The Washington Post, criticized Obama administration to be “complicit in the new and horrifyingly bloody crackdown launched on Wednesday by the de facto regime against tens of thousands of protesters who had camped out in Cairo”
“Before the July 3 coup in Egypt, the Obama administration privately warned the armed forces against ousting the government of Mohamed Morsi, pointing to U.S. legislation that requires the cut off of aid to any country where the army plays a “decisive role” in removing an elected government,” stated the editorial article of the newspaper.
The article went on saying: “Yet when the generals ignored the U.S. warnings, the White House responded by electing to disregard the law itself. After a prolonged and embarrassing delay, the State Department announced that it had chosen not to determine whether a coup had taken place, and Secretary of State John F. Kerry stated that Egyptian military was “restoring democracy.”
“Because of these decisions” the article put forward “the Obama administration is complicit in the new and horrifyingly bloody crackdown launched Wednesday by the de facto regime against tens of thousands of protesters who had camped out in two Cairo squares.”
Stating that hundreds of people were killed, including many women and children the article reported that chaos erupted around Egypt as angry mobs stormed Christian churches, which went largely unprotected by security forces; and the military imposed a state of emergency, essentially returning Egypt to the autocratic status quo that existed before the 2011 revolution.
The article referring to the fact that Obama administration duly protested the latest crackdown, just as it previously urged the military not to use force against the demonstrations and to release Mr. Morsi and other political prisoners continued:
“The military’s disregard for these appeals was logical and predictable: Washington had already demonstrated that its warnings were not credible. Indeed, even as police were still gunning down unarmed civilians in the streets of Cairo Wednesday, a White House spokesman was reiterating to reporters the administration’s determination not to make a judgment about whether the terms of the anti-coup legislation had been met.”
“This refusal to take a firm stand against massive violations of human rights is as self-defeating for the United States as it is unconscionable. Continued U.S. support for the Egyptian military is helping to push the country toward a new dictatorship rather than a restored democracy. Gen. Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, the coup leader, increasingly is styling himself as a national savior in the mode of such former dictators as Gamal Abdel Nasser; Wednesday’s bloody assault represents his crushing of civilian moderates in the interim cabinet who had called for compromise with Mr. Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood. Appropriately, their leader, Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei, resigned.” The article concluded.