Hope vs. reality

Explosive Mideast climate dampens Kerry's quixotic quest for peace

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Calling the Mideast a “powder keg” is to pervert the meaning of the term. “Powder keg,” after all, usually refers to an explosive situation that hasn’t yet exploded.

The term comes too late for the Mideast, some of which is already ablaze at the start of what looks to be a combustible summer. Syria is in ruin and spreading its ills, Iran is fueling the fires everywhere it can, and Egypt is a monster-sized pressure cooker threatening to explode.

The reality on the ground is quite a contrast to the hopeful headlines this week after the
latest round of diplomacy by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. News sites blared with words such as “progress” and “upbeat” and “optimism.”

Of course, in that neighborhood optimism is a slight chance of a new start to talks about peace – which is all Mr. Kerry comes bearing.

We wish him Godspeed, naturally. But we also must be realistic.

His tidings are of mere talk of talks, and on only one of the Mideast’s flashpoints, the so-called “Palestinian issue.” Granted, it’s the major flashpoint. But you know you’ve got problems when the most hopeful signs coming out of the Mideast revolve around the Palestinian issue – the most intractable, interminable, insidious problem in the most problematic place in the world.

“As anyone not named John Kerry could tell you, the conditions on the ground aren’t exactly optimal for achieving a lasting peace,” writes DailyCaller.com senior editor Jaime Weinstein.

Egypt is in near-chaos, with millions of Egyptians taking to the streets to demand the ouster of radical Muslim President Mohammed Morsi a year after his taking office.

Morsi, once head of the extremist Muslim Brotherhood faction in Eygpt, has lost control of the country. In fact, protesters saw it as a hopeful sign that the Egyptian army gave the government and the protesters two days to end the standoff; many Egyptians concluded from that that the army was on their side and might stage a coup to remove Morsi.

You can see why they think that:

“If the demands of the people are not met within this period,” the army said ominously – or promisingly – “it will be incumbent upon us to announce a road map for the future and oversee measures to implement it.”

We’ve never experienced a coup before, but that has all the earmarks of one.

Honestly, it might be the best thing anyway for Egypt and the U.S., particularly if it’s relatively bloodless. Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood minions are bad news. They wield radical Islam in one hand and a cudgel in the other. They’ve never heard the word “coexist,” and if they’re allowed to remain in power in Egypt, the future of Israel and the uneasy peace it’s enjoyed for decades with much of the Arab world would be in serious jeopardy.

The Obama administration has us on the wrong side in this dispute – if not officially, then certainly practically. The administration has been rewarding a most belligerent Morsi government with the fatted calf of American taxpayers’ dollars and some of the U.S.’s finest fighter aircraft.

The Obama coziness with Morsi has not gone unnoticed in Egypt, and has not improved U.S. standing with rank-and-file Egyptians.

“A large piece of opposition activists’ anger is being directed at the U.S. and its perceived support for Egypt’s ruling Islamists,” the Wall Street Journal reported last week. “A flurry of newspaper articles, talk shows and public statements over the past few weeks have singled out the U.S. for particular scorn while accusing America’s diplomatic mission in Cairo of acting as a sort of puppet master behind Mr. Morsi’s administration.”

How does an American administration get to the point where it’s seen as being on the radical Muslims’ side?

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KSL
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KSL 07/03/13 - 05:35 am
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Easy

Elect and reelect Obama.

carcraft
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carcraft 07/03/13 - 05:37 am
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Obama is a one trick pony

Obama thought the whole world revolved around the US economy and felt that was going to be his only worry. not being Bush would be enough. Well now Obama actually running Bush's third term with none of the capability. Obama has shown a propensity to shoot off his mouth (red line in the sand in Syria), Honduras (backed the perpetrator of a coupé) and as a firm supporter of the muslim brother hood in Egypt, and daily Iran gets closer to a nuclear weapon. The spying scandal revealed by Snowden has hurt our standing with our allies..this administration is a complete disaster!

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 07/03/13 - 06:51 am
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BEWARE THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But The Muslim Brotherhood was supposed to get a toehold and use Egypt to take over the world? Just look back on the comments from some of the more frequent users who followed Glenn Beck's lead. This was the downfall of modern civilization. The Muslim Brotherhood, The Muslim Brotherhood, The Muslim Brotherhood, The Muslim Brotherhood, The Muslim Brotherhood, The Muslim Brotherhood, The Muslim Brotherhood. We were all doomed to convert to Islam thanks to The Muslim Brotherhood using Egypt as their base to run roughshod over the planet. We're doomed I tell you, doomed. We don't stand a chance if The Muslim Brotherhood get into power. Obama must be a secret Muslim because he's secretly helping The Muslim Brotherhood gain control and they'll always rule and they'll take over the world. We might as well convert to Islam now because The Muslim Brotherhood is going to gain control and soon they'll take over the US and make us all convert or chop off our heads. Yes sir. a secret plan to put The Muslim Brotherhood in power so they can conquer the US. You can stop worrying now. Actually, you never needed to worry. It was just the usual right wing claptrap.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 07/03/13 - 07:27 am
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"But The Muslim Brotherhood

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"But The Muslim Brotherhood was supposed to get a toehold and use Egypt to take over the world? "

Says who?

