Egypt's "Temporary " Dictator To Deploy Army Against Protesters

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Update: The devolution is complete as Egypt declares martial law.

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It was only a matter of time before Egypt's US-endorsed temporary dictator resolved to what will be spun as temporary military intervention against what is increasingly looking like a permanent counterrevolution by deploying the army to crush local protesters who have besieged the Egyptian presidential palace for almost a week, and have put the country's new "democratic" regime increasingly under threat of collapse.

RT reports that "Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi will authorize the deployment of the country's armed forces to quash protests in Cairo, al-Ahram reported. The military said prolonging the crisis would be "disastrous,” and that they would not tolerate violence. At least six people died and hundreds were reported injured over the last few days in the unrest that has gripped the Egyptian capital since late November. Al-Ahram reported that the armed forces will be given powers of arrest, previously an exclusive right of the police."

Naturally, once one starts down the slope of "temporary decrees" (never to be confused with presidential Executive Orders), one doesn't go back. The only question is whether the denouement of the Mursi administration will be a peaceful one with the self-imposed dictator stepping down without a fight, or if the country will devolve into an all out civil war, threatening the (in)stability of the region even further.

Egyptian army soldiers stand on top of an army tank as thousands of protesters walk in the streets in front of the presidential palace on December 7, 2012 in Cairo (AFP Photo / Gianluigi Guercia)

More from Al Arabiya:

On Saturday, the military urged political forces to solve their dispute via dialogue saying it would take the country into a “dark tunnel,” hinting military intervention.


“Anything other than that [dialogue] will force us into a dark tunnel with disastrous consequences; something which we won’t allow,” according to a military statement read out on state TV.


Failing to reach a consensus, “is in the interest of neither side. The nation as a whole will pay the price,” the statement added.


The military stressed that dialogue is the “best and only” way to take Egypt out of its crisis adopted by the Muslim brotherhood. The country previously watched as the military had control over previous presidents particularly after Mubarak’s fall.


However, Mursi pushed the general’s aside in August and they had shown little appetite to intervene in Egypt’s latest crisis.




The army started to assert itself again, sealing off the presidential palace with tanks and barbed wire, saying it “realizes its national responsibility in protecting the nation’s higher interests,” and state institutions.


The state-run daily al-Ahram reported that Mursi would soon authorize the military to help police keep order and give it powers of arrest under a decree approved by the cabinet. It did not say when the decree would be issued.

On the other hand, a far greater problem would evolve if instead of a simple escalation, the conflict grew into a schism along religion lines:

The Muslim Brotherhood’s supreme guide, Mohamed Badie, denounced opposition protests that have swirled around the walls of the Mursi’s palace, saying they “ruin legitimacy.”


Badie said eight people, all of them Brotherhood members, had been killed this week and urged the interior minister to explain why police had failed to prevent assailants from torching the organization’s headquarters and 28 other offices.


“Get angry with the Brotherhood and hate us as much as you like, but be reasonable and preserve Egypt’s unity,” he told a news conference. “We hope everyone gets back to dialogue.”


The turmoil has exposed deep divisions over the destiny of a country of 83 million where the removal of Mubarak 22 months ago led to a messy army-led transition, with the Brotherhood and its allies winning two elections.


The well-organized Brotherhood, which pushed Mursi from obscurity to power, remains his surest source of support, with over 80 years of religious and political struggle behind it.


Late on Friday, Prime Minister Hisham Kandil urged political forces to take “courageous and constructive steps” by calling off protests and joining the dialogue without preconditions.

This is the same Egypt about which US State Department secretary Burns issued the following statement as recently as July:

First, let me take this opportunity to congratulate the people of Egypt on what is truly an historic set of achievements. A peaceful revolution. Competitive elections. The first democratically elected civilian president in Egypt's history. For all the very real problems that remain, not all nations who rose up alongside you last year have been so fortunate. Not all nations carry Egypt’s strategic and historic weight. And not all nations can have such an important impact on the entire region through the success of their democratic transition, and through their continued role as a strong pillar of peace, security, and prosperity.


