Middle East Expert: Egyptians 'Have Lost Faith in US Support'

Tuesday, 09 Jul 2013 06:10 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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The ongoing turmoil in Egypt proves its citizens have abandoned hope in support from the United States under the Obama administration, according to Barry Rubin, director of GLORIA, the Global Research in International Affairs Center.

"People have lost faith in U.S. support," Rubin, an expert on Middle Eastern affairs, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"They do not expect, as we've seen in Cairo . . . the U.S. to support them, or at least the Obama administration to support them."

Rubin noted that President Barack Obama, in his first inauguration speech, said the U.S. did not want to be "on the wrong side of history."

"He said we have had presidents who have had to apologize because they supported dictatorship. Well, supporting the forces of radical Islamism [is] not on the side of history.
You can justify in real politic terms sometimes supporting regimes which are not very nice — if they are in favor of your strategic interests."

Last week, the Egyptian Army seized power from President Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood government.

And on Tuesday, the army chose a veteran liberal economist Hazem el-Beblawi to act as temporary prime minister until new elections are held. Pro-democracy leader Mohamed ElBaradei was tapped as vice president

Rubin called the administration of President Hosni Mubarak, who preceded Morsi, "a soft dictatorship," that doomed itself.

"It's not a situation or a country that people would speak up against the regime and they would come and arrest you. There was a large measure of freedom. The economy was doing better," he said.

"The problem was that Mubarak did not go into retirement. He was very old. He did not make preparations for his successor."

Rubin said although the White House initially supported Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood regime, it now "can't easily decide" who's in power in Egypt.

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