Fox News host Sean Hannity discussed the tense situation in Egypt with political pundit Pat Buchanan and Fox News contributor Juan Williams on his show Hannity on Thursday night, where he (Hannity) was highly critical of President Obama in regard to the situation in Egypt, precisely Obama’s controversial, carefree vacation in Martha’s Vineyard that has infuriated many conservatives.
According to Hannity, while Obama is sitting around playing golf in Martha’s Vineyard, hundreds or poor, innocent Egyptians are being slaughtered. Hannity questioned why Obama is allowing this to happen and placed much of the responsibility of the situation squarely in Obama’s lap.
President Obama addressed the situation in Egypt on Thursday.
“We've been blamed by supporters of Morsi; we've been blamed by the other side as if we are supporters of Morsi. That kind of approach will do nothing to help Egyptians achieve the future that they deserve.”
“We want Egypt to succeed. We want a peaceful, democratic, prosperous Egypt. That's our interest. But to achieve that, the Egyptians are going to have to do the work.”
“The United States strongly condemns the steps that have been taken by Egypt's interim government and security forces. We deplore violence against civilians. We support universal rights essential to human dignity, including the right to peaceful protest.”
“We oppose the pursuit of martial law, which denies those rights to citizens under the principle that security trumps individual freedom or that might makes right. And today the United States extends its condolences to the families or those who were killed and those who were wounded.”
Now President Obama said what we would expect him or any other president to say, and Hannity’s partisan chastising is certainly what most people would expect him to say, but it was Pat Buchanan who totally flipped the talking points around into what almost seemed like the political twilight zone.
As Hannity went off on his harangue blaming Obama for everything that has gone wrong in Egypt—saying things like: it was a mistake for Obama to remove former, ousted, Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak during the Arab Spring, because Mubarak kept the natives in line, he also accused Obama of giving jets, tanks and a billion dollars to former, ousted, Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi—claiming that Obama basically armed and financed the dreaded Muslim Brotherhood.
But in a strange, political move Buchanan struck back at Hannity with help from Juan Williams, as the two of them criticized Hannity for suggesting that an almost 30 year dictator should have continued to receive support from the United States even though the Egyptian people had obviously seen enough of Mubarak after almost 30 years.
And more importantly, the Egyptian people democratically elected former, Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, and that is supposed to be the core of American values. So the Obama administration had to try to politically acknowledge the Morsi regime for the time being based on political credibility, not a coziness towards the Muslim Brotherhood.
Buchanan told Hannity that the Obama administration did not give tanks, jets and ammunition to Morsi. Instead, those things were really given to the Egyptian military and that is who the U.S. must side with now despite the bloody slaughtering of hundreds of Egyptian lives by the military, because the military is more likely to follow the U.S.’s game plan, even though it will be for a hefty price (foreign aid).
An irate Hannity said: “Patrick J. Buchanan,” I can’t believe what I’m hearing here. Why are so many people kissing up to this president? No one will hold him accountable. This entire situation in Egypt is his (Obama’s) fault, including the entire Arab Spring.
Buchanan looked into the camera and told Hannity point blank that President Obama might be responsible for a lot of things, but he is not responsible for the Arab Spring or the current situation in Egypt. The president got it right.
What was absolutely amazing was hearing these guys go back and forth about what outcome is best for the Egyptian people first, but what is best for U.S. foreign policy foremost.
Even though Buchanan and Hannity disagreed on the Obama administration’s political positioning, the overwhelming concern was clearly about the United States getting what it wants out of the deal regardless of which Egyptian faction is left standing in the end, which most certainly includes Israel getting what it wants as well, and Buchanan made that perfectly clear.
So even though all of these guys were making it sound like they were all about promoting American, democratic values, the actual espoused hopes and desires sounded much more like American power, American influence, American capitalism, and overall, American benefits abroad, because there is no dictator/leader like our (the dictator that America backs) dictator to help make all of these things become a reality.
So can there truly be actual democracy without the inevitability of some opportunistic form of capitalistic gain in the eyes of the United States or the world?