Monday, June 25, 2012 at 10:05 a.m.
For the first time, Egypt held a democratic election. Mohamed Morsi was named president-elect of the country, which ousted President Hosni Mubarak last February as part of the "Arab Spring" of democratic protests. Morsi is a former member of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood -- which worries some people even in Egypt.
But only Allen West could say that "the Arab Spring is nothing more than a radical Islamic nightmare."
"A year ago there were those of us who warned the Obama Administration of a Muslim Brotherhood takeover in Egypt. We were castigated as alarmists and loose cannons. Today our predictions have come to reality and the ominous specter reminding us of the Iranian revolution is evident," West wrote on Facebook
. "Now we need to unequivocally reiterate our support to the Coptic Christians and Israel. What an incredible foreign policy faux pas by the second coming of President Jimmy Carter, the Obama Administration."
You're seeing that right -- Egyptians got to vote for a president, they voted for one West doesn't like, and now it's an "incredible foreign policy faux pas."
For what it's worth, Israel, at least publicly, supported the election:
"Israel appreciates the democratic process in Egypt and respects the results of the presidential elections
," said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "Israel looks forward to continuing cooperation with the Egyptian government on the basis of the peace treaty between the two countries, which is a joint interest of both peoples and contributes to regional stability."
That doesn't matter to West, who is using the occasion to make Obama look soft on extremism.
"I call upon President Barack Obama to cut off American foreign aid to Egypt, denounce the results of this election, repudiate the Muslim Brotherhood, and all radical Islamist political entities," he wrote.
The country still has to write a new constitution and reelect a parliament, and Morsi has to figure out how he's going to work with the Egyptian military, which is reluctant to afford the presidency any power. And, though Morsi "vowed to 'protect the rights of women and children,' as well as Christians and Muslims alike," according to CNN, it's still unclear whether he actually will.
But rest assured, if Egypt hits any bumps in the road, West will be right there to blame Barack Obama -- democracy, you see, counts only if West approves of the victor. What a massive embarrassment for Egypt, that it used its democratic rights to elect someone from a far-right party who may use his power to push his religious agenda on people who don't want it. Thank goodness that would never happen here.