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  •  It certainly sounds like the U.S. is (3+ / 0-)

    trying to build Mursi up, and compliment him.  Postive reinforcement.....

    Hillary's announcement about a second step in the process makes it sound like the U.S. will at least try to solve the  rocket/blockade problem.

    •  Does anyone here understand what is going on? (8+ / 0-)

      The US doesn't have much of a choice here.  Egypt is the only player that can talk to both Hamas and to Israel. No truce can be arranged without Egypt, because no one else can get it done.  The Palestinian Authority?  They are not even on speaking terms with Hamas.

      Mursi is caught in a hard place; many Egyptians are so outraged that they'd like him to tear up the peace treaty with Israel and directly intervene, which he cannot do as the Egyptian military would then be cut off from their US gravy train.  So it's in his interest to get this thing settled as soon as possible. He can tell his followers that he helped the people of Gaza, and make himself the indispensable man.

      "But we should never negotiate with terrorists."  Sorry, but that is naive.  Menachem Begin was a terrorist; he was part of the Stern Gang and blew up the King David Hotel, killing a lot of civilians.  But the people elected him so we had to deal with him.  The ANC in South Africa used terrorist tactics.  Peace in Northern Ireland required talking to the political wing of the IRA and allowing them into government.  Hamas won the last election.  Peace will require talking to them, and the US is in no position to isolate them.  We can demand that terrorists relinquish terrorist tactics, but we don't get to choose the other side's representatives, even if the people they pick are vile.

      •  Fortunately, Obama made a wise calculation (3+ / 0-)
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        to not get on Egypt's bad side during the recent protests. He remained incredibly diplomatic and maintained a desire to have relationships with Morsi, plain and simple. I followed that carefully. While he had a few sharper words here and there, Obama carefully let Morsi get it together in Egypt. While they aren't on "good" terms, they are on better terms then one would expect, and this has been to our advantage presently in trying to push for a ceasefire.

        The U.S. made a smart calculation about Morsi here.

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