By Alexander Maistrovoy, WORLD TRIBUNE
During a recent visit to Cairo, Vladimir Putin was received with imperial honors. The streets of Cairo were decorated by giant portraits of the Russian ruler.
Egyptian jets accompanied the Putin’s aircraft in the skies of Cairo, and an honorary cavalry escorted a limousine with Putin and Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi.
Egypt’s President Abdul Fatah Sisi with Russia’s Vladimir Putin.
The visit resulted in an agreement to build a nuclear power plant and a decision to cooperate in all scopes, including the military. As a first sign of cooperation, Putin gifted an AK-74 to al-Sisi. It was a meaningful gesture, especially given the fact that Moscow and Cairo signed an arms deal worth of 3 billion dollars.
In the 90s it was very unlikely to believe that Russia would’ve been able to return to the Middle East.
[Related: Egypt’s Sisi signs agreement with Putin for 4 reactors, Feb. 11.]
Not only has Moscow returned, but it has returned triumphant.
The same day, coincidentally, in an interview with Vox Journal, President Barack Obama said that “we occasionally have to twist the arms of other countries that wouldn’t do what we need them to do”.
In reality, he has twisted arms in his own country.
Strategic partners as bargaining tools
Russia’s success, as well as China’s, which is negotiating New Suez Canal Expansion project with Egypt, is Barack Obama’s “achievement”.
For six years he has been “twisting arms” of U.S. strategic allies. As a result, the USA has lost influence in the region in ways that would make it extremely difficult to regain, if conceivable at all.
In the last 50 year, the U.S. has relied on the “tripod” in the Middle East: Riyadh, Jerusalem and Cairo.
U.S.-Egyptian relations have been torn to shreds; the alliance with the Saudis, Kuwait and the UAE has been poisoned by mistrust; Israel is afraid to repeat the sad fate of Czechoslovakia in 1938.
Since the late 1970s the U.S. and its allies were united (despite the conflict of interests and polar ideology) by the hostility towards “Muslim Brothers” (the cradle of Islamic fundamentalism, including “Al Qaida”) and the Shiite regime in Tehran with its puppets.
Obama turned the whole system of relations on its head. He pushed away Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Israel and began to flirt with their worst enemies.
It was a conscious choice by the president. According to the Egyptian Rose El-Youssef magazine in December 2012, six famous American Muslim Brotherhood activists became prominent advisers to Obama: Arif Alikhan, assistant secretary of Homeland Security for policy development; Mohammed Elibiary, a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council; Rashad Hussain, the U.S. special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference; Salam al-Marayati, co-founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC); Imam Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA); and Eboo Patel, a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships.
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