Chris Stirewalt | No Such Thing As Neutrality in Egypt

“The party decided the complete withdrawal from political participation in what is known as the road map.”

— Statement from Nour, Egypt’s second biggest Islamist party, declaring a boycott of the transitional political process after the killing of dozens of Islamists outside a military barracks.

The United States funds, trains and advises Egypt’s military.

Egypt’s military has seized control of that nation’s government.

So how can it be that the United States is “not aligned with, and does not support, any particular Egyptian political party or group,” as the White House maintains?

The Egyptian military, long the most stable and pro-Western element in the nation of 83 million at the crossroads of the Muslim world, seized control following popular revolt against the democratically elected theocracy.

But that theocracy had been operating with the blessing of President Obama, who now says that he neither supports nor opposes its ouster and has no opinion about what should replace it, other than something popularly elected, tolerant and inclusive. He doesn’t care what it is, as long as it is good and well-liked.

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