It was simply a matter of time before President Barack Obama had to weigh in on the conflict raging in Egypt. His dilemma: the US needs cooperation with the Egyptian army in order to maintain some semblance of peace between Israel and its neighbors. The Egyptian army exercises control over supplies entering the Gaza Strip and thus can maintain some form of control over what Hezbollah does toward the Palestinian Authority and Israel. However, much as this need for cooperation is important, the murder of hundreds in Cairo cannot be ignored. Obama had to say and do something.
He sent a message to the Egyptian military expressing concern about their approach to handling Morsi supporters. He made clear that former President Morsi was inept and failed to create an inclusive and effective government. However, the President made clear, “we deplore violence against civilians. We oppose the pursuit of martial law. We don’t take sides with any particular party or political figure.”
It is time to release Morsi and his associate while making clear to the nation that the Muslim Brotherhood can not be in charge of the nation. However, they should have a voice in the government.