WASHINGTON — Considering that Obama has not looked very impressive on his foreign policy resume, or his domestic one, he has taken issue with a comment made by Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi.
Morsi said, in 2010, that he supports families that “nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred” of Jews and Zionists. Not to be outdone, Morsi condemned the Jews as “these bloodsuckers who attack the Palestinians, these warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs”.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said that these remarks are “deeply offensive” and that this rhetoric must be withdrawn.
Thing is, this comment took place over three years ago, before Morsi ascended to the Egyptian presidency. So, Obama, why bring this up in the midst of international turmoil?
Right now, a civil war is raging in the previously stable but dictatorial Syria. Refugees are flowing into neighboring countries, who are U.S. allies like Jordan and Turkey, and could become a part of a bigger instability problem in the volatile Middle East region. Sectarian violence is on the rise in Iraq, threatening a young but unstable democracy.
Pakistan’s civilian government is on the verge of collapse with the powerful military looming overhead. Mali is under siege by Islamist forces composed of not one, but three different Islamist factions with the al-Qaeda-affiliate leading the way.
Egypt itself is suffering from a constitutional crisis, where the Muslim Brotherhood-majority parliament rushed through a constitution that many Egyptian minorities and secular democrats were enraged about along with the judiciary.
So, Obama, why all the fuss over three-year-old comments while the known world is falling apart?