid to flow U.S. law requires the secretary of state to certify that the Egyptian government “is supporting the transition to civilian government, including holding free and fair elections, implementing policies to protect freedom of expression, association and religion, and due process of law.”
Despite Egypt’s failure to meet any of these criteria, Kerry waived legal requirements in order to curry favor with Egypt’s “military leadership, who are key opinion makers in the country” and to maintain “[a] strong U.S. security partnership with Egypt” as the U.S. encourages “Egypt to continue its transition to democracy,” according to the memo.
Of course Egypt isn’t moving forward to democratic reforms; it’s moving backwards toward the seventh century. Egypt is now in the hands of President Mohammed Morsi and the terrorist-friendly Muslim Brotherhood thanks to Obama’s meddling. The Arab Republic is threatening Israel, a nation with which it has had a peace treaty since 1979.
The Obama-backed Morsi calls Jews “bloodsuckers” and “the descendants of apes and pigs.” Egyptians should “nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred for them: for Zionists, for Jews,” Morsi rants. He is leading the way as Egypt transforms itself into another Iran.
Just last week an Egyptian kangaroo court sentenced 43 pro-democracy workers, including 16 Americans, for operating without licenses and receiving foreign funding. One of the Americans, Sam LaHood, son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, received a five-year prison term in absentia. The court also shut down branches of two Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organizations involved in the case, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and the International Republican Institute.
Kerry said June 4 that the Obama administration was “deeply concerned by the guilty verdicts and sentences” that came out of “a politically motivated trial.” He added, “This decision runs contrary to the universal principle of freedom of association and is incompatible with the transition to democracy.”
Of course Kerry isn’t “concerned” enough to actually halt the $1.3 billion in military aid that is still on its way to Cairo.
Meanwhile, Syria is spiraling out of control and President Obama is mouthing liberal-internationalist platitudes.
Last week in Syria the town of Qusair was taken by forces loyal to the brutal regime of Bashar al-Assad. Qusair is strategically important because it links the capital city of Damascus to the Mediterranean Sea on which ports and a Russian naval base are located.
As Charles Krauthammer notes, the capture of Qusair with the assistance of the pro-Iranian terrorist group Hezbollah frees up Assad’s resources, allowing him to “advance on rebel-dominated areas in central and northern Syria, including Aleppo.”
“For the rebels, it’s a devastating loss of territory, morale and their supply corridor to Lebanon,” Krauthammer writes. “No one knows if this reversal of fortune will be the last, but everyone knows that Assad now has the upper hand.”
Unlike the newly emboldened Russia and Iran, President Obama is sitting on the sidelines in Syria’s two-year-old civil war.
News reports from Sunday night that cite anonymous sources suggest that Assad’s military success is forcing the White House to act. The Obama administration “could decide this week to approve lethal aid for the beleaguered Syrian rebels and will weigh the merits of a less likely move to send in U.S. airpower to enforce a no-fly zone” in Syrian airspace.