Saturday, July 21, 2012

Clinton Attacked in Egypt

Protesting Hillary's visit and support for President Morsi

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's motorcade was attacked [in July 2012] by Egyptian mobs in Egypt, with protestors shouting "Monica, Monica!" indicating that domestic politics in the US are world news.  In an extension of Tip O'Neal's observation that "All Politics is Local", we note that indeed the internal scandals in the US have an impact on our image throughout the world.

US Media reveled in shoe assault on Bush

We recall that when President Bush was the target of a shoe thrown by an Iraqi "journalist", Bush became the object of derision and ridicule by the US Media -- which now expresses outrage that Ms Clinton's dignity has been abused.  Now, had she been a Conservative, she'd have received the Bush derisive treatment.

The New York Times alludes to GOP evil-doers engineering these protests, blaming it specifically on Michelle Bachman's rhetoric.

I did not have sex with this woman!

In this case, Hillary Clinton's linkage to Bill, as much as she would like to distance herself, will likely haunt her wherever she travels in the world.

Of course, she does have her own personal baggage which did not make international headlines, but we won't dwell on that, for now.

Pelted with shoes and tomatoes; they don't like her
According to on-the-scene reporting, Clinton was pelted with tomatoes and shoes to protest US interference in Egypt's internal affairs as well as in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, and its failure to condemn Israel for its continued encroachment on Palestinian territory.

Clinton with President Morsi               (c) Politico

Protestors later demonstrated outside Clinton's hotel for her meeting with Egypt's newly elected President Mohammed Morsi, who is supported by the Islamist Brotherhood.

Much of the protest seems to have been inspired by Tawfik Okasha, a former Presidential candidate [dubbed the Egyptian Glenn Beck], who fears a US conspiracy with President Morsi to replace Egyptian military commanders with Muslim Brotherhood officers.

Okasha owns an Egyptian television station whose conspiracy theories have come under a great deal of ridicule by his opponents.

Given recent events, and his growing following, perhaps there is significant segment of the educated population of Egypt which now supports his theories.

There is a lot more to the Egytian political scene than what we see reported in the US, or even generally in the Western Press.  We'll do some digging and try to increase coverage of this situation; but, we do see some similarities between the rigging of the Egyptian military leadership, and like replacements in the US military hierarchy.