July 24, 2014
Kerry humiliated in Egypt
By Rick Moran
You don't think the Egyptian government was trying to send a message, do you?
Kerry flew to Tel Aviv from Cairo, where he met Tuesday with Egypt’s president and other high-level officials.
An unusual screening process occurred involving Kerry and his State Department team as they were subjected to a metal detector before meeting with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi at the Egyptian presidential palace.
Reuters reports that Kerry and his aides were checked with a metal detector. Security personnel reportedly raised a handheld metal-detector wand to Kerry’s suit jacket before waving him through.
Kerry’s aides were also subjected to the handheld wand and were told to walk through a metal detector.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Twitter that they are focused on trying to reach a cease-fire agreement.
“@JohnKerry and team are focused on working with Egyptians on a ceasefire, not on whether we went through security this afternoon,” she tweeted.
Psaki would say something like that because subjecting the US secretary of state to security screening may be unprecedented, and is certainly a humiliation of the first order. It demonstrates just how badly US relations with the Egyptian military government have deteriorated. Obama's support for the Muslim Brotherhood, his dalliance with Iran, and his confused policy in Syria have combined to cause Egypt to doubt that America can be relied upon.
I would cheer the fact that Kerry has been humiliated except the humiliation is also ours. Once again, the Obama administration's policies have illuminated how the rest of the world sees America. And it isn't a pretty picture.