Obama ‘deeply concerned’ about Egypt military – National News
By David Jackson
President Obama said Wednesday he and aides are “deeply concerned” about the Egyptian military’s decision to oust President Mohammed Morsi and suspended the nation’s constitution, and he urged a quick restoration of democracy.
“I now call on the Egyptian military to move quickly and responsibly to return full authority back to a democratically elected civilian government as soon as possible through an inclusive and transparent process, and to avoid any arbitrary arrests of President Morsi and his supporters,” Obama said in a written statement.
Obama also said he has directed aides to review U.S. assistance to Egypt; American law forbids aids to countries to that remove democratic leaders via a military coup, though Obama did not use that term in his carefully worded statement.
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Obviously, the President missed Morsi’s memo, the military was a necessity:
… A defiant Mr Morsi yesterday insisted he is the legitimate leader and said he would rather die than stand down – a sentiment that has been echoed by presidency spokesman Ayman Ali tonight.
“It is better for a president, who would otherwise be returning Egypt to the days of dictatorship, from which God and he will of the people has saved us, to die standing like a tree,” Mr Ali said. “Rather than be condemned by history and future generations for throwing away the hopes of Egyptians for establishing a democratic life.”