Speaking on behalf of the Obama administration, U.S. Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham have apparently angered many Egyptians by seemingly taking the side of the Muslim Brotherhood-backed overthrown President Mohamed Morsi.
Sent to Egypt at the request of Obama and Sec. of State John Kerry, the senators were to reinforce the message that the U.S. would like to see a democratically elected government installed there soon.
The Obama administration wanted Egyptian military leaders to hear from Republican members of Congress, rather than members of the executive branch, “so we can make it real to them that Congress is not going to tolerate a military takeover and throwing everyone in jail,” Graham told CNN last month.
But, according to a report from PJ Media, the senators really irritated some members of Egypt’s new government by continuing to call the “revolution” a “military coup.”
“A top advisor to Egypt’s Interim President Adly Mansour formally accused McCain of distorting facts to the benefit of the Brotherhood,” the article said. “He dismissed McCain’s recent remarks as ‘irrational’ and ‘moronic.’”
According to the article, “Secular political commentator Ahmed Musa asserted:”
These two men have made more shameless demands than the Brotherhood themselves would dare.
[McCain] is not a man elected by the American people to speak on their behalf; today, he speaks on behalf of an armed terrorist organization — the Muslim Brotherhood. … We had expected [better] from these two men who came to speak with the tongue of the Brotherhood’s leadership, as if they had been recruited as two new leaders of the Brotherhood, which killed, destroyed, and burned in al-Muqattam, and now in Rab‘a al-Adawiya [the main Brotherhood militant camp]. The only thing missing is to see them in Rab‘a, surrounded by armed groups, and in their midst Muhammad Badie [supreme leader of the Brotherhood] and [U.S. Ambassador] Anne Patterson. That’s all that’s missing! Here comes Brother McCain today saying that we must “release the [Brotherhood] prisoners”.
Are you not aware that these people are accused of murder? Are you not aware that hundreds of Egyptians have been killed at the hands of the Brotherhood, Morsi, Shatter, Qatatni, Badie, Baltagi — have you forgotten? Did you not read the report on what happened? Or did you just blindly accept your ambassador’s words that it was a coup, that 33 million people did not go out?