Muslim Brotherhood takes Egyption presidential election. Now what?

Anyone who follows international politics and news know the Muslim Brotherhood is no friend of the West, especially the US.  Many times over, the United States has given aid and support to Islamic groups that were working to overthrow a government that didn’t serve our needs or wasn’t friendly to us.  Every time we do that, however, it comes back to bite us in the butt.  Case in point, Al Qaeda.  We helped them fight, along with the Taliban, against the Russians in the 1980s.  Where did that get us?  No where good, I’ll tell you that much.

Now, after the Arab Spring, a movement the US supported, the Egyptian government fell and the military took over promising to hand control of the country back into civilian hands.  What civilians eventually took the reigns?  The Muslim Brotherhood, who’s candidate Mohammed Morsi has been elected as the nations president.

“I pledge to be a president who serves his people and works for them,” Morsi said on his official web page. “I will not betray God in defending your rights and the rights of this nation.” He was scheduled to address the nation Sunday night in his first speech after being declared president.

By not betraying God, what does he mean?  After all, he is with the Muslim Brotherhood.  I mean these guys live for Islam and their interpretation of the Koran.  What are the plans for the relationships Egypt has maintained with the US and Israel?

I have a feeling that Morsi will start off talking about how nothing will change in Egypt’s relationships with the foreign countries.  However, I can see that only being the case if the military keeps control of the foreign relations, rather than the civilian government taking it back.  If Morsi and his friends take that part of government back, I think you’ll see relationships with the US and Israel deteriorate pretty rapidly.  These are the same people who’ve called for the destruction of both nations in the past.

While saying they support no candidate in the race, the White House congratulated Morsi.  Now, I know a lot of conservatives will play this up and talk all kinds of trash about it, but in his defense Obama needs to try to keep a peaceful and productive relationship with Egypt for both our and Israel’s sake.

However, did the Obama administration really have a role to play?  They spent over $200 million in pro-democracy spending in the Egyptian elections with 65% of the money going to the Islamist candidate. See this from Newsmax.

The Obama administration spent some $200 million on democracy building in the lead-up to the elections this week in Egypt.

But with 65 percent of the vote going to Islamist candidates, it doesn’t appear the money was well spent.

Stephen McInerney, executive director of the Project on Middle East Democracy, told Campaigns & Elections magazine that $65 million went to Egypt after the uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak and an additional $100 million was earmarked for economic development but also to train Egypt’s nascent political parties.

The money is going through the State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute.

A Washington-based consultant who works with USAID and the State Department says the focus of the aid to Egypt has been on helping the smaller political parties that are competing against the better organized Freedom and Justice Party, the Muslim Brotherhood’s party.

Does that tell you anything about what affect this election will have on the US?  Not really.  What it does say is that the US is willing to help anyone we think will benefit us and when it comes to the Middle East, it rarely works out for us.  I believe we can look forward to a weakened relationship with Egypt and, as long as Obama is in office and our foreign policy permits stuff like this, Israel will distance themselves from us to an extent.

My next question is, what will this do to any elections in other Muslim countries going through the same ordeal?  Will Egypt’s election influence Lybia, Syria, maybe Iran in the future?

Thoughts?  I’d like to see some feedback here, folks.


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