The President of the United States Can’t Say If Egypt is an Ally or an Enemy?
September 13, 2012

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RUSH: I can’t believe this. Obama actually said on Telemundo that Egypt isn’t an ally or an enemy. They were an ally! When did they stop being an ally? Egypt and Saudi Arabia, of the Arab countries, were our allies. We give Egypt $1.5 billion a year. This is unbelievable! I brought it here. Let’s play it. This is Obama on Telemundo, Noticiero Telemundo. The anchor is Jose Diaz-Balart. He said, “Would you consider the current Egyptian regime an ally of the United States?”

OBAMA: I don’t think that we would consider them an ally, but we don’t consider them an enemy. They are a new government that is trying to find its way. They were democratically elected. I think that, uh, we are gonna have to see how they respond to this incident. Uh, how they respond to, for example, maintaining the peace treaty with Israel.

RUSH: What is he talking about?

OBAMA: So far, at least, what we’ve seen is in some cases they’ve said the right things and taken the right steps. In others, how they’ve responded to various events may not be aligned with our interests.

RUSH: Uhhhh, I really don’t know where to go with this. How they respond to this incident? Maintain the peace treaty with Israel? They’ve already torn it up, the Muslim Brotherhood has, one of the agreements made at Camp David with Sadat and Carter! The Muslim Brotherhood…


RUSH: At the beginning of the program, or very near, I played a sound bite of Obama saying that Egypt was not an ally or an enemy, and I couldn’t believe it.

I was incredulous.

To say that Egypt is not an ally?

For crying out loud!

Prior to the Muslim Brotherhood business, Egypt had always been an ally. We give ’em $1.5 billion a year. Egypt and Saudi Arabia, of the Arab countries in the Middle East, those are the two strong allies we’ve always had. The Camp David accords were with Israel. So Obama has “clarified” now. “President Barack Obama didn’t intend to signal any change in the US-Egypt relationship last night when he said Egypt is not an ‘ally,’ the White House told The Cable today.”

I don’t know what The Cable is. It’s a website. Josh Rogin is the reporter. “In an interview with Telemundo Wednesday night, Obama said that the US relationship with the new Egyptian government was a ‘work in progress,’ … ‘I don’t think that we would consider them an ally, but we don’t consider them an enemy,’ Obama said. … That comment had Egypt watchers scratching their heads, especially since technically, Egypt was designated as a Major Non-NATO Ally in 1989 when Congress first passed the law creating that status …

“White House spokesman Tommy Vietor told The Cable Thursday that the administration is not signaling a change in that status. ‘I think folks are reading way too much into this,’ Vietor said. ‘”Ally” is a legal term of art.'” So they didn’t mean anything by it. They don’t know what they’re doing, folks. Obama shot first and aimed later. He shot first and aimed later. This guy doesn’t know what he’s doing.

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