Obama’s Fellow Muslim Jihadist Taken Down
Is this what ‘we need to do’ in
order to return to the we once had? Would millions of us protesting on the
National Mall get the same result as the Christian Coptic’s did in Free
Republic Egypt? I don’t think so; remember over the past five
years Obama has placed many Muslim terrorist in strategic positions in the US
military. Something Morsi hasn’t had the
time or neglected to do.
By de Andréa
In addition, Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi (don’t you just love those names, el Sissi) said the country's constitution has been temporarily suspended and new elections would be held.
At least 14 people were killed in clashes between Morsi's supporters and opponents following the announcement, Reuters said, citing the state news agency MENA.
Eight of the dead were reported to be in the northern city of
Marsa Matrouh, with
three killed and at least 50 wounded in Alexandria. Another three were killed in the southern
city of Minya.
Washington, President Obama issued a
statement Wednesday night saying the administration was "deeply concerned"
by the decision to remove Morsi and urged the military to avoid "any
arbitrary arrests" of the president and his supporters.
Obama also said in light of Morsi's ouster he had "directed the relevant departments and agencies to review the implications under
for our assistance to the government of ." Egypt
The state-run newspaper Al-Ahram said arrest warrants were being issued for 300 members of the Brotherhood. At the same time, a security official in
Cairo said the head of
Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood political party and the organization's deputy chief
had been arrested, reportedly in connection with an escape from prison in 2011.
official said nonessential diplomats and embassy families had been ordered to
amid the unrest. The State Department issued a warning urging U.S. citizens
in the country to leave.
In appointing Adli Mansour the new interim leader, el-Sissi (I love it) also said a government of technocrats would be formed with "full powers" to run the country. He did not specify how long the transition period would last or when new elections might be held.
Before el-Sissi's address, Egyptian troops, including commandos in full combat gear, were deployed across much of
Cairo, including at key facilities, on bridges over the
and at major intersections. Nile River
Witnesses told Reuters that the army erected barbed wire and barriers around Morsi's work compound, and moved in vehicles and troops to prevent supporters from getting to his palace.
A travel ban was put on Morsi and the head of his Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Badie, as well as Badie's deputy Khairat el-Shater, officials told the AP.
Millions were in the main squares of major cities nationwide, demanding Morsi's removal, in the fourth day of the biggest anti-government rallies the country has seen, surpassing even those in the uprising that ousted against his autocratic predecessor Hosni Mubarak. Critics say Morsi set the nation on a path toward Islamic rule. Many critics also say that Obama is setting
on a path to Islamic rule. I
just can’t help wondering if there is a connection.
Khaled Daoud, spokesman of the main opposition National Salvation Front, which pro-reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei leads, said that ElBaradei, Sheik Ahmed el-Tayeb, grand imam of Al-Azharmosque, and Pope Tawadros II, patriarch of Egypt's Coptic Christian minority, were part of the Wednesday meetings with military leaders.
Morsi accused Mubarak loyalists of exploiting the wave of protests to topple his regime to thwart democracy. (Trust me there is no democracy in the Brotherhood.)
On Tuesday, clashes in
and elsewhere in the country left at least 23 people dead, most in a single
incident near the main campus. The
latest deaths take to 39 the number of people killed since Sunday in violence
between opponents and supporters of Morsi, who took office in June last year as
first elected leader.
THE BOTTOM LINE: At the U.S. State Department media briefing Wednesday, spokeswoman Jen Psaki restated the administration's priority on the democratic process. "It's never been about one individual," she told reporters. "It's been about hearing and allowing the voices of the Egyptian people to be heard."
Pentagon Spokesman George Little said there has been no change in terms of the
military pre-positioning assets in and around Egypt
in the event they are called upon to assist the U.S.
embassy evacuation in Cairo.
Thanks for listening – de Andréa
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