Top Egyptian pols caught on camera being their America-hating selves
It would be funny if it were not so grim. Thanks to the Obama-supported Arab Spring, Egypt has gone from ally to enemy. We know this because the country's political leadership was caught on camera speaking in the belief that they were in private, and they let it all hang out.
Egypt's president, Mohamed Morsi, had some important information to share with a room full of politicians who, believing they were in a secret meeting, had just laid out all the covert ways that their country could stop a Nile River dam project in nearby Ethiopia: they were on live television.
Mr. Morsi convened a meeting of political leaders from both Islamist and secular parties on Monday to discuss the potential impact of a proposed Ethiopian dam on Egypt.... many of those seated around the table said the dam was in fact a secret American and Israeli plot to undermine Egypt that must be stopped at all costs.
To be sure, the dam is an issue of great concern to Egypt (which has built its own Aswan Dam, of course). The waters of the Nile, the longest river in the world, are the very basis of life for the Egyptians. But they see America and Israel as the real enemy, and they speak of stopping the dam at all costs. The drama has a star, and the humor has a butt:
Magdi Hussein, the leader of the Islamic Labor Party, proposed that the men gathered around the table vow not to leak any information from their meeting to the news media. All information must first go through Pakinam el-Sharkawy, he said, one of Mr. Morsi's top aides.
I'm very fond of battles. With the enemies, of course, with America and Israel, but this battle must be waged with maximum judiciousness and calm. Even though this is a secret meeting we must all take an oath not to leak anything to the media unless it is done officially by Sister Pakinam. We need an official plan for popular national security, even if we did ...
At that point, someone off camera then handed Mr. Hussein a note, which he studied for a moment before chuckling and quickly changing his tone.
"O.K. Fine. It's good that you told me," he said. "The principles behind what I'm saying are not really secret. Our battle is with America and Israel, not with Ethiopia. Therefore, engaging in battle, this is my opinion ... "
Mr. Morsi then interrupted him, "This meeting is being aired live on TV."
The men seated around the long table burst into laughter, as Mr. Hussein, who less than a minute earlier had earnestly described the gathering as a "secret meeting," began to backtrack with a hint of embarrassment in his voice.Here's the video, courtesy of MEMRI.
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Update from Lee DeCovnik:
Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood truly loathe Israel and United States. So how stupid must they think we are when we continue to arm them? Is there any doubt these arms will eventually be used against Israeli and our soldiers?
From Al Arabiya last Saturday:
Secretary of State John Kerry last month approved $1.3 billion in annual US military aid to Egypt, despite concerns over democratic progress by the country's new government, a US official said Friday. All such aid is "carefully considered," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters, but it was felt the funding was necessary to help "preserve important regional interests." On May 10, Kerry quietly approved the transfer of the annual aid, notifying the US Congress of his decision, she confirmed.
Kerry and the pro -Islamic cabal in the State Department, and throughout the entire Administration, simply don't give a damn about Congressional oversight or a rational US national security policy. Their goal is to arm Israel's sworn enemies, sow confusion and revolution in every corner of the Middle East, and then stand back and shrug their shoulders, and say, "Who me?" Obama is eagerly sowing the seeds of a Middle East conflagration that will kill tens of thousands on both sides, hoping to then "ride to rescue' and dictate a cease-fire that will permanently cripple Israel by giving back the Golan and most of the West Bank.