And just because they seem to have failed in Egypt, is beside the point that we should have never been supporting these terrorists in the first place....but feel free to avoid talking about that while you simply spout off about the right and call their speech and credible, validated warnings "claptrap."

ymnbde
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ymnbde 07/03/13 - 07:38 am
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the audacity of ignorance

perhaps Kerry should speak of them the way he spoke of us
"...they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war, and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country."
perhaps the Egyptian media doesn't indulge lies and liars the way our own media does

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 07/03/13 - 07:47 am
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bod-muslim brotherhood is

bod-muslim brotherhood is just one faction of the extremist that want to spread their version of the muslim faith thru violence..but i forget that 21 percent of obama supporters believe that tea party members are more dangerous than the terriorist..people like me who with my wife raised 4 responsible kids that believe in traditional families, personel responsibility and smaller govt with lower taxes..the true threat of the liberal americam theft..

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/03/13 - 08:14 am
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Willfully ignorant of the truth of world politics. POWER. POWER.

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Domination of the masses, by whatever means.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/03/13 - 08:15 am
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Totalitarian governments will use whatever means necessary..

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to control the masses. Lies or truth? Whatever?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/03/13 - 08:16 am
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Destroy the USA from within. The TRUTH.

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Destroy the USA from within. The TRUTH.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/03/13 - 08:17 am
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The USA, includes government, is a Christian Nation. LIE

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The USA, includes government, is a Christian Nation. LIE

deestafford
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deestafford 07/03/13 - 08:25 am
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Our ship of state has no rudder.

obama is supposed to be the captain of the ship but he has never been to seaman's school. His only concern is to redistribute money from the producers to the moochers and take America down a notch in the eyes of the world.

obama is nothing but a spouter of platitudes and cliches. Supposedly, he called Morsi yesterday and expressed his concern about the democratic process, human rights, the rights of women, the rights of minorities, et al. This bunch of horse squeeze to a man who doesn't know if he is going to be in office in two or three days or even if he is going to be alive? Can you imagine Morsi sitting there listening to obama go on and on with his liberal BS? He thinks the world revolves around him and his "thinking".

obama's foreign policy, or lack thereof, shows how inadequate and unprepared he was and is to be president of this great country. The man is an empty suit and a shell of a leader.

faithson
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faithson 07/03/13 - 09:32 am
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OH YEA

how is that Iraqi thing goin' ? 2000 dead last month... yea, American forgien policy under Obama is in shambles, but I for one think it all had its beginings around 2003, the forgien policy thing that is.. but of course for those who only see RED, it began in 2008... gotta love it when 'selective' cause is the excuse used to explain what appears to be a result of years of overzealous ambition.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 07/03/13 - 09:48 am
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Too bad we don't have a

Too bad we don't have a parallel universe that we could go back in time to 911 and prevent Bush from the war in Iraq. I know we would have gone to Afghanistan and I doubt our efforts would have produced any better than present but I am curious if the Arab Spring would still have occurred. Some irony if setting Iraq free was like the French Revolution and the shot heard around the Mideast, however the supplications of Obama could also be a major contributing factor psychologically. Sure seems every country on the planet is emboldened against US. Hey a pun.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 07/03/13 - 09:54 am
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i thought obumler ran on the

i thought obumler ran on the fact that the Iraq was the bad war and he would get us out...i firmly believed we should have gone in but not did not agree with nation building...thats where many of us disagreed with bush..our armed forces should never-ever be put in that insane postion..obumler foreign policy is a disaster***just look around***it doesnt pass the smell taste..

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/03/13 - 09:59 am
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It's hard to figure out the

It's hard to figure out the administration policy in regards to the turmoil in Egypt. It appears Obama is supporting the current regime which could be a big mistake.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 07/03/13 - 10:35 am
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I trully

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think obama needs to send his secretary of state-in-waiting, dennis rodman, to egypt to quell the muslim brotherhood's "unrest".

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 07/03/13 - 11:11 am
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HA @ 7:27

"And just because they seem to have failed in Egypt, is beside the point that we should have never been supporting these terrorists in the first place....but feel free to avoid talking about that while you simply spout off about the right and call their speech and credible, validated warnings "claptrap.""

