Heard via friends in the “intelligence” community that the spooks have known for “weeks” that the Egyptian Army was planning to oust Egyptian President Morsi. Do you think they kept that news to themselves? Nope. Barack Obama was briefed on this–repeatedly.

So here’s the question–Barack Obama knew that Morsi had a target on his back and would soon be under arrest by the Generals and he chose to do nothing? Sure looks that way. The Obama Administration appeared stunned and flustered by this week’s coup in Cairo. And yes, it was a coup.

Did Obama have some options? Absolutely. But as with his languid response to the attacks on our personnel in Benghazi last September, Obama displayed the same nonchalance and sonambulence as as the Egyptian military mobilized to take out President Morsi. Obama shied away from substantive public statements and failed to clarify U.S. policy towards a military ouster of a democratically elected President.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I am glad that Morsi is gone.

But do not kid yourself, this forced removal will not fix what is broken and shredded in Egypt. Allah Humpty Dumpty has crashed to the ground and broken into pieces. The Mullahs don’t have the theological glue to reassemble the coalition that swept them to a narrow victory last year and the odds are high that sectarian conflict will spread along the shores of the Nile.

Should Obama suspend aid to the Egyptian Generals? No. That money has bought Israel some measure of piece and gives us a seat at the table. While our position at that table has diminished over the course of the last 24 months, we still have a seat and a voice. It is in the interest of the United States to promote a regime that will try to govern by a rule of law and will do a better job of feeding hungry Egyptians and resuscitating the dying tourist industry.

But that means Obama will actually have to work and will have to focus. Two things he is not keen on doing.

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.
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  • Hunn Innor

    “And yes, it was a coup.”

    Technically you are right. However, the MB did not really get that many votes.. no majority and it is slightly different when millions are on the streets trying to throw you out. It was not only about the military.

    “Did Obama have some options?”

    why don’t you tell us what those options are or what your solutions to Egypt would be? You have made many “wind-bag” comments over the months on Egypt. The biggest arm-chair quarterback, but you really give no answers. So old tired bash Obama stuff with zero substance we have come to expect on NQ.

  • bbf

    Actually..he was with Kerry on Kerry’s yacht..

    From NewsMax.com

    A spokeswoman for Secretary of State John Kerry reversed herself on Friday, now saying that Kerry was — indeed — sailing in Massachusetts as Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was ousted in a military coup.

    “While he was briefly on his boat on Wednesday, Secretary Kerry worked around the clock all day including participating in the president’s meeting with his national security council,” the spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, told The Boston Globe.

    On Wednesday, Psaki denied a CBS News report on Twitter that the nation’s top diplomat had been seen boarding his yacht, Isabel, off Nantucket just hours after Morsi — Egypt’s first democratically elected leader — was deposed.



    this so called religion and the sickos that practice have no redeeming value



    just found this.
    we all wear tee shirts of some kind. why not get them from here?

    • S7teen70six

      Nice products but the slowest damned server I’ve run across in a while. Annoyingly slow.



    backtrack signed another executive order on Friday.
    this one is a real beauty


    control all private communitcations in country in the name of national security.

    what is it going to take to start impeachment proceedings?



    bomb blasts rock buddhism’s holitest shrine in suspected islamist terror attack.

    this has being going on for too long and islamists keep getting away with it. maybe if every time they attack another religion’s place of worship, a bomb was dropped on mecca, they would get the message of just how unacceptable their acts are

  • no_longer_a_democrat

    I trust the Egyptian military over that islamic Muslim Brotherhood, I’m glad to see this coup to oust those islamists!

    Barry?? voting PRESENT YET AGAIN! what a loser!

  • Deapster

    OT: Gawd, can anyone get those dang aging kewpie doll banner ads for HRC 2016 off this website? @$$#@$%%!

    • Justine00

      And our Blue Angels can’t fly due to sequester??



    heavily armed muslim brotherhood supporters chanting allahu-akbar go on bloody rampage
    backtrack’s BFFs

    • Deapster

      Reminds me of the description of the father of post-Ottoman Turkey Kemal Ataturk having “taking his country to the brink of the 20th century … where they continue to remain”.

    • KlugerRD

      It is the beginning of Ramadan this week.

      That means Muslims fast, pray, give charity and avoid raping women and throwing people off buildings.

      This has nothing to do with religious beliefs. This has to do with being animals.

    • S7teen70six

      I fully expect that much more of this will come from the Muslim Brotherhood. They are testing what they will be able to get away with before the military puts them down like the rabid dogs deserve. And of course they will then cry discrimination and intolerance, trying their best to gain world favor for their terrorist cause.



    kerry and white house try to beat back belief that they’re rooting for muslim brotherhood

    they say ” why would you believe your lying eyes”

    • S7teen70six

      Well sure they will deny supporting the Muslim Brotherhood. That would mean that they admit to being traitors. I know they are both quite dumb and absolute idiots but they aren’t stupid. Unfortunately.

    • KlugerRD

      The Obama doctrine is simple:

      Wait to see how things go, and then either take personal credit for any good things or blame others for any bad things

      • Deapster

        What does George Soros want is the only doctrine this White House follows. He is the big cheese behind every single decision his henchmen now well-entrenched at every single level make. Including O’bambi. Soros wants “democracy” in Egypt, at any cost or flavor. At least that is his public posture.

