Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

7/2/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Bloomberg columnist lays blame squarely at U.S. Ambassador Anne Patterson

Many Arab nations dislike the United States, but the antipathy felt by those in Egypt is somewhat contradictory. While the U.S. did side with former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's efforts at democracy were applauded here. Now, the Egyptian people blame the U.S. for the ascension of the Muslim Brotherhood, unpopular Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's party. This is incongruous, as the motto for the Brotherhood is "Jihad is our way, and dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope."

Columnist Jeffrey Goldberg lays the blame squarely on U.S. Ambassador Anne Patterson. 'Patterson is one of the State Department's most skilled and respected diplomats, but a large number of Egyptians now view her as an enemy of progressivism and secularism.

Columnist Jeffrey Goldberg lays the blame squarely on U.S. Ambassador Anne Patterson. "Patterson is one of the State Department's most skilled and respected diplomats, but a large number of Egyptians now view her as an enemy of progressivism and secularism.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/2/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Egypt, U.S., Mohamed Morsi, U.S. Ambassador Anne Patterson


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to Bloomberg columnist Jeffrey Goldberg, Egyptian secularists and liberals see the U.S. as the handmaiden of a cultish fundamentalist political party.

"Within a span of just a few years, Egyptians have somehow convinced themselves that the U.S. has been an ally of both Egypt's former dictator, Hosni Mubarak, and Mubarak's main enemy, the Muslim Brotherhood . the White House's call for Morsi to schedule early elections won't convince many Egyptians that President Barack Obama is on the side of the people," Goldberg writes.

Goldberg lays the blame squarely on U.S. Ambassador Anne Patterson. "Patterson is one of the State Department's most skilled and respected diplomats, but a large number of Egyptians now view her as an enemy of progressivism and secularism.

"The charges against Patterson and the Obama administration are simple: They have enabled Morsi by refusing to pressure him to bring other parties into his governing coalition, by soft-pedaling his various power grabs, by ignoring the complaints of liberals and by cozying up to his patrons in the Muslim Brotherhood," Goldberg says.

One of the keys to Patterson's ill reception there is a meeting she had "last month with Khairat el-Shater, the deputy supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood. 'She didn't meet him in the embassy, she didn't meet him in a restaurant, she went to his office,'" an anonymous blogger told Goldberg." This infuriated many people."

Patterson along with her superiors in the Obama administration argue that Morsi is Egypt's elected president and that respect must be paid to the will of the voters.

"This is the government that you and your fellow citizens elected. Even if you voted for others, I don't think the elected nature of this government is seriously in doubt," Patterson said in a recent speech to Egyptians at the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies. "Throughout Egypt's post-revolution series of elections, the United States took the position that we would work with whoever won elections that met international standards, and this is what we have done."

Most irritating is the fact that Patterson "has issued only the mildest condemnations of Morsi's various attempts to seize absolute power, and she has been criticized for talking to opposition forces only intermittently."

Patterson underestimated the size and ferocity of the anti-Morsi forces, and said in her speech that she was "deeply skeptical" that the protests would achieve their goal.

Goldberg says he fears a possible military coup in Egypt, "which might have been avoided had the Obama administration used its leverage -- the $1.5 billion in aid the U.S. is giving Egypt this year, for starters -- to force Morsi to include the opposition in his government from the outset. It didn't. And the Egyptian masses noticed."

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for November 2014
Lonely people:
That all who suffer loneliness may experience the closeness of God and the support of others.
Mentors of seminarians and religious: That young seminarians and religious may have wise and well-formed mentors.



