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McCain issues stark Egypt warning

US Senator John McCain warns against an Islamist state or military takeover in Egypt amid current political unrest

AFP , Sunday 25 Nov 2012
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Egypt could become an Islamist state or face another military takeover if President Mohamed Morsi's judicial "power grab" is left unchecked, US Senator John McCain warned Sunday.

McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, urged President Barack Obama to be prepared to use billions of dollars of American aid as leverage to force Egypt's first Islamist leader to change course.

Asked about the chance of a new Islamist state in Egypt, McCain replied: "I think it could be headed that way. You also could be headed back into a military takeover if things went in the wrong direction. You could also see a scenario where there is continued chaos."

Morsi on Thursday undercut a hostile judiciary that had been considering whether to scrap an Islamist-dominated panel drawing up a new constitution, stripping judges of the right to rule on the case or challenge his decrees.

"This is not what the United States and American taxpayers expect and our dollars will be directly related to the progress towards democracy, which you promised the people of Egypt, when your party and you were elected president," McCain told the news talk show Fox News Sunday.

"Our leverage, obviously, is not only the substantial billions in aid we provide, plus debt forgiveness, plus an IMF deal, but also the marshaling (of) world public opinion (that) is also against this kind of move by Mr Morsi," he said.

Obama pledged $1 million in extra support to Egypt last year. This is separate from $1.3 billion in annual military funding that Washington already provides to Cairo.

The International Monetary Fund reached a deal with Egyptian authorities last week on a 22-month loan totaling some $4.8 billion to help the country overcome economic difficulties.

Morsi's opponents, bolstered by outrage from Egyptian justices and media organizations and criticism from the international community, have called for a mass demonstration in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Tuesday.

The political crisis, which comes less than two years after strongman Hosni Mubarak was ousted by a popular revolt, has sparked fears of new violence in the Arab world's most populous state.

It comes only days after Morsi was being toasted by world leaders for his diplomatic skill and moderation in helping forge a ceasefire between Gaza's Islamist rulers and Israel following a bloody eight-day conflict.

Morsi, who rose to power through the long-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, was elected Egypt's first Islamist leader in June.

The new civilian government, which is backed by the Brotherhood, and the military, which held unrivaled influence under Mubarak, are still vying for control of the country.

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Fathy
29-11-2012 06:53pm
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Mcain isue stark Egypt warning.
As an Egyptian who lived among muslims specialy heard the way the fanatic ones think and act even an ordinary muslim does not trust any brother who is fanatic because their religion permit them to lie to their ennemies and according to the Coran Christians and Jews are their ennemies and should be eliminitated and their wealth taken away.and this is already done in many vilaages in EgyptSome Moslem opened their minds and saw that religion should be left as a personal matter the sate has nothing to do with it but Morsi and his gang do not beleive the same he beleive thaT ISlam is the only true religion but when people study the life of the prophet and the verses in the coran they get puzzelled that is why albaradei and others want a truly democratic country not islamist.The army has been infiltrated by theM.B many christian soldiers were tortured to become Muslim then killed Because they did not accept to be slaves to the islamist.The big philosopher Taha Hussein asked them to stop bei
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CallingBluff
26-11-2012 05:28am
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Ranting War Monger
Ignore McCain. This guys is one of the biggest war mongers in Washington. Always looking to pick a fight with someone somewhere.
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Pablo Francisco Jr.
25-11-2012 10:15pm
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McCain can't find the opener - chews on rag
How does McCain conjure up images of Obama guarantee Egyptian democracy? Off on Planet Zanex again.
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dale RUFF
25-11-2012 10:09pm
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McCain's new idiocy
The Islamists HAVE taken over. The judicial is composed of the old Mubarak reactionaires, representing both a secular tyranny. In 2008, McCain said the economy was "sound" addressed a large crowd of supporters with "My fellow prisoners...." In 2009, McCain visited, embraced, and offered to help Ghadfi, thru PR and softening Congress to advance Libyan interests. Now is is warning of the threat of an Islamist regime, which already has been voted in...and which will replace Assad in Syria if he is overthrown, which now rules in Iraq, with Sharia law, as a direct result of US overthrowing a secularist tyrant (whom we had supported in the 80's with money and arms and materials to make WMD). Ghadafi ran a secular state. The Bush Reorientation, described in Seymor Hersh's Redirection, shifted support (owing to the failure of the Iraq invasion) the Sunni Islamists (which includes Al Quada) to ally for the purpose of squeezing the Shiite states, such as Iran and Syria. The
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Pablo Francisco Jr.
25-11-2012 09:58pm
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McCain can't find the opener - chews on rag
How does McCain conjure up images of Obama guarantee Egyptian democracy? Off on Planet Zanex again.
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bruce
25-11-2012 09:29pm
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Napolean/Caesar
With no democratic institutions fully functioning and grassroots opposition as the only stimulus to democracy, is it any wonder that the power void from the overthrow of Muburak is descending back into hardline rule. During times of political strife astute politicians such as Napolean and Julius Caesar propeled themselves into positions of unchallenged power under the premise that extreme conditions warranted a temporary dictators fix that lasted for decades. Morsi used the Gaza uprising to out-manuever the US and Israel who are still thanking him for orchestrating a fragile peace while he is stealing powers. The middle east is heading towards a world war style conflict.
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DisgustedAmerican
25-11-2012 09:17pm
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Worry about the mess America is in!
Keep your nose out of this McCain! It's your war mongering tactics and attitude that make ALL Americans look bad. Just shut up for once.
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Americanvoice
25-11-2012 09:52pm
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stay out of this
We American should stay out of this and poke our nose more on our economic problems. Anyway hats off to mursi.
Americanvoice
25-11-2012 09:52pm
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stay out of this
We American should stay out of this and poke our nose more on our economic problems. Anyway hats off to mursi.
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Andrew Arato
25-11-2012 09:16pm
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what is needed
Even a broken clock is right twice a day. For once McCain is right about something. Pres. Morsi's declaration today is headed in the right direction. But insitutionalization is needed beyond his mere word. A committee of national reconciliation would be best, including the major forces, that should be given the task of giving a consensual document to the so-called constituent assembly that cannot now be dissolved. The Committee of Reconciliation should take the current draft, and complete it on all the major disputed questions. Such a Committee as in Turkey currently should be inclusive and act by consensus.
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NewEgypt123
25-11-2012 08:37pm
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The Price of Aid
I want to start off by saying that I don't support turning Egypt into an Islamic State or military run nation. Egypt is 90% Muslim, so there is no need to turn the government into an Islamic state. Islam is in the heart of each Muslim, so the government doesn't need to be Islamic for the people to be Muslim. We need to have a secular government for the protection of our Christian brothers. By protecting the smallest segment of the nation, we will be protecting and strengthening the entire nation. With that out of the way, I want to say that McCain interjecting in domestic Egyptian affairs is a sign of the interference that Egypt faces. This interference can be viewed as the price Egypt pays for foreign aid. Egypt will never be truly free until we are economically sufficient. Without economic sovereignty there can't be national sovereignty. Sooner or later, the West will pull its aid from Egypt. Every single time Egypt makes a decision that the West doesn't like, they threaten t
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Egptian
25-11-2012 08:29pm
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Mind your own business
Yeee conquers of the Arab govts . stay thee away
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