By WILLIAM MAYER
November 23, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Since his rise to the presidency of Egypt - on the wings of a massively fraudulent electoral process - the Muslim Brothehood's Mohamed Morsi has rapidly consolidated his power.
On Thursday it appears that task was completed, making Mr. Morsi now the de-facto caliph of Egypt.
Declaring himself beyond the jurisdiction of the country's supreme court and absent a constitution and functioning constituent assembly, nothing can check the exercise of his political will.
Having watched this process play out over the last four years [and having predicted the eventual result of the misnamed "Arab Spring] Morsi's actions are not surprising. He was and remains a top ranking member of the Muslim Brotherhood and like his Islamic revolutionary brethren all over the globe, has sought, and has now attained total dictatorial power.
His inspiration is of course a fundamentalist interpretation of the Qur'an.
None of this could have happened without the support of the Obama administration which has paved the way for the Muslim Brotherhood to establish itself as the driving force behind what might be envisioned as the beginnings of a second Fatimid dynasty - the original having extended from the10th through the 12th centuries, roughly.
Of course, this newly forged caliphate does not yet attained nearly the sheer geographical reach or sway as did the Fatimid empire, which encompassed Northern Africa, the Eastern half of the Arabian peninsula, including Medina and Mecca and even extended into what is today Syria. But Morsi's aggressive moves accompanied by a keen sense of politics, suggests that should he so choose, that Egypt could well once roar again.
As far as Mr. Obama is concerned, he seems to be following the template which was finely honed during the Benghazi disaster [perhaps burnishing his "cool" credentials] after which he jetted out to conduct fundraisers in Nevada.
As the rather momentous news bled out of Egypt over the last 48 hours the only visible presidential reactions was to go golfing.
Now much is undoubtedly going on under the surface of the administration's foreign policy apparatus, if one judges by past actions we have great trepidations regarding what may be in the wings.
At critical periods of time, when the wrong national security policy actions may bring about more than chagrin, it would be reassuring if there were at least one seasoned foreign policy voice within this administration.
Though there were few issues upon which we agreed with the late Richard Holbrooke - especially as reflected by his viewpoint regarding the Balkans [where we must admit many conservatives, including GW Bush also made tremendous mistakes, siding with forces which had allied themselves with Hitler and the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini] - we feel that his mere presence, especially as juxtaposed against the pretenders, imbeciles and ego-maniacs which inhabit Mr. Obama's entire national security team, would have lent some measure of fortitude and perhaps a bit of wisdom to a process which left the tracks a long time ago.
Resurrecting an Islamic dynasty at any time would be a more than daunting challenge so it seems the forces of history might provide enough protection for the United States to limp through the remainder of this presidency with as little possible long term damage inflicted.