        • S7teen70six

          I’m going to disagree with you a little. These liberals were complete nincompoops and fools long before Soros received any level of prominence within their Klan. The Democrat party doesn’t need Soros to tell them how to screw up our country. They’ve been doing a fine job of that for decades all on their own. Still, they’ll gladly take his money and suggestions.



    other than hassle American citizens has the TSA done anything? no terrorist caught. make excuses for traveling muslims while the rest of us get a choice or radiation or molestation.
    this bunch should be the first budget cut they are as useful as breasts on a bull


    tsa announcement

    • Deapster

      As expected, I will give Obambi a pass on this one since he did spend a number of years in Indonesia which has a far more peaceful expression of Islam than its distortions too often coming out of the ME – and he did spend his formative time there among the upper levels of Jakarta society in the elegant and serene embassy ex-pat neighborhood. His relationship with islam in this upscale Jakarta setting would therefore be more accepting and positive.

    • S7teen70six

      So if someone would happen to pray aloud at an airport to ask God to forgive these sinner Muslims that would be okay too? Religious tolerance and respect and all that, ya know……

      • HELENK2

        you have to be kidding, how politically correct of you NOT

        • S7teen70six

          I’m just getting warmed up.

    • S7teen70six

      If the following bullshit was appropriate at the funeral of SEALs then all kinds of things are very appropriate around Muslims in airports.

      Amen. I shelter in Allah from the devil who has been cast with stones.

      In the name of Allah the merciful forgiver.

      The companions of “THE FIRE”

      (The sinners and infidels who are fodder for the hell fire)

      ARE NOT EQUAL WITH the companions of heaven.

      The companions of heaven (Muslims) are the WINNERS.

      Had he sent this Koran to the mountain, you would have seen the mountain prostrated in fear of Allah. (Mocking the GOD of Moses)

      Such examples are what we present to the people, so that they would think. (repent and convert to Islam)

      Blessings are to your God (Allah) the God of glory and what they describe.

      And peace be upon the messengers (prophets) and thanks be to Allah the lord of both universes (mankind and Jinn).



    white house down backtrack version
    SNAFUs all around

  • S7teen70six

    From the vault of Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds: I saw Martha Raddatz exclaim in amazement this morning that the Egyptian Ambassador could say with a straight face that this was not a coup. I seem to recall a certain incident in Benghazi where an Administration (name withheld to protect the innocent- ha) claimed that an internet video no one had seen and a protest no one had attended were responsible for an attack on our Consulate and Annex and the murder of 4 Americans.

  • Fred82

    Several honest questions.

    1. How effective is the current Egyptian Mukhabarat and Egyptian security forces?

    2. What is the current situation in the Sinai regarding armed Islamist presence and Egptian military influence?

    3. How likely is it that Egyptian Islamists make use of safe havens in neighboring states like Libya for the purpose of waging insurgency and carrying out terrorist attacks?

    • Deapster

      Last year the situation (Jan 2013) in Sinai was bad enough that the tourist tours to St Catherine’s Monastary had to be cancelled so it has been determined volatile in this area long before now.

      • Fred82


        Sinai has always been a bit of a haven.

        What I am wondering about now is hardened fighting positions and things like booby-trapped houses. How prepared is the Sinai to host a guerrilla campaign right now?

  • jrterrier

    Where is this going to end? the people opposing morsi seem to include a lot of younger, female and more civilized groups. the videos & photos of pro-morsi groups are violent and merciless. http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/07/shock-video-pro-morsi-protesters-with-al-qaeda-flags-murder-local-teens-in-alexandria/

    • Deapster

      Remember the hypothetical conversation Thomas Friedman constructed between the modern and traditional voices in the middle east in “Lexus and the Olive Tree, written pre-911?

      Probably time to take another look at it and still see how well it continues to apply today. Or see if there is any ray of hope that is bridging the two worlds.

    • Deapster

      Oy, watta family.

    • KlugerRD

      I now believe that McCain was never really that smart.

    • no_longer_a_democrat

      OMG, what a fking moron Mccain is!

      From now on, I’m saying I voted for Sarah Palin in 2008, that woman clearly was smarter than this man Mccain!

      • S7teen70six

        I really did vote for Sarah Palin. Geezer wasn’t even in my vocabulary.

  • gracepmc

    I am not too keen on direct linking to other blogs. However I will note that over at http://www.theamericaninterest.com Adam Garfinkle’s blog has some interesting recent posts on Egypt, if you are so inclined.

    Harp2 I love that Barka. I saw it earlier and sent it to some friends. Thx.



    video pro morsi protesters with al qaeda flags murder local teens in alexandra

    backtrack BFF’s the muslim brotherhood

  • TeakWoodKite

    What a kick that ElBaridi got the mod from the Egyptian military. Seems like they want his nuke connections and that they backed him early in the “Arab sprung” Who’d a thought?

  • S7teen70six


    An interesting interview with the Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of The Guardian and Janine Gibson, Guardian US editor-in-chief. Probably the most interesting thing to me is that The Guardian has informed the NSA and the DNI about what they have, what they intend to publish and when. So the government has had time to develop a cover story.


  • kmbog

    My golf will wait for nothing. Barack H Obama

    • S7teen70six

      Maybe this is a good thing. It frees him to run for president without restrictions.



    this is off topic

    but sometimes we need a reminder
    if we lose our freedoms here where are we going to go?

    • S7teen70six

      It really is easy to see where Ted Cruz gets his fire and determination. No wonder McCain hates him.