Second, the United States will do all we can to help ensure a successful transition in Egypt, which offers the best path to realize the aspirations of the Egyptian people for dignity, for opportunity, for security, and for a voice in their own affairs. Egyptians know far better than we do that their aspirations are not yet fully realized, but they can count on America’s partnership on the complicated road ahead.


Third, we are mindful that many of the Egyptian people's most pressing concerns today are economic in nature. We are fully committed to tangible initiatives to help Egypt deal with its economic challenges, including meeting immediate financial concerns, providing debt relief, helping to create jobs and educational opportunities, and encouraging U.S. investment and tourism. For all the obvious challenges, Egypt clearly has the potential for economic revival and inclusive growth.


Fourth, in a very short time, Egypt has traveled a remarkable distance, but a great deal of work remains to build the strong, durable democratic system for which the Egyptian people launched their revolution. It will be critical to see a democratically elected parliament in place, and an inclusive process to draft a new constitution that upholds universal rights. The challenge remains of building institutions which will ensure that no matter who wins an election in any particular year, the rights of all Egyptians will always be protected. This challenge belongs not just to Egypt's leaders but to its citizens as well.


Finally, tens of millions of Egyptians will be looking to President Morsi and the Cabinet he forms to take needed steps to advance national unity and build an inclusive government that embraces all of Egypt's faiths and respects the rights of women and secular members of society. So will the international community. We are fully committed to working with Egypt's President, its new government and all parties to sustain our partnership and advance our shared interest in a strong, democratic, and economically vibrant Egypt that is a force for peace and stability in the region.

Funny stuff.

And while the local situation in the country which the US called a "pillar of peace, security and prosperity" to get much bloodier, violent and overall louder, one person who has kept very quiet during the past few weeks is none other than Hillary Clinton, who as recently as July welcomed Morsi with open arms.

From the NYT:

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in Egypt on Saturday for meetings with its newly elected Islamist president and the chief of its still-dominant military council, declaring that the United States “supports the full transition to civilian rule with all that entails.”


But after weeks of internal debate across the Obama administration over how to respond to the ongoing struggle between the president and the generals, Mrs. Clinton touched on it only lightly, saying she looked forward to working “to support the military’s return to a purely national security role.


State Department officials said the meeting itself sent a historic message. Seated in an ornate room in the presidential palace, Mrs. Clinton smiled for cameras and traded pleasantries with President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist jailed more than once by the American-backed autocracy overthrown 18 months ago. She became the highest ranking United States official to meet Mr. Morsi since he was sworn in two weeks ago as Egypt’s first democratically elected president.

This is the same Hillary Clinton who "was targeted by protesters who threw tomatoes and their own shoes at her motorcade during a visit to Egypt on Sunday. Demonstrators also mockingly chanted 'Monica, Monica' in reference to Bill Clinton's extra-marital affair. The Secretary of State was on her first trip to Egypt since the election of the country's new Islamist President, Mohammed Morsi."

Mursi is thus on the way to becoming the second US-supported dictator in Egypt. The irony of course is that like the Fed's market interventions, the half-life of the US state department imposing its pawns in various countries, only to see them turn against the US. can now be measured in months.

The only question remaining is with the CIA and the US having no natural allies left in the country that controls the Suez Canal should Morsi be thrown out one way or another, how will America continue to impose its control in this country which is becoming ever more critical at a time when the gateway to Africa is one of the most important geopolitical tension points, not to mention a key focal point in the simmering Iran-Israel conflict?

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phoolish's picture

LOL.  Even Mubarak didn't turn them loose on "the people."



JackT's picture

Morsi better have made one hell of a deal with the military or he has sealed his overthrow.

CPL's picture

News on the wire he's already dead along with his entire family.  Not sure who's giving orders, but the tape being passed around is a piss poor schoop.

