Charles Krauthammer: Gibbs and Biden should be under house arrest until Egypt crisis is past

Longer in my opinion, but that’s just me. The upside is Gibbs will be gone soon. The downside, we can still look forward to things like “Mubarak is not a dictator” moments from the VP.

Krauthammer’s objections come from extemporaneous comments made by Gibbs, Biden, and Clinton on the crisis in Egypt. He gives Obama credit for getting his hands, finally, around the democracy movement in Egypt, but notes the stumbles along the way from Biden’s gaffe to Gibbs declaring any new government must include participation by the Muslim Brothers, a avoid anti Israel, pro caliphate, pro sharia law, movement.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said that a reformed government “has to include a whole host of important nonsecular actors that give Egypt a strong chance to continue to be [a] stable and reliable partner.”

Gibbs said the U.S. government has had no contact with the Muslim Brotherhood because of questions over its commitment to the rule of law, democracy and nonviolence. But the group is not listed on U.S. terrorism lists, as the militant Hamas and Hezbollah organizations are.

Good call Charlie.


I do however think CK is a bit kind on Obama. I find it hard to believe that Gibbs would say something that had not already passed through the young President first. Do PS really speak without first being briefed by the President and his policy makers? Maybe I am not wise to the ways in Washington these days.

5 replies
  1. RoBrDona
    RoBrDona says:

    Obama is holding the bag for an incredibly poor foreign policy and knee jerk gaffes that just keep coming. You cannot expect our president, who does not believe in our Constitutional Democracy, to defend those ideals abroad. Instead he is desperate to protect the "downtrodden" masses (who by the way are downtrodden because they are ruled by despots whom BHO loves as he aspires to their power) and in doing so, will prove to all of us that he is an apologist for the euro-centric colonial oppressors.     

  2. winnie888
    winnie888 says:

    I remember, once upon a time, when Ronald Reagan promised that our country would not negotiate with terrorists.  Now we have a president who legitimizes them.  Ain't progress a wonderful thing?

  3. David R
    David R says:

    The problem with learning from history repeating itself is that we forget history as quickly as it's made. Problems happen when we think we know what's best for another nation with a diferent history, culture, religion, etc. Back in the 20's the US insisted on American style democracy for Germany. Churchill later said it was a mistake that contributed to the government's failure and rise of extremism. RE. negotiating with terrorists: Regan worked a deal with Iran which ended up with the release of three hostages in 1985, in exchange for 2000 TOW missles and 18 HAWK missles, shipped to Iran on our behalf through Israel. This was the foundation of the Iran-Contra debacle. That Israel would ship missles to Iran shows that foreign affairs is not a simple business. RE. Egyptian dislike of Israel: Remember Israel was established and populated by Europeans. To those in the middle east, it is easy to view Israel as a continuation of Western interference through colonization.

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