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Meanwhile in Egypt, meet the new boss, same as the old boss

So much for the “Twitter Revolution”, aka Arab Spring in Egypt.  Seems we’re back to square one:

Egypt’s military leaders issued a constitutional decree Sunday that gave the armed forces sweeping powers and degraded the presidency to a subservient role, as the Muslim Brotherhood declared that its candidate had won the country’s presidential runoff election.

The bold assertion of power by the ruling generals followed months in which they had promised to cede authority to a new civilian government by the end of June. Instead, activists and political analysts said, the generals’ move marked the start of a military dictatorship, a sharp reversal from the promise of Egypt’s popular revolt last year.

The court dissolved Parliament and the committee drafting the new Constitution.  As for the fact that a member of the Muslim Brotherhood has declared victory in the presidential race?  Meh.

The declaration, published in the state gazette, had been expected, but its details indicate that the military has asserted far greater authority than observers had anticipated. Under the order, the president will have no control over the military’s budget or leadership and will not be authorized to declare war without the consent of the ruling generals.

But not to worry, a new, new Constitution is in the offing:

The document said the military would soon name a group of Egyptians to draft a new constitution, which will be subject to a public referendum within three months. Once a new charter is in place, a parliamentary election will be held to replace the Islamist-dominated lower house that was dissolved Thursday after the country’s high court ruled that one-third of the chamber’s members had been elected unlawfully.

So, other than the ouster of Mubarak, not much has changed, has it:

“With this document, Egypt has completely left the realm of the Arab Spring and entered the realm of military dictatorship,” said Hossam Bahgat, a prominent human rights activist. “This is worse than our worst fears.”

Question:  Now that this has become fait accompli, how does the Obama administration react to this outcome given its support of the revolutionaries?


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13 Responses to Meanwhile in Egypt, meet the new boss, same as the old boss

  • “We should stop fooling ourselves. This is not a revolution,” Abou Adhma said.
    Yah.  The NEXT time will be the REVOLUTION, man.  These poor people.  A lot of them are going to die.

  • “Good and necessary”

  • Time for them to use the Honduras Protocol on Egypt.
    Meanwhile, show of hands, who here really thinks the Islamic Brotherhood was about to bring the dawn of an age of freedom and reason to Egypt?
    I wonder if Israel is breathing easier on this.

    • I googled “Honduras Protocol” and got nutin’.  I never mind learning something I don’t know, so, please…

      • I’m not surprised you didn’t find it….I just invented it.
        I named The Honduran Protocol after our response to the Honduran military attempting to honor their function under the terms of their Constitution in 2009.
        It’s been so long since Big-Ears treated us to how to handle a military that, in the case of Honduras, WAS following it’s Constitution (well, except for shipping the commie President usurper out in the dead of night in his PJ’s…).  Admittedly, not that the Egyptian military is doing that here…they really are tossing a coup.
        Anyway…It’s what you do when you’re a world power run by a collection of bozos.  It consists of threatening a country that was once a sort of an ally and of expressing extreme disapproval and doing everything just short of actual useful action for the sake of appearances while you delay indecisively hoping that someone else will come up with a miraculous answer that will cause the world to love our President AND get him re-elected AND allow him to be able to claim he helped fix their crisis (which he will do anyway unless there are explosions and bodies).
        It’s a rip off though, The Honduras Protocol looks a lot like the way the UN handled Saddam Hussein for 10 years between the Gulf Wars.

        • I was proud of Honduras standing up to Obama. Odd, though, to live in a world where Honduras gets rule of law better then a US president.

          • Me too.  I thought it was a shining moment since it would have been easier for them to follow the old well worn path of historical Central and South America.

  • Am I the only one who see this as a good thing? This is a far better result than letting the Islamists take control of the country.

    • Given a choice between their military running it (and they’ve proved to be more or less sane for a couple of decades) and the Islamists, well, need I say more….I’ll pick the military.  Because anyone who thinks real freedom is going to break out if the Islamists take over is a professor in Maine.

      • Egypt will face a rough patch, but eventually it will all be rainbows and unicorns.

  • ““With this document, Egypt has completely left the realm of the Arab Spring and entered the realm of military dictatorship,” said Hossam Bahgat, a prominent human rights activist. “This is worse than our worst fears.””
    If this is his worse than his worst fear I’m guessin Hossam isn’t worried about women, or Copts, or various and sundry other classes besides male  Muslims (and probably male Sunnis at that) having rights.

  • And this development was unexpected to whom…other than our State Dept.?