The Best and Brightest on the Left Lament Obama's Lost Egypt Revolution
June 19, 2012
RUSH: You know, yesterday, ladies and gentlemen, I spent a lot of time on the program talking about how we here and you there knew full well what was happening in Egypt. That this Arab spring was an absolute joke. That it was not an outbreak of democracy. That what happened was militant Islamism was sweeping the Middle East. But we even had right-wing intelligentsia, right-wing conservative foreign policy people in Washington, "It was a wonderful thing to watch democracy in action. Democracy was flowering in the Middle East. Yes, we were succeeding in spreading democracy." No, the Muslim Brotherhood was taking over the country of Egypt and sweeping throughout the region. And now the media is lamenting Obama's bad knock over this. It had such promise, the Arab spring. And remember back in the day, Obama tried to take credit for the Arab spring.
Obama was trying to say that what was happening in Egypt, in Tahrir Square, the protests, were identical to what happened in this country in 2008. People taking their country back. People investing in hope and change. People investing in freedom and liberty and rebuilding America and love and all that. They were trying to take credit for what was happening. Obama goes over, makes this big Cairo speech. How'd that work out for 'em? We're losing the region. Last night PBS' Charlie Rose spoke with the Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Fouad Ajami about the election in Egypt. Charlie Rose says, "So where are we in terms of Tahrir Square? Where is the revolution today?" And, remember, these guys, Charlie Rose, they're talking about the democracy revolution, the freedom revolution. 'Cause these knuckleheads thought that's what was happening at the time.
AJAMI: That revolution has taken on, of course, an Islamic coloring.
ROSE: So --
AJAMI: This is pretty much what's happening.
ROSE: So the Muslim Brotherhood has kidnapped the revolution?
AJAMI: I don't think so.
ROSE: Has morphed into the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood?
AJAMI: Well, the people in Tahrir Square are lamenting that the two top candidates did not come from Tahrir Square. Well, too bad for Tahrir Square. As one young Egyptian writer said, "Tahrir Square is not Cairo, and Cairo is not Egypt."
RUSH: Well, then Washington's not Washington. What the hell does any of this mean? You know, I like Fouad Ajami. What the hell kind of doublespeak is this? I know you heard it. I'm just incredulous here. So Charlie, the Muslim Brotherhood has kidnapped the revolution? Charlie, the Muslim Brotherhood was the revolution. Do you know how frustrating it is to look and see the sky is blue and to have a bunch of idiots think that it's yellow. 'Cause that's what we're talking about here. So the Muslim Brotherhood kidnapped the revolution. Charlie, did you actually think that these longhaired, maggot-infested, dope-smoking types in Tahrir Square were actually gonna take over Egypt when the military ran the place?
Did they actually think the guy standing in front of the tank at Tiananmen Square was gonna take over China? (imitating Rose) "Well, so the Muslim Brotherhood has kidnapped the revolution?"
Ajami: "I don't think so, Charlie." (laughing)
"Well, it's morphed into the Egyptian revolution?"
"I don't think so."
"Well, it's morphed into the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood?"
"The people in Tahrir Square are lamenting the two top candidates did not come from..." who expected that they would? Last night, same show, Charlie Rose this time speaking with Washington Post columnist David Ignatius about the elections in Egypt. Charlie Rose said, "Often we hear, 'we don't know what's going to come to power in Libya. We don't know what's going to come to power in Syria after Assad..." and I, frankly, still don't know who Obama is, and I talked to Tom Brokaw the other day, and he still doesn't know who Obama is. "...whenever that day happens. Are we going through something now with Tunisia and now in Egypt, an evolutionary process of sort of people like the Muslim Brotherhood in power and that may change them as much as they change the country?" What? does anybody watching the show know what they're talking about? I don't understand the question, but let's listen to the answer anyway.
IGNATIUS: The Obama administration's made a big bet on this process of democracy and empowerment working in the long run for US interests. You'd have to say this is a really bumpy process.
RUSH: No kidding.
IGNATIUS: Egypt is the best example, but most countries show the same thing. It shouldn't really be surprising in terms of really horrific outcomes.
RUSH: Then why are you?
IGNATIUS: The way I hear people in the administration describe it, we're kind of holding on for the ride here. Obama's been very clear that he doesn't want write the script for this Arab revolution. Even if he could, which is doubtful, he couldn't do it anyway. But the US is being reticent, is being sometimes cautious.
