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Friday, April 21, 2017

Trump does what Obama refused to do

Aya Hijazi is alive and home, thanks to President Trump.

Barack Obama stood on the sidelines for three years while the Egyptian government imprisoned her and five other aid workers.

Took President Trump three months to get the job done.

From the Washington Post:
An Egyptian American charity worker who was imprisoned in Cairo for three years and became the global face of Egypt’s brutal crackdown on civil society returned home to the United States late Thursday after the Trump administration quietly negotiated her release.
President Trump and his aides worked for several weeks with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi to secure the freedom of Aya Hijazi, 30, a U.S. citizen, as well as her husband, Mohamed Hassanein, who is Egyptian, and four other humanitarian workers. Trump dispatched a U.S. government aircraft to Cairo to bring Hijazi and her family to Washington.
Hijazi, who grew up in Falls Church, Va., and graduated from George Mason University, was working in Cairo with the Belady Foundation, which she and her husband established as a haven and rehabilitation center for street children in Cairo.
The couple and their co-workers had been incarcerated since May 1, 2014, on child abuse and trafficking charges that were widely dismissed by human rights workers and U.S. officials as false. Virtually no evidence was ever presented against them, and for nearly three years they were held as hearings were inexplicably postponed and trial dates canceled. Human rights groups alleged that they were abused in detention.
The Obama administration unsuccessfully pressed Sissi’s government for their release. It was not until Trump moved to reset U.S. relations with Egypt by embracing Sissi at the White House on April 3 — he publicly hailed the autocrat’s leadership as “fantastic” and offered the U.S. government’s “strong backing” — that Egypt’s posture changed. Last Sunday, a court in Cairo dropped all charges against Hijazi and the others.
Did I say three months?

Less than one.

Look, Egypt ain't perfect but it has been a reliable ally for the West since Carter got it to sign the Camp David Accords with Israel in 1978. That was a great achievement, by the way. Egypt has gone from enemy to friend of Israel.

Chuckle-headed Obama screwed it up by siding with the Muslim Brotherhood (which Egypt outlawed in 1954).

We have a great country that does so much for the world. Just what were the dummies who voted for Obama thinking in 2008 and 2012? Everyone makes mistakes.

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  1. Carter's diplomatic acumen is much like his degree in nuclear physics, imaginary. The Camp David accords were simply something ready to happen, not a product of genius. Sadat merely went with the highest bidder, and I'd wager that if the Carter team had their shit together we could have got off cheaper. Desperation for optics and Nobel prizes will do that.

  2. Obama didn't care. Trump did. I expect the media will ignore this. Or denigrate it, if they don't ignore it.

  3. "Either a jet on the tarmac at Cairo waiting -or the sky filled with the 101st. Airborne."
    "Your choice."
    Al Sisi is not stupid..
    TG McCoy

  4. "Just what were the dummies who voted for Obama thinking in 2008 and 2012?"

    They thought it would be kewl to have a black president. GOC

  5. Trump: Leave No Man Behind.

    Obama: F*** You, Jack, I'm Alright.

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