Debkafile: “The Middle East is on the brink of its fourth war. Egypt has massed large-scale ground and air forces in the Western Desert, preparing to capture eastern Libya – Cyrenaica – from ISIS occupation.
The offensive may be launched by dropping Egyptian marines from the sea on the Libyan coast around Derna (pop: 100,000), which ISIS has made its provincial capital. ISIS is rushing reinforcements to Libya from Syria and Iraq.
The Obama administration objects to a direct Egyptian military operation, as CIA chief John Brennan informed President Abdel Fatteh el-Sisi.”
Opinion: The Obama/el Sisi feud is over ideology. Muslim ideology.
President Obama had a plan when he invited the Muslim Brotherhood to his 2009 Cairo University ‘New Beginning’ speech. Prior to that, the Brotherhood and sub-groups al Qaeda, Hamas and Islamic Jihad had been banned in Egypt for over 30 years.
In 2012, after kicking Hosni Mubarak to the curb a year earlier, the Muslim Brotherhood took control of Egypt’s presidency with Mohamed Morsi at the helm. The Obama team swung into action with cash, tanks, F16s and the legitimacy of State Department visits and invitations to the White House.
Chaos descended on Egypt.
Enter General President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, head of Egypt’s military, who led a full scale assault on the Brotherhood arresting thousands, hanging leaders and placing Morsi under arrest.
President Obama was not amused.
The final straw came on January 5, 2015 when President al- Sisi took to the same podium at Cairo University and admonished the assembled Muslim scholars to revisit Islamic law, or fiqh, in order to calm the fears of the non-Muslim world:
“Is it possible that 1.6 billion people [Muslims] should want to kill the rest of the world’s inhabitants—that is 7 billion—so that they themselves may live? Impossible!
Evidently, that is not what our president wanted to hear.