JackT's picture

Which wires? I would think that if he were dead there would be full on battles in the streets by factions trying to fill the vacuum and their pockets.

Freddie's picture

I am not so sure.  I think if he goes - his Muslim Brotherhood/Al Qeada/Chicago islamists will back down.   I am hopeful that the Egyptian army will back the people.  They have more honor than the scum in The Pentagon who hop to it for O.

What have we learned about the newswires, TV et al.  They lie 100% of the time.  Look at Syria.

john39's picture

Chicago Islamists? David Axelrod.... Rahm 'little Satan' Emmanuel.... Notice a trend? They are not Muslims...

Spirit Of Truth's picture

Hmmm....just in time for Syria to open up a new Arab-Israeli War with a chemical missile barrage on the Jewish state:


I think not:

john39's picture

Syria is fighting for its very existence against a western/ Zionist mercenary invasion. Trying to paint israel as victim rather than a land thieving aggressor is a waste of time. The entire world saw the Israeli brutality recently in gaza... Save the propaganda for the evangelical fundies who still have their heads too far up their asses to realize what Israel really is.

DaveyJones's picture

his ego is almost as big as Hillary(s) 

boogerbently's picture

Hillary is the POSTER CHILD for everything that is wrong and corrupt about government.

And she is being "sold" as the next dem prez candidate!?!?

DaveyJones's picture

she is a living allegory with an emphasis on the second half of the word.

sullymandias's picture

a modern day Lady MacBeth

Come, you spirits
That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,
And fill me from the crown to the toe topful
Of direst cruelty!
Macbeth Act 1, scene 5, 40–43

knukles's picture

Gotta love it.
He was The One to Save the People from the Sectarian Dictator who The Administration said was a Wonderful Peechie Keen Guy not Associated with Any Bad People, a Democratic Liberty Bone Spirit of Humanity.
Just so happened to be associated with the MuzzieBros and Alkhedadh, who BTW raided all the pre-deployed US military supplies in Egypt which are top of the line shit, Bro
And now the people who were previously freed by him are being Murbaraked by him and A New and Improved Radical Theocratic Dictatorship worse than the Last and preceding that Dictatorship will find its way to power so...

We got a New Permanent Enemy for the Long War.

And here, I get to say it without recourse,


it's Obama's Fault.

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

This is why we have the right to bear arms.

EnslavethechildrenforBen's picture

The United States would never use violence against it's own protestors...

Freddie's picture

I read more of the story.  A few dead Muslimbrotherhood scum and their building torched?  Reichtag fire?  These people are O and Hillary's stooges with their rigged Chicago style election.

I hope the Egyptian people stand strong along with the army.  Some of these people are Egyptian Coptic Christians who are fighting for their survival.  The Egyptian people are far more brave than Americans and the cowards in the Pentagon who bow to the islamic mullah.

fourchan's picture


DaveyJones's picture

quite a few groups are turning out to be braver (and smarter) than the Americans

boogerbently's picture

What Israel is, is the "lesser of two evils".

A theocracy NOT bent on the destruction of western civilization.

And, a lifelong friend/ally of the US.

And, as it turns out, may do EXACTLY what the USA has wanted to do for decades......turn the muslim/middle east into a parking lot.

The US has a record of interfering, placing a "new" guy in charge, then having to eliminate him in 10 years or so when he turns on us.

And we're only getting WORSE at it.

Funding wars and delivering "foreign aid"  with borrowed money.

BTW, to all the retiree haters here, I have a question.

What is Welfare? Unemployment pays workers who are temporarily displaced, disability pays people who are "incapable" of working, what is welfare?

It seems to me, it is "lifetime unemployment" for those who ARE capable of working.

How about we put a lifetime cap on that? In dollars or years.

