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Obama Quietly Cancels Meeting With Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood President Morsi

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The plan was cancelled amid a wave of riots and attacks in Arab countries that have damaged Obama's campaign-trail claim to foreign policy competence.

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Alexander Werner (53)
Monday September 24, 2012, 6:04 pm
President Barack Obama has quietly cancelled a politically risky plan to meet this week with Egypt’s new Islamist president.
The plan was cancelled amid a wave of riots and attacks in Arab countries that have damaged Obama’s campaign-trail claim to foreign policy competence.

In 2011, Obama had “bilateral” meetings with 13 Arab and world leaders during the annual U.S. summit. This year, amid the foreign policy meltdown, his schedule shows no so-called bilats” with any foreign leaders.

The cancelled visit with Morsi was mentioned in a Sept. 23 New York Times article about Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, an Islamist who now governs the Arab region’s most important country.

Despite critical 2011 support from Obama for the revolt that removed Hosni Mubarak, Morsi is now demanding restrictions on U.S. free speech that is critical of Islam, demanding more U.S. support for the anti-Israeli Islamist governments in Gaza and the West Bank, and more financial aid to help the cash-strapped Egyptian government buy food and fuel for its population of 82 million people....

Alexander Werner (53)
Monday September 24, 2012, 6:05 pm
Following elections in 2011 and 2012, that Islamist movement now controls Egypt, and is taking steps to end the 1979 peace deal between Egypt and Israel.

Morsi complimented Obama, telling the New York Times that Obama had “decisively and quickly” supported Egypt’s Islamist and smaller secular parties by helping remove Egypt’s autocratic, pro-Western government. The article downplayed the proposed Obama-Morsi meeting, which was highlighted by the Egyptian press in July.

Morsi’s request to meet with Obama “received a cool reception … [from the White House, and] mindful of the complicated election-year politics of a visit with Egypt’s Islamist leader, M. Morsi dropped his request,” claimed the New York Times.

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Cam V (417)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 2:14 pm
Shhhh .... don't let Americans know what the heck you are up to Mr. Transparent!

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Wednesday September 26, 2012, 6:52 am
Sorry Bob A. This will disappoint you but it is the truth.Actually,being too busy with his reelection campaign ,Obama cancelled also a meeting with Netanyahu. Read this if you know how to read.

Why Obama won't meet with world leaders this week
By K.T. McFarland
Published September 26, 2012

Why would President Obama part with a long standing tradition and refuse to meet with world leaders this week at the United Nations? It's the single time and place every year where all the world's leaders are in one place. It's the one opportunity all year for face-to face-meetings, to iron out problems and to sound out solutions and to work, without the glare of formal state visits. So why is President Obama doing a hit and run at the UN? Too busy for meetings, but not too busy to go to fundraisers or to appear on New York-based daytime talk shows while he's in the Big Apple?
None of the excuses make any sense -- 'he's too busy campaigning,' 'he can talk to them on the phone anytime,' 'he can't meet with everyone, so he's meeting with no one.'
Everyone is missing the point. In an election year, if the president meets with world leaders, his opponent has the right to ask for meetings, too. And no world leader, who might be facing a President Romney in just a few weeks time, dares to refuse that request. They will all hedge their bets. After all, when the president travels abroad, he often meets with the opposition leader of a country, especially in the middle of an election season.'' And President Bill Clinton, hardly one to promote a Republican candidate, gave equal time to both Romney and Obama speeches at the Clinton Global Initiative Conference this week.
And that is exactly what President Obama wants to avoid -- doing anything that lets Romney look presidential. Obama and his surrogates have been quick to criticize Romney as lacking foreign policy experience. It's hard to make that point if there is photo after photo of Romney grinning and shaking hands with one world leader after another.
So from Obama's perspective, there is nothing to be gained by meeting with those leaders in New York. He's already met with them; he's got those photo ops. But there is everything to be lost -- because Romney does NOT.
And something could go very wrong if Obama met with world leaders, especially if he meets with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Romney has known Netanyahu for years, since they worked together as young men right out of graduate school. They've been friends for decades, and when Romney recently visited Israel, Prime Minister Netanyahu and his wife had Mr. and Mrs. Romney to their house for a private dinner and reunion. People say they know each other so well they finish each other's sentences. The Romney-Netanyahu photo would be two old pals, and would play well with all those Jewish swing voters in Florida.
Contrast that to the last time Netanyahu and Obama met in the Oval Office. Netanyahu lectured Obama and their body language said it all -- they could hardly bare to look at each other. Another photo of those two scowling and wagging fingers will definitely NOT play well with those swing voters in the swing state of Florida.

Yes, yes, there are major issues on the international stage right now. But from the Obama campaign's perspective, none of them trump the getting their man reelected. They figure there will be plenty of time to deal with the world's leaders in a second term.
Kathleen Troia "K.T." McFarland is a Fox News National Security Analyst and host of's

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. (0)
Wednesday September 26, 2012, 9:57 am
Abdessalam Diab: Obama cancelled his meeting in Egypt with Egypt's extremists, not because of re-election issues, but, because of bad press. He also cancelled a meeting with Israel's Prime Minister because Obama knew it would lead to another political embarrassment. If he actually cared, he would invite Netanyahu to the White House.

Cam V (417)
Wednesday September 26, 2012, 4:39 pm
Your right Allan. He refused to meet with Net but had a meeting planned with the Muslim Brotherhood he ended up cancelling because you media is FINALLY waking up a bit here.

marie C (163)
Wednesday September 26, 2012, 4:48 pm
As usual Allan Y your comment makes a lot of sense.
Green star on the way

Alexander Werner (53)
Wednesday September 26, 2012, 8:47 pm
Abdessalam, you did not disappoint me - Obama did.

If you yourself read the article you suggested for me to read - and posted - you could see that Obama is NOT busy with elections - he knows his support for Muslim Brotherhood does not fly well anywhere, besides the Muslim Brotherhood itself: not in Israel, and not in the States.

To add to the problem, your Egyptian Morse comes to US to fetch some easy money and at the same time lectures Obama of giving even more money to Arabs and tries to push on him additional responsibilities for Arab well being, as if Saudi Arabia lost its oil and US has nowhere else to put their money in.


Alexander Werner (53)
Wednesday September 26, 2012, 11:04 pm
"Yes, yes, there are major issues on the international stage right now. But from the Obama campaign's perspective, none of them trump the getting their man reelected. "

M B (62)
Saturday September 29, 2012, 10:47 am
It's important to communicate with all parties. There is no reason to invite bloody Netanyahu to the White House;he wants war, we all know that.

Alexander Werner (53)
Saturday September 29, 2012, 7:28 pm
Monka, after three wars that Arab states started and Iran is planning and talking about, it would be strange is Netaniyahu would be playing golf. He knows what to expect from his vile neighbors.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 6:35 am
Isn't it ridiculous that some people are talking and planning for a war against Iran which might or might not have nuclear weapons and give a blind eye to the fact that Israel ALREADY has such weapons ?
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