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31 Jan

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter: Protect the Dictator at All Costs

By: David Dayen

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, Republican Michigan 11th District

The McGlynn: McCotter not only insults the brave Egyptian youth but all of us.

There are five simple factors that distinguish the Egyptian “Day of Anger” from any other day of protest. … the citizens’ protests in Egypt were purely driven by domestic demands. No signs read “death to Israel, America, and global imperialism” or “together to free Palestine and Iraq.” In the streets of Cairo, Alexandria, and Suez, the only slogans heard demanded change, freedom, social justice, and a stop to corruption in Egypt. ….Egyptian society is suffering from inadequate living conditions, frightening gap between rich and poor, …Their hopes and ambitions have been frustrated by corruption, high unemployment, lack of political freedom, soaring costs of living and growing income inequality – and their leaders have been unable and unwilling to invest in solutions to these problems. … and supported by the U.S. with billions of dollars.

The Egyptian revolution is really separating Congress into those who at least make a nod to democracy and those who worship power. In the early days of this, I think the reactions are far more telling than they will be when Mubarak gets run out of the country and a new government takes over.

So you have the strange bedfellows of Dennis Kucinich and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen on one side, stating support for the human rights of the protesters and against their repression, and then you have guys like Rep. Thaddeus McCotter:

“The Egyptian demonstrations are not the equivalent of Iran’s 2009 Green Revolution. The Egyptian demonstrations are the reprise of Iran’s 1979 radical revolution.

“Thus, America must stand with her ally Egypt to preserve an imperfect government capable of reform; and prevent a tyrannical government capable of harm. […]

“This is not a nostalgic “anti-colonial uprising” from within, of all places, the land of Nassar. Right now, freedom’s radicalized enemies are subverting Egypt and other our allies.

I mentioned on Twitter today that everyone on US news talking about the Muslim Brotherhood probably doesn’t know anything about them except the fact that “Muslim” is in the title. Bruce Reidel actually knows something, so I suspect we won’t hear from him. But as misinformed and provincial as those commentators are, at least they don’t come out and say something like this. Not even at the start of this crisis, before it was clear whether Mubarak would have to go, was anyone this brazen.

Sooner or later, I figured the authoritarian impulse would take over the “Arab spring” fap-fap for any uprising in the Muslim world. Not to mention the inchoate fear over the unknown other. Never mind the fact that the Presidential candidates being pushed by the Green Movement were actual Islamists, or that the Muslim Brotherhood is far more nuanced than this simplistic rendering from McCotter.

As Reidel says in his story, we don’t get to make this decision. Our propping up of autocrats who repress their people hasn’t worked and isn’t sustainable. The best thing we could do is allow countries like Egypt to find leaders who have the consent of the people, and see how or if we can work with them afterwards. Anything else breeds instability and hatred for the West. The US has this awful history of making alliances with individuals instead of a country’s people. This old style of Cold War-era thinking has to end.

UPDATE: See also Heather Hurlburt on why this “Islamist uprising” nonsense is overblown. The Muslim Brotherhood didn’t even initially join these protests for days; they organically sprung up among the young. I read a story yesterday where some MB members shouted “Allahu Akbar” at a rally, and the protesters shouted them down, saying “Muslim, Christian, we all have to work together!”

GOP Conference Chair Thaddeus McCotter Says ‘America Must Stand’ With Mubarak Dictatorship

As ThinkProgress reported today, former Bush administration official and U.N. Ambassador John Bolton abandoned his supposed belief in “democracy promotion” and told right-wing radio host Mark Levin that the Egyptian pro-democracy protests are a “big opportunity” for jihadists, siding with the Mubarak dictatorship.

Now, yet another high-profile Republican is disparaging the protest movement and openly siding with Egypt’s dictator. In a statement posted on his website last night, GOP Conference Chair Rep. Thaddeus McCotter wrote that “the Egyptian demonstrations are not the equivalent of Iran’s 2009 Green Revolution” and that “America must stand with her ally Egypt to preserve an imperfect government capable of reform.” He even went as far as to say that “freedom’s radicalized enemies are subverting Egypt” with the demonstrations:

The Egyptian demonstrations are not the equivalent of Iran’s 2009 Green Revolution. The Egyptian demonstrations are the reprise of Iran’s 1979 radical revolution.

“Thus, America must stand with her ally Egypt to preserve an imperfect government capable of reform; and prevent a tyrannical government capable of harm. […]

“This is not a nostalgic “anti-colonial uprising” from within, of all places, the land of Nassar. Right now, freedom’s radicalized enemies are subverting Egypt and other our allies.

McCotter’s remarks are as offensive as they are ignorant. To start with, the congressman is right that the demonstrations in Egypt are different than those in Iran. The protest movement in Iran was organized around its candidate in the election, who actually was literally an Islamist. Meanwhile, the demonstrations in Egypt were mostly spontaneous and led by younger progressive Egyptians; it was days before the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood even began taking part in the protests, and even now, they are far from the dominating force.

And while there are many legitimate concerns about the participation of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egyptian politics, it is important to note that the Egyptian Brotherhood has long denounced violence, even taking part in the movement to end violence against Coptic Christians.

Furthermore, it is almost comical to claim that Mubarak’s government is “capable of reform” and to say that the current government is opposed to a future “tyrannical government.” After all, in a desperate attempt to appease the democracy movement, Mubarak appointed vice president and prime minister who are essentially loyal to him; the appointed vice president was actually the head of the country’s notoriously brutal intelligence service.

Needless to say, it is insulting to the thousands who are demonstrating and many who have given their lives battling the Mubarak dictatorship for McCotter to baselessly suggest that they are actually the tools of violent jihadists and that we should continue our bankrupt policy of backing the dictatorship in Egypt.

McCotter’s idiotic press release

If you wish to contact this fool, the following are his offices:

Washington, D.C
2243 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC 20515
202.225.8171 tel

Click here to visit his sad group

District – Livonia
17197 N. Laurel Park Dr.
Suite 216
Livonia, MI 48152
734.632.0314 tel

Click here to visit his sick group

District – Milford
213 W. Huron Street
Milford, MI 48381
248.685.9495 tel

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One Response to “Rep. Thaddeus McCotter: Protect the Dictator at All Costs”

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    mary Says:

    McGlynn, you are absolutely correct in your assessment of McCotter and his ilk and your assessment of the Egyptian revolt. We should all be cheering these brave Egyptians on. But I am not surprised by the response of conservative ideologues such as McCotter. What bothers me much more is the lack of public support for the democracy movement in Egypt by our Democratic leaders, including Obama. We never learn. Oh and thank you Jimmy Carter.

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