RUSH: Folks, I don't know. These are the best and brightest. These are the brightest and smartest, and they're blockheads. First, classic intellectual speak. (imitating Ignatius) "Well, Obama administration, big bet on this process of the democracy and empowerment, US interests, long run. Who knows, Charlie, what's gonna happen, but clearly Obama would like to be in charge of the outcome, but he can't, he really doesn't have anything to say with it. Everybody had our hopes up this was gonna be a big democratic movement and so forth. We didn't know what we were talking about, Charlie, nobody knew. We're the biggest bunch of fools ever. I don't know why I'm on your show, Charlie." (big sigh)
Folks, look it. I know it's worth laughing at and I'm laughing, but I'm also incredulous. These are the smart people. Okay. Still holding out hope. Still holding out ho-ho hope that the Muslim Brotherhood is gonna be a democratic organization in the mold of Obama Kardashian. But now one of my all-time favorite series of sound bites, our buddy CNN reporter Nic Robertson. We're gonna go back to the Grooveyard of Forgotten Hits, the sound bites in our archive. February 11th of 2011, a year-and-a-half ago, live in Cairo, Egypt, during the democratic uprising, the supposed democratic uprising, the Arab Spring in its formative days. CNN International correspondent Nic Robertson's talking to a man identified as Achmed, and they had this little discussion about the Egyptian anti-government protests.
ROBERTSON: Achmed, you've been here, down here on the Square for many days. The United States and the international community. You've just listened to President Obama saying that America will support Egypt if it wants help and assistance, and hopes that there will be a good transition for jobs for the young people. What would be your message for President Obama?
ACHMED: We don't know, actually, who he supports. He serves for his own purposes, and the Egyptian people serve for our freedom and democracy. Any democratic country should see for the people, not for its own purposes.
RUSH: All right. So Nic Robertson, here we are in the middle of Tahrir Square, these people are putting their lives on the line for what they think is democracy, then he asks, "What do you think of Obama?" That's essentially what Nic Robertson said, "What do you think of Obama? Obama hopes there will be a good transition, jobs for the young people." He hasn't been able to have jobs for people in America, maybe you'll have jobs here in Egypt. "What do you think of President Obama?" "Well, we don't know actually who he supports. He serves for his own purposes."
So basically the guy said, "(Raspberry) Obama. I don't see him here! Why are you asking me about him?" So Nic moves on to Mustafa, and here's how that went...
ROBERTSON: Mustapha is joining me now. We just heard President Obama say that he wants to extend, eh, support and assistance to Egypt and Egyptians if they want any, and he hopes that there are more jobs for the young people in the future. What's your message for President Obama?
MUSTAPHA: Well, my message to President Obama is just, "We started this revolution without any outside help, and we are going to finish it also without any outside help."
RUSH: I just... (laughing) And they wonder why they only have 56 people watching at CNN? They're in the middle of Tahrir Square, there's a freedom uprising (they think), and they ask them, "What do you think about Obama? What is your message for Obama?" Obama? Who's in the White House telling Bibi Netanyahu to wait while he goes up and has Popsicles with his daughters? "What is your message for Obama?" This is on the mind of the CNN reporter! And, of course, Mustafa said (paraphrased), "Well, my message for Obama is we started this revolution without him, and we're gonna finish it without him. Who is he?"
So Nic realizes here he's on the verge of losing this. The whole thing is to make this about Obama. So he makes one final stab at it.
ROBERTSON: Are you pleased that President Obama has come out, however, now and said he supports this change and supports the people and supports the young people and -- and what they've done?
MUSTAPHA: Well, actually President Obama's views were kind of conflicting during the last week, but now he's saying that he's supporting the change.
RUSH: (laughing) Am I the only one here? (laughing) I think this is rich! Nic Robertson, CNN, is in the middle of a freedom uprising in Egypt -- and all that matters to him is what these people think of Obama. And he can't get 'em to say that they love Obama, and he can't get 'em to credit Obama for it. So he says (impression), "Well, are you pleased that President Obama has come out however and supports this change?"
"Well, Obama's view were kind of conflicting."
So, it's time for the wrap-up now. It's time for Nic Robertson at CNN tell their views what they just saw. Here's how he did it...
ROBERTSON: The view from here is one of very happy to now hear that President Obama has swung behind the people.
RUSH: (laughing) "The view from here is one of very happy to now hear that Obama has..." (laughing) Not one person said they gave a rat's rear end about Obama! "The view from here..." (laughing) Ah, this is too good.
RUSH: Okay, Jimmy Carter. It gets even better here, folks. It gets even better. Jimmy Carter just tweeted, via his Carter Center, quote (impression): "I'm deeply troubled by the undemocratic turn that Egypt's transition has taken." (laughing) Deeply troubled! Jimmy, time to head back and pound some nails. It's not working, buddy. He's "deeply troubled by the undemocratic turn Egypt's transition has taken." In other words, Carter is furious that the Egyptian military might be keeping the Muslim Brotherhood from seizing power after their very successful coup.
Let me ask you a question, folks. What country that has undergone a Arab Spring is now more pro-American than they were before the Arab Spring? What country that's had an Arab Spring is more pro-American now than it was before? The answer is zip, zero, none! Not one. By the way, what is it? The latest twist in this is Mubarak's ex-prime minister is now claiming that he won. His name is Ahmed Shafiq. Ahmed Shafiq is claiming that he's the real winner in Egypt's presidential race.