After that, you are sent to a country we have been "aiding", as part of their repayment.'s picture



"We possess several hundred atomic warheads and rockets and can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps even at Rome. Most European capitals are targets for our air force. Let me quote General Moshe Dayan: 'Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother.' I consider it all hopeless at this point. We shall have to try to prevent things from coming to that, if at all possible. Our armed forces, however, are not the thirtieth strongest in the world, but rather the second or third. We have the capability to take the world down with us. And I can assure you that that will happen before Israel goes under." -- Martin Levi van Creveld, Israeli military historian and theorist.

Maghreb's picture

Very very true if you beleive what the current leaders of Western Civilization say and take it to its logical conclusion. Those looking back further and more honestly will come to very different conclusions. Better the Devil you know than the devil you don't.......

Disenchanted's picture


I invite you to do some reading booger, if you're really interested in 'allies'(USS Liberty), foreign aid, and how your tax dollars are spent.


The Cost of Israel to US Taxpayers


the above updated:

The Staggering Cost of Israel to Americans


re: "A theocracy NOT bent on the destruction of western civilization."


Seems some Israeli settlers don't love Jesus...isn't he one of the cornerstones of western civilization. Or so I've been told.



Another Israeli church defaced with 'price tag' graffiti
Graffiti reading 'Jesus, son of a bitch, price tag,' was found on a door near the Franciscan monastery on Mount Zion, just outside the walls of Jerusalem's Old City.



israhole's picture

Wish I could give john39 repeated thumbs up on this comment!

Cortez the Killer's picture

muslims killing muslims

its like an early christmas present

DaveyJones's picture

Yes, christ would have said things like that. Quit living your avatar


Disenchanted's picture



Not in Freddie's world. He's not aware of the Pritzker's and the Crowns either. Or the nice 'little' Obama bungalow right across the street from Chicago's oldest Synagogue. Or what Abner Mikva said about Obama.


His latest thing is that Petraeus was getting "Islamo poon" from Jill Kelley. LOL!

Freddie's picture

Yes he is.  Israel is pals with the (sunni) Saudis.  Mursi is O's puppet.  I support the Egyptian people against O's scum.     

"Jill Kelly" is a Lebanese dhimini spy.   She is not Irish-American.  Do your homework Rahm..

Disenchanted's picture



I despise assholes like Rahm you dipstick.


I did do my homework. Jill Kelley was born Gilberte Khawam, and she is a Lebanese-American Maronite Catholic.

Freddie's picture

She is a dhimini spy c*nt.   Why the phony O'Leary name?  Why does she hang out at the country club near McDill to snag all the horny coward Pentagon ***ks.   Dumbazz Betrayus was set up by two lefty honey pot agents.  They work for O's goons.  

We do not disagree on much.

My only dog in this hunt in the Egyptian people, Egyptian Coptic Christians and I am hoping the Army protects the people from O's "fairly" elected Mo Bro Hood/Al Qeada goons.   My guess is these terrorists are friends of Saudi/Rahm/Axelrod/Crown/Pritzker.    Egypt had a Chicago style "fair" election.

Disenchanted's picture



Freddie said:

"My guess is these terrorists are friends of Saudi/Rahm/Axelrod/Crown/Pritzker."


Which of those five are 'Muzzies' Freddie? Can't you see that the 'Muzzies' are not your real enemies. Our real enemies are embedded deeply within our establishment right here at home.They have used the power and wealth of these (dis)united States to continually make enemies out of our former friends and besmirch our reputation on a global basis. It doesn't matter if it's an Obama/Clinton or W. Bush/Powell puppet team, the same bullshit keeps happening, year after year, decade after decade. They have plenty of Gentile lackeys willing to do their dirty work, many of them evangelical Christians who have been suckered into this false Judeo-Christian, Israel comes first, 'God's Chosen' mentality. Not to mention those suckered into the worship of militarism and war by equating that with patriotism(another falsity). Now this embedded enemy along with their moneychanger captains have almost finished us off, sucking out all of our blood(real wealth) leaving us with a bunch of funny paper, and a shitload of debt...a dry husk to be tossed away while the top level parasites will run off to find a new host. Won't all those lackeys be surprised when that day comes? lol!


btw...That 'right' vs. 'left' thing is also a failed/false paradigm. It only still works on propagandized rubes.


