Egypt and the Middle East: Still major problems for Obama

As each day passes the United States loses credibility around the world. Egypt is one country where strong policies are needed. Photo: America's hidden foreign policy (

CHARLOTTESeptember 26, 2013  Just because the Middle East is quieter these days doesn’t mean the bonfire has been contained. Like so many reprocusions for Barack Obama’s inability to make a decision, there are always delayed ramifications that sneak up behind us when least expected. Obamacare is one. The Middle East is another.

As the Obama administration takes victory laps around the White House over its masterful mismanagement of the Syrian conflict, the Russians have captured the hearts of Egypt which may have severe long-term consequences for the U.S.

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The White House has aroused the ire Egypt with angry declarations ranging from high government officials to newspapers and magazines to social media.

Though much of the animosity is personally directed toward Obama, the United States, by extension, also pays a heavy price that undermines our international standing while adding clout to Russia. So vicious has the rhetoric become that Obama was termed “mentally deficient” in one publication while his administration was called “the Adolf Obama Reich.”

When analysts pontificate that we should cut off financial aid to Egypt, Cairo responds by saying they don’t need it because Russia is supporting them now.

Adding further insult to American foreign policy along the Nile is the contention that Obama supports global terrorism due to a perception of his allegiance to the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Using an extensive series of articles from the Egyptian press, Memri documented the dire circumstances of the United States in the Middle East in general and Egypt in particular. The firestorm may not billow today or tomorrow, but it is inevitable. Count on it to occur at time when we can least afford it economically.

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Egyptian journalist, Wael Al-Samari, had strong words for the president in the Al-Yawm Al-Sabi’ daily when he wrote, “The events of September 11 made the Americans, and first and foremost Obama, imagine a god of global terror (the MB) whose desire they must satisfy and whose blessing they must obtain with aid, funds, counsel, and global political backing. It must do so in order to avoid a repeat of September 11, which changed the global balance of power.

“Thus, the most advanced country in the world became the most primitive; in fact, there is (only) one difference between what primitive man once did and what Obama is now doing: Primitive man offered up sacrifices from his (own) harvest or the efforts of his own hunt – while Obama is offering us, our country, and our history to terrorists, on a silver platter…”

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The United States is hardly “primitive” but our foreign policy clearly lacks diplomacy, statesmanship and shows every indication of being carried out by rank amateurs who are learning as they go, much less learning well.

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The criticism becomes increasingly intense as evidenced by Kamal ‘Abd Al-Fattah, an Egyptian television personality, who was even more vociferous, “With regard to the conductor of this orchestra, Ayatollah Hussein Obama, he was defrauded by a woman of wily temperament named Ann Patterson (the U.S. Ambassador to Egypt), when she sketched out in his mind (the scenario) that the miserable MB would wrap Egypt in the cellophane of friendship and alliance and present it as a gift to the (leader of the) American Reich, Adolf Obama, in exchange for making (MB General Guide) Badi’ or (his deputy Khairat) Al-Shater the next ruler of Egypt in the American Islamic Caliphate state… “

Such words are a powerful condemnation of an American president with an Islamic upbringing who perpetuates a global image of ambivalence to terrorism.

If we are to believe the talking heads who insist that Egypt is a major ally in the Middle East, then America’s haphazard diplomatic efforts in that region are fueling complex dangerous situations we can ill afford to confront.

Lest you believe this is much ado about nothing, an editorial in Roz Al-Yousuf, an Egyptian weekly,  said this, “The only solution that we can suggest as a beginning is that the Egyptian leadership invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Cairo, as (part of) the return to the Cold War atmosphere that again prevails in the entire region.

“It is sufficient that this shrewd man (Putin) has already stressed several times that he (is willing) to place all Russia’s military capabilities at the disposal of the Egyptian leadership!”

Thanks to our international status, the United States has long been an insular nation. When America spoke, the world listened. We have lost that distinction. Our influence is eroding on a daily basis.

Regaining America’s global image cannot be done by attempting to motivate Barack Obama because in his mind, he is never wrong.

Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (  

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Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club ( and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.


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