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King Abdullah II: Muslim Brotherhood's Morsi Is "Exceedingly Stupid'

Posted on the 05 July 2013 by Susanduclos @SusanDuclos
By Susan Duclos
A few updates on the situation in Egypt after the Egyptian military ousted the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi as Egypt's president.
 King Abdullah II of Jordan told Jonah Goldberg, months ago, that Morsi was exceedingly stupid and Goldberg also touches on a couple reasons why King Abdullah should be happy today:
I haven’t spoken to King Abdullah since Egypt’s military overturned the results of the election that brought Mursi to power, but I imagine he’s quite pleased today. That’s not only because No-Depth-Mursi is gone and events have underscored the king’s analytical acumen, but also because Abdullah’s main rival for power, the Islamic Action Front, which is the Muslim Brotherhood’s Jordan branch, is now on its back foot. So are Islamist political parties across the Middle East. “Islam Is the Solution,” a common slogan among these parties, will be heard only infrequently in the coming days.
There are so many good reasons to be happy and grateful for the latest turn of events in Cairo. Women, as well as the 10 percent of Egyptians who are Christian, should be quite pleased. The Brotherhood’s most vicious war was on women. It has also been working assiduously to marginalize, and even terrorize, Egypt’s Christian minority.
Luckily, Mursi, as King Abdullah suggested, was a thoroughgoing incompetent, who fulfilled few of the Brotherhood’s promises, including its most vindictive ones. It is almost comical now to remember that among Mursi’s more banal pledges was his vow to solve Cairo’s impossible traffic, a mess exacerbated in recent days by the presence of millions of anti-Mursi demonstrators on the streets and in the squares.

Despite Barack Obama's pleas to not arrest members of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Egyptian Armed Forces is rounding them up in a wide sweep according to the Washington Post and New York Times.
Considering some of the public messages from Muslim Brotherhood leadership, the Armed Forces look to have good reason for attempting to prevent mass violence by the group, evidenced by the Muslim Brotherhood's Chairman, Saad Elkatatny, on his Facebook page, which states " Lord make me a resident of atomic bomb explosions."
Reports say arrests warrants have been issued for some 300 others connected with Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.
Obama's statement, also included a reference to his "concern" over the Egyptian Armed forces removing Morsi from power and newspaper headlines in Egypt are sending a message back to Obama.
Obama's statement:
"The United States is monitoring the very fluid situation in Egypt, and we believe that ultimately the future of Egypt can only be determined by the Egyptian people. Nevertheless, we are deeply concerned by the decision of the Egyptian Armed Forces to remove President Morsy and suspend the Egyptian constitution. I now call on the Egyptian military to move quickly and responsibly to return full authority back to a democratically elected civilian government as soon as possible through an inclusive and transparent process, and to avoid any arbitrary arrests of President Morsy and his supporters.....

Egypt to Obama: (H/T BIN)
King Abdullah Muslim Brotherhood's Morsi
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