Freddie said:

"My only dog in this hunt in the Egyptian people, Egyptian Coptic Christians"

What about the Christian communities in Palestine/Israel...have you had any concern for them?


"Rahm" that 'good American' IDF volunteer and son of a Jewish terrorist. Fuck him and the donkey he rode in on...


Bring on the red arrows bitchez...How about at least five arrows down? It would be fitting. ;p

Freddie's picture

....but they are friends of the Saudis and the NWO with LeGarde.   Obam. Rahm, Hillary and Axelrod's fingerprints are all over Egypt, Syria, Libya and Yemen.  You sound like an O shill.

macholatte's picture

It goes one of 2 ways, maybe there's a third but I can't think of it.

Either the CIA-USA is managing this affair, are buddies with the Muslim Brotherhood and will support the murder of the new revised Egypt Rebels 2.0 by making it appear they're just watching and leaving the new democracy to suffer its "growing pains", or

the Soros-Obama Machine fucked up... again, and is trying to look like they know what they're doing. 

I think they're a bunch of fuck-ups and the Muslim Brotherhood is "out of control" and there's not a damn thing anybody can do about it. Sharia Law demands that the Arabs brutalize their own people first and everyone else second. Sharia Law will rule North Africa and the Middle East sooner rather than later.

Anybody sending weapons to the new revised Egypt Rebels 2.0 or is that just another iPhone app?

I think Michelle Obama and her daughters would look just stunning in designer burkas. Maybe they'll be featured on the cover of Vogue.



Maghreb's picture

Who says anything about fucked up? They were most likely to set up to fail. These Islamists can't create stability, they have only made it easier for NATO to step in further down the line.

Maghreb's picture

Shariah law will never be put into practice. If they did they would have to shut down the banks and lower taxation to five percent and create a non-heriditary representative figure head. All the states formed by Arab nationalists would collapse if they did this. They could put in place social reforms but in the end anyone who isn't willing to go the whole way and keeps the banks and the governments will be enforcing a bastardized version of it. You'll end up with a police state looking for someone listening to Oum Kaltoum while arch usurers and Tyrants run the economy.

The only states to entirely avoid interest were Taliban Afghanistan and  Shabab dominated Somalia. These are non-states, failed states where government ceased to exist and law was enforced by local millitia's. Shariah can not be enforced by a modern police force something that did and could not exist in 7th century Arabia. No one seems to notice the whole point of Shariah is to create a socitey like the one the prophet live in. How they can mandate that and then take over a nationalist system created in the west during the 19th century i have no idea. They are hypocites looking to create a bastardized creed from something that worked well long ago but will now be used to opress.

My take is the tyrants in the West gave up trying to secuarlize and financially control the MENA region the way they did to Europe. Rather than try and build Plato's Republic, Bentham's Panopticon or a Stalinist Communist state they are bringing back a Theocracy. Perhaps in the name of stability, perhaps to set them up for a fall.......

Either way what Mursi has done has fuck all to do with Shariah.

Freddie's picture

This is all a constant mind ***k with these NWO scum.  This election was a fair Chicago style election just like 2008 and 2012.  We got a few crumbs in 2010 but not the Senate.   Let the sheep think they have a chance.  

The majority of the people in Egypt know the election was totally rigged.  Sadly, Americans are clueless sheep by comparison.   See venezuela - Jimmy Carter said every chavez election was fair.

No one was expecting the Egyptians and the Army were not going to go along with the program.  The Egyptian Coptic Christians know they are dead if they do not stand up now.   The evil scum puppet masters always have plan B, C and D plus the media.   The Clintons, O and his thugs will hopefully burn in hell for exporting their misery.

JackT's picture

Sorry I do not agree. If he goes they will martyr him and cry inequality.

