AEI’s Michael Rubin: Obama ‘Double-Dealing’ on Egypt

By Alyssa Giannirakis

Jul 7, 2013 12:41pm

 

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Below you can find some of the notable comments made Sunday on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” Our roundtable guests included ABC News’ George Will, ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz, Washington Post associated editor and columnist David Ignatius, the American Enterprise Institute’s Michael Rubin, ABC News’ Cokie Roberts, ABC News contributor and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, and ABC News Political Director Rick Klein.

Rubin says that Obama’s Egypt policy creates distrust and anti-Americanism

RUBIN: The criticism I have of the administration is all too often it seems that President Obama is like a blackjack player who only wants to place his bet once he sees all the other cards on the table. And rather than studied neutrality, the impression Egyptians get is that we’re always double-dealing for the other side, so every faction in Egypt assumes we’re working against them, and that ultimately creates an undercurrent of anti-Americanism.

Rubin believes Muslim Brotherhood gave Morsi an ultimatum: ‘jump’ or ‘we shoot you’

RUBIN: What the Muslim Brotherhood was basically saying was jump off the cliff with us or we shoot you. Ultimately democratization is a process, it’s not just about elections, it’s also about world law, it’s about basic human rights, it’s about popular participation.

Ignatius says biggest concern with Egypt is the Islamists moving ‘underground’

IGNATIUS: I think the biggest fear is that this movement of Islamists who don’t get drawn into this government will submarine, they’ll go underground. They are not big enough to fight a civil war. But they can replay the al-Qaeda tactics of terrorism.

Klein confident that immigration reform comes down to Speaker Boehner

KLEIN: We all know the central question. It’s going to come down to Speaker Boehner. Does he want to go against the will of his own conference in the interest of the greater good of the Republican Party and a policy interest? And ultimately does he want to sacrifice his speakership on this? And there are a lot of issues that you can foresee John Boehner be willing to go down in flames over. Immigration reform, it’s hard to imagine that being on that list.

Will says that young people will not sign up for ‘Obamacare’

WILL: Young people, young people are not going to sign up if they can do elementary arithmetic, which they can. Why indeed not suspend the individual mandate? Because the law doesn’t provide it? The law means nothing to these people. And by the way, this is why Cokie, this is going to affect the immigration debate. Because the House Republicans are going to say, no matter what we write in the law, this administration will waive any provision it doesn’t like.

Roberts says Michelle Obama proposed conversation with Laura Bush

ROBERTS: Michelle Obama wanted to be there and have a conversation with Laura Bush. She did not want to make a speech. She could have taken over that conference that the Bush’s had set up. It was a First Ladies of Africa Summit. And if she had come in and made a speech, she would have gotten all the headlines.
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