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    Egypt braces for Islamist president, or army rule

    Egypt braces for Islamist president, or army rule | News by Country | Reuters

    CAIRO, June 24 (Reuters) - Five hundred days after they overthrew Hosni Mubarak, Egyptians will finally have a new president on Sunday, the first they have chosen freely and who may well be from the Muslim Brotherhood, which Mubarak and fellow generals spent a lifetime fighting.
    The US has been behind much of the Arab Spring by funding and arming many of the rebels thru the CIA in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Syria, etc in an attempt to overthrow dictators and gain some sort of influence thru democracies favorable to US interests. Obviously, there has been a struggle in the past many decades for access to the oil reserves and strategic assets with competing powers (Russia,China). So have we done well to tamp down Muslim extremists who abhor the US and its interests by spending hundreds of billions in Iraq, Afghanistan and now proxy fighting Terrorism and Iran thru places abroad?
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    Re: Egypt braces for Islamist president, or army rule

    When I was watching the protestors last year, I remember saying to myself, "Be careful what you wish for."

    I'm saddened, but not surprised, that it's come to this. We'll have to wait and see what happens now. The military will not like this one bit.

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    I am predicting that he won't be the Islamic fundamentalist tyrant that many in the West fear would come with a MB win.

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    Re: Egypt braces for Islamist president, or army rule

    Quote Originally Posted by grip View Post
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    The US has been behind much of the Arab Spring by funding and arming many of the rebels thru the CIA in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Syria, etc in an attempt to overthrow dictators and gain some sort of influence thru democracies favorable to US interests.
    No they were not. We stayed quite on Egypt cuz Mubarak was our man!
    CIA did nothing in Tunisia.
    We dont care about Democracy.

    And im really not fearful of the MB here at all or their political party Freedom Justice Party. The VP is a Christian so i believe it will keep in check religious freedom.


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    Re: Egypt braces for Islamist president, or army rule

    I don't know that the CIA was helping the rebels behind the scenes in Egypt. The party line on Egypt was/is the Islamists are extremists after decades of brutal suppression and if we let Mubarak go down the tubes all our other friendly dictator/ petty kings in the region would think we would abandon them too. Sort of the Shah of Iran and the domino theory's bastard child.

    I recall many a fine representative from the GOP lining up to decry the President if his administration abandons Mubarak. So I don't think all of we wanted an Arab spring.

    I don't think the new Brotherhood will be a democracy, but not as brutal as the regime it is replacing. The wild card is the military which has run the country by coup since the 50's. They may not appreciate having to serve under a bunch who didn't come up through the ranks.

    We live in interesting times...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    No they were not. We stayed quite on Egypt cuz Mubarak was our man!
    CIA did nothing in Tunisia.
    We dont care about Democracy.

    And im really not fearful of the MB here at all or their political party Freedom Justice Party. The VP is a Christian so i believe it will keep in check religious freedom.
    On January 30, when CNN's Candy Crowley asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton whether the administration was on the side of Mubarak or the protesters, Clinton claimed she was for a "third choice," the "Egyptian people." As if the millions of Egyptians taking part in pro-democracy protests didn't count as "Egyptians."

    Clinton added, "We are on the side, as we have been for more 30 years, of a democratic Egypt that provides both political and economic rights to its people."
    We're on whatever side gets us what we want. You don't know what the CIA does anymore than I or half the people that work for them. That's why they're called "spooks".

    I think our arrogant officials overplay their hand in geopolitical strategies all the time that backfire on them (Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan).
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    Re: Egypt braces for Islamist president, or army rule

    Quote Originally Posted by grip View Post
    We're on whatever side gets us what we want.
    Yep even if its a brutal dictatorship!

    I think our arrogant officials overplay their hand in geopolitical strategies all the time that backfire on them (Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan).
    I agree. Then we wonder why a lot of people dont like Merica so much..


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    Re: Egypt braces for Islamist president, or army rule

    Go Army!
    Go Army!
    Go Army!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    It would seem that the constitution is just a god damn piece of paper, to be trotted out when expedient.

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