This is exactly why The U.S. has GOT TO BE carefull before going any more into Syria.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 07/03/13 - 11:26 am
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Quote from editorial

"How does an American administration get to the point where it’s seen as being on the radical Muslims’ side?"

Perhaps it is too late for The Obama Admin. to stay out of this. Now that The U.S. is involved, it is very, very difficult to determine which side is "THE BEST SIDE" for America to be on. Some 10 years ago, my father said that if The U.S. continued to play a roll in these countries' governments, then it may very well be a big mistake !!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 07/03/13 - 11:32 am
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Quote from editorial

"Egypt is in near-chaos, with millions of Egyptians taking to the streets to demand the ouster of radical Muslim President Mohammed Morsi a year after his taking office."

If Morsi is viewed as a bad leader by most of the population, then perhaps a coup by the army is necessary !

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 07/03/13 - 11:37 am
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Quote from editorial

"Calling the Mideast a “powder keg” is to pervert the meaning of the term."

By the AC's own editorial, they acknowledge the mid-east is a "powder keg". Do you conservatives REALLY believe that a Republican and / or a Tea Partyer Admin. could handle this bad situation any better ??!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 07/03/13 - 11:41 am
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Quote from editorial

"“Powder keg,” after all, usually refers to an explosive situation that hasn’t yet exploded."

And what do RATIONAL people do in this situation ??! They usually BACK OFF to see what will happen !! Perhaps instead of looking at Obama as not doing anything, perhaps his administration IS DOING THE RIGHT THING !!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 07/03/13 - 11:48 am
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Quote from editorial

"The term comes too late for the Mideast, some of which is already ablaze at the start of what looks to be a combustible summer. Syria is in ruin and spreading its ills, Iran is fueling the fires everywhere it can, and Egypt is a monster-sized pressure cooker threatening to explode."

This is EXACTLY why the Allies, UN, NATO, and the other Muslim Countries HAVE GOT TO BE INVOLVED !!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 07/03/13 - 12:00 pm
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Quote from editorial

"Hope vs. reality
Explosive Mideast climate dampens Kerry's quixotic quest for peace"

Isn't there a saying about hope springs etturnal. I don't know exactly what this saying means, BUT isn't it possible that a little hope from Sec. Kerry could be a positive in these situations ??

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 07/03/13 - 12:16 pm
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Quote from editorial

"Egypt is in near-chaos, with millions of Egyptians taking to the streets to demand the ouster of radical Muslim President Mohammed Morsi a year after his taking office."

Perhaps it is well past time for the UN, NATO, and the other Muslim Countries to send in peace brokers to find out "ONCE AND FOR ALL"
EXACTLY what these Egyptians want !! Sometimes I don't think they even know !!

carcraft
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carcraft 07/03/13 - 12:46 pm
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the No Win situation

Obama has put himself in a no win situation in Egypt and Syria. In Egypt he backed the "Arab Spring over Mubarak . When the Muslim Brotherhood won the election Obama went in whole hog on the Brotherhood. Now the Brotherhood has shown it's radical leaning the people of Egypt are rebelling against the Muslim Brotherhood, who is Obama going to back now? In Syria Obama drew a line in the sand and now has backed away, the head of Syria is being backed by Russia and Iran and these two countries will extend influance into that area of the World. A wiser approach, would have been to back away from the Muslim brotherhood since there were indications that the radical Muslim brotherhood would win. Well Obama is now stuck either opposing the the people of Egypt or the Muslim brother hood, either course will make Obama look fickled to his principals or his allies!

corgimom
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corgimom 07/03/13 - 02:53 pm
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The United States supports

The United States supports all kinds of terrorists. Always has, already will.

We need oil, and we need to be in the Middle East. The best thing that we have going for us is that it's always unstable over there and they all hate each other.

If they ever unify, the entire world is in terrible trouble, they will control the world economy.

carcraft
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carcraft 07/03/13 - 03:19 pm
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Corgimom, The US does not

Corgimom, The US does not need oil, we are swimming in it. We have reserves that rival the mid east. In the last few years the Bakken oil field, oil fields in Pen state, New York, Texas and California. We have natural gas in abundance.

carcraft
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carcraft 07/03/13 - 03:20 pm
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Just heard the miitary siezed

Just heard the miitary siezed power in Egypt, how will Obama screw this up, stay tuned...

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 07/03/13 - 03:23 pm
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We need oil...and we have it.

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We need oil...and we have it. If only the liberals would let us use it instead of importing it.

chascushman
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chascushman 07/03/13 - 03:25 pm
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”Do you conservatives REALLY

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”Do you conservatives REALLY believe that a Republican and / or a Tea Partyer Admin. could handle this bad situation any better ??!"
Bledsoe, they sure as h*ll could not do any worse. This is what happens when you elect a community organizer as president.

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