I find it interesting that they want civil discussion. They only ask for dialogue why they quietly prepare in the background. The only dialogue these individuals are interested in is them telling others what to do.

FMR Bankster's picture

Now that the Brotherhood has had 18 months to push aside the the old military order they can move ahead with their plans. First you let the old generals know that if they retire quietly, they (and their family) can keep the spoils of 60 years of corruption. Then you promote the lower ranking officers you have infiltrated into the military for decades to leadership roles. Now the military is yours to crack down on the useful idiots who helped you overthrow the military and really thought there would be a western democracy. Hell, it's not like they don't have the peoples backing, the brotherhood and the Salifists pulled 70 plus % in free and fair elections. Fortunately they can't attack Israel for awhile since they are dependent on US for resupply. Oh, sorry, we're fresh out of that type of ammo, we just sent a HUGE order to your neighbor to the east.

Freddie's picture

70% in "free & fair elections?"  Just like the free and fair elections in the US in 2008 and 2012?

You are joking right?


Seize Mars's picture

Diebold + Soros = Fiat Money Election Orgasmotron

Weee! Isn't a constitutional republic great?

FMR Bankster's picture

Let me get this straight Freddie. You are saying the Mubarek appointed courts backed by the military (with Mubarek appointed generals) conspired to make sure the radical Islamists attained over 70% of the vote. Sh*t, I gotta hear this story, how and why would they have done that? Too many americans can't face the fact that 70 plus % of Arab muslims AGREE with the goals of Bin Laden and other radical Islamists. Maybe not the methods, but the goals.

CPL's picture

It's been talked about in Russian and Chinese and Indian media since the protestors stormed the palace five days ago.   Whoever is giving orders isn't him.  If he would like to clear that rumour up.  It's easy.


Live, outside with a crowd and meeting the 14 other political party heads.  Timestamp on his man tits and a Sharpie in his fat ass.  No boardrooms or closed circuit.  This is a Tits or GTFO situation.  Nobody believes he's alive.


And nobody would be battling anyone unless it was staged.  Egyptians don't give a fuck what sock puppet is in power anymore.  They would however like to eat and have steady electricity.

JackT's picture

If he were dead his body would be in the street. This isn't a civil situation.

CPL's picture

And the media wouldn't report it at all either in Western news agencies.  See the problem with abusing media repeatedly for propaganda purposes is after a while nobody cares and they start to make up their own stuff.  TPTB is ignored to death and completely dismissed out of hand.


You know what the unintended consequence of that is?


Wait a day.  You'll see.  Civil has nothing to do with it anymore does it?

JackT's picture

You thoughts about the media might be true a few years ago but more info comes from social media and alt. news now than MSM. Your original comment was citing "wires" which are controlled or at least cherry picked by MSM.

I just don't think he is dead.

As for waiting a day...the Middle East (Sourh Weat Asia) has had centuries to become civil so another day isn't going to allow to devolve. It's been in the same state if madness it has always been in.

CPL's picture

My thoughts of the media are just as current now as there were then.  

Let me guess, is HuffPo?  No that's fish wrap.  Chicago Tribune?  More fish wrap.  NYT.  Garbage.  Wall Street Journal.  Garbage.  (can't even trade or do business with the information in the pages of it, you'd go broke in a week)


If you want news now, beggar thy neightbour.  While certain things will never be covered in western media, you can bet every non english language paper has it on the front page.  


CPL's picture

Again.  Timestamp of tits, sharpie in pooper or GTFO...that's what it's come to.  Nobody believes the "story" anymore.  <shake head>

Maghreb's picture

Could have been a close call they took Saleh's face of with a grenade and he managed to squirm his way out. I don't beleive it though people are always saying so and so is was killed here or there and the bad penny turns up alive a week later. Its something someone would do to try and stir things up further. We'll find out soon enough.

FoeHammer's picture

Imagine if we as citizens could demand Tits or GTFO from our leaders. That would truly be something else.