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    Muslim Brotherhood President sacks Egyptian military command

    Muslim Brotherhood President sacks Egyptian military command

    Muslim Brotherhood member President Mohamed Morsi has sacked the senior Egyptian military command, the primary secular counterweight to Islamist fundamentalist control of Egypt.

    As reported by The Times of Israel:

    Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi fired Defense Minister Mohammed Hussein Tantawi and Chief of Staff Sami Anan on Sunday afternoon, forcing them into retirement, and canceled the military-declared constitutional amendments that gave top generals wide powers, Egyptian state TV reported.

    Morsi also ordered the retirement of the commanders of the navy, air defense and air force.

    The move was seen as an unprecedented assertion of authority over the armed forces by the Muslim Brotherhood president — a “civilian coup” against the army, in the words of the leading Israeli Arab affairs analyst Ehud Yaari. The move underlined that the president and the army are not running Egypt together, but rather that the army is subject to the orders of the presidency, Yaari said.

    The Guardian reports that the new commander was an advocate of the “virginity tests” performed on female Egyptian protesters:

    Replacing Tantawi is the head of military intelligence, Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi – one of the generals who defended the use of “virginity tests” against female protesters in March 2011 – with El-Assar as his deputy.

    The excuse for the sacking of these military commanders, and others last week, was an attack in Sinai that left 15 Egyptian military personnel dead.  That was the opening to assert Islamist control over the military, a process which has taken years in Turkey but was accomplished in short order in Egypt.

    The Times of Israel article further notes the increaed Egyptian military presence near the Israeli border with Israel’s consent:

    In his assertion of authority Sunday, the president also deployed forces in the Sinai ahead of an expected major military crackdown on terror cells there. Israel last week gave Egypt permission to deploy forces in excess of limitations set out in the Israel-Egypt peace treaty in order to crack down on Sinai terror bases. Israel allowed Egypt to deploy troops close to the Israeli border, noted Yaari. “The question is, after the military operation, will Morsi take the troops back out again.”

    DEBKAfile reports that Egypt has moved M-60 tanks to the Israeli border, a report confirmed by an Egyptian newspaper:

    Despite the hundreds of troops and dozens of military vehicles, including APCs with machine guns as well as M-60 tanks, making their way into North Sinai, residents and Sinai-based journalists and activists say the operations are nothing more than a show.

    That is, of course, right.  It’s a show in which Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood are using an attack by other Islamists on Egyptian troops both to further marginalize the leading secular influence in society, and to destroy the Peace Treaty with Israel in small steps by remilitarizing the Sinai.


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    Coup d’etat anyone?

    Henry Hawkins | August 12, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    I hope it has occurred to the Obama State Dept to keep an eye on any burgeoning alliance between Egypt and Iran. Even the IDF would struggle with a two front war. On the other hand, Iran might not be happy that Egypt’s actions could accelerate an Israeli strike on the Iran nuclear facilities – Israel may decide it needs to set Iran back on its ass before Egypt has a chance to fully militarize the Sinai prepatory to moving on Israel, all to avoid a two-front scenario. The religious fervor of these radical Islamists, which can overrule tactical and strategic sensibility, makes reading their military intentions more difficult whenever they assume power. Of course, this assumes Obama wouldn’t want to see Israel under attack or great threat.

    There was a time when I would immediately abandon my cynical thought that Obama may be encouraging a confrontation of Israel by Egypt and/or Iran in order to provide an October surprise in time for his reelection (“We’re at war! We HAVE to support our president!”). However, for the first time in my adult life while considering our CinC, I cannot rule out that Obama would do such a despicable thing. I see very little that is illegal, unethical, or immoral that he wouldn’t do, because he suffers that liberal pandemic belief that they are so correct, so right in all things, that their wondrous ends will always justify their means, however horrible. It is a truism – in what are they ever not justified?

    […] Muslim Brotherhood President sacks Egyptian military command ( […]

    MicahStone | August 13, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    “Muslim Brotherhood President sacks Egyptian military command”

    …NOBODY can now say they don’t know one of the things OBOZO will do if (Allah forbid!) he steals the election.

    our military has done years of manuevers with the Egyptian
    Military and it was not a stiff-armed relation ship.
    I say coup, coup, coup, and we slip some materielto them, it happens…

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