Anti-Mursi protesters listen to Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi’s speech at a public cafe near the main square where they gathered for the third day
Anti-Mursi protesters listen to Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi's speech at a public cafe near the main square where they gathered for the third day in Alexandria, July 2, 2013. (Asmaa Waguih/Reuters) (ASMAA WAGUIH)

Is it really so surprising that the Egyptian military has ousted President Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood from power?

Maybe it was to President Barack Obama, the U.S. bystander-in-chief, who has proven less than adroit on foreign-policy issues. The Obama administration was naive to endorse the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt's 2012 democratic elections with a promise of $1.5 billion in U.S. foreign aid.

Obama believed the anti-U.S., anti-Israel, anti-Christian organization would change its stripes if it won the right to rule in Egypt's first democratic election in four decades.

Yet two days after the deal was struck in Washington, rockets were fired from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula into the Israeli resort city of Eilat. The Muslim Brotherhood didn't even mildly condemn the attack on a U.S. ally.

The Muslim Brotherhood's ties into mob attacks on the U.S. embassy in Cairo — which occurred within hours of the Benghazi, Libya, murders of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens — also were worthy of suspicion.

In striking the aid deal, Obama placed blind faith in the Muslim Brotherhood. A more responsible path would have been to attach conditions on the group and release the funds as they were met.

From the time Morsi was elected in June 2012, Egypt's secular government has been steadily eroded to incorporate the Islamic religion into official rules and regulations. Tension among the people, including moderates and secularists, has risen while the economy has tanked.


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Last week, when millions of Egyptians swarmed Tahfir Square in protest, military leaders had seen enough. They gave Morsi an ultimatum to change but were rebuffed. So the military dumped Morsi and locked up other Muslim Brotherhood leaders while promising another round of "democratic" elections.

How does the Obama administration condone a "military coup" after voters elected their government in a democratic process?

Maybe the U.S. will benefit by the change. Or things could get worse. Most Egyptians are already upset with America for helping to bring the Muslim Brotherhood to power, and they'll be equally suspicious of U.S. alliances in the future.

What a mess.

President Obama, stop treating foreign policy like it's a kid's game. First and foremost, this is for adults serious about protecting America's interests.