While Hillary Clinton and Obama continue to enjoy high marks for “their” foreign policy, nothing is reported in the media about the reality of the failed administration’s policies, especially in the Middle East which is quickly turning into a total disaster. So let’s take a look at Egypt where we are still pouring in billions without any apparent requirements other than we remain chumps for their so-called Arab Spring. Morsi’s new best friends? Iran and China.
Despite the Obama administration’s efforts to put a brave face on the situation, the U.S. relationship with Egypt looks increasingly troubled, as the Muslim Brotherhood government begins to flex its muscles at home and abroad.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s election platform called for a reworked relationship with Washington based on “independence of decision” and an end to “subordination.” (Despite his pro forma resignation from the Islamist group after his election, Morsi essentially heads a Muslim Brotherhood administration.)
After removing veteran defense minister Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi – and as he mulls “reforming” the judiciary amid concerns about eroding media freedom – President Mohamed Morsi in the coming days will turn his attention to foreign policy.
For the first time since his inauguration, Morsi will travel to destinations beyond the immediate region, but he won’t visit Washington – despite a invitation from President Obama, delivered personally by Deputy Secretary of State William Burns last month. Instead, he’ll head for Beijing and Tehran.
His acceptance of Iran’s invitation is a triumph for a regime that sought to insert itself into the Egyptian uprising from the outset, declaring it not a movement for democratic liberalization but an “Islamic awakening,” inspired by Iran’s own Islamic revolution. Iran’s leadership openly supported the Muslim Brotherhood candidate ahead of the presidential election.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton holds talks with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in Cairo on Saturday, July 14, 2012 (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo