President of Egypt grants himself dictatorial powers

While most Americans were spending the day enjoying football and Thanksgiving festivities, Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi granted himself dictator-like powers — a development that could have far-reaching effects on the Middle East and perhaps the United States.

Via the Washington Post:

Under the terms of the Thursday decree, which went into effect immediately, few if any checks appeared to remain on Morsi’s power for the foreseeable future. The president said that all of the decisions he has made since he took office — and until a new constitution is adopted and a parliament elected — were final and not subject to appeal or review. He declared the retrial of senior officials accused in the deaths of protesters during the country’s 2011 revolution, a measure that appeared targeted at former leader Hosni Mubarak and associates. And he dismissed Egypt’s Mubarak-era prosecutor general, immediately swearing in a new one. The announcement, which was read on state television by Morsi’s spokesman, Yasser Ali, late Thursday afternoon and broadcast repeatedly, accompanied by nationalistic songs, shocked many in this struggling country. It came less than 24 hours after a diplomatic triumph in arranging the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas had given new credence to Morsi’s international bona fides. And it raised questions about whether the country might be headed toward a repetition of the Mubarak-era Egypt on the world stage: a country praised for bringing stability to a volatile region, and tolerated for abusing rights at home.

Most tweets reacted with shock and dismay:

Morsi is a longtime leader of the Muslim Brotherhood:

And he has embraced conspiracy theories about 9/11:

Morsi has not been shy about airing his odious views. In a May 2010 interview with Brookings Institution scholar Shadi Hamid, Morsi dismissed al-Qaeda’s responsibility for the attacks. “When you come and tell me that the plane hit the tower like a knife in butter, then you are insulting us,” Hamid reported Morsi as saying. “How did the plane cut through the steel like this? Something must have happened from the inside. It’s impossible.” Similarly, in 2007, Morsi reportedly declared that the United States “has never presented any evidences [sic] on the identity of those who committed that incident.” In 2008, he called for a “huge scientific conference” to analyze “what caused the attack against a massive structure like the two towers.”

It has been less than two years since Hosni Mubarak resigned from office. At the time, President Obama said, “The people of Egypt have spoken. Their voices have been heard and Egypt will never be the same.”

But how much has changed, really?

  • TWG2A

    This is what the caliphate looks like. The obama/jarrett/clinton regime installed the muslim brotherhood there, just as they did in other middle eastern areas. What does anyone expect from islamic terrorists? Death, torture and misery. Who opened the gates to Hell? obama, jarrett, clinton and the rest of this horrid regime.

  • Steve_J

    What could go wrong? It’s about to get very nasty in the Mid East (believe it or not, that is possible).

    • MoxieLouise

      3…2…1…and now they’re rioting in the streets. I didn’t realize the sequel to “Innocence of Mohammed” was out yet. Maybe Susan Rice will explain this to us.

  • ricci

    and momar obama will look the other way and say thats what the people of egypt wanted

    • ked5

      all the while trying to figure out how to do it here.

  • riddler1620

    And people actually thought the Arab spring was going to herald in democracy into the Middle East? All the Muslims are doing is exchanging one dictator for another.

    • ked5

      one dictator who clamps down on AQ and one who supports AQ’s agenda. even kaddafi was clamping down on AQ to keep them under control.

  • Russ

    sooooo… we traded a dictator that was friendly to us… for a dictator that doesn’t like us… Smart Team O… REEEEAAAAALLLLL SMART!!!

  • riddler1620

    Yup, Obamas lack of understanding on foreign policy strikes again.

    • Guest

      I don’t think Obama lacks understanding on the Middle East at all. He supports groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, but lies to the American people about his support because he knows there are enough idiots who will believe him.

    • Garth Haycock

      I don’t think Obama lacks understanding of the Middle East at all. He supports groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, but lies to the American people about his support because he knows there are enough idiots who will believe him.

      • ked5

        obama phone. obama gonna pay my rent, obamma gonna buy my gas . . . .gonna get some obama money . . . .

    • ked5

      do you really think obama didn’t intend for this to happen?

  • my preciousss!!

    oh noooo! it won’t be long before obama will follow suit!

  • GoSellCrazySomeplaceElse

    Obama cried out, “I want to be dictator!”

  • andycanuck

    He should stick to issuing Executive Orders–the media doesn’t mind those.

  • Jack Deth

    But, but, but…. Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood are just like the Lions’ Club, Boy Scouts and Kiawnis. CNN and MSNBC said so!

  • Cosmic Girl

    Obama built that!

    • Garth Haycock


  • HARP2

    I guess the Egyptians never learned the last time they pissed God off.

  • Rulz

    Arab Spring….

    • Lois Magdy

      this Spring is as dry as Egypt’s desert.. and offers no hope. They need a Spring that don’t run dry…


    Where is the outrage of our freedom loving President and Sec of State?

  • CombatDiver

    Didn’t obamas mouthpiece James Clapper say the Muslim brotherhood is ” non-violent and largely secular?” Weird that another one of obamas cronies would be wrong…… again.

  • Sinjun

    let’s be honest.. is anyone really surprised this happened?

    • JamestheFin

      Only the ‘Hopey-Changey’ Crowd.

      • WingedBishop

        They’re not paying attention.

  • Hiraghm

    When we were badmouthing ourselves for having installed dictators who were friendly to the U.S., which was right after Mubarak left office, I said that we were only exchanging a dictator whom we could work with for one who was hostile toward us.
    People need to start listening to me *before* it’s too late.

    • RightThinking1

      Yeah, I said the same thing when the Shah of Iran was tossed…, but did Jimmy listen to me? Nooooooooo…..

  • John Kerry’s Forehead

    If you don’t look at this and see a glimps into the future of America under this fuckhead Obama, you are not paying attention.

  • mhojai

    These morons are shocked at morsi’s proclamations, but pay no attention to the same thing when said by jugears. He makes no bones about his disrespect for Congress and the process of laws, and they slobber over him. Pathetic!

  • ember

    hmm…and O spends time on the phone ‘conferring’ with this dictator. He’s either planting ideas or trying to work out how he can copy the guy.

    • ked5

      I’d say b. one thing bozo has given me the impression of is how jealous he is of thenutjob, chavez, etc. and now morsi.


    See the lesson here is that progressives give in if you are brutal and ruthless….

    Maybe we should stop being so nice…

  • Victor Kahuro

    Here cometh Iran 2

  • TocksNedlog

    This serious situation demands an immediate round of golf!

    • Stephanie Marie Grimwood

      Don’t forget a visit with JayZ and Vegas/

  • TocksNedlog

    It’s okay, you see. When Jay Carney congratulated Morsi he was talking about somebody else . . . ’cause he knows three Mohammed Morsi’s — or something.

  • TocksNedlog

    Gee, I wonder if the eminently qualified Susan Rice has ever said anything positive about Morsi . . .

    • RightThinking1

      Well…, no one has given her the talking points yet.

  • DavidKramer

    Just some bumps in the road for the caliphate. Carter had Iran, Obama has Libya, Egypt, etc. Yeah, we are going to find out what a 2nd term of Carter would be like, cubed.

  • TocksNedlog

    Hitler was democratically elected once . . .

    And ONCE was all it took.

  • TocksNedlog

    Gotta love the Zahra Ismael tweet, giving Morsi cover under the “he’s just a figurehead” dodge. It’s the same crap you hear about Iran-a-whack-job — “It’s not him, it’s the Mullahs!”
    Sorry dearie, it’s HIM.

  • TugboatPhil

    Well at least we’ll get to watch as the Pyramids get destroyed over the next decade or so. Maybe it’ll be on pay-per-view.

  • JimmyNeutron

    I’m so glad that in their infinite wisdom the people of the USA decided to reelect Hussein. The idea that we had Mubarak – a beast certainly, but our beast and now we have assisted Morsi – a beast, but NOT our beast is indicative of the incompetence on display at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Hey Egyptians – if you don’t like this do not protest Morsi – go protest Obama. And for the record I would just like to say the following: We’re hosed.

  • HARP2

    FORWARD !!!!!

  • Chris Clinkinbeard

    Egypt—-“Chicago style”.

  • chicagoxile

    Let’s say Obama does what Morsi just did. How would the Left and the MSM react?

    • Garth Haycock

      They would praise him for having the wisdom to declare himself dictator for life.

      • HARP2

        Guess he dosen`t have the “flexibility” of Obama.

    • ked5

      they’d swoon that they would have their messiah for ever and officially change their name to pravda.

  • DeBaliviere

    Morsi looks like General Ursus from The Planet of the Apes…but with more hair.

  • RightThinking1

    Uh, oh. Does this mean that he can issue Executive Orders?

  • Back 4 More

    Who does this guy think he is, Obama?

  • patrick lynch

    Obama has been tweaking our constitution for the last 4 years and over-riding congress whenever he dam well pleases. And now I have just heard that he is trying to pass legislation that would grant him a 3rd term as president and he hasn’t even started his 2nd term yet!! The 1st American dictator? This could very well happen here