Comments


More Africa

China is taking the lead in the fight against Ebola with a brand new, 100-bed, medical facility Watch

Image of The Ebola outbreak continues to ravage West Africa, though China has built a new medical treatment center in Liberia's capital to fight the disease.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

China has stepped up its efforts in the battle against Ebola in West Africa, opening a new treatment center in Liberia that can hold 100 patients. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Liberia's president, Ellen Sirleaf, commended China and called the new center ... continue reading


Armed bandits make off with blood - tainted with Ebola - in Guinea Watch

Image of The theft is a reminder how hazardous the threat Ebola poses. Despite millions of dollars' worth of international support pouring into West Africa to fight a virus, many obstacles remain to the public health and safety.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Some armed thieves in Guinea are either going to make a most unwelcome surprise - or use it for nefarious ends. A minibus carrying blood samples was robbed by the bandits near the town of Kissidougou. The catch? The blood samples are tainted with the deadly ... continue reading


28 people pulled from Kenyan bus and shot dead execution-style by Shebab terrorists Watch

Image of Witnesses say that the terrorists separated the Muslims from the 28 victims by forcing them to read versus from the Koran. Those that failed were shot in the head at point-blank range.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A bus in Kenya was hijacked by Shebab terrorists before 28 non-Muslims were executed at point-blank range. The attack was in retaliation for police raids on mosques in the troubled city of Mombasa. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The bus, en route to Nairobi ... continue reading


Two Tuareg merchants found slain near Algerian border Watch

Image of Local people in the region say that the protectorates sent to restore order can't do anything.

By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)

Two Malian Tuareg merchants on their way to Kidal, northern Mali were attacked by a terrorist group. Both were killed. Their bodies were later found near the Algerian border. ALGIERS, ALGERIA (Catholic Online) - The terrorist groups operating in the Sahel are ... continue reading


40 dead in Madagascar plague outbreak Watch

Image of Rats carry plague infected fleas, which are the prime carriers and transmitters of the disease to humans.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that a recent outbreak of bubonic plague has occurred in Madagascar and has so far killed 40 people. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Including the 40 dead, there have been 119 confirmed cases of the disease in ... continue reading


Land-locked African kingdom provides fish for Japan's sushi fix Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The small mountain kingdom of Lesotho in southern Africa would appear to be an unlikely place for commercial fishing. Land-locked and located high in the Maluti Mountains, "Lesotho provide(s) ideal, pristine environmental conditions for the farming of large trout," ... continue reading


Obianuju Ekeocha: Western Giants Launch Dangerous and Controversial Contraceptive in Africa Watch

Image of Obianuju Ekeocha - I am only one African woman, but from where I stand I choose today to speak up, to lament, to complain and to shed silent tears for my fellow African women, with the hope that by the end of today, my words and tears may reach and touch the hearts of people of goodwill around the world who will join me in defending the dignity of the African women.

By Obianuju Ekeocha

Who will speak up for the women of Africa? Who will lament the crass disregard for their well-being? Who will complain about the cruel disrespect with which they are being treated? Who will shed tears for the irreparable damage that could befall them? I am only ... continue reading


Boko Haram undermines stability of Nigeria Watch

Image of At least 45 people were killed in a Boko Haram reprisal attack on a village in northeastern Nigeria, the epicenter of the Islamists' five-year insurgency.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

While the Nigerian army has made movies to retake two small villages overrun by the Islamist sect Boko Haram, another terrorist attack was launched by the terrorist group claimed the lives of 45 people. The mood here is one of confusion with the population ... continue reading


Humanitarian truce declared in Libya to evacuate civilians Watch

Image of The truce doesn't appear to have been respected.

By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)

Forces loyal to the retired General Khalifa Haftar fighting Islamist groups such as Ansar Charia in Libya has reached a boiling point. The two sides have since agreed to a humanitarian truce in order to evacuate civilians from battle zones. ALGIERS, ALGERIA ... continue reading


Former African child slave speaks out Watch

Image of Anti-slavery campaigner James Kofi Annan is pictured at a school run by his charity Challenging Heights, which helps former child slaves.

By Emma Batha, Thomson Reuters Foundation

At six years old James Kofi Annan was sold into slavery. For seven years he risked his life diving into the murky waters of Ghana's vast Lake Volta to untangle fishing nets. LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Today Annan runs a charity which is credited with ... continue reading


All Africa News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Revelation 20:1-4, 11--21:2
1 Then I saw an angel come down from heaven with the ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 84:3, 4, 5-6, 8
3 Even the sparrow has found a home, the swallow a ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 21:29-33
29 And he told them a parable, 'Look at the fig tree ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for November 28th, 2014 Image

St. Catherine Laboure
November 28: St. Catherine Laboure, virgin, was born on May 2, 1806. At an ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter